C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

C4 Double Coffee Brown AleC4 Double Coffee Brown Ale
BA SCORE
3.95/5
109 Ratings
C4 Double Coffee Brown AleC4 Double Coffee Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
8wired.co.nz

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by bylerteck on 07-13-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,277
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
109
pDev:
10.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Photo of sprat1960
4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep chestnut brown in color. Pours with a HUGE 3+ finger tan head that dies down leaving a thick, even coating of foam on the surface of the beer. Some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich coffee aroma , some chocolate combined with a mild hoppy aroma. Probably the best aroma I have ever experienced from a beer. I couldn't wait to taste the beer!

Taste: Roasted coffee flavor, slightly sweet middle with a mild, hoppy slightly-bitter finish. Delicious.

Feel: Full bodied, velvety feel.

Overall: I loved this beer. An excellent brown ale.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Mann0101
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great ale. Well balanced and slightly hoppy

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Vylo
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beerdrifter
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Photo of bigsquirrel
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Vanz
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of laituegonflable
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in Ohio back in June when stopping in Cleveland on my way back from Firefly in Dover. I had never heard of this brewery before, but I was intrigued by the specific style, and the fact it was from New Zealand. Naturally, I had to give it a go.

Appearance: Gorgeous. Not as dark as I had anticipated. Copper colored with excellent clarity. Two finger, creamy head on top that dies down to half a finger that lingers, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strangely fruity, with plums and dates/prunes actually being somewhat prominent. Underneath that there's a complimentary light roast coffee that really fits in well. There's a slight "dirty" aroma to it that I tend to pick up in brown ales as well. Doesn't SMELL like it's 8%, but it does smell very nice.

Taste/feel: Like the nose almost perfectly, but with a little more coffee, thankfully. Starts with plums and dates/prunes with some sweetness, before there's a really clean and pure coffee flavor with just a bit of bitterness. The finish is bittersweet, tasting of malt, light roast coffee, and dried fruit. The feel is silky, but with a great prickly carbonation at the same time that opens up the taste buds -- the mouthfeel may be the best part of this beer, and it's a pretty damn good beer already. I don't taste or feel the 8% at all on this... I feel like it could very well be 6% and I'd have no idea.

Very, very good... I didn't know what to expect from a craft beer from New Zealand, but I was pleasantly surprised, and would definitely buy this again. I don't remember what I paid for this, though... but still, it's good enough that I'd say it probably warrants a slight premium price. If you happen to see this around, give it a go.

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Photo of cvm4
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours brown, like some weak brewed coffee. Eggshell head that doesn't leave a trace.

S - Lots of coffee and some light brown sugar. Very aromatic.

T - Toffee and caramel malts, develops into dominant coffee with a slight bitterness on the end.

M - One of the thickest brown ales I've had. Great carbonation & not over done.

O - For a brown ale, one of the best I've had so far.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of mungus
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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