8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11832) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2014
500ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga)
Alas, served pretty much at room temperature. Smells of runner beans. Beans which have burnt to the side of the pan, which is similar in smell to burnt cabbage. Taste is less beany, but still more bean than coffee. Smooth palate, nice carbonation. Body is at first milky, but later creamy, and even later buttery. Nice thick heavy branny husky grains. Hops provide a nice bitterness that tingles the tongue. Anna liked it more, as she’s not anti-coffee like me. If it had been colder, I may have been less perturbed by the beaniness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11793) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is fresh coffee, caramel, butterscotch toffee, vanilla, caramel and light cocoa. Finishes bitter coffee/light butterscotch. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11766) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2013
500 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, carmel and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of coffee, earthiness and light carmel with a smooth dry lingering coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11649) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle, bought @ Havnens Vin & Tobak, Vejle.
Pours deep brown with a small, creamy, off-white head. Fine duration. Aroma has lots of fresh ground coffee, caramel, soft chocolate. Low carbonation, fantastic creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of elegant dry coffee, roasted malts, light herbal, some citrussy hoppiness. Very bitter finish with some astringency from the coffee. Very elegant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (11359) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2012
Sampled from 50cl bottle thanks to Joes. Very dark brown to dark red color with a deep dark red color, medium sized beige head that diminishes fairly quickly. Smell malts, dark malts some roastyness and a lot of coffee. Taste malts, a tremendous amount coffee and roastyness, slightly cocoa, some earth and bitter. A bit too much coffee for me though it has quite a nice balance. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11054) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate malt, earthy coffee with prunes and raisins with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10926) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 11, 2013
from Erzbierschof - clear dark brown beer with a modest head retention; earthy, biscuity maltiness toped by coffeish notes; pretty full-bodied, tasty and quite hoppy; biscuity malty hoppy and coffeish aftertaste - very pleasant

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (10568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
500mL bottle, pours a deep dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma of hazelnut coffee and toasted nuts - not overly pungent, especially considering the flavour. Flavour is very rich, surprisingly so, with lots of coffee, toasted hazelnuts, dark roasted malt, and rich caramel malt sweetness. Surprisingly full-bodied, with dominating flavours of caramel and hazelnut coffee. Finishes sweet and nutty. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 15, 2013
Botella en casa. Deep dark brown colour, nice big steady beige brownish creamy head. Pleasant aroma of well toasted malt and caramel with some chocolate to it. Good mouthfeel indeed. Pleasant flavour of well toasted malt and caramel with chocolate and some dark fruit. Good pleasant soft yet very noticeable bitterness. Very well balanced Brown Ale indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10266) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Roast, some earthiness, ’burnt’, coffee and caramel. I love coffee beers, but found the coffee to be secondary and would have liked a bit more bitter coffee.

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