Coffee is often infused in stouts and porters so as to amplify the already roasty character of the beer, however it is increasingly being added to compliment brown ales and even IPAs. In this instance, 8 Wired went full steam ahead with a creamy brown ale style. The end result is a beer that boasts a complex bouquet, magnificent interplay between fruit flavours provided by the coffee and the hops, harmonious nut characters and so much more besides.
The aroma here is strikingly floral: Osteospermum, double delight roses and West Australian wildflowers hit the nose and the imagination. Suddenly, I am reminded of childhood memories; wandering through Kings Park in late September; if only I appreciated such things then as much as I do now. Coffee is big on the nose as well, as is a whiff of booziness. Woody notes of aromatic Jarrah follow on... Is my imagination getting the better of me? No, it's all there.
The mouthfeel is wondrously silky, with a thin white head that lasts until near the bottom of the glass. Hazelnut dominates the upper palate, while densely complex coffee notes assume control over the back. Strangely, there is very little by way of sugary sweetness, nor overly astringent bitterness; only a slight astringency rings with a short, sharp swirl of the tongue. Balance ensues with a buttery, not quite sweet burnt caramel flavour that rolls on beneath.