Arbor Brewing Espresso Love - Arbor Brewing Company
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Reviews by SometimesIfart:
3.55/5 rDev +9.2%
A - Pours jet black with a two finger bubbly mocha head. Leaves no lacing.
S - Slight java, roasted malt, slight coffee grains, some slight smoke, and that's about it. Not a very big nose for a breakfast stout.
T - Bitter medium coffee up front, roasted malt in the middle, slight smoke in the finish and the coffee taste seems to darken as the beer sits.
M - Light bodied with extremely low carbonation. Perfection in my opinion.
O - Overall, this is a very solid beer, although a bit lacking in the flavor and smell department.
10-23-2012 18:40:37 | More by SometimesIfart
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3.5/5 rDev +7.7%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):
LOOK: Black, dissipating head
SMELL: Coffee syrup, dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit, toasted dark bread
TASTE: Smooth, slick, fresh coffee, dry, husky, toasted bread crust, mild twang, hint of charcoal, dried dark fruit, warming alcohol
Coffee, our other vice, ends up being more than decent addition here … as in, 20 pounds of freshly roasted coffee, plus some oatmeal; there’s the breakfast for ya. A bit raw, but not overly so. Could we wake up in the AM with a mug of this? Sure.
05-02-2012 10:05:38 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.68/5 rDev +13.2%
Picked up a single bottle along with a Point St. Benedict's Winter Ale. Pours dark with a dissipating head and smells of nuts, chocolate, fruit, and toast. The taste is smooth, and the flavor is bready, nutty. Tastes mildly of fruit and oatmeal... An initial licorice taste succumbs to a smooth and rich coffee bean flavor. A nice breakfast stout to enjoy around the holidays
12-27-2013 03:54:33 | More by schnjac
3.48/5 rDev +7.1%
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a creamy light tan head (after a vigorous pour) that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate and coffee that are strong enough to hide some off-notes that seem to be hiding.
The flavor is sweet fudgy chocolate and some oatmeal and nuts followed by an acidic stale coffee. The mouthfeel is thin and watery with little carbonation.
Overall, it's not very complex and does have some flaws but is still enjoyable.
05-13-2008 05:28:36 | More by Beaver13
3.36/5 rDev +3.4%
Not thick or heavy-looking but very dark brown, this stout has a solid brown head with sparse bubbling that tightens as it compacts to foam and leaves spotty lacing.
Coffee grounds and cocoa powder takes precedence in a mildly roasty malts backbone, and a sweet and thick whiff of baked brownie comes in at the end.
The coffee is in the flavor but the sweetness that made the aroma so nice is buried underneath char and tang. These aren't overbearing, but they do take charge over the better flavors. Roast goes into a not-unpleasant ashy finish.
The body is lighter and spritzier than desired. Some smoothness comes out as the spritz eases down. The end of every sip is slightly thin. Overall, it works, but if this stout had more depth and richness, it would be better.
03-05-2014 19:11:26 | More by Brenden
4.13/5 rDev +27.1%
Got a half-pint pour on a Monday afternoon and I'm pretty happy with this the choice. It's got a big espresso aroma and flavor, and while it dominates the beer, it tastes like about the best coffee or espresso I've had. There's a subtle and mellow chocolate note running through the background. And the body is a medium, not too chewy that drink velvety smooth. This ranks right up there with Surly's Coffee Bender for me.
02-19-2008 02:16:26 | More by tempest
2.33/5 rDev -28.3%
I like to buy singles of Arbor Brewing's beers when I can because I usually don't like to take the risk of buying a whole six pack from them of something I have not tried before. Espresso Love is an excellent example of why I got into this habit.
A- Espresso Loves pours deep dark brown with a medium brown head that is fizzing a lot for a stout. When you hold it up to the light you can see that little light brown floaties have settled to the bottom.
S- The aroma isn't so bad. Roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate.
T- This is where things really start to take a turn for the worst. It starts off as an alright roasted coffee taste, but then turns straight sour making for a very unpleasant finish and aftertaste.
M- Very highly carbonated for a stout. I don't get the slick mouthfeel that I expect from an oatmeal stout.
D- Not existent, I don't think I'm going to finish this one.
my bottom line: I've had small letdowns from Arbor Brewing a few times but this is the first of their beers that has been a huge disappointment for me. Not recommended and certainly not something I will buy again. Steer clear of this one.
04-16-2009 04:43:55 | More by Shumista
3.43/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from a 12 Oz Bottle (Thanks Sean!). Boasting granular coffee aroma, combated with chocolate nibs and faint smoked salt. Rich and chewy nose. Pours a deep black brown pour, with rim of tan. Flavor moves into a slightly harsher coffee flavor then muddles in a bit of mud and caramel. Body tends thin and slightly sour, but not unpleasantly. Chocolate oils settle in and the coffee rests quietly. One of the cleaner regular beers I've had from Arbor.
08-07-2008 21:33:57 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.18/5 rDev -2.2%
Dark brown color with one inch of head that slowly settled to a thin skim of suds. Not much lacing is left on the glass.
Starts off with a rich coffee aroma. But as time passes the aroma sort of dies off. Not much of an aroma after the initial blast. Faint hint of spice.
Has some nice coffee flavor but this beer does not back up its stout claim. Tastes more of a brown ale with a little nuttiness and no roasted malt.
Classified as an oatmeal stout but lacks the wonderful mouthfeel of one. Thin and watery. Not stout strength.
Beer started out strong right out of the gate, but the scores quickly lowered as I got deeper into this beer.
10-08-2011 14:41:58 | More by morimech
3.1/5 rDev -4.6%
Pour is proper stouty black, but the head left town extremely quickly, and there isn't even lacing left to show for it. The aroma is faintly coffee-ish and roasted, but not at the level I would expect for a stout.
The flavour starts off with a coffee twang and a milky sweet edge. Roasted tones show up in the back half, present albeit slightly subdued. The coffee tones stay present throughout. A light roasted nod on the finale. Good stuff, the coffee flavour is apparent throughout, but it doesn't make the beer abrasive. The milk flavour is borderline, I thought it was fine most of the sips, but it also had a bit of an off edge to it, not enough to really hurt the beer, but occasionally noticeable.
The mouth on this is light, albeit about average for an oatmeal. The drinkability also average. Java based beers tend to be a touch abrasive and difficult to drink very many of, and I imagine this would also fall into that category.
The bottom line: The initial impressions of this beer were not impressive, but the taste is pretty interesting and solid, particularly given the low ABV of this beer. I would like to try this on tap if I run into it (or stop by Arbor itself, though I doubt I'll ever go there in lieu of Ashley's...but I digress) but I probably wouldn't rebuy it in bottle form.
11-12-2007 04:19:37 | More by CortexBomb
2.88/5 rDev -11.4%
Bought 2 bottles of this at Siciliano's, the other one was undrinkable.
Pours with a tan head with loose bubbles. They fade down to a bare skim.
Some decent coffee grounds in the aroma, but nothing close to espresso. Tobacco leaf if you really try hard.
Very light feel with astringent bitterness and nothing else. This wouldn't even pass as a porter. Tart with an earthy remnant of coffee bitterness. Nothing redeemable about this.
08-22-2008 23:53:47 | More by emerge077
3.33/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Black body with a very light tan head. The head didn't last for long.
Smell: Roasty smooth coffee aroma. It has a sour smell to it.
Taste: More roasted coffee in the taste. Dark chocolate is most noticeable in the taste as you're swallowing. This is a lot more like a milk stout than an oatmeal stout, as BA labels it as.
02-20-2009 23:48:57 | More by BierFan
4.2/5 rDev +29.2%
Got a mix-n-match pack from the ABC's restaurant (which was very good; try the spinach pie!)
A: Looks great - one finger of foam up top in my Duvel tulip, very dark. A few bubbles clinging to to the side.
S: Super chocolatey, with strong coffee notes. Very appealing.
T: Great! The moderate carbonation livens up a heavy drink. Not too bitter, and loads of chocolate and coffee. This really reminds me of biting into a nice 70% cocoa chocolate bar. This is great with anything that would go with coffee - I tried it with graham crackers my first time and it went surprisingly well together.
M: Robust, a bit thick but that's good here.
D: For a deep, dark stout, this is very very drinkable. Less bitterness than many stouts. The moderately high alcohol content is very well hidden.
Overall I really enjoy this beer. I don't know what the reviews citing an "off taste" are going on about; this is chocolate and coffee for days, and nothing objectionable as far as I can tell. Recommended.
04-19-2009 07:49:46 | More by Harfatum
Arbor Brewing Espresso Love from Arbor Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.