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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle: Poured a light clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee is pretty intense with loads of floral notes without any astringency. Taste is also dominated by floral coffee notes with light caramelized notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good offering with great balance and no astringency.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
McNeillR (976) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2013
Soft red, off white head. Taught woody nut soaked bourbon. Fluffy initial taste, cola cubed sweetness. Lightly bittered with sweet thread, soft spice and chewy berry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2014) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle. Brown with light tan head. Aroma of coffee and hops, quite fruity, the hops work well with the coffee. Taste more coffee than than the aroma and less hoppy. Decent body and a clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (13168) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle at home.... Deep brown... Thin tan head... Huge coffee nose... Dark roast... Mellow very fruity coffee... Light juicy hop... Great depth

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2616) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Pours dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of coffee, nuts, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Excellent coffee flavor with roasted malt, nuts, and hint of fruit. Very nice beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prokroustis (668) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 1, 2013
Pitch dark brown body with a small off white head. Great, strong aroma with coffee, roasted malty with some chocolate and licorice. Great flavour with good coffee as well as chocolate, espresso, a herbal bitter note and alcohol in the finish. Great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2013

Draught @ CASK Pub & Kitchen, 6 Charlwood Street, London, Greater London, England SW1V 2EE.

Unclear medium to dark brown colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate - dark chocolate. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, chocolate sweet, coffee bitter, dusty coffee, light chili finish ? Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130118]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (2852) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle - 500ml. Dark brown cloudy/muddy body with a thin off-white foamy head. Robust, complex malty/hoppy aroma with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Taste carries vanilla, woody, yeasty, and coffee notes. Ends with a strong, moderately warming bittersweet finish. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (1576) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown color with a small head that quickly fades to a ring. Aroma is strong coffee with some nuttiness. Taste is strong bitter coffee, some light chocolate and nuttiness. Very little sweetness. Some light alcohol noticeable in the finish. Overall, it’s very overpowering but a decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5546) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe de céréale et de tabac. Apparence: La couleur est brune foncée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #5042)


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