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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
On tap at cookie. Great, complex beer. Aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, and toast. Taste is sweet and bitter, with hints of sourness, and long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (1924) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (1858) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
Pours dark brown with a fading head. Nose shows hefty coffee, seemingly a mix of fresh and spent grounds though. Underneath that is roasted malt, dark chocolate and oats. Flavours are dominated by coffee throughout, but again, it does seem a little old. Underneath is some sweet malt and soft alcohol before the roasty bitterness takes over. Could benefit from a thicker body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1849) - 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 (1766) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tastybeer (1664) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle. Copper pour, small tan head, little retention/lace. Aroma of big green apple, green coffee, onion, light chocolate, light toffee. Taste is moderately bitter, green coffee, toffee, light green apple. Palate is average carbonation, slick, light bitter finish. Beside the acetaldehyde, I’m guessing this was an old bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (1580) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2013
On tap @ Beer Temple. Deep red-brown color. Off white to beige head. Aroma’s: roast, ground coffee, red fruit, with caramel & toffee sweetness retronasal. Flavor is medium sweet, with some coffee-ish/roasted bitterness. Medium bodied. Finishes roasted & bitter. Nice one!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy brown with some red-orange mixed in and a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, nuttiness, some citrus hops, and a hint of booze. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts, fruity yeast esters, and some citrus hops. Through the middle, roasted coffee comes through with a touch of hop bitterness, some nuttiness, and some more fruity yeast character. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, coffee bitterness, some mild citrus hops, and some fruity esters. M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasty, bitter, and dry finish. D - Very drinkable. Good brown ale with the coffee adding some nice complexity and depth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1539) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 23, 2012
Sampled from bottle at the darkroom in Christchurch. The only issue being that it was dark and I couldn’t see the colour of the beer, but needless to say: it was dark. The beer was also served a little colder than I’d like and I had to let it sit for a while in my hand to bring out the full array of aromas and flavours. To that end, the aroma of coffee was at once strong, but not dominant. There was lovely chocolate and caramel underneath with dates and steamed pudding scents. That lovely roastiness returned in the flavour and while it was cold, the coffee too a back seat to chocolate and pudding again. There’s a good sweetness to it and very gentle bitterness. There was fruitcake in the enduring finish. While it was cold I was musing: so often coffee is too dominant and there is very little balance to beers with coffee in them. I thought this may have overcompensated, but as it warmed the coffee came back out and balanced nicely. A touch on the expensive side, this beer, but then quality shouldn’t come cheap.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Couldn’t find any bottling information, there was some but I guess it got rubbed off.
Appearance: The body is murky brown with a huge tan head that dissipates slowly creating a plateau as the sides dissipate much quicker than the center.
Aroma: Very astringent earthy and spicy coffee, coming off a bit sour even, upon swirling. The aroma settles to earthy coffee with sweet cocoa. The aroma is a bit restrained though.
Taste: The flavor tastes much better than the aroma indicates with prominent syrupy chocolate matched by earthy and spicy roasted flavors. Definitely a unique type of coffee to my palate, I’ve never tasted one this spicy. The coffee and cocoa match each other nicely while there thick caramel underlies it.
Palate: Full bodied with crisp carbonation.
Overall: This is a good beer, but it looks ugly and the aroma is a bit off-putting at times with a slightly sour astringency. This drinks nice though, probably better if it were fresher. I would buy this again if I saw it fresh.


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