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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 189   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3277) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2012 Tap at armsby abbey. Aroma is a nice clean morning coffee roast, dry cocoa, hazelnuts, with a grapefruit hop kiss. Taste is a complex hoppy, fresh roast coffee. Hodgepodge of things but works really well together. Dry. Nice body. Nice lace on glass. Pretty great all around. Liked quite a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3196) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3156) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3153) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
Glass, 4-ounce, draught, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 12 2014; eye: dirty brown, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: hot pepper, coffee, dark chocolate, malt, light burnt barley, light caramel; mouth: hot pepper, coffee, dark chocolate, malt, light burnt barley, light caramel, finale in coffee with presence of caramel, full body, below-average carbonation, lightly bitter, slightly sweet, lightly hot texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, en fût, lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 12 juin 2014; œil : brun sale, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : piment, café, chocolat noir, malt, léger orge brûlée, léger caramel; bouche : piment, café, chocolat noir, malt, léger orge brûlée, léger caramel, finale en café avec présence de caramel, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, légèrement amère, très légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement piquante; en résumé : bien

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2951) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2932) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle. Relatively clear reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Fantastic aroma of roast coffee, toasted malt, hints of caramel and chocolate. Medium bodied, good carbonation level. Big coffee notes in the flavour, supported by some caramel and dark cocoa, and backing earthiness, and a moderately bittered finish. Pretty strong coffee character here, but it’s not aggressive, and it sure doesn’t drink like an 8% beer - more like 5.5% or something.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2872) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 Bottled. Pours hazy and deep brown with a medium sized off-white to beige head, leaving a fair lacing. Nose of grapefruit, orange, coffee, chocolate, caramel and floral + pepperish notes. Sweet flavor with a slightly toasted malt taste, that ends up more dry and decent bitter. Medium to full bodied, oily to creamy texture and soft CO2. Delicious and very enjoyable. ★★★★

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Burnt tangerine/chestnut/mahogany pour with small but long-lasting eggshell head. Nose of brown sugar-infused coffee, honey, vanilla, and toffee. Flavor is also quite sweet with some candied fruit, roasted malt, and chocolate-covered coffee bean. A bit cloying.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2786) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2013
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Great, complex beer. Aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, and sweet malt. Taste is sweet and bitter, with hints of sourness, and it lasts and lasts. Palate is syrupy thick, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head. Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2763) - 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.


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