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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
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.


Hanoi's rating

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (376) - Bedfordshire, - JAN 13, 2013
Having tried this a few times late in the evening at festivals I was keen to give it a more considered tasting. The beer tastes exactly as promised, of cold coffee with perhaps a little fag ash. The aroma, is coffee and cigarettes. The appearance an appealing coffee black. The taste.. coffee and fags. The palate is a little thinner than you would expect from a stout, but in keeping with the notion of a coffee beer, so suitable. The beer is a one trick pony, and I grew a little bored of it near the bottom of the bottle, but its a fun beer, that fulfills it brief consummately. Id happily recommend trying it once.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lisowczyk (46) - POLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Butelka Barwa czarna. Piana umiarkowanie obfita, lekko znaczy szkło,utrzymuje się tylko kożuch. W zapachu kawa z owocami, wyraźna porzeczka. Smak: delikatna kawa z mlekiem, palony słd i owoce (porzeczka, malina, agrest) Goryczka na średnim poziomie.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1357) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 14, 2014
Bona cervesa, s equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
500ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Near black in colour with a thin lasting tan head, good lacing. The aroma is of espresso, coffee, smoke, nuts, and lots of sweet malts. The flavour is a bit on the thin side, some roasted coffee bitterness but nearly no espresso. Thin lightly bitter mouthfeel, medium/light body, mild carbonation. Finishes average length, lightly bitter. It never really recovers from what really is a nice aroma. Lacking oomph.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (2024) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, huge coffee nose, sweet, roasted, bit thin, lots of coffee.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 22, 2014
Almost black body, small beige head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, hints of burned grass, chocolate, coffee. Low maltiness, mild bitterness. Texture is smooth, palate is thin. Finish is long, moderately dry, slightly bitter. ABV is conveniently low. Nice but a bit watery overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (976) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights and a finger thick beige head. Aroma: Espresso, roast/smoky malts. Taste: Low/medium sour and bitterness with low sweetness. Slight saltiness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, lingering coffee, malty finish with an increasing espresso bitterness. Comments: Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andregoncalves (1386) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2014
On tap at biercab, barcelona. Dark dark dark color. Body is smooth and oily. High bitterness. Aroma is high coffee, roasted. Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2136) - NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2014
Tasty coffee stout, nice notes of espresso, with a body of cacao malt I think. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jacekziegler (23) - Plymouth, Devon, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
Bottle. Freshly ground coffee aroma, not too strong, balanced with roasted malts. This is the beans-like coffee not the instant cheap blend from supermarket. Medium body, drinkable but 33cl bottle would be enough for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tsekouratos (195) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - FEB 11, 2014
500 ml bottle from The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Dark brown to nearly black color with a beige, thick and big head. Aromas of coffee. Taste of coffe, some roasted and maybe some hints of vanilla. Bitter aftertaste, long! Low carbonation, medum body. Nice beer if you like coffee stouts!


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