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:
#7,175
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
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dcmchew
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dfhhead25
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of BMart
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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 a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of bigred89
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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