Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
planky84 (2866) - Lee, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5046) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2009
Massive coffee nose, but the body was a bit too thin to off set such strong flavors I thought and the coffee just completely dominated everything. Big bitter finish. Easy enough to drink, but not sure how much I would really want.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapez (1563) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle. Strong roasted coffee and malt aroma. Dark brown colour with brown head. Very bitter coffee flavour with a hint of smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2009
Lasting tan head with wisps of lacing on a black body. Coffee on the nose as well as some burnt notes. Taste is the same, lovely roasted bitterness, some chocolate, good length and medium body for drinking plenty of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (8009) - ITALY - APR 27, 2009
schiuma no abbondante discreta persistrenza sentori tostati di caffe in bocca prima malto leggera tostatura poi caffe molto aromatico meno intesa che alla spina ma piacevole

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (13867) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrus (4990) - 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.

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