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Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: American Strong Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

HOPS: Pacific Jade, NZ Cascade and Pacifica

MALT: Gladfield Pale, Crystal, Munich, Caramalt, Chocolate, Oats

YEAST: Wyeast 1272 - American Ale II


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
2014-01-25. Dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of dry roasty coffee beans, green coffee beans. Flavour is similar bitter with a good amount of coffee character. Average bodied palate, light carbonation. Just okay, the coffee dominates too much for my tastes. Bottle via private order

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9675) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Bombers from Caponeís and Smithís. Pours dark brown, looking deep ruby through direct light, and a 1-finger off-white head. Nose is heavy on the crystal and choc malt, big hop smell, and some perfumy florals. Tastes very hoppy, with coffee, cacao, an assertive malt presence, and more hops and well integrated coffee flavor in the finish. As with all 8 Wired beers I have quaffed thusfar, this one is well made and complex and thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2013
500ml bottle, shared with caterwaul. Mostly hazy red / brown color. Thin khaki head. A couple loose, airy splotches of lace. Very big, strong bitter, musty coffee flavor. Very roasty. Stronger roasty almost burnt malt bitter taste. Not much else, no sweet at all. Some earthy, herbal hop is noticed late under all that coffee. Medium-plus body. Initially, kind of a soft, stronger carbonation, but it gets more agreeable as I go. More dry finish. Nice long, bitter strong coffee aftertaste. Gets much better and and more enjoyable as it sits and warms up; gets more integrated. Coffee works well with the nutty malt, hint of dark chocolate to it. Complex, powerful flavor. Really good, assertive strong bitter coffee ale. Love the long, bitter roasty coffee aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9619) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2015
great coffee nose - deep and rich. Flavor is pretty sweet, not overly so, but lacking a little depth. Definitely an enjoyable brew if you love coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Draft at Armsby Abbey. Pours a deep amber color with a small off-white head that leaves sticky lace in the glass. Aroma of coffee - and lots of it - with brown sugar, toffee, nuts, and faint earthy hops. Really nice smell. The flavor is a much milder version of the same. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and toasty, nutty, dry mouthfeel. Excellent coffee brown ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9249) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2014
Small yellow-cream head over dark hazed red-chestnut beer. Hops, chocolate & wood, then dry coffee powder and cocoa. Also a fleeting hint @ chili. Indeed. Cold coffee, with a backthroat heat, that again makes me think of chili. In there? Hints of hops and black chocolate. Quite some sweetness underneath. Warming up, the coffee becomes too obtrusive to my liking, and also more roasted in character. Medium bodied, quite slick. Faint alcohol(?)warmth. Definitely better than the sum of its parts. And once more, Iím surprised at my notes. Iím supposed to hate coffee...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9218) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle at Comely Bankers II. Pours hazy dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Taste is rich, velvet, chocolate. Dry, roasted finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9201) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2015
Bottle, shared with my brother in law. Beautiful clear mahogany hue, off white head. Bread and coffee, LOTS of coffee! Vegetal/peppery undertones, hints of dark fruits. I really liked it-- the coffee flavours dominate, but do not completely overwhelm the base beer. I like the fact that there isnít any black malt in here, different (and very good).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Iced coffee dominates this strong aleís entire profile with its roasty, biscuity and sweet-ish currents, culminating in a surprising show of resinous hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dark brown.
-Light strawberry fruitiness appears in the middle.
-Earthy connotations are also tasted.
-Mouthfeel is relatively lean and bubbly.
-This is a fun drink, and a well-made one too, but coffee is simply too much for my tastes.

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9033) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 8, 2013
Tap at Hop Revolution 2013. Nose came across as just coffee, which I didnít dig so much. Nice malt flavor kicks in, though, with caramel and chocolate going with the coffee. Good body. Rich and malty. An interesting, somewhat different coffee beer.


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