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92
style
Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: American Strong Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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unknown

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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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

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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9920) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (9919) - Doncaster, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
4cl at Mikkeller Bangkok beer week. Thin creamy off white head. Clear amber pour. Coffee in the aroma and aftertaste. Lingering bitterness. Nice brew

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9905) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2013
bomber. Brune, col moyen, beige, laissant un filament dor au verre. Arme prsente un agrable bouquet de caf, ce dernier contribue une note pice. Houblon nest aussi pas en reste et est un peu en retrait par rapport au ct caf. Le tout garde un malt tirant sur le biscuit. Palais caf au lait lger, pointe dpices venant du caf. Note de chocolat avec toujours cette fin de bouche offrant un palais lger dpice. Cela ne peut pas forcment plaire tout le monde du fait de ce ct pic rendu par le caf. Aspect sucre rsiduel sur la fin collant lgrement aux lvres. Amertume est moyenne avec ici aussi un mlange entre grill-torrfi, biscuit. Houblon contribue rehausser la palais avec une amertume fleuri-fruite assez dlicate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9878) - 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, Im surprised at my notes. Im supposed to hate coffee...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Iced coffee dominates this strong ales 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.

3.8
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (9178) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
8/IX/14 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2014-976)

Clear red purple brown beer, small beige to white head, unstable, dissipates quickly, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of coffee, sweet, caramel, some vanilla, soft roastedness. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of coffee, pretty bitter, caramel, bit sweet, sugary, dark chocolate. Aftertaste: lots of coffee, mocha, caramel, little sourish, cocoa powder, bitter, hoppy, more coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle. Brown beer with a dark cream head. Big coffee and malt aroma. Big coffee and light malt flavor with light cocoa. Medium bodied. Coffee and light malt linger with light nuttiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (8812) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours cloudy light Brown with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. strong coffee beans and grinds, sugary brown maltiness, sweet nuts and chocolate, booze, pine and dirt, some fruity spicy maltiness, leafy grassy character, hint of maple syrup and woodsy notes too. average carbonation - slightly foamy, light to medium body - oily, sweetish grassy-spicy-coffee finish. coffee-forward. tasty. resinous coffee grinds.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (8794) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 28, 2012
Draft at the Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. Poured a dark brown colour with a thin tan head. The aroma is hugely coffee and liqourice. The flavour is bitter smoky liqourice and dark chocolate. A superb, tasty and very satisfying beer.


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