8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 190   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
freretoc (974) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 31, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 66cl à la brasserie, couleur brune délavée, belle mousse blanche et peu d’effervescence, j’ai beaucoup de mal avec ce genre de bière avec du café, j’ai toujours l’impression de boire un café qui est passé pour la 3e fois dans le même filtre, alors ça a bien le goût du café mais c’est tellement noyé dans de la flotte que j’ai l’impression de boire une café du Patton à la Coopadou.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malrider69 (67) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2014
Pours medium to dark brown in colour with a thin light brown head. Strong aroma of coffee. Slightly bitter taste with flavours of coffee and burnt malt which sit nicely on the palate. Not a bad beer, but at the price I would probably not purchase it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1624) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2014
just a spectacular coofee brown ale. perfectly balanced hopps, coffee and nut flavor makes this one seriously crushable. It is hard to believe it is 8% alcohol. pours almost black in color with a thick tan head. smells like coffee. what a great beer from new zealand...they have figured out how to use hopps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
[6148-20140124] Bottle. Coffee grains aroma. Hazy, dark brown red body with a quick foamy off-white head. More coffee and grainy malt in the flavour with a long aftertaste. Medium body. Interesting. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2014
29.11.2014, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and roasted, mild espresso, roasted grain, lactose, dark malts, caramel, chocolate pudding, licorice, grass. Taste is slightly dry roasted, espresso, grass, roasted grain, burnt caramel, licorice, bitter chocolate, dark malts, hay, nuts, pine needles, hops, dark sugar. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (652) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 23, 2014
From a bottle at a beer tasting at Tap 66, Xiamen. Pours clear red brown with a white head. Aroma of malt, hops and a hint of coffee. Bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (509) - - NOV 22, 2014
Sweet coffee caramel aroma on Brown poured ale. Sweet caramel and coffee taste medium body

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wazzawazza (40) - Geraldton, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2014
Not bad. Not really sensing the coffe flavour in it but getting a real good taste anyway. Would be good with spicy food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrus86 (115) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2014
BOTTLE. Shared RW. Cola brown in colour with small beige head. Coffee is real strong on the nose. Malty up front with the coffee just kicking your taste buds, finishing very strong and thick with a burnt malt & bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olliejobbins (1185) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle from beer and cider bar, Bangkok. Pours quite a dark brown with thick tanned head. Aroma is lots of coffee, bitter cocoa and burnt toast. Taste is of lots of coffee so no surprises there. Really nice and smooth. I’d try this again I’d I could find it a bit cheaper. Think it cost £10+ from memory.

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