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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2065) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2006
tap at the brewery. dark almost pitch black with a brown head. amazing coffee nose, like being in a nice coffee house with a bowl of chocolate ice cream. smooth wet coffee flavor with light caramel & a chocolate finish. bitter coffee flavor works so well in this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2006
This was simply delicious. Pours a murky dark dark brown, with a rich tan head. Aroma of freshly brewed coffee goodness, nice and roasty. Flavors has some rich toffee flavors, along with some tasty fruits covered in cocoa dustiness. Rich chocolately goodness, a very drinkable stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5965) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Bomber bottle via Ernest and served in my Expedition snifter: Pours nearly opaque with some reddish highlights topped by a small and fading frothy tan head and produced above average lacing. The aroma is a nicely aromatic coffee, chocolate, vanilla, prune, a hint of smoke, and notes of grassy hops. The taste starts as expected with a lot of coffee flavor on top of a sweet malt base. The hops have a resin and grassy character and had to the bitter finish. The aftertaste is ashy and a tad metallic. The mouth feel needs improvement, too watery and thin for the flavor profile to support (maybe a addition of oat would help) All told it is a very drinkable coffee brew due to the coffee flavor freshness. I would have it again, a rare refreshing summer stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Draft @ brewpub: Muddy dark pour with a meager, creamy head. Heavy malt aroma is tempting roasted coffee and molasses. More roasted coffee in the body is matched nicely with notes of charcoal, wood and smoke. Unlike other coffee stouts I have tried, the java here is natural, subtle and not forced or bitter. The brewer said he concoted a cold cocktail with locally roasted beans and added to the secondary a week before transferring to the serving tanks. This process seems to work nicely, creating a smooth, drinkable stout that is rich with coffee flavor and balanced with chocolate malts. Really good and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5599) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2013 4 oz sample at the brewery, 4/15/06: Verrrrrry nice. Pleasant little twist on coffee/mocha flavors. Good alternative to coffee for breakfast. One of the two best here at TPBC. I’d buy again! <<Actually I did, on 2/22/2009 ... in the bottle. Pure coffee aroma and 100% coffee character. Ultimate coffee beer I think I’ve ever tasted. Excellent and upgraded rating>>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9552) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2006
Bomber poured a nearly opaque brownish black with a small brown head. Aromas of COFFEE, roasted malt, hints of cocoa and a bit of vanilla. Palate waslight to medium bodied. Flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt with a smooth lingering bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2006
The aroma gets my coffee-loving tail wagging, but there isn’t enough support from the flavor and palate to keep up the momentum. The beer pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown color with a large, frothy, tan, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, heavy notes of genuine dark-brewed coffee and light notes of milk chocolate; hoppy with a light note of resin/pine; yeasty with a light note of damp basement. The flavor is lightly sweet and moderately bitter with a long, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish accompanied by roasty retros. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is softer-than-average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2006
Pours with a small brown head, small bubbles. Pretty much opaque. Aroma is a light cream, coffee/espresso beans. Taste is a creamy, vanilla laden coffee taste, mild roastiness. Finish is bitter, slightly dry and just a touch too sour for me. Like most coffee beers, this one is pretty much dominated by the coffee bean, don’t expect too much from the malts and especially the hops. Body was just a little too light for the style, should be more full. Somewhat one-diminsional, but for a coffee beer it wasn’t too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1274) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2006
22 oz bottle dated 2/06. Pours an opaque brown/black with a creamy dark brown head that quickly diminishes.

The aroma is big on the bitter coffee with some graininess and sweet chocolate.

The flavor is sweet and creamy coffee and some chocolate, but kind of watered down. There is a little bitter acidity at the finish. The mouthfeel is kind of thin and very watery.

Overall, this would be excellent if not for such a watery mouthfeel that bleeds into the flavors. On the plus side, the more I drank of it, the more I dug it. I’d like to see a little more bitterness to balance the sweetness. Coffee stouts are fun though, and this is a very affordable example.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Bottle: Deep and dark with a thin tan head. Smells strongly of sweet espresso. Mild carbonation; light syrup texture; smooth and soft. Vibrant notes of rich, dark chocolate and sweet caramel. An earthy, grassy hop bitterness follows through nicely, complemented by some coffee bitterness. Nice bitter-sweet balance. As a coffee/espresso lover and a stout lover, I have to say I was pretty satisfied with this brew.

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