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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 192   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


Hansen's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (7238) - Assentoft, - FEB 3, 2013
Dark brown coloured and clear. Has an off-white head, medium duration. An aroma with a mix of nice hops and roasted malts plus faint coffee. Flavor starts heavy sweet, more coffee and hops. Finish moderate to heavy bitter. Harmonic and creamy and dry.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2389) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2015
This is good, but I’m not a huge hoppy brown ale fan and the coffee doesn’t seem to add anything to me. Appearance is great with a huge tan head that slowly settles some lace, and a clear amber brown color. Aroma is a faint brown ale. Flavor is basically a coffee flavored hoppy brown ale. Body is good. I’ll drink this one, but don’t want another.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (366) - AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2015
On tap at the Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst. Cola colour with small beige head. Coffee and toffee aromas, with the taste reflecting the same notes, with some bourbon notes too. Quite light bodied, increasing the drinkability. Enjoyable and fairly well balanced between bitter and sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (1770) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2015
bottle a brown colored beer with a white head aroma roasted malts spicy dry fruits caramel nuts some yeast and hops flavor roasted malts spicy fruits citrus some oak some caramel spicy and hops

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2213) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Brewdog, Sheffield. Clear, chestnut brown. Minimal, beige head. Pear drops. Coffee. Chocolate. Caramel. As it warms, the pear drop thing lifts, and the caramel and coffee deepens. Taste is full on bitter. Both hoppy, and roast malt. Some coffee astringency on the palate. Stays smooth, and rich. Finishes long, pithy, roast coffee bitter. A grower. By the time I’d finished this, I was loving it...

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (173) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 28, 2015
500ml bottle from Slowbeer. Pours clear brown with a medium head. Coffee notes in the aroma, next to a typical brown ale nose. This combination is also very present in the taste, and it works well. There’s not much else to say; It’s interesting and good, but not blowing my mind.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alberti92 (140) - - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Coffee makes up most of the aroma with some tobacco smoke. Carbonation is low with a medium body. Taste is cold coffee with some brown sugar. Finish is bitter sweet. This was delicious!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6190) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
4cl at Mikkeller Bangkok beer week. Thin creamy off white head. Clear amber pour. Coffee in the aroma and aftertaste. Lingering bitterness. Nice brew

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mrnoluv (198) - long beach, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
The coffee bean smell make you think you are in Starbucks. There is also a hint of vanilla. Huge fluffy white head, beautiful caramel color! The taste is just like it smells, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, caramel. The swallow is sweet, bitter, perfect combination. Just the right amount of ABV. Warning this tastes way to good to have more than one because you can’t put it down and with the 8% ABV, it’s way too easy to drink. Be careful, it will creep on you if you have two!!!! Great Beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1378) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle during exams. Pours clear dark ruby copper with a beige fizzy head. Aroma is very coffee forward with a somewhat powdery and roasted coffee. also you get some subtle notes of caramel, dark malts, cocoa beans and some nuts. Also a weak spicy character which might come from the coffee as well. nice and simple aroma. The taste is also very coffee forward with an earthy and roasted coffee flavor. I also get some bitter roasted malts, weak sweet fruityness, some caramel, cocoa beans and some bitter nuts. Overall a slight bitter and roasted taste. I like the direction of this brown ale which takes the style away from just being a somewhat sweet nutty and caramel thingy. This one has a nice edge to it. More sweet notes are coming through as this warms. One of the better brown ales I’ve had!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyF (271) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2015
Flaska från Riga. Brun med ljusbrunt skum. Doft av sött kaffe och lite choklad. Söt med mycket kaffe och mörk choklad.


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