Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Nitro keg and filtered bottle.
Espresso is a black beer with fully roasted barley malt and challenger hops but with freshly ground espresso coffee beans added to the copper for a few minutes after the boil to provide a complementary coffee aroma.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle from LCBO. Pours black with white head. Nose of pure espresso. Taste is definitely big on espresso, a bit too overpowering on coffee flavours for me. Medium body, very bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2916) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 6, 2010
Appearance: Pitch black, oily with a small tan head. Aroma: Beautiful dark chocolate and cocoa, coffee, leather, malt, a good amount of spices too with pepper predominant. Very nice. Flavour: Spicy, nutty, a lot of malt at first which transforms into coffee and chocolate, very rich, nutty too with a good espresso finish, very pleasant indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
500mL bottle from the Llychkbhowe. Pours a nice still semi-clear brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is really solid, great coffee presence with roasted malts and really not a whole lot else. Flavour hits right away with some bitter coffee beans and roasty malt goodness. Solid dry bitter finish. Body is somewhat thin, but theres none of that odd sour tinge I get sometimes from thin-bodied stouts. You really want to enjoy this for breakfast, otherwise youre just not having it under the right circumstances.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2010
500ml bottle from the LCBO. pours black with an everlasting tan head that lingers and laces. nose coffee, roasted malt. the flavour coffee and chocolate. good body for a 4.2% beer. the finish is dry and bitter which inhibits drinkability. nice after dinner beverage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2010
500 ml bottle - pours near black with a thin tan head that lasts for nearly the whole glass and leaves thick sheets of lace. Aroma muted at first, but opens up as the beer warms - Steely hops, cold coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grains. Falvour is surprisingly enjoyable (I say surprisingly becasue I dont normally like coffee stouts), and aside from the obvious coffee upfront there is a really nice back end of milk chocolate and vanilla. Some metallic quality near the finish, which softly fades into a blend of cocoa and coffee. Quite a nice beer, and quite a bit of flavour for 4.2%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle. Rich deep dark black with a minimal beige head and minimal lacing. rich americano nose.. expresso but a little watered down.. with a good amount of roasting. I found the flavour to be a bit dissapointing... not very rich or creamy.. a bit over carbonated. moca and milk in the finish. Decent, but not fantastic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
500ml Bottle: Pours near jet black, very nice fluffy tan head that faded quite a bit quickly, but leaves behind a nice layer of wispy head to enjoy. As promised the aroma provides strong espresso grounds alongside roasted malts and toffee. Its pleasant. This is strong in espresso, dry, very roasty, slightly watery and quite smooth to drink. Very little sweetness to be found in the sip, but its a unique and enjoyable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
probstblueribbon (3790) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served almost cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a fair tan froth. Aroma: Cooked green peppers (blech), even as it warms, little else seems to be able to escape that awful aroma and show itself, some black coffee, I guess, dirty. Palate: Medium body, sparse effervescence. Flav.: Green pepper but with a little more coffee, a hint of chocolate, some other muddled, confused, dirty flavours; dry with some bitterness and a finish that is hard to describe, but thankfully doesnt involve green peppers.

The first bottle was not NEARLY this bad. Third times a charm??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2010
500 mL bottle. Stout dark, but the head doesnt last. Nice aroma of coffee, walnuts and smoke. The flavour begins very nicely, with lots of espresso, but fades quickly and finished a little tinny. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Plovmand (8019) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2010
Bottle. Pitch black body with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is pure espresso and some caramel. The flavour is bitter coffee with notes of roasted malt and some caramel.

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