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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 179   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6530) - 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.
4325

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6354) - 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, it’s definitely over the top with the coffee, no argument with the "double coffee" name. It’s 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 there’s just enough bitterness in the finish to keep it drinkable (and it’s quite clean as well...no huskiness or foulness). Nice creamy mouthfeel and lasting head give it a few extra points, but as a whole it’s a bit of a novelty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6131) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
500ml bottle. Deep clear burnt-brick red with a fairly large and long-lasting tan thick cap of tightly foamy head. Aroma is wet limestone, medium roast coffee bean malt and alcohol. Taste is ... terrific; only slightly mineral, it’s mostly nutty coffee and dried herb bitterness with alcohol and some slight sharp lactic character. Average body, a bit astringent, nicely carbonated, and a medium roasty/dry bitter finish, interesting mineral aftertaste. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6031) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe de céréale et de tabac. Apparence: La couleur est brune foncée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #5042)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma of coffee , malt, some floral hops and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and malty with some coffee, nuts and floral hops. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (5980) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
50 cl bottle @ lusikka, no BBE info (probably olio has licked it away)
Aroma is rather strong on vegetable, jalopeno and nettle aromas typical to coffee beers. Flavour has mocha, very dark chocolate and jalopeno‐like vegetables. Very dry stuff, especially in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5925) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle from Party Source. Pours a deep amber color with a small off white head that collapses to a thin film. The aroma and flavor have big coffee notes, caramel, brown sugar,earthy character, a faint dark chocolate note and light nutty character. Light to medium bodied. Pretty decent brown ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (5765) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2012
Draft at Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is intense stale coffee, dark chocolate and big roasted malts. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
8/IX/14 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2014-976)

Clear red purple brown beer, small beige to white head, unstable, dissipates quickly, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of coffee, sweet, caramel, some vanilla, soft roastedness. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of coffee, pretty bitter, caramel, bit sweet, sugary, dark chocolate. Aftertaste: lots of coffee, mocha, caramel, little sourish, cocoa powder, bitter, hoppy, more coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5000) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2012
Draft at the Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. Poured a dark brown colour with a thin tan head. The aroma is hugely coffee and liqourice. The flavour is bitter smoky liqourice and dark chocolate. A superb, tasty and very satisfying beer.


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