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Arbor Brewing Espresso Love - Arbor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

162 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of Viggo
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Lexx for picking this up in Michigan.

Pours an opaque dark brown/black, thin tan head forms, settles to a thin ring leaving some nice lacing behind. Smell is oily coffee beans, vanilla, chocolate roast, sour woodiness, interesting. Taste is buttery, fresh roasted coffee and vanilla, sourness is present and gets a bit stronger the more you drink but isn't totally unpleasant, caramel and chocolate near the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth, although the buttery sourness becomes a bit much. Thanks Lexx!

Viggo, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle picked up on a recent trip to Grand Rapids, MI.

Pours a very dark brown color with minimal carbonation and tan-colored head. Some lacing along the sides of the tulip glass I used.

Incredible roasty, espresso aroma. Boldest, freshest coffee bean aroma in a beer that I have experienced. Some hints of chocolate are present as well.

Flavor was less impressive, consisting of sweet malt, lighter coffee and roasted barley notes, a slight hint of hops and a dry, slightly bitter finish. I also noticed a bit of sourness in the the beer, and this seemed more present as I went on. Maybe I just became more attuned to it.

Surprisingly thin and watery feeling mouthfeel. Drinkability also suffered for me due to this and the sour taste.

AaronHomoya, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
1.58/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.

When I popped the cap, there was barely any noise at all. This has me worried. Dispensed into a pint glass with no carbonation, no head, no nuthin'. I even did an extremely heavy pour to arouse some carbonation but alas, nothing happened. Ink black and somewhat viscous.

Aroma was sweet and malty. Kind of sour too. Somewhat fruity, no hops. Slightly medicinal and aromas of cough syrup and just worn socks (well, my socks anyway). Tangy and quite frankly, not very appealing.

Very sour, tartlike, almost like a stout lambic. Very tart as the beer hits the palate. Sweet and sour at the same time. As interesting and complex as that sounds, it doesnt taste very good. Is there raspberry lambic in this thing??

I dont know what in the hell happened here; perhaps a bad beer. But, looking at other reviews of this beer, it seems this may be the norm. Mine may taste a little worse possibly due to shipping or storage. Whatever happened, this was gross. About four sips and I couldnt take anymore. I rarely pour beer out, but this one is going right in the drain (or maybe I will reduce it down and serve with some chicken tonight??). Yuck!!

SaCkErZ9, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of alexgash
2.38/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark, inky coffee brown with a small, tiny-bubbled, coca-brown head that doesn't last long. Oily, sugary, mocha-coffee aroma. Some roasted notes, but mainly sweet coffee/cream/chocolate frapucinno-esque. Roasted coffee and malt bitterness up front. Slightly tart, lacto-sweet astringency follow. Milk chocolate and muted coffee before more lacto-sour/sweet in the finish. Medium-bodied with an oily, flat feel. Undercarbonated. Might be off, if not it's not very good.

alexgash, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of CortexBomb
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

CortexBomb, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

$1.90 for a 12oz bottle at Jack's. Opening the cap reveals barely more than a psst...hardly any carbonation. Pours to a limp deep brown, nearly black. No head, no lacing, no carbonation. The aroma is great...lots of black walnut and sweet vanilla, a hint of coffee when swirled. Mouthfeel is limp with a medium body. The taste is quite nice and recaptures the nose. There is quite a bit of chalkiness, but I like it. Wierd green leafy MJ note in there from the hops. Very mild bitterness, barely any to speak of. The espresso isn't really dominant, and I would barely notice it if it weren't called "Espresso Love". There is a distant kiwi fruit flavor in there, so it will probably turn into battery acid with any shelving... like the other Arbor Brewing beers I've had.

Nice balance with a little bit of all the flavors able to emerge, but certainly not a powerhouse stout compared to others in the category. Rated as is...flat.

Mitchster, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of david131
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Even with a hard pour, very little head forms. Almost black, but when held to a light, looks kind of murky brown.

S- Sweet coffee and malt with maybe a little hazelnut. Raisin is definitely present in the aroma.

T- Not as much coffee flavor as the name would lead you to believe. Lots of raisin and is pretty sweet.

M- Creamy and does not really build on the palate. Carbonation is good, pretty smooth.

D- Overall, there is a lot going for it. It just needs a little something extra. Worthwhile, but somewhat disappointing for a coffee beer.

david131, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of enfield249
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown. Pours with no head. Almost seems to settle out and have a transparent layer along the top 1/32" of the glass. Slightly cloudy, at least it seems so.

S - Lots of good coffee smell, like a cup o' joe.

T - Coffee, duh. A decent amount of sweetness as well.

M - Full, but not as thick as I would have thought.

D - Pretty good, but not great. Worth trying a bottle if your into coffee beers.

enfield249, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black to cola brown, some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, a quick covering of caramel colored head quickly fades away. Aroma is nice roasty and slightly nutty coffee mixing with a caramel and chocolate sweetness, hints of maple syrup. Taste is overwhelmed by a twangy acidity with brief moments that show some cola sweetness and a smoky roastiness. Mouthfeel is medium, very low carbonation leaves a somewhat slick feeling, hint of dryness in the finish. A good breakfast stout, the aroma was fantastic, but the taste was not as complex. The twanginess was masking most flavor, it wasn't offensive in itself, just overpowering. I tried a few bites of haagen-dazs bailey's irish creme ice cream with it and found the combo to be perfect, may do this with my other bottles.

hoppymeal, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black coffee black with a miniscule caramel colored head in spite of an increasingly elevated pour. I hope there's nothing wrong with the carbonation because this sucker smells fantastic. The bubbly foam doesn't last and isn't interested in gracing the glass with more than a token amount of lace. In a minute or so, the beer should resemble a pint glass of coffee.

I've always been puzzled by the fact that I love the smell of coffee beer even though I don't like and don't drink coffee. Odd that. The nose is tremendous, especially if you're a dedicated java hound. Underneath the freshly-brewed goodness are appealing aromas of vanilla and creme caramel. Could Espresso Love possibly taste as good as it smells?

Not quite, but it's close. For starters, the mouthfeel isn't as full as it needs to be, considering the style and the ABV. Perhaps I'm just spoiled by the fact that many versions (like Founders Breakfast Stout) are huger than huge. I have a feeling that things will come together as the beer approaches room temperature.

The flavor profile is essentially a carbon copy of the aroma. In fact, if anything, it's even more crushed coffee-bean dominant. The sweetness of the malt (and the milk sugars?) are easily countered by the bitterness of the hops and the roasted malt. The finish favors dry and clean over sticky. I don't yet have a caffeine buzz, but I wouldn't be surprised if one hits in the final few ounces.

The mouthfeel makes something of a comeback, but it still isn't what it could be. I'm a little picky when it comes to stouts, so take my impressions with a grain of salt. The mild creaminess, the oatmeal softness and the subdued carbonation keeps things well above average.

Is there no end to the number of good-great breweries in the state of Michigan? If this beer is any indication of what Arbor Brewing is capable of, it's a crime that one has to travel to Ann Arbor to acquire it (I didn't see it in Grand Rapids). While it can't touch Founders Breakfast Stout, Espresso Love is damn good beer in its own right and is an easy recommendation for those traveling into enemy territory.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.43/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No real head, pours a pure black color with the tiniest of all brown highlights. Light film of tan over top of the beer. NOse is crazy roasted malt and coffee with some sweet molasses thrown in too. Taste is similar - crazy coffee malt, some roasted malt, a touch of light sourness. Some light malt bitterness. Light bacon. Crazy strong mocha coffee sweetness. Medium body, maybe a touch lighter than expected, but solid. I really liked this one. An excellent dessert beer.

soupyman10, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark as dark can be with little interference, not even a smidgen from the lurkers who seek to destroy you and your omnipresent overlording.

first sniff evokes the most creamiest, coffeeist, deliciousist mocha flavors that i've ever experienced.at this point, this beer is in the running, neck-n-neck with peche mortel, to establish a true champion. seriously, smell this beer, and name a coffee (with this aroma) that you'd rather be drinking.smooth body and flows effortlessly over the palate, unlike other bitter presences.

i thought so!

let's move fwd....

goodbyeohio, Sep 02, 2007
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Arbor Brewing Espresso Love from Arbor Brewing Company
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