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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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle labeled as Big Shot Expresso Stout. Pours solid black with a small, frothy, ’expresso’ colored head leaving minimal lacing. Nose is actually quite nice, simple but nice; coffee notes but not overly roasted, milk chocolate, and some dark chocolate. Similar flavors with a moderate coffee bean note with a light acidity, milk chocolate, and a dry cocoa note towards the finish. Palate is more than medium, creamy, moderately carbonated but slightly watery. Finishes with some coffee bitterness, light acidity, and some dry cocoa notes. Straight forward and simple with nice coffee notes and restrained roast. Very enjoyable and drinkable, just nothing too memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 11/08/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

black with dark brown edges, short lived whispy tan head, huge roasted coffee aroma, strong coffee flavor, hint of chocolate, lots of roasted coffee bitterness, all coffee and no beer
-------- /> Date: 02/26/2007
Score: i+ to iii
Words: Bottle
Words: Tasting

clear dark burgendy, wispy beige head, drops of lace, big roasted coffee aroma with a slight ashy character, lots of coffee flavor but balanced with the dark chocolate, rich creamy chocolate sweetness adds balance,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2007
22oz bomber-Pitch black body with a small tan head and an aroma of coffee and dark roasted malt. Taste of the same with a hint of chocolate. A nice tasting stout especially since I don’t care for coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2007
22oz bottle via trade with Crosling! - Thanks Nick! - Pours black with a short tan head that stayed pretty well. Aroma is good solid expresso and coffee, a hint of chocolate and lots of roasty notes. Flavor is lots of the same. Expresso, a touch of chocolate and an aweful lot of roast. Palate is well carbonated with medium body and a soft mouthfeel. Pretty solid overall..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Rerate sampled on 2/26/07: Similar appearance, but the aroma has a touch of cherry fruitiness. Otherwise lots of molten dark chocolate and good coffee balance. Thanks to crosling for the bottle.

Bottle sampled on 11/8/06: Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a thin covering of light tan head. Aroma of rich espresso beans and dark chocolate with some roasty notes and sweet malt. Body starts lightly caramely sweet with a lot of good espresso character and dark chocolate. A nice brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2007
In the bomber bottle from Wilburs. Pours coal black with a medium dark beige head of fairly good retention. Aroma is very unpleasant and odd. In fact, I’d have to say it smells like a men’s urinal that is in need of a good flush. The flavor is not bad at all. Good thick body. I liked this because in addition to solid chocolate and roasted malt flavors, this was not overdone in the coffee department. That made it very balanced for a non-coffee drinker such as myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Black uneventful pour, diminishing tan head, pretty creamy while it sticks around. Loads of milk chocolate are not enough to stand up to the trembling coffee, a powerhouse of an aroma. Not very complex but fun to sniff away at, especially with an omelette at eight in the morning. Small hints of vanilla and roasty malts, along with some creamy sugars, peak through the intense coffee nose. Flavor isn’t what the aroma eludes to, other than the continual coffee bashing my palate is taking. Roasty coffee keeps the flavor from ever nearing even mild sweetness. Palate is spiked with roasty punches, and lively as it is, the beer as a whole seems rather unimpressive. Finishes medium dry. Astringency is over the top throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Bottle... O-Town Throwdown... Poured dark, sits black in the glass with a small, creamy, khaki head. Vanilla, cocoa, espresso nose with a smidgen of oxidation. Mildly sweet flavor with lots of coffee and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Chocolaty finish. Thanks to Crosling for his generosity!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2007
[22 oz. bottle, courtesy of TAR] Awesome aroma of sweet milk chocolate and dark roasted espresso. Pitch black in color, with a short head. Very dark malt flavors, with an excellent roasted coffee foundation. Finishes quite dry, with elements of cocoa and a touch of bitter hops. All around, extremely drinkable stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Black with good head. Yummy...this beer is right up my alley. Great coffee aroma and taste with some smooth chocolate sweetness. Not over the top and definitely low alcohol. Doesn’t try to be a huge beer; it succeeds in being a tasty coffee flavored stout you could drink the hell out of. News flash: If you don’t like coffee you won’t like this.

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