overall
73
59
style
Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 320   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle. A - Essentially black with brown hues. Decent sized creamy tan head, that recedes in fairly quickly and some lacing left over. S - Lots of coffee, its more like smelling into a coffee can than a cup of coffee. Definitely a roasty smell. Some bitter sweet and dark chocolate smell too. Along with these is a good amount of tobacco with a cigar like smell. T - Lots of dark roasted coffee, providing a bit of coffee bitterness. This leads into slight bittersweet and dark chocolate (not a lot). Also a good amount of tobacco/cigar taste. Also a little dark fruit (mostly date and prune), but not much of this taste comes through, maybe just a slight sweetness with the coffee bitterness. M - Medium to light body (fairly light for a stout). Alright carbonation. Pretty smooth. Not too dissimilar to Guinness. D - Decent but the taste probably gets to be a little too much to have great drinkability. Also there is quite a lack of diversity in the taste. Notes: Pretty good and strong coffee, tobacco, and chocolate flavors. If this is what you are looking for, definitely try this. This was interesting and nice to sip on at night. Not my favorite beer but good one that exemplifies those stout flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma: lots of coffee, roasted/burned malt, vanilla, smoke, green hops. Flavor: coffee, burned malt, bitter chocolate, vanilla, licorice, green hops, light acidity. Bitter and dry finish. Light body. Not bad, but maybe a bit to bitter and harsh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle from Bierkoning. Dark black body with little tan head. Nose of malts, licorice and coffee. Taste of toffee, coffee, espresso obviously, and nice barley flavours. Well done and to keep me wired tonight.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
planky84 (2891) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle from Mr Lawrences wine merchants, Brockley. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aromas of light roast coffee, chocolate, caramel. Flavours of dark malts, coffee, some smoke. Bit earthy. Finishes smokey and bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - OCT 15, 2009
(growler from ChrisO) Aroma of newly grained coffen, even has that dusty feel to it. Taste is also coffelike, as in thin and cold, odd, when it seems to be more a coffen, than beer. Not nice to drink old, cold coffee.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5223) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2009
Massive coffee nose, but the body was a bit too thin to off set such strong flavors I thought and the coffee just completely dominated everything. Big bitter finish. Easy enough to drink, but not sure how much I would really want.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapez (1563) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle. Strong roasted coffee and malt aroma. Dark brown colour with brown head. Very bitter coffee flavour with a hint of smoke.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2009
Lasting tan head with wisps of lacing on a black body. Coffee on the nose as well as some burnt notes. Taste is the same, lovely roasted bitterness, some chocolate, good length and medium body for drinking plenty of.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (8291) - ITALY - APR 27, 2009
schiuma no abbondante discreta persistrenza sentori tostati di caffe in bocca prima malto leggera tostatura poi caffe molto aromatico meno intesa che alla spina ma piacevole

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2009
A 0.5L bottle tasted at Gallows Bird. Strong coffeish nose with some hints of tobacco. Pale brown head. Strong coffeish taste. Also some dark chocolate in the nose.


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