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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 161   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10291) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 15, 2013
Botella en casa. Deep dark brown colour, nice big steady beige brownish creamy head. Pleasant aroma of well toasted malt and caramel with some chocolate to it. Good mouthfeel indeed. Pleasant flavour of well toasted malt and caramel with chocolate and some dark fruit. Good pleasant soft yet very noticeable bitterness. Very well balanced Brown Ale indeed!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20640) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar. Clear red-brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, coffee freshgrinded coffee and chocolate, Fruity flavour of coffee, chocolate and hops. Hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4559) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Keg @ CPK. The pourís medium brown with a small tan head. The nose is smooth roasted coffee, note of chocolate, some nuts. The taste is more roasted coffee, light caramel, toasted wood, some berry. Light, sweet finish. Medium body, soft. This drinks below its chunky ABV. Overall, a really nice effort. Well-rounded stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13353) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at MikkellerBAR. Clear dark brown - white head. Nice fresh coffee. Lovely fresh coffee aroma. Ok bitterness. Hazel nuts. Fruity. Smooth malty. Dry bitterness. Nice carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (3937) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Clear brown appearance with low carbonation and a small head. Chocolate like coffee flavour dominates but doesnít take over. Perhaps a novelty beer but still a superb one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark clear brown with mahogany flashes down the side of the glass. Huge tan coloured head that takes forever to fall. Lots of lacing. Nice looking beer once it settles down a bit. Aromas are certainly dominated by coffee. Not just roasted coffee but sweet coffee liquor. Not a lot else comes through though there are some us hops and a little roasted grain. A little one dimensional thanks to the coffee but bloddy good all the same. Taste shows a little more complexity. Bitter roasted grain and coffee, sweet caramel and plenty of resiny bitter hops on the finish. Resin lingers long after the last taste. Medium to full creamy mouthfeel. Another great beer from this guy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Keg at Cask P&K. It pours very dark brown with a tiny beige head. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, caramel and a touch of varnish. The taste is coffee, toast, roasted malt, caramel, touch of chocolate and citrus pith with a bitter, roasty finish. Medium body, average carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Drinks below abv. Smooth and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9424) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 11, 2013
from Erzbierschof - clear dark brown beer with a modest head retention; earthy, biscuity maltiness toped by coffeish notes; pretty full-bodied, tasty and quite hoppy; biscuity malty hoppy and coffeish aftertaste - very pleasant

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6182) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (coffee, coffee, coffee, roasted grain, caramel, chocolate milk), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a light note of gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Well, itís definitely over the top with the coffee, no argument with the "double coffee" name. Itís kind of one-dimensional as a result, though...the coffee is a bit acrid in the nose but fortunately not in the mouth. Fairly sweet, but not in a syrupy-cloying way, and thereís just enough bitterness in the finish to keep it drinkable (and itís quite clean as well...no huskiness or foulness). Nice creamy mouthfeel and lasting head give it a few extra points, but as a whole itís a bit of a novelty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
On tap at Frisco: pours a clear bright mahogany with a stringy lacing light tan head. Has a big fresh roasty coffee nose with some lightly sweet toasted malt underneath. Starts with pretty good fullness and toasted malty sweetness with lots of roasty coffee flavor and bitterness before a drier bittersweet finish. An interesting and well-made brew.


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