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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 170   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


jkwood04's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4044) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2012
500ml bottle in a plastic cup. Pours brown with a lacy head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate malts, coffee, and some floral hops. Flavor the same with a good blend of coffee, floral hops, and malts. Average texture. A pretty good brown ale.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours brown, huge coffe nose, sweet fruity roasty coffee taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4923) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
8/IX/14 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2014-976)

Clear red purple brown beer, small beige to white head, unstable, dissipates quickly, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of coffee, sweet, caramel, some vanilla, soft roastedness. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of coffee, pretty bitter, caramel, bit sweet, sugary, dark chocolate. Aftertaste: lots of coffee, mocha, caramel, little sourish, cocoa powder, bitter, hoppy, more coffee.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StoutHead (674) - DENMARK - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear-ish red color with a fine one-finger off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel and coffee. Taste is of toasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, fruits, hops and not surprisingly - lots of coffee. Medium body and carbonation. Sweet but with a bitter coffee & hops finish. It’s like it has a bit of tartness too...but that could just be the coffee and hops confusing me. Okay.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7910) - 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 (1811) - 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 (3029) - 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 (1959) - 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 (275) - 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 (4561) - 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!


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