We are big fans of this brewery because basically every beer they brew are exceptional and complex. Poured into a tulip glass, there is impenetrable black with a 10mm tan head that faded quickly, leaving only a rim around the glass and the bubbling up of carbonation on the surface. A definite hit of whole coffee bean, with a whiff of vanilla coats the olfactories, whilst a backbone of roasted malt and a subtle sweetness exits. We feel like there may be a tiny bit of chocolate malt used, but we stress tiny. First sip gives you all of the above. Strong upfront coffee bean, roasted malt, a sweetness from the lactose, and hints of vanilla make up a lovely balanced palate, with mild bitterness. Body is light to medium, and there is a mild hit of carbonation upfront but it disappears at the end. Sitting at 5.5% ABV, there is no evidence of booze at all, given the roasted malt and coffee blend. The use of lactose gives it a real velvety, smooth character in the mouth. There is a subdued ash hit at the end of the palate also which gives it a smoky feel too. Overall, a very very nice coffee stout, trying to replicate the Kiwi flat white.