8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand


on tap

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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4900) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4776) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4588) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4587) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Clear brown appearance with low carbonation and a small head. Chocolate like coffee flavour dominates but doesn’t take over. Perhaps a novelty beer but still a superb one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4516) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4508) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erickok (4464) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle@home from bottleshop
Chestnut brown fruity coffee with grey brown head. Milk chocolate and some ashen notes. Pithy orange hops come first. Plum pudding and rich fruit coffee with increasing alcohol warmth down glass. Medium body with high residual sugar, low carbonation and slight burnt toast bitterness in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4234) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle (500 ml), shared by Simon from La Cave à Bulles. Thanks! Deed amber with a medium beige head and some lacing. There’s 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 isn’t bad considering the huge presence of coffee. Well crafted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, 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.

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