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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 192   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5652) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours brown, huge coffe nose, sweet fruity roasty coffee taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5529) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (5396) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Keg @ CPK. The pour’s medium brown with a small tan head. The nose is smooth roasted coffee, note of chocolate, some nuts. The taste is more roasted coffee, light caramel, toasted wood, some berry. Light, sweet finish. Medium body, soft. This drinks below its chunky ABV. Overall, a really nice effort. Well-rounded stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5305) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2013
chocolate, coffee, toast, nuts, brown golden,light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice light bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5252) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5043) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5033) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle: Poured a light clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee is pretty intense with loads of floral notes without any astringency. Taste is also dominated by floral coffee notes with light caramelized notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good offering with great balance and no astringency.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4750) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2013
Poured a deep reddish brown with a generous frothy head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and soft malt. Medium to full body, flavour as per the aroma. some vanilla on the chocolate.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (4749) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (4575) - 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.


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