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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 190   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (3929) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark brown pour with thin beige head, definite coffee aroma, coffee taste does what it says on the bottle, heavily carbonated, very good brown almost poterish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3922) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3740) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3568) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3563) - Candiac, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3457) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3394) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3372) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3368) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3341) - 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.


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