Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 293   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10830) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (8893) - 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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
OleR (4804) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (4157) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (880) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle 500ml from Waitrose, Christchurch. Pours black with a medium off-white head. Aroma of ground coffee with a little sweetness in the background. The taste is full-on dark roasted coffee beans, which is unfortunate because, apart from seeing the bottle, I would not have realised I was drinking a beer. There is nothing complex about this drink, just plain boring coffee that is thin and watery on the palate. I just don’t see the point of this beer; just brew up a pot of coffee, keep it stewing all day, then wait for it to go cold (and save yourself some money too)!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting on 6/23/07 thanks to chris_o: Pours a nearly opaque with dark mahogany edges and a nicely-lacing light tan head. Aroma of mild espresso and dark chocolate before a hint of cardboard. Body starts thin and faintly sweet with some earthy bitter coffee and roasted malt before a drier finish. Very reminiscent of black coffee, but I’d like it with a touch of sugar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2007
Sampled at the Medway Beer Festival 2007 - Interesting, but I didn’t really like it. I just don’t think coffee and beer go.

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