talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
Score: i+ to iii
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
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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..
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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!
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[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.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.