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Style: Stout
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (819) - Greater Manchester, - 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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
I_LUV_BEER (172) - - AUG 17, 2016
Served in a Teku glass from a 500ml bottle. Pours very dark opaque brown colour with a thick beige head, nice lacing in the glass. Aroma is coffee, molasses, earth. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, slightly bitter pleasant aftertaste. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very very nice coffee infused dark beer! I will be seeking more of it without doubt!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2016
Dark brown. Quite rich coffee nose. Lighter body, some thicker sweet malts, brown sugar but then a thin coffeeish finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2277) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle shared. Thanks Shuichi! Big and bold espresso and roasted coffee notes up front and dominate throughout, but a bit of dark chocolate as it warms. Light body and easy drinking, really tastes like a coffee at room temperature and the mouthfeel is really nice. Finish is roasty but clean. Amazing for 4.2 percent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (3329) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2016

Lukt: Kaffe, lakris, sjokolade.
Utseende: Sort.
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Kaffe, frukter, mrk sjokolade, noe bitter avslutning.
Hvor: The Moon on the Square, Feltham.
Medium: Flaske@500ml, ABV@4,2%, Nr@24.06.2016

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (6518) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle at Cotteridge Wines; dark opaque brown pour with a bubbly tan head, aroma has pleasant coffee and some chocolate, taste has roast coffee, chocolate chips, some roasted malts a hint of dark fruits, light bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (3055) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2016
Pours an almost black colour with a mocha head, good retention and some creamy lacing. Roasted malt aromas with some nice coffee. The flavours shows more the coffee over the roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Seems watered-down, because of the low alcohol content, but overall, a nice coffee stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Werckmeister (2057) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 1, 2016
0,5l bottle at home courtesy of Cuso, big thanks. No obvious BB date. black color, small coffee-colored head. smells of coffee, bitter herbs, quite roasty, some bitter chocolate, light licorice, hints of vanilla. nice smell. light to medium body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of licorice, vanilla, light roast, some bitter herbs, coffee grounds, hints of chocolate, light fruit notes. finishes rather watery towards the finish, with some roast and notes of bitter herbs, some licorice and light vanilla notes. decent one, not a fan of vanilla so gets a bit of a penalty for that, but overall enjoyable, finish is a bit watery though. plus points for the low ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
chimpgibbon (533) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle. Nice coffee aroma, sweet malts. Hint of vanilla and cola with a smidge of hops. Quite thin and highly carbonated. Decent enough though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAleMale (33) - Worcester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2016
Bottle from Countrywise Upton. Think I like it but a bit odd! Plenty of coffee flavour and aroma. Not much else. DeScription is "black beer" not stout?! Definitely a stout though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12245) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle thanks to Lorna. It pours near black with a small beige head. The nose is rich roast, bitter - sweet, espresso coffee, cacao nibs and burnt treacle. The taste is smooth, bitter, rich roast, coffee, touch of cracked black pepper, touch of acidity and dark chocolate with a dry finish. Light -medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Perhaps a touch thin, but it is a respectable coffee stout nonetheless.


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