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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13127) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. It’s a clear one, brown in color and with a small, dense, beige head. The aroma is rather one tracked, leaving little room for anything else but the coffee, but it’s cleverly done. Coffee bitterness, coffee and some chocolate and vanilla in the flavor, something spiced blending in. Full body, semi-dry and pleasantly carbonated. The finish has some notes of citrusy hops blending with the coffee. A touch of vanilla and chocolate too. Wonderful. 130216

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (13796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Medium head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are vegetables, coffee, roast malt, caramel and hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (10755) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, strong coffee and caramel. Flavour is malt, caramel, strong coffee, chocolate, medium sweet, hop and medium bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, coffee and vegetables. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 160213

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle @ The 4th Annual Fastelavns-Smagning Ulfborg, 2013. Pours dark ruby amber with a small white head. Lots of coffee and mocha. Roasted. Chewy caramel and a hoppy bite. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11114) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle, bought @ Havnens Vin & Tobak, Vejle.
Pours deep brown with a small, creamy, off-white head. Fine duration. Aroma has lots of fresh ground coffee, caramel, soft chocolate. Low carbonation, fantastic creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of elegant dry coffee, roasted malts, light herbal, some citrussy hoppiness. Very bitter finish with some astringency from the coffee. Very elegant beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10368) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark brown colour. MOderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter candis flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. Powerfull but not harmonic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3051) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2013
Poured a deep reddish brown with a generous frothy head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and soft malt. Medium to full body, flavour as per the aroma. some vanilla on the chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (1584) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2013
On tap @ Beer Temple. Deep red-brown color. Off white to beige head. Aroma’s: roast, ground coffee, red fruit, with caramel & toffee sweetness retronasal. Flavor is medium sweet, with some coffee-ish/roasted bitterness. Medium bodied. Finishes roasted & bitter. Nice one!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2013
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Great, complex beer. Aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, and sweet malt. Taste is sweet and bitter, with hints of sourness, and it lasts and lasts. Palate is syrupy thick, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head. Enjoyable.


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