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

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RATINGS: 237   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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3.2
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a hazy brown hued body with a medium sized tan head. Aromas are of coffee, minerals, lightly windex, medium dry. Bready malts. Pretty clean ester wise. Flavors show a nutty and roasty coffee note that seems a touch faded. Somewhat strong mineral content. Nutty and toasty malt. Lively bubbles, medium bodied. A bit bland.

3.4
Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (coffee, coffee, coffee, roasted grain, caramel, chocolate milk), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a light note of gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Well, it’s definitely over the top with the coffee, no argument with the "double coffee" name. It’s kind of one-dimensional as a result, though...the coffee is a bit acrid in the nose but fortunately not in the mouth. Fairly sweet, but not in a syrupy-cloying way, and there’s just enough bitterness in the finish to keep it drinkable (and it’s quite clean as well...no huskiness or foulness). Nice creamy mouthfeel and lasting head give it a few extra points, but as a whole it’s a bit of a novelty.

3.4
lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
500 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a small head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoked wood and roasted coffee. Flavour of strong roasted malts, salty licorice, smoked wood and almonds. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and high carbonation. Quite unbalanced.

3.5
tiong (7754) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
500ml bottle

Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma of roasted malts, cold coffee, grainy malts, hints of ash. Taste is malty and slightly roasty with notes of coffee, cocoa, chocolate and hints of grain. Finish is sweetish and slightly roasty with some coffee notes. Decent, a bit unbalanced brown ale.

3.8
Geokkjer (7667) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma of coffee , malt, some floral hops and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and malty with some coffee, nuts and floral hops. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.8
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
On tap at Frisco: pours a clear bright mahogany with a stringy lacing light tan head. Has a big fresh roasty coffee nose with some lightly sweet toasted malt underneath. Starts with pretty good fullness and toasted malty sweetness with lots of roasty coffee flavor and bitterness before a drier bittersweet finish. An interesting and well-made brew.

3.8
HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
500ml bottle. Deep clear burnt-brick red with a fairly large and long-lasting tan thick cap of tightly foamy head. Aroma is wet limestone, medium roast coffee bean malt and alcohol. Taste is ... terrific; only slightly mineral, it’s mostly nutty coffee and dried herb bitterness with alcohol and some slight sharp lactic character. Average body, a bit astringent, nicely carbonated, and a medium roasty/dry bitter finish, interesting mineral aftertaste. Very nice.


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