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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3069) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2012
Small biege head darkest of red brown pours medium carbonation aromas strong coffee like liquer or strong bean roasted some vanilla and caramel nutty notes mild fruit the flavours citrus taste gritty touch coffee very tasty medium ibu lovely roaasted coffee caramel a sweetness sugary touch vanilla very bright but smooth brown ale the finish good aftertastes of the coffee sweet malts frut hops lasting bitter nice alround brown ale

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3051) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (2968) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
Bouteille de 500ml. bue avec Patrick. Bière brune acajou avec une mousse beige pâle durable. Un nez de café rôti, de cigare, tabac, de poussière, quelque chose qui rappelle un cendrier. Une odeur qui revient dans la Big Smoke. La bouche a une forte amertume d’alcool, elle semble mince, insignifiante, du chocolat, du café et de la poussière. 6+/10

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (2934) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (2890) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
500ml bottle, with a dark brown color, and a small off beige head, with a yeasty, earthy green vegetal light green coffee bean, tobacco leaf, vegetable cooked rapini, toffee nose, with some cookie dough, brown milk chocolate, mint leaf, brown sugar, roasted peanut, nutty accents, with some honey peanut granola bar, light green molasses, roasted, toasted, biscuity, bready, caramel malt notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth sweet caramelized, biscuity, toasted, roasted malty, earthy green roasted grind coffee bean, toffee, mint chocolate, floral green tobacco leaf, grassy, minty hoppy character, with some roasted peanut, espresso coffee, tiramisu cake, brown chocolate, hazelnut butter flavours, leading towards a warming, sweet caramelized, toasted, bready, roasted maltiness, toffeeish, earthy green roasted grind coffee bean, minty dark bitter chocolate, roasty bitterness finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (2858) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle - 500ml. Dark brown cloudy/muddy body with a thin off-white foamy head. Robust, complex malty/hoppy aroma with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Taste carries vanilla, woody, yeasty, and coffee notes. Ends with a strong, moderately warming bittersweet finish. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (2839) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2013
50 cl. Un liquide brun et sa mousse fondante. Un début de dentelle. Un nez de grains de café colombien, de noisettes et de caramel croquant. Une impression terreuse et quelques houblons en feuilles. Un goût collé aux arômes. Du chocolat et du café brun, des noix grillées et du caramel terreux. Une pointe d’alcool qui apporte une certaine richesse. En bouche, la sensation d’un corps de moyenne densité. Un pétillement qui tire vers le bas et une texture huileuse. Une finale de fèves de café torréfiées qui procurent une amertume bien accrochée.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2821) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle. Relatively clear reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Fantastic aroma of roast coffee, toasted malt, hints of caramel and chocolate. Medium bodied, good carbonation level. Big coffee notes in the flavour, supported by some caramel and dark cocoa, and backing earthiness, and a moderately bittered finish. Pretty strong coffee character here, but it’s not aggressive, and it sure doesn’t drink like an 8% beer - more like 5.5% or something.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (2791) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear, dark amber with a small off white head which slowly disappears. Spotty lacing left about. Nose shows bitter coffee beans, toffee, a touch of aniseed and some piney hops. Freshly ground coffee beans come to mind. The faintest hint of milk chocolate in there too. Taste is slightly sweeter with a nice vanilla note throughout the bitter espresso like coffee notes. Heavy on the toffee with a hint of butterscotch about it. Grassy bitter and dry finish. Good stuff

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2710) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Burnt tangerine/chestnut/mahogany pour with small but long-lasting eggshell head. Nose of brown sugar-infused coffee, honey, vanilla, and toffee. Flavor is also quite sweet with some candied fruit, roasted malt, and chocolate-covered coffee bean. A bit cloying.


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