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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 167   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (3746) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
500ml bottle

Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma of roasted malts, cold coffee, grainy malts, hints of ash. Taste is malty and slightly roasty with notes of coffee, cocoa, chocolate and hints of grain. Finish is sweetish and slightly roasty with some coffee notes. Decent, a bit unbalanced brown ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3662) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a thick frothy light tan head. Nose is light and malty with some coffee elements to it. Taste is a little bitter from the coffee, but an easy drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3646) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Cola-brown with a huge, frothy, tan head.... Strong coffee, roast aroma, a little chocolate. Flavour is ashy, burned coffee.....bitter....a bit of earthy hops. REALLY strong coffee bitter....not a bit sweet....huge flavor. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3554) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours murky, brown with thick, creamy beige head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is coffee, light chocolate, caramel and roasted malts, raisins, figs, earthy and floral hops, and light leather. Flavor is roast malt and coffee forward, dark fruit esters, earthy hops, smoke, and light woody notes; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erickok (3532) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 13, 2014
Rich coffee aroma, but also nutty, caramel, lots of hops and a balancing yeast. Delicious strong taste, bitter, coffee, resin hops. Amazing brew. So rich and delicious. (Bottle brought by Bertanne from De Molen)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3381) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2014
On tap at The Scratch. Rating from April 2014. Beer and coffee is a great combination and this one is done well. Deep black colour with plenty of coffee in both the flavour and aroma. Worth seeking out.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Deep brown body with slow moving carbonation and a rich and lasting creamy khaki head. Awesome lacing to boot. The aroma is tons of coffee, tobacco, brown malts, and a light toffee. The flavor is rich and full of coffee, hops, and bitter brown malt. The palate is thick and creamy. Bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3283) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3256) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2012 Tap at armsby abbey. Aroma is a nice clean morning coffee roast, dry cocoa, hazelnuts, with a grapefruit hop kiss. Taste is a complex hoppy, fresh roast coffee. Hodgepodge of things but works really well together. Dry. Nice body. Nice lace on glass. Pretty great all around. Liked quite a bit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3240) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
On tap at the Trappist. It pours a very nice dark ruby red with khaki foam. The aroma is earthy, woody hops. A tad floral with some red fruit and a decent amount of coffee. Very refined. The flavor is huge coffee and earthiness with some strong floral/spicy hops. Some caramel and molasses. A complex and tasty brew. The mouthfeel is very full.


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