C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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C4 Double Coffee Brown AleC4 Double Coffee Brown Ale

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

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

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of drpimento
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is good, but I'm not a huge hoppy brown ale fan and the coffee doesn't seem to add anything to me. Appearance is great with a huge tan head that slowly settles some lace, and a clear amber brown color. Aroma is a faint brown ale. Flavor is basically a coffee flavored hoppy brown ale. Body is good. I'll drink this one, but don't want another.

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3.54/5  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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3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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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3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fresh 8-Wired can be hard to come by, so this being coffee-laden and hoppy, is one I'm glad to try at probably a couple months old.

A - 500ml poured to a large snifter. Somewhat dark brownish-red pour with a half-finger of off-white head. A thick ring and a few dots for a cap remain at the end.

S - Big mocha scent, pretty nice quality-coffee cocoa combo. Some nutty and caramel malt tones set the brown ale-ness. Pretty strong citrus, earthy, piny hops with some warmth.

T - Hops actually take over a bit here with some intense herbal, citrus and earthy/pine. Coffee, cocoa, toast and light roasted malts provide a decent but kind of clashing/lacking backbone.

M - Bit thin for a brown, could use a bigger body and some malty lushness. Highish bitterness with coffee flavors makes this feel a bit abrasive. Pretty good carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

O - Feels like a brown IPA to me, not bad but the coffee/hoppy balance came through much better in the scent than the taste where it felt more like a clash and the coffee took a backseat. Definitely got a bit tiring after ~8oz or so.

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3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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