Just like you, but different
Okie Dokie. 8 Wired C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale for perhaps the finale of the #PhilsBeerFest14 night in for Saturday
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.
Which is a big lead in.
500 ml bottle of an 8% ABV, beer being 3.15 standard dink units in NZ , This is 50 on the IBU thingy and is 240 calories. 50 is around top end for Stouts.
I was expecting black as a pour, this is a really deep deep brown.
There is a lot more coffee aroma in the glass. The aroma of cold brewed coffee. Very earthy and raw.
But also a sweetness about it.
Nice pour and a decent head too. Onto a winner.
Stand by- this is like coffee infused beer. What!
Despite the knowing of the all of the things about this it comes as a surprise the delivery and the punch that this brings. Coffee coffee and a lovely long finish that isn’t bitter or soft.
This is really clever, you get such a burst of coffee that you are completely tied up in that sensation. The bitterness is what you’d expect from coffee, and the finish is what you’d expect.
What gets you is that you are drinking this cold, and that really isn’t a way you generally drink your coffee. But this so works.
No idea that this would be 8% ABV or even any ABV on beer. In pdubyah-world this would pass the lips of a coffee drinker without them realising it’s alcohol. But probably not in the real world.
Some beers give you big thing about other things aside from the coffee, like say for instance only, Chocolate. This tells you there is Double Coffee.
It’s possibly got the most Coffee per beer by volume in the world. It’s insane,
Such a lovely sweet tasting, full profile tasting beer, a work of art.
The pdubyah-o-meter seems intent on making this a 10. I can’t find a reason not to. Looks great, pours well, delivers grate aroma, taste like the label says it will.
A bit in love with this then, and will probably go get some more tomorrow if I’m not grounded after #PhilsBeerFest14 – one Saturday only.
If you like beer, and you like coffee, then get this, it really is a bit good.
I’m toying with the final bit on this, but they are good questions;
Am I enjoying this? Yes, double yes, I’m enjoying this very quickly.
Would I have another? If it was legal or something I’d go get one.
Would I sit out on an evening telling fibs and making up stories with a friend whilst drinking this? If we each had out own bottle(s) and a supply of foodage. Because after this is Whiskey or somesuch.
Color ranges from reddish-brown to dark brown. Lower in alcohol than porter, medium to full body flavor. Appropriate foods are apple pie, pork with brown sauce, beef vegetable soup and cheddar.