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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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unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 235   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5737) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (5503) - 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 (itís thin to medium), carbo is nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5471) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2015
500ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a generous light beige head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is coffee and roasted grains with some chocolate notes. Taste is a coffee and roasted grain bitterness with a chocolate malty sweetness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, a well crafted brew with a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Recommended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5451) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (5307) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep clear amber-hued nut brown body with a small off-white head. Nose is caramel, nougat, mocha, coffee, maple syryp and hints of brown bread, biscuits and hazelnuts. Quite lovely. Taste is caramel, burnt sugar, coffee, nougat, hazelnuts, grains, brown bread, biscuits and hints of maple syrup, herbs and pine. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. A lovely autumn beer concept, this brown ale with coffee. Almost weird that so few breweries seem to have come up with the idea, at least around these parts of the woods (Norway). Very tasty indeed, perhaps the best from 8 Wired so far for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5214) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (5132) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erickok (5104) - Leuven, BELGIUM - 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)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (5096) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2016
Thin, white head atop a deep caramel mahogany coloured body. Nose is toasty and coffee. Flavour is nicely malted... Good roastiness, Iím liking the brown ale and coffee mix instead of stouts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5000) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle (500 ml), shared by Simon from La Cave ŗ Bulles. Thanks! Deed amber with a medium beige head and some lacing. Thereís a good amount of fresh coffee in the aroma along piney hops, caramel, nuts and mineral notes. Taste is slightly sweet and moderately bitter with rich coffee, caramel, nuts, earthy notes and pine. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Robust Brown Ale. Tasty. Balance isnít bad considering the huge presence of coffee. Well crafted.


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