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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)

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BA SCORE
83
good

193 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 17
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2005)
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Reviews by YourMomDrinksBud:
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YourMomDrinksBud

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Bomber to pint glass.
A-Jet black with very dark red hues around the edges. Light mocha colored head with a one and a half finger head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving some solid lacing.

S-Espresso and bitter chocolate, hint of vanilla.

T-Opens with strong notes of espresso, roasted cofee beans, bitter cocoa nibs, and roasted malts. Finishes a bit sweeter, hints of bitter milk chocolate and more espresso. Bit of hops in there but hardly noticeable. No alcohol heat at all.

D-Medium to light mouthfeel for the style, velvety, smooth and creamy. And with no severe alcohol presence it is quite easy to drink. I finished my bomber with no problems.

O-I like this one but I think it's best to drink fresh because of the espresso and low abv. I tried cellaring a couple bottles and they DID NOT improve with age. I have also heard that their can be some variations bottle to bottle. I will buy again, may not be everybody's thing, but if you like coffee it is worth a shot.

08-18-2011 02:44:08 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

08-16-2013 00:59:57 | More by oberon
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woodchipper

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

08-17-2014 21:39:01 | More by woodchipper
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

Sizable head drops to a wisp of brown lace, with the brew being as black as black can be. Big roasty nose with hits of freshly used coffee grounds, burnt currants, molasses and dark chocolate. Full bodied, slick and creamy with a mild crispness. Roasty from start to the long finish. Obvious espresso blankets the palate. Hints of neutral charcoal, sweet-burning cigar and molasses push back on the bitterness of the espresso. A fine berry and malt sweetness within, and a dash of alcohol follows. A well-rounded coffee beer.

02-04-2011 02:25:53 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

22 oz bottle dated 2/06. Pours an opaque brown/black with a creamy dark brown head that quickly diminishes.

The aroma is big on the bitter coffee with some graininess and sweet chocolate.

The flavor is sweet and creamy coffee and some chocolate, but kind of watered down. There is a little bitter acidity at the finish. The mouthfeel is kind of thin and very watery.

Overall, this would be excellent if not for such a watery mouthfeel that bleeds into the flavors. On the plus side, the more I drank of it, the more I dug it. I'd like to see a little more bitterness to balance the sweetness. Coffee stouts are fun though, and this is a very affordable example.

04-01-2006 05:46:09 | More by Beaver13
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

Thanks to mikeys01 for this one...
Pours a pitch black...quite thick with no light passing thru and a full two fingers of brown head with an agressive pour...limited lacing.
Huge espresso aroma with a hint of sweet toffee tagging along.
The taste is really good...again, huge coffee profile with some bittering hops thrown in to dry it up. Not overly bitter, but barely a hint of sweetness...goes over quite well for this offering. There is no detection of alcohol at any point of consuming this bomber.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied and the carbonation is just where I like to see it...again, the lack of sweetness makes this coffee stout very drinkable. Would love to have the chance to try this one on tap...may need to hunt down a couple more of these. I am quite impressed with my first brew from Twisted Pine.

11-12-2006 22:23:44 | More by warriorsoul
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Mora2000

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is that of freshly brewed coffee with some roasted malt mixed in. The flavor is coffee, chocolate and roasted malt with some light bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected and the carbonation is low.

06-08-2010 00:42:15 | More by Mora2000
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-13-2013 02:55:08 | More by TKEbeerman
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

02-02-2013 04:33:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured into a Duvel tulip oil black with a one finger tan head. The head disappears rather quickly for the style and there is minimal lacing. The scent is strong of chocolate and coffee. The taste has the chocolate malts playing with some smoked flavors, but for a "BIG SHOT" Espresso stout, I can't find the espresso. I think they forgot the shot. There are some coffee notes in the flavor but not nearly what I'd expect from a name like Big Shot. The mouthfeel is a little light for the style but it's not a bad drinking beer.

07-31-2010 02:15:30 | More by whoneeds8
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glid02

Georgia

3/5  rDev -18.3%

Bottle purchased from the Wine and Cheese Place via mail order.

The bottle gushed upon opening and pours one shade from black with a tan head that leaves light lacing.

Smells of large amounts of plastic and vegetal aromas with hints of roasted malts lurking in the background. Someone was sure that the aromas I was getting were from over-roasted coffee; whatever it was, it wasn’t pleasant.

Tastes better than it smells, but not by much. Heavy roasted malts up front are joined quickly by slightly tart dark fruits and the same plastic that was present in the aroma. Hints of heavily roasted coffee come into play midway through, fading out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, with a slightly thin thickness and heavy carbonation.

Overall this was not a good beer. Hopefully there is bottle variation and if you have one you’ll have a better experience than me.

07-22-2011 16:11:13 | More by glid02
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Super big and rich light brown head settles itself into a nice lacing above a clear really dark brown to black colored beer.

Big roasted malts taste with a light coffee/coffee bean mixing quite well with a bakers style chocolate.

More coffee comes through in the dark roasted malt taste than chocolate but it seems the chocolate in the taste stays around longer without being to sweet.

With a lasting chocolate dry aftertaste on a rich full bodied beer, this Big Shot Espresso Stout is well worth trying.

A pretty darn tasty espresso stout without overkill on the coffee taste.

12-29-2012 23:13:58 | More by LXIXME
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-13-2014 17:04:53 | More by acurtis
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-07-2013 13:18:33 | More by JMS1512
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -6%

enjoyed on tap at the brewery's tasting room. Very expresso, though lighter mouthfeel. Dark brown, not much to look at. Coffee in nose. Roast,some burnt parts, chocolate and vanilla hints. Not a great drinker for me, its a story in coffee.Drying aftertaste.

02-14-2011 00:47:07 | More by Sammy
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

A - black with a big brown head that has great retention

S - coffee, roasted malt

T - coffee, roasted malts, a bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was a bit disappointing. It was one note throughout - coffee. Yes, this is meant to be a coffee stout, but ultimately it was underwhelming. It was nice to have tried this once, but I won't seek it out again.

01-20-2013 00:28:52 | More by tdm168
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Had at twisted pine brewpub,

Pours out dark as night with stellar head that laces beautifully...

Smells of absolute coffee and dark fruits

Tastes of espresso, roasted malts, coffee, pit fruit, and just a wonderful thick chocolate

Creamy, a dessert in your mouth, thick body with a lighter carbonation

02-25-2011 02:11:51 | More by JoeAmerican77
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cjgator3

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a nice light tan head with a good amount of retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet chocolatey malt with some roasted coffee and espresso notes as well.

T- The taste Is dark roasted malts up front with bold espresso flavors and some alcohol warmth in the finish. There is some nice espresso notes in the nose, the espresso flavors really shine in the taste as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. I'm a big fan of coffee/espresso stouts and this is one that was worth trying.

03-07-2011 03:58:31 | More by cjgator3
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tclipse

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-18-2014 23:55:00 | More by tclipse
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-17-2013 20:16:11 | More by jheezee
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kkrez

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%

11-15-2011 15:18:13 | More by kkrez
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Bottled may 06

Pours Jet Black with a 1 finger deep mocha head. A little lacing & head retention

S: Big coffee notes, then chocalate

T: Coffee notes then chocalate & dryness. Roasted malt & a slight nuttyness. Finishes dry with coffee & choclate notes

MF: Medium bodied, some oilyness with okay carbonation & balance

Drinks alright, not a huge fan of coffee stouts & this is about middle of the pack

09-05-2006 01:50:23 | More by russpowell
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-28-2012 16:46:58 | More by hiphopj5
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rwf08

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

22oz bomber poured into a duvel glass. Sedment at the bottom of the bottle. Yeast or coffee??? I'm assuming yeast since the cap makes a light hissss when opened. Wish it was in there though...

A: Nice dark brown but not quit black. Mahogany hues when help up to the light. No head when poured and no head now. Slight off white ring around the rim. I would expect this to be darker and fulled head.

S: Smells of fresh brewed coffee, roasty, chocolaty, the slight hint of cream maybe?

T: Roasty, coffee, eh that's it. Kind of bland. How did this thing win a medal of any kind?

M: Thin, medium carbonation. Booorrrriiiinnnnggg

D: No idea the ABV but this is kind of like drinking a cup of coffee. I'd rather have my $6 cup of SBux than this for the same price. I need some more chocolate and a silkier mouthfeel.

06-10-2010 23:52:34 | More by rwf08
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drone

Colorado

2/5  rDev -45.5%

04-11-2014 00:55:11 | More by drone
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Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.