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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

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: tbeckett on 07-13-2012)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +1%

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

Phyl21ca, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

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!

BEERchitect, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Texasfan549, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

kjkinsey, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

jaydoc, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

Had on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne, and then again several weeks later at the Best of GABS in Sydney (many glasses thereof).

Pours a light red-brown colour, with surprising clarity. Body seems a little light. Head forms a pleasant yellow fine ring which leaves solid lacing in its wake. Minimal carbonation when it's static, but fine and firm when the beer is tilted. Looks good.

Nose is really bright and sharp, all produced with rather deep dark characters. Roastedness is prominent, but the coffee note gives a truly fruity character. Chocolate comes through to provide some basis. Overall, it's a really lovely aroma, and masterfully executed.

Biting front palate gives characters of berry fruit and fresh coffee, followed by more deeper roasted coffee notes and a mild nutty sweetness. Finish has some dusky dry cocoa and chocolate characters. It feels full reaching across the whole palate, side-to-side and front-to-back, meaning it subsides everywhere at once, leaving quite a creamy aftertaste.

The feel is just a little light, but that's about the only weak point to an otherwise excellent brew.

I actually wasn't overly excited by the prospect of this beer when I heard of it, but I must have forgotten who was brewing it. Søren from 8 Wired brings another great beer to the table with this one: it was one of my absolute favourites from the festival.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +1.3%

liamt07, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -24.1%

ShanePB, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

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

wordemupg, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A lot of coffee in the aroma, but also some malt as well. A good nose.

T: The taste was dominated by the coffee, but there were also some other interesting ingredients as well: A good amount of hops, malt, and that nutty quality of brown ales. The flavor in this beer is big, much bigger than other browns, and it's also complex and extremely tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: If you're looking for a classic American Brown Ale, look elsewhere. This is an unusual beer, but completely drinkable.

avalon07, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

thagr81us, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Clear mahogany colour with a small off-white head. There is a lot of chocolate aroma on this and plenty of sweet malt. Very nutty. The flavour falls apart a bit. I get lots of burnt coffee competing with rich maltiness. The Ethiopian beans appear to be the problem and were not a good choice here. The main flavour is just burnt. The body is also thin with a moderate carbonation that doesn't really work. Overall, the base beer is very good but the coffee doesn't work in it.

dgilks, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%

On tap at Cookie. From notes.

A - Poured deep ruby and bright. One finger light brown head. Good rings of lace and a film retention.

S - Coffee and roast.

T - Sweetness then coffee like iced coffee. Pretty alright. Hops are there as well. Way too much coffee.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a light bitterness.

O/D - Sorta simple but pretty nice. Not too easy drinking. Pretty solid, but tiresome.

tbeckett, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a reddish brown colour, clear with foamy creamy beige head. Medium retention. Bit thin-looking, but not bad at all.

Smells spicy and roasty, lightish with decent complexity. Lots of coffee and spicy notes and a sweet touch on the back. Nice.

Spice and roast continue on the palate. Lots of coffee notes and a good toasty warm feel. Coffee, spice and malt with star anise, pepper and cinnamon, plus a nice sweet caramel note finishing off. Beautifully constructed palate, really quite lovely.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry from that spice but not too much. Full body, very nice.

Great brown ale. Didn't expect much from this but it's everything you could want from the style. Big, flavoursome, roasty but not too much. Brilliant drop.

laituegonflable, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice reddish brown hue with a good light brown creamy one finger head. Fades to leave thin lacing and a light blanket.

S - Aromas are full of coffee and some light roasted malts. Coffee really dominated here.

T - Taste is more of those coffee notes, light toasted malts, there is some faint spice notes to this, a star anise type flavour. Nice caramel notes with a solid bitter coffee finish.

M - Mouthfeel is a touch on the drier side, light carbonation, slightly creamy.

O - Overall, a solid brown ale. Love just how coffee heavy this beer is. Very good!

rudzud, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

CrazyDavros, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of BMart
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

BMart, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

st9647v3, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Pours a cloudy brown with some red-orange mixed in and a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, nuttiness, some citrus hops, and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts, fruity yeast esters, and some citrus hops. Through the middle, roasted coffee comes through with a touch of hop bitterness, some nuttiness, and some more fruity yeast character. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, coffee bitterness, some mild citrus hops, and some fruity esters.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasty, bitter, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good brown ale with the coffee adding some nice complexity and depth.

ngeunit1, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Dicers, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Hanzo, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

Immortale25, Aug 21, 2013
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C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.