hapjydeuce (966) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, up in Steamboat Springs. This one is a good wintertime brew, considering the great aroma of rich espresso and chocolate that you can indulge over. Very weak appearance, watery pour with transparent copper edges. No head at all, just some light fizz. Deep maroon center, not all that black. Great aroma however, plenty of dark chocolates and espresso. Some toffee and sweet cinnamon too. Flavors are less impressive as they fade much too quickly. Light espresso with more cocoa, but tastes a bit watery. Dry finish. Not bad right here.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Black in color, almost pitch black cept for the pour which shows it was a deeper brown.   Large frothy light brown head,
spotty lacing.   Chalky chocolaty nose, minor ashtray and roasted malts.   Or should I say, a bit strong ashtray, and some roasted
malts.   Unfortunately that little bit of ashtray comes out on the tongue.   Chalky, somewhat dry, not as flavorful on the tongue.
Might call this one more of a Porter.   Some hop aspect, but tiz minor.   Soft lingering chocolate malts and ashtry.
Body and mouthfeel are moderate, but twas expecting it to be a bit fuller.   Tiz okay, espresso is minor, stout is minor, chocolate is
minor, and the ashtray is minor but still too much.   Could stand to be thickened up a bit in my opinion.   Otherwise its not bad.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this beer was a nice sweet stout. The "sweet" flavor was present but pretty understated. However there was plenty of espresso flavor and a lot of very nice dry-roastiness (burned pizza crust) under a lactose-sugar top-note. Quite a nice flavor combination.
Mouthfeel was quite dry. Aroma was of sweetened coffee. Appearance, as you might expect, was opaque with a lot of very nice (although not durable) tan fluffly head.
Definitely recommended, and probably the best beer Iíve had from this brewer.
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured black with brown edges mostly opaque. Aroma is slightly sweet with notes of roasted malt and of course espresso. Small tan head, light lacing. Flavor is moserately sweet. Earthy roasted malt notes, strong espresso flavor. Finish is slightly bitter. Noticeable carbonation, medium body. As a beer it is average as a stout... Not a fan.
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, íexpressoí 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 (3491) - 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 donít care for coffee.
OhioDad (2492) - 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 (7133) - 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, Iíd have to say it smells like a menís 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.