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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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.


1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
probstblueribbon (3671) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served almost cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a fair tan froth. Aroma: Cooked green peppers (blech), even as it warms, little else seems to be able to escape that awful aroma and show itself, some black coffee, I guess, dirty. Palate: Medium body, sparse effervescence. Flav.: Green pepper but with a little more coffee, a hint of chocolate, some other muddled, confused, dirty flavours; dry with some bitterness and a finish that is hard to describe, but thankfully doesn’t involve green peppers.

The first bottle was not NEARLY this bad. Third time’s a charm??

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2437) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2010
500 mL bottle. Stout dark, but the head doesn’t last. Nice aroma of coffee, walnuts and smoke. The flavour begins very nicely, with lots of espresso, but fades quickly and finished a little tinny. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Plovmand (7752) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2010
Bottle. Pitch black body with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is pure espresso and some caramel. The flavour is bitter coffee with notes of roasted malt and some caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2010
Draught at Brasserie 4:20, Roma. Very dark brown with a thin light brown head. Strong coffee and chocolate aroma. The flavour is coffee, chocolate, nuts. Smooth mouthfeel. Coffeeish finish. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4389) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 16, 2010
Bottle from Peckhams. Black colour, tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Flavour of roasted malts, coffee. Fairly bitter. Well drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle. A - Essentially black with brown hues. Decent sized creamy tan head, that recedes in fairly quickly and some lacing left over. S - Lots of coffee, it’s more like smelling into a coffee can than a cup of coffee. Definitely a roasty smell. Some bitter sweet and dark chocolate smell too. Along with these is a good amount of tobacco with a cigar like smell. T - Lots of dark roasted coffee, providing a bit of coffee bitterness. This leads into slight bittersweet and dark chocolate (not a lot). Also a good amount of tobacco/cigar taste. Also a little dark fruit (mostly date and prune), but not much of this taste comes through, maybe just a slight sweetness with the coffee bitterness. M - Medium to light body (fairly light for a stout). Alright carbonation. Pretty smooth. Not too dissimilar to Guinness. D - Decent but the taste probably gets to be a little too much to have great drinkability. Also there is quite a lack of diversity in the taste. Notes: Pretty good and strong coffee, tobacco, and chocolate flavors. If this is what you are looking for, definitely try this. This was interesting and nice to sip on at night. Not my favorite beer but good one that exemplifies those stout flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma: lots of coffee, roasted/burned malt, vanilla, smoke, green hops. Flavor: coffee, burned malt, bitter chocolate, vanilla, licorice, green hops, light acidity. Bitter and dry finish. Light body. Not bad, but maybe a bit to bitter and harsh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5405) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle from Bierkoning. Dark black body with little tan head. Nose of malts, licorice and coffee. Taste of toffee, coffee, espresso obviously, and nice barley flavours. Well done and to keep me wired tonight.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
planky84 (2748) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle from Mr Lawrences wine merchants, Brockley. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aromas of light roast coffee, chocolate, caramel. Flavours of dark malts, coffee, some smoke. Bit earthy. Finishes smokey and bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - OCT 15, 2009
(growler from ChrisO) Aroma of newly grained coffen, even has that dusty feel to it. Taste is also coffelike, as in thin and cold, odd, when it seems to be more a coffen, than beer. Not nice to drink old, cold coffee.


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