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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

bottled
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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (5359) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
500 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a small head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoked wood and roasted coffee. Flavour of strong roasted malts, salty licorice, smoked wood and almonds. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and high carbonation. Quite unbalanced.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (coffee, coffee, coffee, roasted grain, caramel, chocolate milk), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a light note of gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Well, it’s definitely over the top with the coffee, no argument with the "double coffee" name. It’s kind of one-dimensional as a result, though...the coffee is a bit acrid in the nose but fortunately not in the mouth. Fairly sweet, but not in a syrupy-cloying way, and there’s just enough bitterness in the finish to keep it drinkable (and it’s quite clean as well...no huskiness or foulness). Nice creamy mouthfeel and lasting head give it a few extra points, but as a whole it’s a bit of a novelty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2709) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (4280) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2013
chocolate, coffee, toast, nuts, brown golden,light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice light bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a warm, hazy amber with a small off-white head. Thick coffe aroma atop quite some caramel and some perfumy hops - quite complex actually. Medium body, sweet caramel and coffee and again some perfumy hops. Interesting. 160213

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

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2012
Dark red/brown in colour with thin off white head. Big coffee aroma, mild fruity hop flavour.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (4285) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2012
Draft at Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is intense stale coffee, dark chocolate and big roasted malts. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark brown colour. MOderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter candis flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. Powerfull but not harmonic.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a hazy brown hued body with a medium sized tan head. Aromas are of coffee, minerals, lightly windex, medium dry. Bready malts. Pretty clean ester wise. Flavors show a nutty and roasty coffee note that seems a touch faded. Somewhat strong mineral content. Nutty and toasty malt. Lively bubbles, medium bodied. A bit bland.


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