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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: American Strong Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (794) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2013
strong aroma of coffee and chocolate. roasty, toasty. malts. Initial sip starts a little malty, bitter, and ends very smooth chocolate/coffee. Leaves a strong coffee taste In your mouth, as if you just had your last sip of morning coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsandBolts (255) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Pours a dark hazy brown with mimimal white head. Aromas of coffee and some malt. Strong strong coffee flavours. This is like drinking a cold coffee with some carbonation. The flavours have some complexity which makes this an interesting beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brenhophead (686) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2012
500mL bottle. Pours clear light cola with a big coffee bean/ roasted malt aroma and not a hint of any hops. Wow first sip and you realise why Sřren is such and awe inspiring brewer. The marrige of coffee and ale has been made in heaven and it has a nice sweetness to counter the coffee/hop bitterness. I’m not a huge fan of brown ales but this beer is uniquely amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rapture (3) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2012 does not count
Very interesting beer. The coffee taste is prominent, but not overbearing. Most definitely an acquired taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1933) - Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2013
Unclear medium brown, Large frothy beige head, lasting with lace. Delicious fresh coffee bean aroma with some roasted malt and smoke, chocolate. Medium to full body. Smooth and creamy, clean hoppy finish. Roasty. Fantastic coffee flavor. Love that the coffee actually has the center stage. Everything I hope for in a coffee beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1956) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2014
Butelka 50cl. OCZY : Piwo jest szokująco przejrzyste jak na tak ciemny brązowy kolor. Ma małą piane o kolorze jasnego beżu. NOS : piwo ma mocne nuty słodowe przypominające toffi, piernik moczony w alkoholu, tarta i kawa. Ale to nie wszystko. Jest też mocno owocowe o dominujących nutach rodzynek. Trochę przypomina lody o smaku malagi. Są też aromaty pomarańczy i grejpfruta. USTA : piwo jest mało gazowane i mocno nasycone. można streścić piwo do eksplozji smaków podobnych do piernika, przesłodzonej mocnej kawy, lodów malaga z polewa toffi. Piwo jest mocno słodkie ale równoważy go równie mocna gorzkość kawy. Bardzo głęboki smak. ODCZUCIA : pije to piwo po sławnym Beer Geek Breakfast i myślałem że niestety się ugnie. Zaskoczyło mnie, że nie tylko dorównuje bogactwem ale również przebija intensywnością. Szczególnie, że alkohol w tym piwie bardziej rozgrzewa. Świetne odkrycie. OCENA : smak : 9/10 pijalność : 6/10

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1341) - 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 (1562) - 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 (1439) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 15, 2014
Wow. Don’t doubt that the label says what you are going to get. It’s got the raw coffee aroma and then the full coffee profile in the taste. It’s dark brown and has a great head. It does not let on that it’s alcohol laden beer. No other nonsense like "chocolate’ or other things, this is double coffee. Very good beer.


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