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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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In my opinion, coffee rivals beer for the title of "greatest beverage in the world". I often say that I would rather give up beer than coffee. So it is only natural that we would attempt to make a beverage that incorporates both. If we were to succeed, surely this would then become the greatest beverage in the world? After years of research and trials in the garage, I have come up with what I think is the perfect marriage of coffee and beer: A hoppy double brown ale, that compliments both the roasty and fruity aspects of the coffee without putting up too much of a fight. The coffee was selected in collaboration with the Christchurch institution C4 Coffee and consists mainly of lightly roasted, delicate and floral, Ethiopian beans. Worlds are colliding and, in my humble opinion, greatness is achieved on the other side.

HOPS: Pacific Jade, NZ Cascade and Pacifica

MALT: Gladfield Pale, Crystal, Munich, Caramalt, Chocolate, Oats

YEAST: Wyeast 1272 - American Ale II


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy brown with some red-orange mixed in and a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, nuttiness, some citrus hops, and a hint of booze. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts, fruity yeast esters, and some citrus hops. Through the middle, roasted coffee comes through with a touch of hop bitterness, some nuttiness, and some more fruity yeast character. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, coffee bitterness, some mild citrus hops, and some fruity esters. M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasty, bitter, and dry finish. D - Very drinkable. Good brown ale with the coffee adding some nice complexity and depth.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7372) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
Leicht trübes orangebraunes Bier mit ordentlicher beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch nussig, röstmalzig, Kaffee, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack nach bitterem Kaffee, Röstmalz, leicht alkoholisch.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (1713) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle pour@5e Mondial de la Bière, Mulhouse - FR. Deep acajou-brown beer. Heavy coffee-infused aroma, plus malt candy and rum. Tastes as harshly coffee-centered as Kahlua on the rocks, with the only redeeming elements a powdery bitter chocolate, concentrated hop bitterness in the style of US barley wines and a rum barrel edge. Astringent bean & berry bitterness. All ingredients vying for attention like hyperactive toddlers. Quite unbalanced in that sense, for a brown ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (2984) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
Glass, 4-ounce, draught, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 12 2014; eye: dirty brown, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: hot pepper, coffee, dark chocolate, malt, light burnt barley, light caramel; mouth: hot pepper, coffee, dark chocolate, malt, light burnt barley, light caramel, finale in coffee with presence of caramel, full body, below-average carbonation, lightly bitter, slightly sweet, lightly hot texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, en fût, lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 12 juin 2014; œil : brun sale, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : piment, café, chocolat noir, malt, léger orge brûlée, léger caramel; bouche : piment, café, chocolat noir, malt, léger orge brûlée, léger caramel, finale en café avec présence de caramel, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, légèrement amère, très légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement piquante; en résumé : bien

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (1886) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2014
50 cl. bottle, my Brown Ale # 50. Dark brown colour with a slight reddish hue. Dense, lightly tanned head. Sweet aroma with heavy coffee impression, toffee, chocolate, toasted malts - even cream - and fruity notes. Taste is sweet. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Long lasting dry finish with lots of coffee, a slight bitterness with citrus, chocolate and fruits. Excellent, rather heavy brown ale. Definitely something for the coffee lover.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
slashrsm (1) - SLOVENIA - AUG 24, 2014 does not count
Very interesting beer. Very light head. Lots of chocolate flavours. Quite bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IluvatarMilan (270) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle @ the bottle shop, Be(e)rmondsey. Terrificly balanced coffee ale. Medium body, lots of roastiness and hoppiness. Hint of sour red fruit. Mocha and creamy chocolate likewise.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4423) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Medium sized creamy hea on top of a Aroma has loads of coffee, coffee roast and some coffee beans with some sweet malt toast and caramel. Flavours of coffee, coffee roast, bitters, chalk, herbal coffee tones, coffee beans and some caramel coffee with a malty tone. Aftertaste is bitter, coffee, coffee roast, herbal and malt roast and some caramalts. Low carbo, creamy silky mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a light creamy light dry more stronger bitter texture. Good beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (6692) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 10, 2014
bottle from pivni rozmanitost in prague. more black than brown with a fluffy brown head; aroma of mudcake dough, vanilla cream and, of course, coffee beans; loads of bitter chocolate flavours, rice krispies, good whack of bitterness, beautifully balanced

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oqnid (80) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
7 juil '13 -->Brown Ale brune, 8%, 500ml -brune rouquine, rubis; mousse fine -nez pimenté, café (brut), terreux, humidité -entrée terre, café, choco/vanille -ronde -finale café, terreuse (terre humide), amère; sucrée truffe (choco décadent) Co=3.5 Arô=3.5 Am=3.5 via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4359) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours cloudy light Brown with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. strong coffee beans and grinds, sugary brown maltiness, sweet nuts and chocolate, booze, pine and dirt, some fruity spicy maltiness, leafy grassy character, hint of maple syrup and woodsy notes too. average carbonation - slightly foamy, light to medium body - oily, sweetish grassy-spicy-coffee finish. coffee-forward. tasty. resinous coffee grinds.


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