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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A favorite of many coffee-loving beer drinkers, Big Shot Espresso Stout boasts about a shot of espresso in every pint. It pours jet black with a rich creamy brown head. This World Beer Cup winner has roasted coffee and grainy malt aromas. The earthy, dark chocolate flavors of the espresso showcase the flawless balance of the beer. It’s rich and strong like a good espresso, creamy and smooth like a good stout. The ultimate breakfast beer.

Awards: Silver Medal World Beer Cup 00’, Silver Medal GABF 08’
Bronze Medal GABF 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5323) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2008
Bottled. Dark color, no head just some brown lacing. Bottle didnt pssh as well. Aroma of roasted coffee, licorice. Bitter espresse taste, loads of licorice lingering on. Ok stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Bottle thanks to BlackForestCo.
Pours a inky black in color with about a half inch of head. Smell is very faint coffee and even more faint creme/espresso. Taste is slight creamy espresso. A good amount of bittering in the flavor as well. Good, smooth mouthfeel. Still bittering in the aftertaste. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22oz bottle. Rich and fresh coffee nose, no doubt about it... somewhat green and vegetal at times but many times fresh coffee has that aroma as well. Minty, spicy, dark roasted coffee, with some heavy char and smoked malt in play. Flavor is fresh, green coffee beans, rich, heavily roasted wood and barley, with a light chocolate sweetness. Body is medium thick, dissolving on the back of the tongue. Decent enough effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes fo roasted malt and expresso coffee. The flavor is sweet with notes of expresso beans, and medium notes of medium roasted coffee beans, as well as hints of wood, leading to a dry bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhclem (378) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Pour could have passed as coffee, right down to the creamy head. Nose is almost all coffee with a hint of dark chocolate and a whisper of cherries. Taste reiterates the nose but is tempered with malt and cocoa.Mouthfeel is substantial yet crisp at the same time. Finish is lovely, with the hops and the coffee vying for the bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1096) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Santa Clause brought me this jazzy looking beer, just in time for January’s unfaltering misery and gray skies. I figured a combination of heavy beer and jolting espresso flavors might temporarily lift me out of Colorado’s all-gray funk. Sure enough, Twisted Pine’s Big Shot Espresso Stout packed such a flavor whallop I couldn’t help but see the world in shades of brown and cream instead of the usual life sucking grays of winter. As befits an espresso beer, the thin head is very espresso like in its dark cream head and ink black body. The aroma is likewise rich, but curiously sweet, cool and refreshing. Actually, I am reminded of subterranean caves and old mine shafts with their wet and earthy and very encompassing scents. Sprinkled on time of this soily base are the faint but adoring smells of very dark chocolate, whole milk, cinnamon, sugar-in-the-raw, and fresh espresso. The Big Shot Espresso Stout is straight up rich and sweet - an intense treat. If the idea of a decadently sugar smelling beer is off-putting, fear not, for this brew’s flavor is much milder than the aroma. The bitter half of dark chocolate meets with the taste of diluted espresso, with a semi-burnt flavor. This might be one of the few times I write such things, but I found this beer’s bitterness very appealing and almost addicting. It seems like there should be a sweeter profile to match the dark astringency of this beer, but even without an extra spoonful of sugar, the medicine goes down, and with gusto. After the beer is gone, the chalice cleaned and the bottle disposed of, I begin to have second thoughts about the beer. For all the flavors, the mouthfeel might have been a bit too thin, and as the beer warmed the chocolate may have become too dark and bitter. But it is unfair to lay these criticisms on the drink after I finished it, so I’ll temper these remarks and say simply that it is an intense drink to be sure, and practically a requisite try for anybody who is both a beer and coffee enthusiast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2008
^Coffee junky. Thanks miketd: This poured dark brown with amber highlights. An espresso-lovers beer, this actually is reminiscent of freshly brewed espresso with generous amount of crema moreso than roasted coffee beans. Undertones of buttery, rich vanilla, and roasted malts throughout. Finishes off dry and roasted, and not sweet. w00t!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2008
A cold pour produces a thick blackish sludge w/ a two finger head. Good head retention and the creamy lacing sticks to the end. Strong aromas of full on espresso. Full nectar w/ good carbonation crates a soft fiberous texture. Dry w/ big roasted espresso flavors that climb through the sludge like a creature emerging from a watery tomb. Secondary flavors of dark cocoa, leather, and a pinch of chipotle pepper to finish w/ superb bittering. A beautiful specimen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Pours black with tan head. Aroma of coffee beans. Taste of roasted malt and loads of coffee. Thin mouthfeel. Pretty much coffee and not much else going on with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3606) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2008
tap at the brewpub - Pours black with a thin tan head. It smells like espresso beans. It tastes like espresso beans (and dark roast malt of course). Good! I needed some caffeine! It’s medium bodied and pretty tasty.

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