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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
GRM (4013) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
Brown bottle, 500 ml, purchased at the LCBO on October 6 2010, savoured on October 20 2010; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: vanilla, lots of roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate; mouth: roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate milk, nutty, disappointing somewhat thin finale in roasted malt with presence of chocolate milk, medium-light body, average carbonation, lightly lactic, slightly acidic, light acridness; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, achetée à la LCBO le 6 octobre 2010, savourée le 20 octobre 2010; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : vanille, beaucoup de malt torréfié, cacao, chocolat noir; bouche : malt torréfié, cacao, lait au chocolat, noix, décevante finale un peu mince en malt torréfié avec présence de lait au chocolat, corps moyen-léger, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement lactique, très légèrement acide, légèrement âcre; en résumé : correct

3.3
pootzboy (1711) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2010
bottle: pours an opaque black with 3 finger mocha colored cap that lasts and laces. Nice coffee-roasty grains aroma, some dark roast cocao...light honey sweetness, grassy hopping. Very coffee-like but not over powering,,,total lack of dark fruits is odd for the style, malts lay under the coffe tastes and have a toasted oat discernment...thin mouth feel...finish is clean and bitter. Well enough made but at the risk of being branded a heretic, do we really need another so-so coffee beer?

3.5
czar (8996) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2010
Dripping coffee. Porter-ish texture, too thin for my taste. Good acidity, earthy flavors. Slightly malted, little smokiness, good roasted profile.

3.7
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle from LCBO. Pours opaque black with decent tan head. Strong espresso aroma with some anise on the nose along with some nice roasted and sweet dark malts. Light-medium body with a distinct coffee bean flavour. Residual sweetness towards the finish counteracted by a light bitterness and roasted flavours. A touch of coffee astringency also. Dry, yet sweet enough malt flavour mixed with a interesting array of flavours makes this a nice one.

2.1
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.

3.6
garthicus (2925) - 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.

3.6
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 there’s none of that odd sour tinge I get sometimes from thin-bodied stouts. You really want to enjoy this for breakfast, otherwise you’re just not having it under the right circumstances.

3.6
barncatmatt (2284) - 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.

3.6
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 don’t 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%.

2.9
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


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