A beer flavored with coffee beans may serve as a hair-of-the-dog hangover aide or pick-me-up with a kick but that's not really its purpose says the award-winning maker Meantime Brewing.

Peter Haydon says the newly launched beer, on sale in supermarket J Sainsbury, is for winter tipplers seeking specialty strains.

"It's definitely an adult flavor," he told Reuters, adding the four-percent-strong beer is not for Britain's controversial teen' market for alcopops, or for clubbers downing double-hit cocktails such as the caffeinated soft drink Red Bull and vodka.

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