8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3044) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawanna (2813) - Freising, GERMANY - FEB 17, 2013
Karamellig, schokoladig, sehr viel, Kaffee, röstig, Fichte, Teig, Gewürze, Nelke, Vanilla, holzig, dunkelbraune Farbe, hellbrauner wenig stabiler Schaum

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (9999) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25069) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma of coffee , malt, some floral hops and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and malty with some coffee, nuts and floral hops. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (15759) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (15393) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (13462) - 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.

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