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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 161   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2014
On draught at 101 Beer Kitchen. This beer pours a nearly opaque copper-brown color with a medium light beige head that diminishes gradually to a film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, coffee and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted coffee, caramel malt and earthy hops. The finish is sweet with a roasty coffee aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Bombers from Capone’s and Smith’s. Pours dark brown, looking deep ruby through direct light, and a 1-finger off-white head. Nose is heavy on the crystal and choc malt, big hop smell, and some perfumy florals. Tastes very hoppy, with coffee, cacao, an assertive malt presence, and more hops and well integrated coffee flavor in the finish. As with all 8 Wired beers I have quaffed thusfar, this one is well made and complex and thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Iced coffee dominates this strong ale’s entire profile with its roasty, biscuity and sweet-ish currents, culminating in a surprising show of resinous hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dark brown.
-Light strawberry fruitiness appears in the middle.
-Earthy connotations are also tasted.
-Mouthfeel is relatively lean and bubbly.
-This is a fun drink, and a well-made one too, but coffee is simply too much for my tastes.

Bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
2014-01-25. Dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of dry roasty coffee beans, green coffee beans. Flavour is similar bitter with a good amount of coffee character. Average bodied palate, light carbonation. Just okay, the coffee dominates too much for my tastes. Bottle via private order

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7384) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle 500ml @ fonefan
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, coffee and hint of chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a coffee and bitter finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
On tap at Frisco: pours a clear bright mahogany with a stringy lacing light tan head. Has a big fresh roasty coffee nose with some lightly sweet toasted malt underneath. Starts with pretty good fullness and toasted malty sweetness with lots of roasty coffee flavor and bitterness before a drier bittersweet finish. An interesting and well-made brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle. Brown beer with a dark cream head. Big coffee and malt aroma. Big coffee and light malt flavor with light cocoa. Medium bodied. Coffee and light malt linger with light nuttiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle share courtesy of sebletitje. The bottle pours brown with a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a mix of coffee and mild malty sweetness with a dash of hazel nut at the end of the draw. The taste delivers roasted coffee notes, some slightly roasted malts and a bit of hop spiciness. It gets a bit nutty here and there too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Keg at Cask P&K. It pours very dark brown with a tiny beige head. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, caramel and a touch of varnish. The taste is coffee, toast, roasted malt, caramel, touch of chocolate and citrus pith with a bitter, roasty finish. Medium body, average carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Drinks below abv. Smooth and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6624) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2013
bomber. Brune, col moyen, beige, laissant un filament doré au verre. Arôme présente un agréable bouquet de café, ce dernier contribue à une note épicée. Houblon n’est aussi pas en reste et est un peu en retrait par rapport au côté café. Le tout garde un malté tirant sur le biscuité. Palais café au lait léger, pointe d’épices venant du café. Note de chocolat avec toujours cette fin de bouche offrant un palais léger d’épice. Cela ne peut pas forcément plaire à tout le monde du fait de ce côté épicé rendu par le café. Aspect sucre résiduel sur la fin collant légèrement aux lèvres. Amertume est moyenne avec ici aussi un mélange entre grillé-torréfié, biscuité. Houblon contribue à rehausser la palais avec une amertume fleuri-fruitée assez délicate.


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