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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (6563) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2013
Dark brown coloured and clear. Has an off-white head, medium duration. An aroma with a mix of nice hops and roasted malts plus faint coffee. Flavor starts heavy sweet, more coffee and hops. Finish moderate to heavy bitter. Harmonic and creamy and dry.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (6453) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 10, 2014
bottle from pivni rozmanitost in prague. more black than brown with a fluffy brown head; aroma of mudcake dough, vanilla cream and, of course, coffee beans; loads of bitter chocolate flavours, rice krispies, good whack of bitterness, beautifully balanced

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6418) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
On tap at The Trappist, Oakland. Pours very dark brown with an attractive clinging tan head and a coffee aroma. There is a hearty coffee and treacle flavor with a bit of anise and a dry finish. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6335) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Draft at Armsby Abbey. Pours a deep amber color with a small off-white head that leaves sticky lace in the glass. Aroma of coffee - and lots of it - with brown sugar, toffee, nuts, and faint earthy hops. Really nice smell. The flavor is a much milder version of the same. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and toasty, nutty, dry mouthfeel. Excellent coffee brown ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2013
500ml bottle, shared with caterwaul. Mostly hazy red / brown color. Thin khaki head. A couple loose, airy splotches of lace. Very big, strong bitter, musty coffee flavor. Very roasty. Stronger roasty almost burnt malt bitter taste. Not much else, no sweet at all. Some earthy, herbal hop is noticed late under all that coffee. Medium-plus body. Initially, kind of a soft, stronger carbonation, but it gets more agreeable as I go. More dry finish. Nice long, bitter strong coffee aftertaste. Gets much better and and more enjoyable as it sits and warms up; gets more integrated. Coffee works well with the nutty malt, hint of dark chocolate to it. Complex, powerful flavor. Really good, assertive strong bitter coffee ale. Love the long, bitter roasty coffee aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 8, 2013
Tap at Hop Revolution 2013. Nose came across as just coffee, which I didnít dig so much. Nice malt flavor kicks in, though, with caramel and chocolate going with the coffee. Good body. Rich and malty. An interesting, somewhat different coffee beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6259) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6181) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (coffee, coffee, coffee, roasted grain, caramel, chocolate milk), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a light note of gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Well, itís definitely over the top with the coffee, no argument with the "double coffee" name. Itís kind of one-dimensional as a result, though...the coffee is a bit acrid in the nose but fortunately not in the mouth. Fairly sweet, but not in a syrupy-cloying way, and thereís just enough bitterness in the finish to keep it drinkable (and itís quite clean as well...no huskiness or foulness). Nice creamy mouthfeel and lasting head give it a few extra points, but as a whole itís a bit of a novelty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (6176) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
500 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a small head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoked wood and roasted coffee. Flavour of strong roasted malts, salty licorice, smoked wood and almonds. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and high carbonation. Quite unbalanced.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6106) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
50 cl bottle.
Pours dark brown color with a small head. Aroma of grass, nettle, some fruits, malts, caramel and some smoke and jalapeno. Flavor of creamy coffee, dark malts, mild fruits, chocolate, cocoa and mild caramel. A bit offensive aroma, but the taste is quite nice and smooth.
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