Flat White Coffee Milk Stout
8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #376
Ranked #15,071
4.04 | pDev: 7.43%
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand
Very Good
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£3.39):
A dark mahogany colour with a nice, foamy beige head just over 1cm tall that has great retention. The nose is sweet initially with milky notes & some chocolate before a more earthy bitterness comes through with a little of the coffee backing it up then from roasted malt bitterness to finish. The taste is slightly less sweet but still has the lactose & milky flavours with a slight sugary sweetness then some of the milk chocolate from the taste. There's a coffee bitterness around the middle with some faint caramel & vanilla too. The body is somewhere around medium with a smooth feel but fine carbonation with a earthy bitterness on top of the sweetness to close; great stuff.

Jun 18, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can to English pint glass.
Best before date of 12/09/21 stamped on the bottom (wow, sounds pretty fresh to me).
The appearance was a beautiful dark brown close to black color with a small cap of off white foamy head. This fell off at a good pace. Subtle ring of lace near the top but that slid into a semi-messy yet spider webbed glossy to bubbly sort of appeal around my glass.
The aroma had a good amount of sweet coffee, roasted vanilla beans, dark toast, dark chocolate bitter nibs and a touch of milk chocolate.
The flavor leads with some bitter cocoa powder and a touch of dark chocolate/dark toast conglomeration. A pulled sort of aftertaste of dry cocoa powder and semi-sweet milk chocolate bites, sweet coffee and a light tone of vanilla wafer.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Some dryness but also fairly clean and sticking just a touch. Nice carbonation with a fine finish of semi-sweet coffee and a dry roasty to toasty grip.
Overall, I'd say this was nicely done coffee milk stout well worthy of coming back to.

Feb 02, 2020
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Sigmund from Norway

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, from Ales By Mail. ABV is 5.5%. Brewed with coffee, lactose and vanilla beans. Black colour, small tan head. Aroma of roast malts, coffee and dark chocolate, only hints of vanilla and lactose. The flavour is mid between dry and sweet, again roast malts and distinct coffee. some dark chocolate, hints of vanilla and lactose, moderate hops.

Jul 11, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Since the barley kernel and the coffee bean have a lot of the same molecular make up, it makes sense that they would have a natural affinity for one another in the world of culinary arts. And beer making is no exception; a notion that is fully exploited by 8 Wired Brewing when embarking on a coffee milk stout.

Flat White Coffee Milk Stout pours with an expected very dark brown, but a shade shy of black. Hazy and somewhat muddled, this particular nitro infused version crowns with a dense white sheet of espresso-like creme to sell the coffee theme particularly well. Bold coffee aromas of french press varieties mingle with the natural caramel and cream malty scents underneath. Sweet, savory and robust, the early palate is also sultry with the taste of char, caramel, vanilla and cocoa.

The beer's sweetness retreats steadily on the middle palate and the earthen character of coffee and char come to life. Nutty, peppery and laced with the soilish character of coffee, the strong java additions skirt just above the natural cocoa, roasted grain and char of stout. While the caramel fades, the creaminess of vanilla and cream give the flavors a grown up oreo taste before trending bitter with smoldering embers, broad woodsiness and seared pinecone.

Full in body, but the beer's nitro bubbles dissipates quickly and allows the dry char of grain to apply a strong and powdery drying presence on the finish. Its lasting taste of charred malt and heavy roasted coffee extend deeply on the finish and aftertaste, with the slimmest sense of coffee liquor.

Oct 24, 2017
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with three fingers of foamy mocha head.

Smell - espresso aromas, roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa, sweetened condensed milk, and a hint of earthy hops.

Taste - Bitterness of the espresso bean and earthy hops, along with the roasted flavours of malts and cocoa. Not as sweet as one would expect from the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Finishes smooth and dry.

Overall - A coffee milk stout that is pretty tasty, but I feel is lacking in the espresso department. I was hoping for a stronger coffee flavour.

Aug 12, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, this is special beer from the tap, gorgeous in the glass, and full of wonderful coffee flavor, decidedly different for the style, and one of the more memorable takes on a coffee stout i have had this year. on tap at tria taproom in philly, it comes to the table near black, shiny, and with an easily invigorated creamy tan head that looks almost nitro, really sexy, this is how its supposed to look! sometimes i think these beers lose themselves to the additives, to much lactose and then too much coffee and then more lactose to balance but oops too much so add more coffee, and so on and so on until there is not trace of a base beer anymore. thats not at all the case here, as the base stout is impressive in its own right, very dry, earthy and mineraly, with a beautiful dry burnt roasty property, lots of body, and a different sort of grain complexion than i am used to in these. the coffee is great in the nose, maybe just a tad oxidized, but with rich chocolate notes, enticing and big. the milk sugars arent too much here, it gives it a creamy and only slightly sweet feel, sort of an ice cream flavor in this, good bitterness from both the coffee and the specialty dark malts, and the lactose doesnt even come close to balancing it out, let alone making this sweet. i like how forward the coffee is, seems to have a unique flavor to it as well, i wonder what type of coffee they used and how it was added. its so rich without being sweet, and it has so much flavor and structure without much alcohol, a really striking feature of this weighty and palate coating beauty. awesome coffee finish, smooth as can be, dry as they go, and really pretty near perfect. easily the best beer i have had from these guys so far and the first i can recall ever seeing on tap. wonderful experience!

Apr 08, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle from batch #19 with a best before date of 3rd June 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau stout glass.

Appearance: It poured a deep dark brown colour with a less than one finger dark tan head that dissipated quickly but left some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Espresso, roasty coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla sweetness.

Taste: Roast espresso coffee, milky, milk chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with medium prickly carbonation.

Overall: This was ok. Body was on the light side and carbonation perhaps a bit too high for my liking. But I think that I prefer an actual flat white.

Apr 22, 2016
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark brown, finger of khaki-tan head.sweet coffee and vanilla, a bit of dark malts. Smells very familiar but can't pin it. Nice coffee taste, some dark malts and vanilla. I could go for a bit more of everything. Medium+ body. Again, could use a little more but maybe it's the brewer's intention to make this more drinkable. And drinkable it is.

Sep 26, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, made with coffee, vanilla beans, and lactose.

This beer pours a very dark brown, verging on black, with prominent basal red cola edges, and one skinny-ass finger of weakly foamy, and yet fairly creamy beige head, which leaves some disintegrating iceshelf lace around the glass as things gently recede.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla beans, fresh hipster coffee shop java dosed with cream, wet ash, a bit of toasted caramel cracker, and a further earthy, leafy bitterness. The taste is semi-sweet milk chocolate, roasted biscuity caramel malt, Scandinavian anise candies, a lessened cafe-au-lait character, dried vanilla pods, and plain leafy, weedy hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite active in its mildly fizzy, and more exuberant frothy natures, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, just a wee touch of ash the proverbial princess pissing-off pea, with a small airy creaminess growing as things warm. It finishes well off-dry, the cocoa, licorice, vanilla, and creamed coffee all not paying heed to the concept of closing time.

Overall, a pretty heady and hefty version of the style, the adjunct (ok, 'guest') ingredients doing well by their presence here. Lots going on, easy to put back, and a proper accompaniment to all manner of coffee shop desserts, I would imagine.

Aug 28, 2015
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doktorhops from Australia

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Did you know that the flat white (my favourite espresso style - similar to a caffè latte but with more espresso/less milk) was invented in New Zealand (disputed). As such 8 Wired, perhaps my favouritest of all NZ brewers [don’t forget Tuatara or Yeastie Boys Doc] have brewed their homage to the humble flat white (not like those showboating cappuccinos): 8 Wired Flat White Coffee Milk Stout. I love Milk Stouts. Yes, I love many beer styles, however Milk Stouts are something I always try to have at the ready in my fridge (current fridge Milk Stout being: McAuslan’s Oatmeal Stout).

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep black cola opaque body with a thin tan (crema comparisons will now commence) crema-like lace on top (crema comparisons have ended, resume your regularly scheduled program). 8/10.

S: Aroma is of course awesome because I love coffee and everything related to that dark bean, my dark mistress, she beckons me - “I see that you’re getting tired, drink me... NOW!”. Espresso coffee, both strong and floral, hit the senses along with hints of vanilla bean and earth. The coffee in this aroma dominates like the coffee in FBS, which is impressive to say the least. 9/10.

T: Smoky roasted coffee beans precede an earthy and rich coffee bean character throughout. The flavour is balanced lightly by teaspoon of sugar, represented aptly here by lactose, and finishes borderline Irish Dry Stout dry. The vanilla bean noted in the aroma is less noticeable here, but a presence is felt nonetheless. Balance is razor-edge fine with this excellent Milk Stout. 8/10.

M: Biggest area lacking with this brew: The body which is medium but could use the heft normally afforded in an Oatmeal Stout. Carbonation is dense and light. 7/10.

D: This is a damn near perfect representation of the flat white style in a beer - the only problem with trying to make a ‘flat white’ beer is that you will always be missing the creamy element from the milk. Lactose is the closest thing to milk that you can add to a beer without risk of curdling or infection and I wonder if more lactose would make this brew creamier or if there is a sugar limit involved. In any case 8 Wired have crafted another superlative beer *in my best Kiwi accent* chairs bra! 8/10.

Food match: I feel like drinking this brew with an Eggs Benedict in front of me (my favourite breakfast with my favourite espresso) take from this what you will.

Aug 09, 2015
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours black with a small head.
Nose shows heavy coffee with just the faintest hint of roasted malt and milk chocolate.
Flavours include dry roast alongside sweet lactose notes followed by overwhelming amounts of coffee.
Body could be thicker.
Insane amounts of coffee throughout.

Sep 10, 2014
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ADZA from Australia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a deep brown almost black hue with a creamy off white two finger head and lacing everywhere looks just like a coffee and smells just like one it really does, the tastes are black roasty malts, milky bitter coffee and a slight hoppiness to remind you that its a beer not a coffee and overall probably thw best and closest example of a well done coffee stout cheers.

Sep 07, 2014
Flat White Coffee Milk Stout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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