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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 178   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2499) - 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 (2493) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (2401) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2014
29.11.2014, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and roasted, mild espresso, roasted grain, lactose, dark malts, caramel, chocolate pudding, licorice, grass. Taste is slightly dry roasted, espresso, grass, roasted grain, burnt caramel, licorice, bitter chocolate, dark malts, hay, nuts, pine needles, hops, dark sugar. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2342) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawanna (2318) - GERMANY - FEB 17, 2013
Karamellig, schokoladig, sehr viel, Kaffee, röstig, Fichte, Teig, Gewürze, Nelke, Vanilla, holzig, dunkelbraune Farbe, hellbrauner wenig stabiler Schaum

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2235) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2013
500ml bottle from The Wine Shoppe Brick. Pours a murky chestnut brown color with a huge foamy 3 fingers of khaki colored head. Aroma of caramel, roasted peanuts, and light hints coffee. Taste of roasted coffee, roasted malts, peanuts, and toffee.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2179) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2012
Keg at Craft Islington.Ultra strong coffee smell and taste. But more like coffee grinds. Not much else. Nice but one dimensional. I quite liked it, but it was quite predictable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2167) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2135) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2012
Keg at Craft Beer Co, Islington, London. A dark brown/red coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Rich roasty, coffee aroma. Tastes of coffee, roasty, slightly hoppy, malty. An interesting brew from NZ.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
500ml bottle from Bieropholie.
Appearance : Dark brown with small head. Short lived head.
Aroma : Big coffee with light acidic notes. Roasted and slightly ashy. Light roasted caramel.
Taste : Coffee and caramel. Piny resinous hops. Finish has lots of coffee with resinous hops. Persistent coffee and hops. Finish is rather bitter, bitterness coming from both coffee and hops.
Palate : Soft carbonation.
Overall : Coffee is taking most of the space. Hops are complimenting the coffee rather well. Despite being black this is closer to a coffee stout than a brown ale but maybe it’s just me. Lots of flavour, nice coffee notes but not exactly what I was expecting from this brown ale.


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