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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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 98
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 20.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours reddish brown with light lacing. Nose is weak with hints of coffee. Taste is coffee and caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

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3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, so named after the local coffee shop from whence they procured the java - got it.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and pretty bubbly tan head, which leaves some random snow rime lace around the glass as it swiftly abates.

It smells of rich, dark-roasted earthy coffee, bready, grainy caramel malt, brown sugar-ensconced nuts, and fairly bitter weedy, leafy, and mildly piney hops. The taste is likewise led off by the heady African coffee, with a gritty, somewhat biscuity caramel malt sweetness, oily bar-top nuts, a fading dark sugary character, and more leafy, earthy, and faintly citrusy hops. No real sign as of yet in terms of the 16-proof booze.

The carbonation is decently active in its alternatively fizzy and frothy presets, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee coffee and hop-borne acridity stepping a little too firmly on the roses here. It finishes off-dry, the base malt parrying the artisanal java well enough, as the hops keep on keepin' on, whatever it is they are doing.

A pleasant melding of the cuppa joe and hoppy brown ale worlds, overall, and with an expertly integrated big ABV. Full-flavoured, and robust, yet not letting any particular essence run away with things. That said, the more you like fancy coffee, the more you're gonna like this.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into an imperial pint. Poured a deep ruby red with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, bread, coffee, and nutty. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, and nutty. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really surprised at what I found in this one especially for this style. The coffee note going on in this one was quite excellent and seemed to fit right in on a style I would have normally never thought it would. For this alone, I was quite impressed. The flavor was very well balanced and inviting making it extremely easy to drink. If I hadn’t been meeting another BA later, I definitely would have had quite a few of these that evening. I suggest you get this on your palate if you get the chance.

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4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never heard of 8 Wired before. Traded some Founders Harvest Ale for some Event Horizon and a bottle of this.

Poured from a bottle into an Allagash Tulip glass

Appearance is nice and brown. Big head on this baby. Had to wait a bit for it to go down to fill to the top.

Smell is all coffee. Is it 7 AM? Though it does smell like my wife just shoved a spoonful of sugar in it.

Taste is coffee and some nice sweetness. Bitter in the back.

Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, but not too much

Overall I love this f'ing beer. I need to get more of it. Thanks to Rob at Common Market for this baby. I will be revisiting this soon.

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3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a fading head.
Nose shows hefty coffee, seemingly a mix of fresh and spent grounds though. Underneath that is roasted malt, dark chocolate and oats.
Flavours are dominated by coffee throughout, but again, it does seem a little old. Underneath is some sweet malt and soft alcohol before the roasty bitterness takes over.
Could benefit from a thicker body.

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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee is pretty intense with loads of floral notes without any astringency. Taste is also dominated by floral coffee notes with light caramelized notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good offering with great balance and no astringency

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/8 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a snowflake-like pattern of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Chocolate, caramel, a little bit of alcohol and even less coffee.

T- Standard brown ale flavor with notes of caramel, toasty malt, some milk chocolate...and no coffee. There's a noticeable hop bitterness in the aftertaste and the alcohol is decently concealed.

M- Once again, standard fullish body with medium-low carbonation.

O- Nothing exciting and the lack of coffee notes is surely a letdown. Maybe an old bottle? Can't tell since there's no freshness date.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Miorge Mihoublon. Nice mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is pretty huge and dominated by the coffee. Very roasty and nutty with hints of brown bread, caramel, and hops. The taste is bold and rich and also dominated by the coffee, but there's a surprising hop profile as well. I've tasted a ton of coffee beers, but the coffee in this one really is unique and stands out from the pack. I think it's because most have been stouts, and this Brown Ale really complements the coffee perfectly. Also getting hints of toffee, cocoa, nuts, brown bread, and just a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel leans to the thick side and is slightly syrupy with a great dry, subtly bitter finish. Overall, this is definitely top 3 in both coffee beers and brown ales. Incredibly drinkable and really stands out. Hoping I can find it again!

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C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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