8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (7807) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (884) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2015
Clear amber with beige head. Coffee, herbal, caramel and ripe citrus fruit. Sweet, round, hoppy and spicy finish. Overall: Very nice. Something different!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4815) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep clear amber-hued nut brown body with a small off-white head. Nose is caramel, nougat, mocha, coffee, maple syryp and hints of brown bread, biscuits and hazelnuts. Quite lovely. Taste is caramel, burnt sugar, coffee, nougat, hazelnuts, grains, brown bread, biscuits and hints of maple syrup, herbs and pine. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. A lovely autumn beer concept, this brown ale with coffee. Almost weird that so few breweries seem to have come up with the idea, at least around these parts of the woods (Norway). Very tasty indeed, perhaps the best from 8 Wired so far for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7441) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2015
great coffee nose - deep and rich. Flavor is pretty sweet, not overly so, but lacking a little depth. Definitely an enjoyable brew if you love coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1314) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Pours a clear dark amber with a tan head. Caramel, toffee, and coffee nose. Soft mouth feel that becomes slightly astringent at the finish. A lot more coffee in the flavor than is observed in the nose. Some caramel and toffee underneath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tdtm82 (1306) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2015
Bottle. shared at Ale House, Chelmsford. A cheddar and smokey aroma. Quite malty. Hazelnut, chestnut brown. I will have to try this one again. I think it had too much Crystal and Pacific Jade is my least favourite New Zealand hop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fredd_an (221) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2015
Stor fet krona, inte hel vit, grumlig, dumle färg, kaffe & choklad, doft, mycket fin kaffe karamell, kaffe bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2181) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2015
Rich, coffee and espresso notes, light bitterness. Pours a dark, opaque brown with a thick beige head that dies to a thin cap leaving some splotchy lacing. The nose is rich, roasty and nutty with a light toffee malt. Coffee and french roast espresso. Complex but well balanced with light bitterness, mild sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4964) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2015
500ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a generous light beige head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is coffee and roasted grains with some chocolate notes. Taste is a coffee and roasted grain bitterness with a chocolate malty sweetness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, a well crafted brew with a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewTom (493) - - JUL 4, 2015
Medium brown hue. Burnt toffee nose with molasses. Sweet with plenty of chocolate & a hint of coffee. Quite a bitter end too. Lovely. Rated by BrewTom

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Benjo87 (4) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2015 does not count
Poured from bottle. Pours like a typical brown ale. Doesn’t retain a lot of head. Smell - Loads of coffee! I really like the smell of the coffee, you can tell its gonna be good. Taste - wow! Who would have thought a coffee brown ale, could have as much depth as a stout. This is a great beer. Taste follows the nose beautifully. It’s a little thin on the palate, but it’s a brown ale, not a stout, so that’s expected. If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll love this. I put this right up there with some of the top coffee stouts. So well balanced. You would never guess this is 8%, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Highly recommend.

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