C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

C4 Double Coffee Brown AleC4 Double Coffee Brown Ale
BA SCORE
78.9%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 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:
#7,145
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
109
Liked:
86
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
10.38%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 28
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dougbreathe
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
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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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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

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 biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aquazr1
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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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4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a room temperature pub glass.

A: Pours a lovely red-brown, producing an almost perfect head that maintains well into the drink. Nice lacing after each sip.

S: Not much in the nose; the slightest hint of caramel notes were all that came through for me, which is fine as browns aren't known for being all that aromatic.

T: While the coffee flavor wasn't as prominent as I thought it might be for the name "Double Coffee Brown", the taste is a nicely balanced brown ale. Smooth, easy pulls travel over the palate, leaving a slight toast and coffee taste without any lingering bitterness.

M: A medium-bodied ale that fits the bill for a typical brown, lending flavor without the heaviness of a porter.

O: A great example of my favorite beer style, I would make this a staple in my stable. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to the OBD as usual.

A- Medium deep brown pour from the 500ml into my wine glass. Light tan head with a foamy texture and decent retention. Spotty lacing is somewhat common.

S- Coffee beans, hops and moderately caramelized sugars. A mix of espresso and cocoa nibs comes to mind with toffee, caramel, nutty and toasted tones. Interestingly large note of hops.

T- A lot like the aroma but the sweetness becomes apparent with the deep malty tones. Fresh coffee medium roast, earthy and somewhat fruity leads to toffee, caramel, toast and slight dried fruits like raisin. Hope hint at citrus, earth and pine.

MF- Frothy medium body that is slightly slick and oily. Carbonation comes in at a medium level and is fairly smooth. Ends with a coffee bean bitterness along with that from the hops.

Coffee forward with plenty of complex brown malts. Hops are a surprise but for me they work out nicely. Feels a bit think at time but the complex malt flavors make up for it.

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Photo of Chico1985
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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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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

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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Photo of Sweffin
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78.9% out of 100 with 109 ratings
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