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Beer – #624 – 8 Wired – Flat White Coffee Milk Stout

Stouts clearly a thing at the moment. Sweet Stout, Sweet music, Sweetspot and  a sweet spot.

If you are not a Kiwi, chances are you might not know what a Flat White is. It is pretty much the NZ version of a latte.

This is a 500ml bottle of a beer that is 5.5% ABV, making it 2.2 standard drinks in the bottle, and it’s 165 calories a serve size.

Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing in that style that is a  Sweet Stout and that’s not a million miles away from where I live in Warkworth, New Zealand

Evening Spcial Coffee

Evening Spcial Coffee

Flat White Coffee Milk Stout. The brain child of our new guy, Brian Watts.

Based on a traditional milk stout, we take it up a notch by adding a good amount of freshly roasted Brazilian and Cuban coffee from our friends at C4 Coffee in Christchurch.

If you are not a Kiwi, chances are you might not know what a Flat White is. It is pretty much the NZ version of a latte. I’d say it is the national coffee style of NZ, a title that has finally been wrestled away from freeze dried instant coffee!

What could possibly go wrong with that then?

I’ve had this on tap on my travels and rated it very well, lots of coffee as I recall.

Memory serves me well as this almost exactly like a cup of milky coffee aroma, and in the glass it’s even bigger, pouring a deep dark brown with a small but light brown head of fluffiness.

Flat WhiteTwang of coffee grounds too.  I have to say that this is swooningly delicious, it’s a wash of  cold coffee sweetness a lovely mouthfeel and a soft gentle finish.

Not as soft as cold brew coffee is, this has some greenness of coffee ground in it, but it carries it well and adds to the light bitterness that this has.

As it warms a bit it becomes deeper and richer too, brining you in again for more, each sip preceded by the coffee aroma.

You might say that I’m really enjoying it.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. It’s not perfect but it really ticks most of all the boxes in aroma, taste, body and finish. A rare thing to find a beer that from memory on tap and in the bottle are very similar and both totally enjoyable.

The double dip review

Am I enjoying it? Yes it really is a taste explosion, no hold barred but also quite restrained in the alcohol levels, making a beer you could have a couple of and it will keep giving you enjoyment.
Would I have another? I would, I couldn’t wait to try the bottle version and I would easily go again.
Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Of course, this is a remarkable take on the coffee stout that delivers both at the coffee and a decent beer. Superb.

Music for this, and odd choice but you need to listen to everything. ‘ Marcus “Boo” Hewerdine’ is an English singer-songwriter and record producer, the album ‘ Open’ which you listen to here on the Spotify This will give you an idea


Dark brown to black in colour. Sweet stouts come in three main varieties – milk stout, oatmeal stout, and foreign stout. Milk stouts are made with the addition of lactose, and are sweet, low-alcohol brews. Oatmeal lends a smooth fullness of body to stouts, while foreign stouts are stronger (6.5-8% abv) and have a sweet malt profile and high esters. All of the sweet stouts are noted for their restrained roastiness in comparison with other stouts, and low hop levels.


3 comments on “Beer – #624 – 8 Wired – Flat White Coffee Milk Stout

  1. kingmidget
    June 27, 2015

    GREAT song! Got somebody new to listen to on Spotify.


    • Philip Walter
      June 27, 2015

      A surprise indeed, I like listening to as much new music as I can, and sometimes you come across something different that appeals. Sometimes MrsPhil just stares at me from the doorway in disapproval.


      • kingmidget
        June 27, 2015

        I have the same issue with Queen Midget.


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