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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy brown with some red-orange mixed in and a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, nuttiness, some citrus hops, and a hint of booze. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts, fruity yeast esters, and some citrus hops. Through the middle, roasted coffee comes through with a touch of hop bitterness, some nuttiness, and some more fruity yeast character. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, coffee bitterness, some mild citrus hops, and some fruity esters. M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasty, bitter, and dry finish. D - Very drinkable. Good brown ale with the coffee adding some nice complexity and depth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2013
Bottled. A red beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of caramel, smoke, and coffee. The flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, roasted malt, and herbs, leading to a roasted finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (1847) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A very dark brown beer with ruby red highlights and a rapidly disappearing tan head. It has rich floral and fruity coffee flavours, chocolate hints and a fruity and roasted finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sevenlee (1194) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2013
Pours very dark brown with a huge and veeerrry long lasting frothy beige head. Aroma is malt, plenty of coffee, smoke, caramel, toasty notes, oats and hints of chocolate. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a dry coffee finish. Very good! 8 Wired does it again!!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9030) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2013
500 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, carmel and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of coffee, earthiness and light carmel with a smooth dry lingering coffee finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Cola-brown with a huge, frothy, tan head.... Strong coffee, roast aroma, a little chocolate. Flavour is ashy, burned coffee.....bitter....a bit of earthy hops. REALLY strong coffee bitter....not a bit sweet....huge flavor. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prokroustis (668) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 1, 2013
Pitch dark brown body with a small off white head. Great, strong aroma with coffee, roasted malty with some chocolate and licorice. Great flavour with good coffee as well as chocolate, espresso, a herbal bitter note and alcohol in the finish. Great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2014
From a 500ml bottle on 26/1/2014 (shared by Butz - thanks). Pours a dark amber with a small head. Has a powerful aroma dominated by masses of coffee. Taste wise, it delivers oodles more strong coffee, along with heaps of caramel and milk chocolate. This is a super sweet one but is nicely balanced by some big lingering hops. The texture is thick and the carbonation modest. All up, this is a really good, full on sweet coffee ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (651) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2014
500ml bottle, pours brown with a small off white head. Aroma is coffee and caramel, toffee and pecan, this is a great desert beer, but there is good balance from the hops ending with a rounded sweet caramel and pecan toffee pie sweetness. Very rich and smooth palate. An excellent and original beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StevieT (380) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2014
Pours cloudy brown, tiny white head, strong aroma of burnt caramel and coffee. Deep coffee flavours with a mild warming peppery and alcohol aftertaste. I love coffee and I love brown ales so it’s not surprising I love this.


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