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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
2014-01-25. Dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of dry roasty coffee beans, green coffee beans. Flavour is similar bitter with a good amount of coffee character. Average bodied palate, light carbonation. Just okay, the coffee dominates too much for my tastes. Bottle via private order

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2014
From a 500ml bottle on 26/1/2014 (shared by Butz - thanks). Pours a dark amber with a small head. Has a powerful aroma dominated by masses of coffee. Taste wise, it delivers oodles more strong coffee, along with heaps of caramel and milk chocolate. This is a super sweet one but is nicely balanced by some big lingering hops. The texture is thick and the carbonation modest. All up, this is a really good, full on sweet coffee ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2014
On draught at 101 Beer Kitchen. This beer pours a nearly opaque copper-brown color with a medium light beige head that diminishes gradually to a film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, coffee and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted coffee, caramel malt and earthy hops. The finish is sweet with a roasty coffee aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (708) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Appearance: Clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Pine, grapefruit and coffee. Taste: Medium bitter and sweetness, low sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, low/average carbonation. Lingering coffee finish with a hint of grapefruit and caramel. Comments: Very tasty and glass lace.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (2883) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
500ml bottle, with a dark brown color, and a small off beige head, with a yeasty, earthy green vegetal light green coffee bean, tobacco leaf, vegetable cooked rapini, toffee nose, with some cookie dough, brown milk chocolate, mint leaf, brown sugar, roasted peanut, nutty accents, with some honey peanut granola bar, light green molasses, roasted, toasted, biscuity, bready, caramel malt notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth sweet caramelized, biscuity, toasted, roasted malty, earthy green roasted grind coffee bean, toffee, mint chocolate, floral green tobacco leaf, grassy, minty hoppy character, with some roasted peanut, espresso coffee, tiramisu cake, brown chocolate, hazelnut butter flavours, leading towards a warming, sweet caramelized, toasted, bready, roasted maltiness, toffeeish, earthy green roasted grind coffee bean, minty dark bitter chocolate, roasty bitterness finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15568) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty weak coffee and caramel aroma with hoppy hints. Slightly roasted malty coffee and caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel coffee finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zenkis (497) - Ogre, LATVIA - DEC 31, 2013
On nose - fresh, unroasted coffee beans, darker malts. Pours deep reddish ambery with off-white top, min lasing. Taste - malt(simple and good) sweetness with coffee roast bitter, to me almost no from hopping. Interesting mix, equally mixed, no overwhelming aspect. Medium body, quite thick texture, light dry finish. Weird but interesting flavor mix of fresh coffee beans and roast bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2156) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
Thanks to Nick for this. Pours deep brown with a moderate dark brown head. Aroma is coffee, nut and slight caramel. Taste is silky smooth, rich roasted malts, intense coffee and sweet caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vells (542) - LATVIA - DEC 16, 2013
First impression was green coffee beans. .a lots of them. Then comes quite intense maltiness, bit roasted malts, caramel, coffee. Some fruitiness with decent hop balance. Bit dry finish. Really enjoyable brew with no weakness for brown ale

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (5906) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 8, 2013
Tap at Hop Revolution 2013. Nose came across as just coffee, which I didn’t dig so much. Nice malt flavor kicks in, though, with caramel and chocolate going with the coffee. Good body. Rich and malty. An interesting, somewhat different coffee beer.


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