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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 175   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle. Brown beer with a dark cream head. Big coffee and malt aroma. Big coffee and light malt flavor with light cocoa. Medium bodied. Coffee and light malt linger with light nuttiness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (284) - HONG KONG - NOV 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2014 Very burnt coffee taste and aroma but nice floral happiness underneath characteristic of 8wired beers. Interesting. Nice cloudy brown color with nutty head. Taste is chocolate, nuttiness, burnt coffee and hops underneath it all. If the burnt coffee taste was a bit less prominent, or a bit less burnt tasting, this would be delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zenkis (590) - Ogre, LATVIA - DEC 31, 2013
On nose - fresh, unroasted coffee beans, darker malts. Pours deep reddish ambery with off-white top, min lasing. Taste - malt(simple and good) sweetness with coffee roast bitter, to me almost no from hopping. Interesting mix, equally mixed, no overwhelming aspect. Medium body, quite thick texture, light dry finish. Weird but interesting flavor mix of fresh coffee beans and roast bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17212) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty weak coffee and caramel aroma with hoppy hints. Slightly roasted malty coffee and caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel coffee finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Roast, some earthiness, ’burnt’, coffee and caramel. I love coffee beers, but found the coffee to be secondary and would have liked a bit more bitter coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15830) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
11th December 2012
Craft Clerkenwell. Clear dark red - brown beer, small pale tan head. Slightly crispy palate. Sweet malts, some dark character and a little lactose cream. Mild red berry fruits. Some coffee - but I was expecting a lot more. Semi dry finish. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2110) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2012
Keg at Craft Beer Co, Islington, London. A dark brown/red coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Rich roasty, coffee aroma. Tastes of coffee, roasty, slightly hoppy, malty. An interesting brew from NZ.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6394) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
50 cl bottle.
Pours dark brown color with a small head. Aroma of grass, nettle, some fruits, malts, caramel and some smoke and jalapeno. Flavor of creamy coffee, dark malts, mild fruits, chocolate, cocoa and mild caramel. A bit offensive aroma, but the taste is quite nice and smooth.
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (3933) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
500ml bottle

Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma of roasted malts, cold coffee, grainy malts, hints of ash. Taste is malty and slightly roasty with notes of coffee, cocoa, chocolate and hints of grain. Finish is sweetish and slightly roasty with some coffee notes. Decent, a bit unbalanced brown ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Keg @ CPK. The pour’s medium brown with a small tan head. The nose is smooth roasted coffee, note of chocolate, some nuts. The taste is more roasted coffee, light caramel, toasted wood, some berry. Light, sweet finish. Medium body, soft. This drinks below its chunky ABV. Overall, a really nice effort. Well-rounded stuff.


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