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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 167   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2776) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2758) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle (500 ml), shared by Simon from La Cave ŗ Bulles. Thanks! Deed amber with a medium beige head and some lacing. Thereís 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 isnít bad considering the huge presence of coffee. Well crafted.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2615) - 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. ★★★★

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2525) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2429) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle, 11C. Brown with a light beige head. Aroma of light fruity coffee, dark sugars. The sort of coffee I like to smell rather than drink. Silky mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Taste is a first just coffee, then light roasted malt, chocolate and oats, then gentle but insistent bitterness. Just astringent at the end. Hard to tell where the coffee aromatics end and the hops start. I dunno - itís too much about coffee for a beer somehow, but the coffee is very lovely indeed and itís beautifully integrated into the beer. Dangerously drinkable for 8% too.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2351) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2321) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A very dark brown beer with ruby red highlights and a rapidly disappearing tan head. It has rich floral and fruity coffee flavours, chocolate hints and a fruity and roasted finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2233) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Dark brown pour. No head. A couple bubbles, if that. Obviously no lacing. Nice aroma of coffee, some heavy mineral type aroma - like chalk and copper. Heavy coffee flavor with some chocolate maltiness. A bit carbonic. Dry, yet a little sweet. Not too bad.


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