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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: American Strong Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7894) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (7705) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (7668) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (7649) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7238) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7164) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7042) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (7027) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle shared@Appellation Wines, Edinburgh - dark brown pour with beige head. Toasty roasty malty aroma and taste, some coffee, caramel, chocolate, nutty, lovely velvet mouthfeel, great stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (6970) - 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.


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