Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bembelembe (216) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 22, 2008
Quite fine beer. Strong black coffee flavour with roasted malts. Bitter ashtrayish coffee mix aftertaste. Black in color. Low carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4850) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2008
Bottled. Tasting @ Kolding Bryglaug.Aroma is strongly ashtray with coffee. Opaque, black coloured with an off-white head. Taste is bitter, has coffee, some bread and ashtray. Dry end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2008
Near black with a tan head. Aroma is black coffee. Taste is sour and musty with a roasted coffee tang. Mid bitter finish. I was rather disappointed with this: it seemed terribly one dimensional. I suppose it did what it said on the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11804) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2008
Black with a small off-white head. Coffee, and ashtray (cold espresso) in the aroma. Thin flavour completely dominated by coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (35993) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2008
Århus2008. 50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with an orange glare and a lacing tan head. Dry coffee and roasted malt aroma, lovely cup of coffee it seems. Flavour is dry and bitter: roasted and coffee bitter. Dry roasted and coffeeish finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5824) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2008
Bottle @ thewolf-and-his-flock-of-sheep tasting session. Dark color. Aroma of roasted coffee. Strong bready coffee. Dry bitter taste. Loads of coffee again. Quite nice. I like coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dedollewaitor (14811) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle@Thewolf. Pours black with a creamy head. Aroma & taste has lots of coffee roast. Medium & smooth body. Coffee all around - perhaps a bit too much like cold coffee! Tasty for a 4,2% beer though!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thewolf (11553) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle @ thewolfs pre-festival tasting, Kolding.
[thank you, Chris_o]
Pours deep black, with a good, creamy beige head. Aroma is powerful of freshly ground coffee beans. A little thin. Flavour is brimming with coffee, but not much else. This actually feels like a slightly carbonated cup of cold coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1809) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2008
[500ml bottle from Waitrose, Marlow] Shared with Jim. It’s black coffee. Not beer. Damn fine black coffee though! Is this the first true breakfast beer, or possibly the best "hair of the dog" available? Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2008
Objectively speaking: Subtle coffee stout full of subtlety. Very tasty for its size. I miss England.
I like: Tall frothy beige head. Very well-balanced! The espresso never display any of that beany vegetal character that is so common in coffee stout. The yeast undertones are stunning, complex, subtle. Lots of house character and in a filtered coffee beer at that! Very well extracted maltiness procures a solid, firm palate, excellent compromise between drinkability and engaging size. Clean finishing bitterness.
I dislike: This is a type of beer I generally dislike, but this was a stunning example.

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