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

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BA SCORE
83
good

233 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 18
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2005

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Photo of biglite351
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - only a sliver of red around the edge. Tall very tight light brown head leaving considerable lacing.

S - a lot of coffee with a touch of dark chocolate.

T - tastes more like smelling fresh ground coffee, rather than drinking it. Mild malts and chocolate. A bitter hit in the after taste.

M - play coating with a strong tingle on front sides of tongue.

D - I could have a couple, but the bitter finish would prevent this from being an all-nighter.

Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber with no freshness date into a standard pint glass. This brew appears black in color with a very thin tan head that quickly dissolves and barely holds around the edge of the glass with a thin line of bubbles. A swirl of the glass does not help in assisting a head formation.

The smell of this brew is roasty dark grain character coupled with a scent of espresso that imparts a light citrus component. Faintly musty but similar to other examples of the style with coffee additions added. It isn't distracting, it adds a nice depth to the nose. Through the middle more coffee notes come out mixed with a light chocolate scent that brings forth some sweetness.

The taste of this brew is bitter with a combination of espresso and dark roasted grains. There is a light tangy element and citrus component that seems to come from a mix of both hops and the citrus of the coffee. Through the back of the taste are more citrus components that start to taste too exaggerated to just be a coffee inclusion. It leaves a lasting taste that is a pleasant mix of coffee, bitter dark grain and citrus notes.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation visibly but produces a pleasant tingle in the mouth which livens up the brew. The amount of espresso added is perfect, not too much to distract from the base stout brew and not too little that it would be mistaken for just typical dark malt flavors. I have no idea what the alcohol percent is in this brew, but it is hidden quite well and is pleasant, any more alcohol contribution might have distracted from the experience. Overall, a fairly well put together breakfast stout.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer appears jet black with a monstrous beige head. Over-carbonation is evident from the onset. The thick, whipped mass refuses to dissipate even slightly and prolongs my first sip by several minutes, which is rather annoying.

S: The aroma brings a potent dosage of espresso coffee, with roast and chocolate flavors coming in behind.

T: The flavor is pretty tasty, with a pronounced coffee presence. As a regular coffee drinker, I am a big fan of coffee stouts in general, though this one is middle of the pack.

M: The feel is too thin for the style. The over-carbonation doesn't hinder the feel as much as I would have guessed, but the body could stand to be thicker for sure.

D: An OK beer and fun to try. I'd probably drink it again, but wouldn't buy it or seek it out.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Pours a dark black with no head, no lacing either. Smells right off the bat of coffee and chocolate. some roastiness is also there. Taste is similar, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth, an easy drinking, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, not too heavy. Overall I thought this was a good American Stout, I would have this again.

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.

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

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

I can see why many people like this beer, its easy to like if you're a coffee drinker which most people are. I am not a coffee drinker thus I prefer their cream style stout a bit more. I do think I'd prefer this to some of the other espresso or cappuccino stouts I've had. Including Lagunitas which I got robbed for.

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.

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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

425th review on BA
Bottle to pint
22 oz

App- Cup o Joe brown with some lighter edges. One finger quick receding khaki head. One thin line of cling at the top.

Smell- Huge roasted malts with espresso notes. Small hop notes as well.

Taste- Very strong dark malts like a strong cup of coffee. Small hop taste on the back.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. A bit thin though.

Drink- A good morning beer with breakfast. Nice malty flavors with the coffee and espresso. Paired with a breakfast burrito was quite good. If it wasn't for the beer being from CO I'd have this one a lot more.

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of aepb1
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black body with a creamy tan head and some lacing

S- Coffee grounds and burnt roastiness

T- Not as big taste as the nose would lead you to believe. Coffee roastiness all the way through. Burnt crispiness finishes

M- Medium-full bodied, surprisingly not super full, smooth

D- The lighter body makes it easier to drink and this is a decent beer

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 18 Apr 2010.

A very large dark brown head fills about half of the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Well carbonated. Opaque, very dark brown color. Aroma is strong of chocolate, coffee, earthy. Flavor is drier than the aroma suggests. Starts with a hint of espresso, dark chocolate and a cocoa finish. Roasty bitterness throughout. Ethanol is moderate. Light body.

Overall a solid coffee stout.

Photo of emmasdad
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this one up down the street, on a recent late night beverage run. Poured a jet black color, with a nice cappuccino colored head. Big espresso aromas leap from the glass. On the palate, more espresso, roasted malt and rich, dark chocolate.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue dog.

A- Big Shot Espresso Stout is black like a stout should be. The cap is dark tan with some sticking power.

S- Smell is sweet with some coffee gring and big vanilla. A big roasted malt base and some underlining grainy hops leveling the playing field. Not sniffing out any alcohol, only rich sweet scents.

T- I would group this as an american stout with an export stout/milk stout influence. There is a definite milky character to this as well as the tastes of espresso, coffee grind, roasted malts, milk duds, and no alcohol. Hops are minimal but there in what I am guessing is a fresh keg.

M, D- Feel is smooth and a step down from medium, sweet, and not hot and no traces of alcohol. Feel comes off as an american stout so I doubt the alcohol is insanely high. Drinkability is alright, I could do a pint of this in the winter time easy. I just don't see myself buying any bottles of this as it is in bomber format.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was a nice sweet stout. The "sweet" flavor was present but pretty understated. However there was plenty of espresso flavor and a lot of very nice dry-roastiness (burned pizza crust) under a lactose-sugar top-note. Quite a nice flavor combination.

Mouthfeel was quite dry. Aroma was of sweetened coffee. Appearance, as you might expect, was opaque with a lot of very nice (although not durable) tan fluffly head.

Definitely recommended, and probably the best beer I've had from this brewer.

Photo of xymyl
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Deep brown to somewhat blackish

Aroma: Coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malt, lightly floral hops

Taste: Dark chocolate then coffee then a brief interplay of light hoppy bitterness and sweetness before a dry finish

Body: Light to medium

It's a nice light stout with an appropriate amount of coffee, not too much. Pretty balanced, a bit better as it warms. Even though it is light, don't drink it too fast.

Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark opaque brown with a small tan head. Quick fade here left behind a a nice lace, nothing extrodinary but looked decent enough.

S - Smell started off with a nice bit of roasted coffee, almost a sweet cappucino like smell with a very slight hint of chocolate and a nice well rounded sugary feel.

M & T - Ahh this was very very smooth. Great carbonation and a fantastic consistency made this very enjoyable going down. Had a nice thick, but not too thick profile that just enhanced the overall expierence. Flavor was very big on coffee, you really could taste it, more pronounced then some others I have had. It could be a bit fuller though as it was kinda one sided. A slight hoppy finish tried to make up for it but it was just a tad muted.

D - Overall again this was very very drinkable and I definaly would not turn it down if offered. Only criticism is it really could be a bit fuller in the flavor and bring out some more hidden characteristics. Otherwise very nice and would recommend this to anyone.

Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.