I love all things brewed so that includes coffee as well as beer. Whenever I get the chance to taste the two combined, I'm in heaven. 8 Wired Brewing Company's C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale is a great example of that slice of heaven.
Your usual coffee beer is a stout with either way too much coffee flavor or none at all. However this is not one of those beers. This has a great balance of "coffeeness" to the beer. I love that they chose to do a double brown ale and not a stout or imperial stout. I love brown ales and a double is even better.
Pacific Jade hops, New Zealand Cascade hops, Pacifica hops, gladefield pale malt, crystal malt, munich malt, chocolate malt, oats, and coffee made with Ethiopian beans all jammed in this 8.0% ale...That's alot going on in the beer which you would think it would be too complex or not work. But that's not the case here... They nailed it.
It's very balanced yet has enough complexity to stand out. There's a alot of floral notes which could be a combination from the coffee and the hops. Alot of roasted coffee in the aroma that continues through the actual taste. The coffee is more of a sweet, nutty, roast than a dark bitter roast which I love. Sweetness from the malt and coffee works great with the hops for a well balanced bitterness.
They didn't choose just any coffee for this brew... They choose to collaborate with C4 Coffee in New Zealand. Collaborations are great whether it's breweries together, chefs, coffee shops, musicians, artists... or brands (hint hint) haha.
Go find some and enjoy it now. Cheers
Here's the specs from 8 Wired.
Style: Double Brown
Hops: Pacific Jade, NZ Cascade & Pacifica
Malt: Gladfield Pale, Crystal, Munich, Caramalt, Chocolate & Oats
Yeast: Wyeast 1272 American Ale II
Coffee: C4 Coffee
Beer Advocate Score: 88
Rate Beer Score: 97
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