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C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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C4 Double Coffee Brown AleC4 Double Coffee Brown Ale

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very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tbeckett on 07-13-2012

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.

50 IBU
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Photo of mdlb44
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Poupae
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a dark ruby red hue with a tan two finger head and sporadic lacing, the smell is coffee, toffee malts, a touch of chocolate and herbal hops, the mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated with tastes of coffee on the forefront followed by sweet toffee malts and finished with a nice hop bitterness to balance it all out and overall definately a solid drop thats worth a crack cheers.

Photo of oskdahl
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mbonugli
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Vanz
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SStein
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into chalice 8/3/14 from notes

A slight haze in a maroon body that's almost purple when held to the light, a finger of mocha foam falls rather quickly leaving a thick ring where it existed

S more hops then expected, some orange and maybe even a little melon, light milk chocolate, some coffee but I was expecting more, brown sugar and a hint of floral and herbal hops

T coffee comes out a little more, very faint pine, still lots of fruit, brown sugars turning to caramel, everything I smells still there just a little more of it, a slight improvement over the smell

M medium bodied but ends up quite creamy making it fell heavy, no booze going down, light roast lingers on the finish

O not exactly what I expected but I enjoyed it start to finish, mild coffee notes work well with the brown ale aspect and throw in a pile of hops for good measure

something different is always nice and when different works that's even better, 8 wired continues to impress

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

interesting take here, like coffee ice cream. huge huge white head thats either a product of elevation change or time in bottle, but it starts slow and rises just off white well above the rim and takes some ten minutes to settle. the beer itself is hazy, thick, and milk chocolate in color. there is some yeast floating around too, clouding things up. the nose here is coffee first, rich chocolate malt second, not too much acidity or sweetness though, and a rather round complexion. the taste mimics the nose rather well, with a coffee front end, roasty and bitter, and a chocolaty malty backbone. no alcohol to taste at all, and not much caffeine going on here. thick and creamy feel, maybe some lactose sugar in this? honestly a lot like ice cream that you taste with coffee in it, or an affogato. lovely. a little pricing at some 11 bucks a bottle, but a very well made brew, and an excellent use of coffee.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of GarthT
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with faint head

Lovely coffee and malt nose, slightly earthy

Sweet coffee milkshake upfront but dry and bitter finish. Not quite as exciting as promised on the nose.

Medium bodied, nothing special

Would drink again, went well with scones and cream. Would be interested to know the caffeine content.

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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I read the brewer's excerpts about both beer an coffee being the best beverages ever known, who am I to argue? Although I imbibe in both equally, one is meant for day while the other is reserved for night- but both come together with a taste that's best meant for either brunch or that late relaxing pick-me-up.

Its simple brown color is actually less simple as its bright clarity shines through tawny and garnet-red highlights. Building above is a creamy coffee-like creme that laces the surface and the glass with appearances of heavy whipping cream.

High coffee aromatics actually start out earthy and sweet, but with that deeper whiff a much more vibrant columbian coffee scent reveals nutty, scorched earth, butter and brittle. Much softer than "espresso" richness or burnt qualities, the base scent of toffee, chocolate and toast allow the base beer underneath to control its late scent.

To taste, there's a semi-sweet chocolate flavor that rises first. But a quick follow-up of nuts, dark wood, and cream round out a smooth and java-forward initial taste. It's middle is even more rounded with malt sweetness as well as a hoppy herbal note. It's earthen with grain, coffee spice, and chicory. Loving how the beer comes together, its coffee, chocolate and nut character is alive and well from sip 'til finish.

Medium-full, there's a "bigness" to the beer that suggests a fuller palate sensation, but the coffee and semi-dry late palate keeps things smooth, highly drinkable and delicately bitter.

Its final impressions are all about chocolaty "standout" character. Though reserved, I'm not quite sure whether the beer is bigger on brown or bigger on coffee- and that is all of its charm: Its a masterful ale that finds favor in any beer lovers glass!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.