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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3657) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle. Clear, lighter brown, yellow to the edges. Compared to other coffee beers (including one I had the same night just a few beers prior), this was more like they added coffee liquor rather than beans; it just didn’t produce the same effect. Some smoke, burnt qualities in the aroma. But they suffer from the same problems as many English beers--thin body, e.g.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
RBSG 2007: Poured black with a light tan head. Aroma, coffee, chocolate, dry and roasty. Flavor, roasty coffee notes, dark chocolate, bitter finish. Pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Nice coffee beer. Coffee in the aroma and flavor. In the flavor, it is dry and bitter but balanced by some malt sweetness. Dark brown appearance and lightly carbonated. Mild overall but good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Dark black body with strong, bitter coffee aroma. Slightly water on the body with a strong coffee taste that was very bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
RBSG 2007. I can only assume that I have Chris_o to thank yet again for another great English stout, which happens to be the last beer I consumed over the RateBeer Summer Gathering 2007 in Minneapolis. Black color with no head. Excellent aroma of espresso. A lot of coffee flavor and whisky as well. The malt is a little on the watery side, but still very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16216) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a tan head. Roasted malty chocolate aroma with some smoky hints. Sweet malty roasted chocolate flavor with some hints of smoke. Roasted mlaty chocolate finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2115) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
Smoked coffee bean aroma. Black in colour with a stained head. Smokey flavour, roasted coffee, rich flavour. Leaves a pleasant smoked flavour. I love coffee, I love beer, I love coffee beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2007
Bottle (from Threshers). I enjoyed the cask version and was looking forward to this. Unfortunately the roasty coffee flavours felt muddy and lacked the brightness of the cask. There is some sweetness here but the body feels quite empty and has a rough kind of feel like overbrewed coffee. Lacks the balance of flavours and the pleasant coffee flavour of the cask.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10119) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
Københavnske Øldage 07. Bottle. Black/brown with a nice, creamy head. The aroma has nice, not strong, notes of roasted malt and coffee, and the flavour has smooth notes of roasted coffee, licorice and bitterness. I think this will be a great session stout, nice, not too strong flavour and a low ABV. Charming. 2150

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (9953) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2007
Bottled, 500ml. Black with ruby hue, no particular head. Challenging beer, there is a sourness in the malt that I couldn’t get along with, almost off, with a sweetish roasted note and a dose of coffee. Where I enjoyed the cask, I didn’t enjoy the bottle.


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