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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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 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 (7132) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours black with some red hues and an average size somewhat-lasting frothy tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, espresso and a good amount of green hops. Flavour’s the same: Roasted malt, espresso, hops and a roasty/bitter finish. Medium bodied. Surprisingly good, I quite liked this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2957) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
Shared with Hogtown harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Decent coffee bean aroma. Black,, red hues, small tan head, fluffy. Good taste - lots of coffee, bitterness. Full flavoured, thin to medium body. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6130) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Black opaque pour, reddish highlights, average frothy tan head. Lush dry roast aroma, coffee, lactose, green hops. Taste follows, heavy acidic coffee, touches of cocoa, with an underpinning of dry resin hops. Average slick body, solid acidity and astringency, soft and not much carbonation, up-front heavy roast malt and coffee, finishes bitter and dry. Coffee, all right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2007 Bottle from Uto. Deep mahogany with a large off white foam of head, lots of bubbles. Nose of, surprise!.. espresso roast, malt and a hint of oatmeal. Black coffee a bit of caramel and roasted malts, some hop in the end. Has a kind of powdery mouthfeel. Not as flavouful as imagined but still nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11229) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is mocca, coffee. Flavour is coffee, mocca, hop, roasted. Bitter and coffe finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer4000 (4615) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2007
500ml bottle. Dark, dark brown close to black body with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt with a strong coffee and mocha character. Flavor is definitively coffee, but also a hint of roasted chocolate. Dry and bitter finish. The coffee tones in this beer are almost a bit exaggerated, but I like it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6526) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle from Threshers. Near black with a decent tan head. Aroma had pronounced roasted notes, with plenty of coffee. Smooth drinking with coffee and dark chocolate flavours and a good, dent finish. Enjoyable.

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