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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 163   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3065) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear, dark amber with a small off white head which slowly disappears. Spotty lacing left about. Nose shows bitter coffee beans, toffee, a touch of aniseed and some piney hops. Freshly ground coffee beans come to mind. The faintest hint of milk chocolate in there too. Taste is slightly sweeter with a nice vanilla note throughout the bitter espresso like coffee notes. Heavy on the toffee with a hint of butterscotch about it. Grassy bitter and dry finish. Good stuff

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8234) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is fresh coffee, caramel, butterscotch toffee, vanilla, caramel and light cocoa. Finishes bitter coffee/light butterscotch. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1225) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2012
Slowbeer ontap (9-Sep-12) dark brown red colour, with head that falls away. Sweet coffee roast malt aroma. Sweet coffee choc malt pepper flavour. Bitter coffee vanilla roast malt spice finish and hop coffee roast malt aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (1914) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
Pours dark brown with a fading head. Nose shows hefty coffee, seemingly a mix of fresh and spent grounds though. Underneath that is roasted malt, dark chocolate and oats. Flavours are dominated by coffee throughout, but again, it does seem a little old. Underneath is some sweet malt and soft alcohol before the roasty bitterness takes over. Could benefit from a thicker body.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Brodies_Best (239) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 27, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head that fades to thin layer. Aroma of coffee, tastes like burnt coffee and alcoholic fruit. Dry coffee aftertaste. Unfortunately I don’t like coffee but I am sure coffee drinkers would love it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewticular (86) - - AUG 12, 2012
A very nice pour with a cream color head. Pretty good flavor but I can never get past a beer that tastes like someone added a pot of coffee to the secondary. I prefer the flavor coming from the malts and not the addition of coffee beans. Overall still a good beer, poured on tap at The Trappist.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
On tap at the Trappist. It pours a very nice dark ruby red with khaki foam. The aroma is earthy, woody hops. A tad floral with some red fruit and a decent amount of coffee. Very refined. The flavor is huge coffee and earthiness with some strong floral/spicy hops. Some caramel and molasses. A complex and tasty brew. The mouthfeel is very full.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
On tap at The Trappist, Oakland. Pours very dark brown with an attractive clinging tan head and a coffee aroma. There is a hearty coffee and treacle flavor with a bit of anise and a dry finish. Very tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2012
What can I say, amazing beer! Really worth a try as it has all the goodies in it. A perfect winters beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
On tap at cookie. Great, complex beer. Aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, and toast. Taste is sweet and bitter, with hints of sourness, and long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.


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