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


on tap

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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (5382) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Clear brown appearance with low carbonation and a small head. Chocolate like coffee flavour dominates but doesnt take over. Perhaps a novelty beer but still a superb one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skarecrow (630) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 18, 2017
500ml bottle Hazy brown with slight head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, malt and caramel. Medium bitterness followed by a sweet flat white coffee palate. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclefrito62 (256) - Stow, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle Thin beige head. Brown in color. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, bourbon and espresso. Light carbonation. Slight bitter on the finish. Overall this is a wonderful ale for the style!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (4564) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle. Brown color with tan head. Aroma is powdered espresso, chocolate, some brown malts. Taste is espresso, molasses, some booze, quite rich. Creamy mouthfeel. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (3645) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle from Stew and Oyster in Boston Spa. Pours hazy brown with a thin cream head. Surprisingly little in the way of aroma. The taste is nutty at first with a little spice before lots of ashy coffee in the dry finish. A little thin bodied but a great brown ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2016
Rating #1875 - 2015.08.31 - Draught - Three Boars. Pours a rich copper brown with a tan foam. Aroma is coffee grounds, earth, woodsmoke. Palate is mild caramel toffee, strong earthy roasty coffee. Extraordinary depth of coffee flavour, decent bitterness. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marc280 (51) - - JUN 18, 2016
Pours a nice clear brown with tan head. The aroma is full on (in a good way) with a big boozy hit along with coffee and chocolate. Big coffee taste along with sweet malt. I seemed quite thin in mouthfeel to me. So others say chewy, I wish I got that because that is was seems to be missing for me. Fairly low carbonation. If youre interested in styles, not sure that I really fits a Brown Ale more Brown IPA. Good but had higher education expectations after tasting some of their other beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (4709) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2016
Pours deep clear brown with low off-white head. Aroma of coffee, light chocolate, light roasted malt. Taste is sweet and chocolatey with a mellow bitter finish. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1713) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2016
Aroma is deeply roasted malts, caramel, toffee, fig, vanilla and coffee. Taste is chewy sweet roasted malts with coffee , chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Light tartiness on finish. Appearance is black with a thin beige head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14966) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours darkly ruddy with a slight beige head. Light coffee aroma with some complex hop. Med body or better. Flavor is moderate coffee, hops mostly from under the Southern Cross, and some mild darkish malt. Not exactly dry; lightly bitter. Flavors are complex, and arguably subtle. Not sure how to view this, so benefit of the doubt. Good drink. I mean it tastes nice, but what am I supposed to think about it? BoD!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (11960) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle @ Home. Pours very dark brown with a fading tan head, some light lacings. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, nuts. Flavor is light sweet, malty, caramel, coffee, light roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, nutty, sweet dried fruit, little alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation, light sweet finish with light warming alcohol. 050316

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