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RATINGS: 225   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. Itís rich and strong like a good espresso, creamy and smooth like a good stout. The ultimate breakfast beer.

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

   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 (7129) - 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, 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.

   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 isnít 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 (9096) - Indian River County, 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 (714) - 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. Doesnít 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 donít like coffee you wonít like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Pours a black body with a thin dark beige head. Nice espresso/latte aroma with nutty chocolate and light caramel sweetness. Flavor si a bit weaker, soem coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a thin sligtly astringent aftertaste. Easy drinking and pretty good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Poured a hazy dark brown color with a thin beige head. Big coffee grind aroma with chocolate mixed in. Sweet chocolate malty flavor that sat on top of the coffee. Bitter semi-dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Looked and smelled far better than the flavor delivered. Not bad mind you, but just seemed like there was going to be a lot more THERE there. Down the checklist of roastiness to chocolate to coffee it seemed to have those and all, but none melding in beautiful and alluring ways so that my now totally depraved geekiness could swoon and tongue it devilishly. Jeez Iím getting difficult.

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