Cantabrian (779) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 19, 2014
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 6/20
I was lured to this stout by the suggestion of milk, or for its alledged sweetness. Looks terribly great, black as a new pair of shoes, with a nice film of white head. It has a powerful aroma of a coffee farm, a silo full of fresh coffee berries (not "beans"), ready to be sundried in the courtyard. Although it is creamy on the palate (the "milk" part of it?), it is equally coffee bitter on the flavour, too powerful in my opinion, this herbal note overwhelming any milkiness or even beerness.
Jimthechap (1560) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It has been my experience that brewers, who are generally obsessed with flavour and love their coffee, sometimes develop the notion that coffee and beer have to go together and usually in a stout or a porter. They do it with the best of intentions, to marry their two favourite drinks together. However, the path toward brewing nirvana is fraught with peril and the usual outcome is a beer that is completely overwhelmed either by strong coffee or ends up tasting like a handful of gravel because of the grinds. With this particular animal the coffee is strong but surprisingly not overwhelming. It balances nicely with the viscosity and sweetness of the lactose in a pint that demanded another to follow. I have enjoyed 8 Wired’s other coffee offering, but this one was inspired. Bravo Soren.