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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 179   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3264) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle@home from bottleshop
Chestnut brown fruity coffee with grey brown head. Milk chocolate and some ashen notes. Pithy orange hops come first. Plum pudding and rich fruit coffee with increasing alcohol warmth down glass. Medium body with high residual sugar, low carbonation and slight burnt toast bitterness in finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2013
bomber. Brune, col moyen, beige, laissant un filament doré au verre. Arôme présente un agréable bouquet de café, ce dernier contribue à une note épicée. Houblon n’est aussi pas en reste et est un peu en retrait par rapport au côté café. Le tout garde un malté tirant sur le biscuité. Palais café au lait léger, pointe d’épices venant du café. Note de chocolat avec toujours cette fin de bouche offrant un palais léger d’épice. Cela ne peut pas forcément plaire à tout le monde du fait de ce côté épicé rendu par le café. Aspect sucre résiduel sur la fin collant légèrement aux lèvres. Amertume est moyenne avec ici aussi un mélange entre grillé-torréfié, biscuité. Houblon contribue à rehausser la palais avec une amertume fleuri-fruitée assez délicate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
varanid99 (564) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2013
Deep toffee brown pour with light brown head. Caramel, roasted grain, coffee aroma. Roast, malt flavours with slight bit of coffee up front, finishes with coffee coming through on top of some hop bitterness. Pretty easy drinking

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3766) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours murky, brown with thick, creamy beige head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is coffee, light chocolate, caramel and roasted malts, raisins, figs, earthy and floral hops, and light leather. Flavor is roast malt and coffee forward, dark fruit esters, earthy hops, smoke, and light woody notes; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10098) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate malt, earthy coffee with prunes and raisins with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2551) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle, 11C. Brown with a light beige head. Aroma of light fruity coffee, dark sugars. The sort of coffee I like to smell rather than drink. Silky mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Taste is a first just coffee, then light roasted malt, chocolate and oats, then gentle but insistent bitterness. Just astringent at the end. Hard to tell where the coffee aromatics end and the hops start. I dunno - it’s too much about coffee for a beer somehow, but the coffee is very lovely indeed and it’s beautifully integrated into the beer. Dangerously drinkable for 8% too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawanna (2328) - GERMANY - FEB 17, 2013
Karamellig, schokoladig, sehr viel, Kaffee, röstig, Fichte, Teig, Gewürze, Nelke, Vanilla, holzig, dunkelbraune Farbe, hellbrauner wenig stabiler Schaum

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2013
Brun i färgen med offwhite skum. Doftar och smakar av kaffe, karamell, gräs, söta toner av kaffelikör. Råsocker, karamell och kaffe i avslutningen. God balans med kraftig kaffekaraktär.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (8271) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle 500ml @ fonefan
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, coffee and hint of chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a coffee and bitter finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a warm, hazy amber with a small off-white head. Thick coffe aroma atop quite some caramel and some perfumy hops - quite complex actually. Medium body, sweet caramel and coffee and again some perfumy hops. Interesting. 160213


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