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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Nitro keg and filtered bottle.
Espresso is a black beer with fully roasted barley malt and challenger hops but with freshly ground espresso coffee beans added to the copper for a few minutes after the boil to provide a complementary coffee aroma.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thewolf (11260) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle @ thewolfs pre-festival tasting, Kolding.
[thank you, Chris_o]
Pours deep black, with a good, creamy beige head. Aroma is powerful of freshly ground coffee beans. A little thin. Flavour is brimming with coffee, but not much else. This actually feels like a slightly carbonated cup of cold coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1621) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2008
[500ml bottle from Waitrose, Marlow] Shared with Jim. It’s black coffee. Not beer. Damn fine black coffee though! Is this the first true breakfast beer, or possibly the best "hair of the dog" available? Very enjoyable!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2008
Objectively speaking: Subtle coffee stout full of subtlety. Very tasty for its size. I miss England.
I like: Tall frothy beige head. Very well-balanced! The espresso never display any of that beany vegetal character that is so common in coffee stout. The yeast undertones are stunning, complex, subtle. Lots of house character and in a filtered coffee beer at that! Very well extracted maltiness procures a solid, firm palate, excellent compromise between drinkability and engaging size. Clean finishing bitterness.
I dislike: This is a type of beer I generally dislike, but this was a stunning example.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2008
Bottled, almost black colored and opague. Indeed a firm espresso aroma with even a touch of smoke. dark roasted espresso flavor, with a touch of cacao. More coffee flavor as a beer flavor, it seems. malty, almost medium bodied. Roastbitter aftertaste. A lot of flavor for its modest ABV.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (8497) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2008
500ml bottle. Beige, one-finger head resting on a black body. Aroma of coffee-grounds. Taste of roasted coffee beans with bitter aftertones. Easy to drink, but not a session beer (Oslo, 17.01.2008).

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2008
500 ml bottle. Low coarse light brown head with big bubbles. Body is transparent black. Prominent coffee aroma, like the smell from cold instant-coffee. Also whiffs of cocoa and bitter chocolate. Much of the same in the flavor, with roast and dark malts in addition. A light bitterness apperars towards the end. Quite light-bodied. Water in the texture. Dry ending. A not so balanced, but drinkable light-weighter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (4114) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle. Dark and coffee flavoured.After trying it i have decided that coffee and beer are both good drinks-but not together.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2007
Very dark stout. Rich coffee aroma. Flavour is much harsher than I remember the cask version being, the coffee is rather overpowering and there is no sort of balancing sweetness. Honestly not a very good beer in the bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (792) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle @ Microbar, november 07. Opaque, black color with a medium, creamy, beige head. Deep, roast, espresso flavor with an english hop feeling at the end. Some cereal notes too. Roasty, coffesih mouthfeel, very dry. Almost like drinking an espresso. Spicy and warming. Beatifull coffeish/ espresso aroma. Nice, coffeish stout, pretty dry.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2007
Tasted 5. des -07. Aroma is subdued but you can smell the coffee. There is to much flavor from the coffee, because this is not a complex beer, all you taste is burnt and coffee, a bit watery as well.


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