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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawanna (2153) - GERMANY - FEB 17, 2013
Karamellig, schokoladig, sehr viel, Kaffee, röstig, Fichte, Teig, Gewürze, Nelke, Vanilla, holzig, dunkelbraune Farbe, hellbrauner wenig stabiler Schaum

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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2089) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2011) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1998) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle frae Brew Dog, shared with Slothez, Superbowl session. Deep dark brown pour with a shy tan head. Coffee laden beak alongside a little chocolate..Smooth creamy mouthefeel. More coffee in the taste with notes of citrus hop, malts and dark fruits Steady rolling bitterness. The hops and coffee link up really well. Not my favourite style but this could well be the best brown ale I’ve ever tasted. Yumtiddlyum.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (1951) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (1935) - 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.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (1886) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2014
50 cl. bottle, my Brown Ale # 50. Dark brown colour with a slight reddish hue. Dense, lightly tanned head. Sweet aroma with heavy coffee impression, toffee, chocolate, toasted malts - even cream - and fruity notes. Taste is sweet. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Long lasting dry finish with lots of coffee, a slight bitterness with citrus, chocolate and fruits. Excellent, rather heavy brown ale. Definitely something for the coffee lover.


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