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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 170   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


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahshuwuh (405) - USA - MAY 11, 2014
A dark brown slightly murky color with a bit of white head. Smells of earthy coffee, vegetal, cocoa, chocolate. An even bitter with sweet chocolate coffee overtones, the earthy coffee at the end, a bit of spiciness as well, maybe rye, corn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2919) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle (500 ml), shared by Simon from La Cave ŕ Bulles. Thanks! Deed amber with a medium beige head and some lacing. There’s a good amount of fresh coffee in the aroma along piney hops, caramel, nuts and mineral notes. Taste is slightly sweet and moderately bitter with rich coffee, caramel, nuts, earthy notes and pine. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Robust Brown Ale. Tasty. Balance isn’t bad considering the huge presence of coffee. Well crafted.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1389) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2014
Butelka 50cl. OCZY : Piwo jest szokująco przejrzyste jak na tak ciemny brązowy kolor. Ma małą piane o kolorze jasnego beżu. NOS : piwo ma mocne nuty słodowe przypominające toffi, piernik moczony w alkoholu, tarta i kawa. Ale to nie wszystko. Jest też mocno owocowe o dominujących nutach rodzynek. Trochę przypomina lody o smaku malagi. Są też aromaty pomarańczy i grejpfruta. USTA : piwo jest mało gazowane i mocno nasycone. można streścić piwo do eksplozji smaków podobnych do piernika, przesłodzonej mocnej kawy, lodów malaga z polewa toffi. Piwo jest mocno słodkie ale równoważy go równie mocna gorzkość kawy. Bardzo głęboki smak. ODCZUCIA : pije to piwo po sławnym Beer Geek Breakfast i myślałem że niestety się ugnie. Zaskoczyło mnie, że nie tylko dorównuje bogactwem ale również przebija intensywnością. Szczególnie, że alkohol w tym piwie bardziej rozgrzewa. Świetne odkrycie. OCENA : smak : 9/10 pijalność : 6/10

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5562) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle from Party Source. Pours a deep amber color with a small off white head that collapses to a thin film. The aroma and flavor have big coffee notes, caramel, brown sugar,earthy character, a faint dark chocolate note and light nutty character. Light to medium bodied. Pretty decent brown ale.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bmeup (520) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2014
I like Brown Ales a lot, this one is exceptional. Easy to see why this is so popular. Great Brown Ale.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erickok (3699) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 13, 2014
Rich coffee aroma, but also nutty, caramel, lots of hops and a balancing yeast. Delicious strong taste, bitter, coffee, resin hops. Amazing brew. So rich and delicious. (Bottle brought by Bertanne from De Molen)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (4558) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2014
Bottled. Full 0,5 liter sample. The aroma has caramel, nuts, coffee, roast, some piney hops. Dark brown coloured beer with a short, off-white head. The taste is sweet in the beginning and ends bitter dry. It has a good balance between the caramel malts and the coffee. If you think about how you would want a coffee infused brown ale, then this beer is just exactly how you want it to be. Really great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1042) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep chestnut, with a smallish off-white head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Lightly bitter coffee and floral hops compliment each other nicely in an aroma which also features milk chocolate and slightly burnt toast. Pine and vinous hops up front work lead nicely into slightly fruity, lightly bitter coffee in the mid-palate, which combines nicely with a little milk chocolate. Fruity and floral coffee finishes it off. This is a very nice beer indeed. I’m not always a fan of coffee beers, but this one has an excellent match between the flavours of the coffee used and those of the base beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (507) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2014
As advertised, a tasty drop that combines the best of both drinks (albeit not equally). Full bodied and well balanced beer is enhanced by the background hint of coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3834) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aroma is roasty chocolate, some liquorice, some hoppy notes, malty biscuit. Flavour is quite dry and roasty, big caramel and chocolate malt, some liquorice. Ohw and coffee, lot’s of coffee, not too bitter. Nice one.


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