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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 188   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
vanvenlo (1346) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2012
Slowbeer ontap (9-Sep-12) dark brown red colour, with head that falls away. Sweet coffee roast malt aroma. Sweet coffee choc malt pepper flavour. Bitter coffee vanilla roast malt spice finish and hop coffee roast malt aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3425) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1421) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2012
50 cl bottle @ home. Pours deep brownish amber with an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and nuts. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee, and nuts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (6243) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
50 cl bottle @ lusikka, no BBE info (probably olio has licked it away)
Aroma is rather strong on vegetable, jalopeno and nettle aromas typical to coffee beers. Flavour has mocha, very dark chocolate and jalopeno‐like vegetables. Very dry stuff, especially in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9342) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2012
Sampled from 50cl bottle thanks to Joes. Very dark brown to dark red color with a deep dark red color, medium sized beige head that diminishes fairly quickly. Smell malts, dark malts some roastyness and a lot of coffee. Taste malts, a tremendous amount coffee and roastyness, slightly cocoa, some earth and bitter. A bit too much coffee for me though it has quite a nice balance. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
500ml bottle from Bieropholie.
Appearance : Dark brown with small head. Short lived head.
Aroma : Big coffee with light acidic notes. Roasted and slightly ashy. Light roasted caramel.
Taste : Coffee and caramel. Piny resinous hops. Finish has lots of coffee with resinous hops. Persistent coffee and hops. Finish is rather bitter, bitterness coming from both coffee and hops.
Palate : Soft carbonation.
Overall : Coffee is taking most of the space. Hops are complimenting the coffee rather well. Despite being black this is closer to a coffee stout than a brown ale but maybe it’s just me. Lots of flavour, nice coffee notes but not exactly what I was expecting from this brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperTiti33 (685) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2013
Roux-brun. Nez: café à fond. Poivron vert. Poivre. Pimenté. Végétale. Rôtie. Vanille. Houblon. Bouche: caramel. Végétale. Café. Sucré. Un ti peu trop amère. Poivron. Grain grillé. Cendré. Bien

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6168) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe de céréale et de tabac. Apparence: La couleur est brune foncée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #5042)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3191) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle - 500ml. Dark brown cloudy/muddy body with a thin off-white foamy head. Robust, complex malty/hoppy aroma with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Taste carries vanilla, woody, yeasty, and coffee notes. Ends with a strong, moderately warming bittersweet finish. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7052) - 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.


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