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Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
253
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
21.86%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 253
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pour a thin black beer.
S: big coffee, nice bold aromas. Not bitter, but huge coffee and smells great.
T: like the nose, nice coffee. Lacks the intensity of an imperial coffe stout. But for 6%, very nice.
F: thin as expected, but very smooth.
O: a nice coffe stout with low abv

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good coffee beer, but nothing special. I got tons of bitter coffee from the espresso, but the mouthfeel was crazy thin. It drank a lot more like an iced coffee than a coffee beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Lots of brown, lesser black. I see that a lot with espresso beers. Giant head disappears quickly. Aroma didn't yield much in the way of coffee or espresso.

Some roastiness, could use more, could use more of everything I guess, malt bill left a thin mouthfeel for style. A little bit bitter and acrid. Needs some more chocolate, coffee, malt, thickness.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.08/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this in Buffalo during GABER 2015. Cheers gents!

From a bomber into a snifter
Stout with Peruvian coffee

APPEARANCE: The cap came off all too easily on this one. That's usually a troubling sign. Anyways, pours out opaque dark brown and yields a two finger, slightly looser, foamy, light tan head with decent retention. Black in the glass with piles and piles of carbonation evident. Piles. Again, a troubling sign. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass. A ring and touches of wisp remain until the end with some falling dots of lacing. Too carbed, and it looks oxidized.

SMELL: Roasted coffee, light cream notes and some milk chocolate. Green pepper oxidization aromas too. Lots of espresso here but the cardboard gets in the way a bit.

TASTE: Not good. Roasted coffee up front with green peppers, cardboard and metallic flavors as well. More oxidized character after the swallow with a medium but lingering finish of metallic notes, peppers, cardboard, with notes of espresso coffee and some milk chocolate trying to peek through. Lousy.

PALATE: Thinner and high levels of carbonation. Prickly on the palate, goes down fine and finishes really dry.

OVERALL: Too bad there wasn't a bottled on date here. There's definitely some potential in this recipe, but the lousy cap job served to turn this one into an oxidized horror film. Drain enjoyed most of this one. I'd gladly try another batch of this, but will have to wait at least a year to make sure I don't get the same batch as this one. Blech.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks @hophound!!
This pours a mahogany hue, lite glazed buttermilk biscuit head that quickly dissipates.
Smell is roasty, dark, dark, and did I say "dark" roast coffee.
Taste is defintely roasted coffee, but there is a peatiness undertone that reminds me of a traditional RIS. However...
The mouthfeel is lite. Noticably lite. This would be damned near a perfect coffee-forward espresso stout with a little more heft.
Finishis is liquidy, and lite. Coffee comes through as diluted at this point.
Overall, the nose and initial flavor are sublime. But the mid and finish just don't hold up. Worthy of a drink, but I ain't writing a love letter to this one.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost black, two finger tan head, with big bubbles, faded quickly to nothing, no lacing. Aroma was chocolatey and coffee, with some roasty malt notes, very little in the way of hop smells. Taste was rather subdued considering the aroma, with coffee dominating. Mouthfeel was very thin for the style. Overall, it was OK, nothing special, probably won't buy again, considering there's much better coffee stouts out there for the same price.

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Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a 750ml bomber. Pours dark impenetrable black with a shiny reflective color - a lot like coffee. Thick ridiculously foamy head at least 5 fingers plus it lingers for a long long time. I smell a clear coffee espresso aroma like Starbucks. Definitely dark roasted malts. Don't really smell any hops but I get a slight whiff of pine. In the mouth you expect it to be completely creamy after that monster head. It isn't. You taste coffee, toffee and some sort of nut. Espresso overburdens everything else including the dark roasted malts. But they fight back as it goes down. Tiny bite back as you swallow. Oddly dry rather than creamy. This stout was long on espresso coffee flavor. If you order Cafe Americano at Starbucks, this may be your brew. The malts are roasted nicely. No burn. It is low ABV. You can drink the whole bottle and not feel it. The label graphics are quite poor. It is drinkable. i'd rather have it than Guinness and quite a few other stouts. Not bad but not world class either. In a tiered system, bronze sounds about right. They need to tweak it.

t was $8.99 I believe. So, for the price, it is about inline. It got better reviews from other services and it is a 2008 and 2010 bronze medal winner of some brew festival. While a solid effort, it is no Founders Breakfast Stout. But I won't whine if you make me drink it.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

This is basically alcoholic coffee. If you like the taste of coffee, you'll love this stout. Very strong flavor dominates the beer. Dark as night, just a little bitter, just like a dark roast. I'm not a coffee drinker, so this wouldn't be my choice of stouts, but I had it anyway and knew it was well made. Would also try other offerings from this brewery if available where I was at the time.

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Photo of SamN
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Onyx black, shiny and vibrant color. Thick foamy head forms from the agressive pouring to last longer than I expected, solid looker. The aroma combines a clear coffee aroma, like fresh ground beans, and sort of smokey, dark roasted malts. The hops are subdued but seem to add a bit of pine in the smell. Taste upfront is slight espresso notes, toffee and nuttiness. Hops are far outweighted by the strong coffee and the loads of dark malts. Just a bit of astringnet bitterness in the finish, rather dry.

Despite hightened expectations, I found this stout to be short on the coffee and short on flavor. I was expecting bold coffee, burnt-to-a-crisp malts and equal amounts of sticky hops. This was a barely mediocre. Not bad for the price I guess, I still do enjoy the coffee notes in the nose, but overall I found this beer failed to meet most of my expectations.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at L&M Lanes in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a quarter inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells and tastes basically the same- like roasted coffee beans, vanilla, and chocolate. For an espresso stout, the coffee aspect to this is relatively light, unfortunately. None of the flavors particularly jump out of the glass, it just goes down with really any second thought.

Medium bodied, smooth, silky mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

A bit uninteresting, this brewery hasn't exactly impressed me yet.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very good stout, but maybe a little light in body for the style. dark brown in color with a nice luster to it and a tall but fading tan colored head that leaves some patchy lace as it fades. the nose here is all coffee, rich and almost taking on a berry component, while the black barley and chocolate malt to just enough to remind me this is beer. the flavor too is coffee heavy, with a distance bitterness and mild acidity. earthy and a little smoky, with enough bitter malt to back it up without overcrowding its contribution. one of the more coffee forward beers I've had, but the acidity is off putting when it warms, although the alcohol remains well hidden. a fun take on a coffee beer, with espresso added directly, but this could be cleaned up a little bit and turned into a real gem. more body would be a nice place to start, this feels a bit thin for all the earthy bitterness going on the the flavor. carbonation is there though puffing it up. i would buy this again.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A quarter-inch brown head sits on top of a jet black beer. The head retention is so-so and lacing is spotty.

SMELL: Big, roasty and bitter smell. Big Shot is a good name for this Espresso beer…this is huge on the coffee aromas. A little touch of chocolate and a tiny hint of citrus are also detectable in this one.

TASTE: Again, huge espresso flavor - roasted malt, coffee, bitterness along with (again) a touch of citrus and bitter, dark chocolate. As it warms the dark chocolate really starts to come out in quite a pleasant way. It provides a touch of sweetness, but adds to the bitterness as well.

MOUTHFEEL: The Big Shot is dry through and through. The mouthfeel is big, but the dry bitterness balances it out a bit.

OVERALL: This is a pretty solid stout from Twisted Pine. If you like coffee and dark chocolate this is an excellent choice.

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Photo of delta490
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a deep black with a creamy tan head. Moderate head retention and some lacing

S- big roast malt and coffee notes dominate

T- follows closely with the characteristics of the aroma with chocolate malt and coffee. Not quite as strong flavored as the aroma would indicate

M- not as thick as others in this style and a little watery

O- a very good-but-not-quite-great coffee stout.

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Photo of denver10
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour black with a mocha head. Aroma is some nice creamy espresso and some chocolate. Flavor is similar but not as tuned in as aroma. A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, not the greatest coffee stout by any means, but I enjoyed it. Probably the best Twisted Pine beer (of the few) I have yet to try.

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Photo of Suds
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love a good stout and I love a good espresso. This is a valiant attempt, but not a great execution of the combination. It is a thoroughly black colored brew..with a whispy chocolate milk head. The smell is roasty, burnt, but acrid. Coffee, chocolate, and highly modified grain, for sure, but also a plastic scent. Phenols. The taste is dry...coffee is present, and some malt. Reminiscent of a homebrew with a little work to be done. Full body, with a velvet finish. Not an exceptional beer.

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Photo of Chaney
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my brand new Boulevard tulip. Awesome!

A: Beer is black with a mocha head. Enough said on that front.

S: Mocha buttercream, weak espresso, but still good. My wife smell soap infused here.

T: Not as velvety on the finish as I was hoping,, but it was passable. Coffee grounds and some mocha butter creme.

M: Fine.

O: this one was pretty inexpensive comparatively speaking. It's worth a glance.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black with a nice light brown head, stickly lace.

Aroma and flavor have lots of coffee, chocolate, roasty malts, a touch of nuts.

Body is thick, rich, and smooth, with a nice coffee and dark chocolate finish.

Overall it's a very nice stout, not disappointing on the coffee title either. I'd drink it again no problem.

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Photo of Doqbo4
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had on tap at mad Mex

Pours a deep black with minimal head.

Has a great creamy espresso scent along with bitter chocolate.

The taste was way off from the smell and what i was expecting. It was somewhere along the lines of a watery coffee. Slight burnt malt taste.

Overall an okay brew but I probally wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cola color with some nut brown color within,a half finger tannish colored sticky head atop.Cocoa and nutty aromas with some malted milk thrown in.A little light in the feel that takes away from the flavors a little.The espresso plays a major role on the palate with it's chocolate roast flavors that linger.Not a bad beer of the style,basicly par for the course.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber. Pours out to a quickly falling sudsy tan head and very dark brown color. The head retention was disappointing. Aroma was roasty and chocolatey with vanilla, coffee and brown sugar notes. Flavor was semi-sweet chocolate on the front that gives way to coffee, molasses and spicy vanilla on the middle. Roasty bitter balancing finish. Mouthfeel is medium-thick and low CO2 and high gravity makes it a slow-but-easy drinker. (Making a note to carbonate my homebrewed stouts at this low level in the future. Very good.) Tasty and satisfying and improves as it warms up. This beer reminds me of what I used to like about stouts. Apart from the lack of a head, this is a top notch brew.

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Photo of Pencible
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with a little dark tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh dark espresso with some rich dark chocolate, and a little sugar and cream.
T: It tasted like black coffee with some sugar and bittersweet chocolate. It had a clean, mostly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a very nice coffee stout, with simple but pure scent and taste. The body was good, not great. But the finish was smooth, with no alcohol noticeable, so it was easy to drink. Fine brew.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 6.00. No bottling information. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours black with a tight half finger of lingering pale tan head.

Smells of coffee, burnt cocoa and faint caramel.

Taste is dark espresso, burnt caramel, cocoa and charred malts. Mostly just coffe.

Silky but thin feel with dull carbonation. Bitter roasty coffe finish.

I had fonder memories of this. I know it's subjective but this turns out to be closer to porter than stout in body and flavor. The coffee is pretty tasty and that's good because there isn't much else to speak of going on behind it. Not bad but falls flat in comparison to Terrapin Wake n Bake or Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black in color, with a massive, dense tan head, which retains superbly. Thick glass-coating lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma:Rich aroma of cold espresso, bitter cocoa, and hints of baker's chocolate.

Taste: Opens with dark roasted malt, soon followed by cold coffee. As the taste progresses, the coffee flavors rise to ascendency, with a little bitter cocoa as a backdrop. There is a hint of roasted nuts as well, and hints of wood. Finishes with a long, lingering cold coffee note and some bitter cocoa.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and full, a little dry.

Drinkability/notes: Perhaps a bit one-dimensional, I found myself wishing for something to balance the bitter cocoa and coffee, but still, its very good. Pairs well with chocolate cake.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured with a decent tan head that quickly dissipated.

Weak roasted malt and strong espresso on the nose. Not bad but would prefer those reversed.

The body is somewhere between thin and medium. A good roasted malt flavor with a monotone espresso flavor. A little over-carbonated for a stout.

Overall, this kind of tastes like the espresso version of Guinness Black. Don't particularly care for either.

May not finish this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured out more of a brown color than black. Lots of carbonation, big head that disappears into the outer realms mad quick. Aroma was barely coffee, more of the espresso that I can't pick up as much olefactory wise and some mustiness to it, from where, I couldn't imagine.

Average amount of roastiness, but the malt bill feels like I could have handled a little more. Burnt acidic and ashy qualities to it that makes you wish there was a little more barley to it to absorb some of this. It really came across like a lot more burnt malt than it did coffee or espresso. Once you get a little desensitized to the acrid aspect of the beer, the mouthfeel does mellow out a little and you can enjoy the beer even more. But still lacking enough coffee and chocolate to fit my palate's desires. Had a little bit of expectations with this one, after digging Hoppy Boy in previous years. The bitterness is just a tad too high for what other flavors are there (or aren't there as much as I would have liked is a better way to put it). Needs more chocolate and coffee.

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Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.