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Brewed by Dark Star
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Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 275   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cthomas2390 (219) - Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Near black pour with red highlights and good tan head.espresso and green pepper aromas fade into chocolate. Peppery astringency and charcoal thru the middle. Ends fairly clean and dry with some residual coffee bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbaxter (23) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
pours a deep black and browny nice light brown head. the aroma is roast black coffee with a slight sweetness Medium body, mediumcarbonation. fair beer nice finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4618) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2013
50cl Bottle at Drie Dorstige Herten. Black colour, beige head. Aroma of strong coffee, roasted malts, some cream, chocolate. Flavour is roasted malts, some espresso, bitter chocolate, coffee and cream, bittersweet finish. Light-bodied. Tasty beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (931) - SCOTLAND - OCT 22, 2013
500ml bottle from Peckham’s, Glasgow (£2.39):
Coffee & roasted malts too. The espresso is very apparent and there is a dryness to the beer with some milky cocoa coming through as well. There is some barley too and a touch of bitterness.
Black with a 2cm foamy head that is a medium to dark tan in colour and holds pretty well.
Coffee & espresso upfront but there is more milkiness than from the nose, Medium strength chocolate & some roasted malts with some bitterness follow. Some faint background fruits make an appearance towards the end too.
A dry taste with medium bitterness and a medium body. Carbonation is light medium and there is a nice, well balanced bitterness to the finish.

Strong coffee & espresso flavours that thankfully don’t overpower too much. Surprisingly well balanced and enjoyable offering. Quite a nice beer overall.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Quokka (11) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
The instant coffee of espresso beers. Not smooth at all, watery, and very disappointing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
(Bottle): Pours almost black, small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, black coffee, smokey notes. Big roasted malt flavour balanced with the bitter espresso flavour, some dark chocolate notes and bready notes accompany. Super drinkable and great flavours.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olliejobbins (767) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2013
500ml bottle. pours a very dark brown almost black with caramel head. aroma and taste are both extremely strongly of...espresso. very nice and smooth mouth feel.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gruberm (327) - - SEP 17, 2013
Wonderful chocolatey coffee aromas but no depth to taste. Thin watery burnt espresso taste and then fades quickly to nothing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (1653) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle. pours a deep dark, browny black with a ruby edge and a tan head. the aroma is... toasty black coffee with some dark fruit and a hint of vanilla sweetness. Medium body, mild carbonation. Its OK - not quite rich enough, lacking a bit of body and depth. But there are some really good flavours there. There’s a touch of sweetness, some smoke, toast, a little veg, peat, fruit, a bit of ash. Pretty tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (3681) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2013
50 cl. bottle sampled @ Kraddel does 1K tasting. Provided / procured @ T-Drinks. Cheers. BBF 02/2015. Pours a dark brown, light black shades, mocha bubbles for a head. Nose is pure bitter roasted coffee and espresso bean, light roast and touch chocolate. Taste is bitter roasted espresso beans, dark bread malts, lightly sweetish, chocolate, small hint vanilla, touch of roasted malts but espresso and coffee dominates the flavour. Touch light body. Quite enjoyable and easy to drink overall.


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