Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6290) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/23/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RBSG 2007

dark brown, wispy tan head, coffee and dark chocolate aroma, rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor, light bitterness from the roasted,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyit (3462) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
Dark ruby of color with a beige head. An aroma of coffee and liqurice. A flavor of hard roasted malt, coffee and liqurice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Scattered beige foam sits on top of an opaque black body, looks unrefined. Aroma is of coffee that’s not fully roasted, dirt, heavily toasted grains, light bitter chocolate, lighter still caramel and grass. Flavor is light, mildly roasty, with light coffee, mellow bitterness and a little chocolate. Finishes lightly bitter with coffee. The mouthfeel is chalky, powdery and light-medium bodied. Drinkable but not memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Thanks to chris_o for sharing this at the RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a light tan head. Main aroma of coffee with a hint of chocolate, smoked grain, and some roasted nuts. Taste is medium bodied, dry, and more coffee taste with a touch of whiskey. Finish is a light compared to most other stouts I’ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3673) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4475) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4404) - 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.

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