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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 168   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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (4505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2014
Bottled. Full 0,5 liter sample. The aroma has caramel, nuts, coffee, roast, some piney hops. Dark brown coloured beer with a short, off-white head. The taste is sweet in the beginning and ends bitter dry. It has a good balance between the caramel malts and the coffee. If you think about how you would want a coffee infused brown ale, then this beer is just exactly how you want it to be. Really great.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4424) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Medium sized creamy hea on top of a Aroma has loads of coffee, coffee roast and some coffee beans with some sweet malt toast and caramel. Flavours of coffee, coffee roast, bitters, chalk, herbal coffee tones, coffee beans and some caramel coffee with a malty tone. Aftertaste is bitter, coffee, coffee roast, herbal and malt roast and some caramalts. Low carbo, creamy silky mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a light creamy light dry more stronger bitter texture. Good beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4364) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours cloudy light Brown with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. strong coffee beans and grinds, sugary brown maltiness, sweet nuts and chocolate, booze, pine and dirt, some fruity spicy maltiness, leafy grassy character, hint of maple syrup and woodsy notes too. average carbonation - slightly foamy, light to medium body - oily, sweetish grassy-spicy-coffee finish. coffee-forward. tasty. resinous coffee grinds.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4337) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4018) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle @ joes. Dark brown colour with some ruby shining through, small off-white head. Smells coffee, chocolate, roasty, lovely. Tastes lots of coffee, roasty, dark chocolate.. Amazing aftertaste! Could use more body (it’s thin to medium), carbo is nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3989) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 1, 2012
500 ml bottle from Shenanigans. Big carbonated brown with strong coffee, nut taste. Medium body. Not heavy at all for a brown and for the coffee. Pretty decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (3979) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Clear brown appearance with low carbonation and a small head. Chocolate like coffee flavour dominates but doesn’t take over. Perhaps a novelty beer but still a superb one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3943) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2012
500ml bottle in a plastic cup. Pours brown with a lacy head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate malts, coffee, and some floral hops. Flavor the same with a good blend of coffee, floral hops, and malts. Average texture. A pretty good brown ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (3804) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2012
500ml bottle. Clear reddish dark brown colour small to average, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, superbly lacing, beige head. Roasty coffee aroma, dark malty background. Taste is initially minimally sweet dark malty with cappuccino notes, later with fading sweetness more dry and roasty, roasted coffee; long lasting finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3803) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aroma is roasty chocolate, some liquorice, some hoppy notes, malty biscuit. Flavour is quite dry and roasty, big caramel and chocolate malt, some liquorice. Ohw and coffee, lot’s of coffee, not too bitter. Nice one.


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