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Brewed by Dark Star
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Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2009
A 0.5L bottle tasted at Gallows Bird. Strong coffeish nose with some hints of tobacco. Pale brown head. Strong coffeish taste. Also some dark chocolate in the nose.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (10892) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 25, 2009
500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2009) - as ’Espresso’ 4.6%
Day 0: Massive espresso aroma, not much else. Espresso coffee in the taste too, but where’s the beer? Thinish body - where’s the beer? Another victim of the inane ’substitute coffee for beer’ trend. Real let-down after the pour. Shame to see one of my favourite brewers boob so.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2008
A black colored beer, with a thick dark beige head. The aroma of burned malts, strong coffee and bitter. The taste of soft malts with coffee. There is bitterness. The aftertaste is very bitter and dry.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle@Home. Strong espresso aroma. Black coloured, light brown head, good lace. Light sweet, bitter, strongly roasted, pure espresso indeed. Roasted dry mouthfeel, thinnish, oily. First I thought it was quite flavorful, but half way the bottle it started to taste like cold coffee more and more. This made it very one dimensional.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3384) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle pint: Black but in the upper regions of the glass dark brown, oe of the nearist thing to coffee in the beer-world.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle. Almost black with an offwhite head. Aroma and flavour of coffee filter and roasted malt. Harsh and also thin.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoozyBugger (15) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2008
Tasted at Chelmsford beer festival 08. Strong coffee nose with malt undertones. Smoke and coffee taste with a slight sourness in the aftertaste.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (14447) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle, 4.2% at ÅBF08. Mild chocolate aroma. Roasted flavour, sour aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bembelembe (216) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 22, 2008
Quite fine beer. Strong black coffee flavour with roasted malts. Bitter ashtrayish coffee mix aftertaste. Black in color. Low carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4828) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2008
Bottled. Tasting @ Kolding Bryglaug.Aroma is strongly ashtray with coffee. Opaque, black coloured with an off-white head. Taste is bitter, has coffee, some bread and ashtray. Dry end.


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