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Spilker XPO Espresso Stout

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Formerly brewed at Spilker Ales
Style: Dry Stout
Cortland, Nebraska USA

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   ABV: -
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Brewed with dark roast Italian coffee beans added directly to the brewing kettle. This creates a smooth roasty stout with little of the bitterness & vinous taste often associated with stouts. A distinct beer, it can warm your soul on a cool day, yet has refreshing qualities that please discerning beer lovers even during the hottest days of summer.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Pour is dark brownish blak with a thin khaki head...smell is nice roastiness with hints of cocoa and vanilla...thin and watery mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation...hints of bitter coffee and vanilla in the finish...not so much a dry stout but more a sweet stout...this would be quite enjoyable if it had a thicker body...

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TChrome (1399) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Pours very dark with tan colored head. Very bland, weak aroma. No significant flavors expected of good stouts. Seems like a lager with black food coloring. Stay away. Thanks for the state rating, Bu11zeye.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Black with a good sized tan head. Aroma is similar to guinness. Has a weak milk smell complimented by a slightly stronger coffee aroma. The initial taste is bubbly on the palate which quickly changes to a more chalky feel. Taste is roasted coffee with some chocolate notes and a mildly bitter aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
(32 oz. bottle with plastic twist-off cap) Pours a deep brown body with a small tan head. Sweet malt aroma with a hint of green chilies (agree with Nuffield). Somewhat thin palate for a stout. Absolutely no coffee flavor, which I will knock it down points for flavor and overall impression.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (3636) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Bu11zeye brought back a big bottle (with the twist off cap) from his homestate of Nebraska, and I wanted to do his state proud, but I couldnít. An aroma of ginger beer, fajitas, and green chili. Nut brown color. Moderate palate. But worst of all was the lack of coffee in the flavor--where was it? I just couldnít find the coffee here. Big thanks for the effort, Bu11zeye.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Sampled from a monstrous 32 oz. jug. "1 Quart Stout" I like the sound of that. Color is solid black, with reddish edges, and a small, swiftly diminishing head. Aroma is redolent with notes of espresso...ah, thatís the stuff! Iíve got my nose deep into it, to withdraw every aromatic morsel into my snoot. On the palate, bracing bitterness, but very mellow soon afterwards. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated, and lacking in the texture I like to find in stouts. Thereís a lingering tinniness in the flavor, and it finishes rather weakly. Doesnít compare well to Bellís Java Stout, but then, in my book, few things do. Overall, a fairly average stout, with beautiful coffee aromatics.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Beauty of a looker, here ... solid black with cascading tan head. Woodsy aroma ... subtle coffee flavors with definite smoke tones. Bit light bodied, but decent ... would go great with barbeque.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2004
When I can't find Spilker Monkeywrench Brown Ale, I'll settle for this one. Very strong coffee aroma and taste. Could bebefit from a little more O.G., but body is not something that Sam Spilker puts into his brews.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Hum, twist off cap? Deep brown hue with fizzy head. The aroma hinted of roasted malt, nutty, mocha, light molasses, vanilla, aromatic hops, and pine. The taste was bitter upfront thanks in large part to the bittering hops used in this brew. A sweet mocha and citrus undertone was detected. The finish was very smoky and dry, bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thin, fizzy, and lively. Again this brew appears to be overcarbonated. This is just an average dry stout, needs more body and better mouthfeel. Okay to try once.


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