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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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (270) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 15, 2014
Wow. Donít doubt that the label says what you are going to get. Itís got the raw coffee aroma and then the full coffee profile in the taste. Itís dark brown and has a great head. It does not let on that itís alcohol laden beer. No other nonsense like "chocolateí or other things, this is double coffee. Very good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
On tap at The Trappist, Oakland. Pours very dark brown with an attractive clinging tan head and a coffee aroma. There is a hearty coffee and treacle flavor with a bit of anise and a dry finish. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
On tap at the Trappist. It pours a very nice dark ruby red with khaki foam. The aroma is earthy, woody hops. A tad floral with some red fruit and a decent amount of coffee. Very refined. The flavor is huge coffee and earthiness with some strong floral/spicy hops. Some caramel and molasses. A complex and tasty brew. The mouthfeel is very full.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewticular (86) - - AUG 12, 2012
A very nice pour with a cream color head. Pretty good flavor but I can never get past a beer that tastes like someone added a pot of coffee to the secondary. I prefer the flavor coming from the malts and not the addition of coffee beans. Overall still a good beer, poured on tap at The Trappist.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1010) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2012
500 ML bottle Pours a cola color and settled a dark brown color. Some nice ruby highlights with this. Half finger of light mocha colored film that fell to a nice film. Just bits of lacing. Nice roasted coffee nose. Underneath is roasted malts and caramel. Sweetness is underneath the big coffee nose. taste is warmed brown sugar, caramel, roasted malts and just subtle coffee and chocolate notes. Medium feel and medium carbonation. Good lingering sweetness followed by a bite of coffee in the finish. Well balanced between brown ale and coffee. Leand more towards brown ale in the taste and feel and that is quite refreshing. Nice, nice beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NBird (290) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2012
Very brown brown almost black in colour, delicious dominant roasted coffee aroma, with a hint of hops. Tastes thick and creamy and the coffee is ultra rich,perhaps over balanced in the coffee direction, but it is sensational

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 11, 2013
from Erzbierschof - clear dark brown beer with a modest head retention; earthy, biscuity maltiness toped by coffeish notes; pretty full-bodied, tasty and quite hoppy; biscuity malty hoppy and coffeish aftertaste - very pleasant

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (3716) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Clear brown appearance with low carbonation and a small head. Chocolate like coffee flavour dominates but doesnít take over. Perhaps a novelty beer but still a superb one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (12611) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Itís a clear one, brown in color and with a small, dense, beige head. The aroma is rather one tracked, leaving little room for anything else but the coffee, but itís cleverly done. Coffee bitterness, coffee and some chocolate and vanilla in the flavor, something spiced blending in. Full body, semi-dry and pleasantly carbonated. The finish has some notes of citrusy hops blending with the coffee. A touch of vanilla and chocolate too. Wonderful. 130216

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 18, 2013
Milky coffee with just a hint of vanilla combined with a beautiful hoppy malty ale. Say no more. Not a novelty, a real beer that I will definitely seek out to have again. Delicious.


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