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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7276) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Bomber called ’’Big Daddy Espresso Stout’’. Poured clear, deep cola brown with a swirly cap of tan head. The aroma really rocked the espresso character with fine roast and a couple shots of sweet cream in there.. molasses and vanilla sweetness too.. nice presentation. The flavor had a rich malty core of espresso, sweeter chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar.. coffee and earthy bitterness surrounded.. picked up vanilla and the aforementioned sweet chocolate again at the finish. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. more substance at the beginning and toward the finish.. dry and grainy at the end. Overall quite delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skinnyviking (7501) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2008
Bottle. Low almost non-existant fluffy off-white head. Pitch black body. Strong and good coffee aroma. Mild and somewhat flat cofree flavor with low carbonation and a short aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22451) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle. Black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of coffee with notes of vanilla. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel and coffee with notes of vanilla. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsWhisperer (10) - , North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2008
This beer had a beautiful pour into a tulip glass. Very dark and rich, with a dark roasted tan head that was very thick and continually rebuilt itself every time I swirled the glass. Aromas of roasted malt and fresh brewed coffee. Taste was not overpowering; instead, it was a nicely balanced stout with a definite coffee flavor. Not overly bitter or hoppy. Very easy to drink. Not too thick, but still with enough body to satisfy. Not sure of the ABV, but not too strong, making it a nice beer to sip and enjoy, leaving the palate ready for a refill. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5585) - 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 (8465) - 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 (29988) - 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 (385) - 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 (1164) - 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.

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