Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)

Educational use only; do not reuse.

89 Reviews
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 89
Hads: 239
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 21.53%
Wants: 20
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2005

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) Alström Bros
Reviews: 89 | Hads: 239
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

 826 characters

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

 392 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

 981 characters

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.78/5  rDev +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.

 656 characters

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

 583 characters

Photo of StoneTSR
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

 863 characters

Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 670 characters

Photo of claytong
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 316 characters

Photo of delta490
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 397 characters

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

 375 characters

Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 600 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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

 415 characters

Photo of aepb1
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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

 349 characters

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

 405 characters

Photo of emmasdad
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

 253 characters

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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

 304 characters

Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

 888 characters

Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

 982 characters

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

 938 characters

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

 511 characters

Photo of xymyl
3.89/5  rDev +6%
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.

 423 characters

Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

 606 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

 1,034 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

 581 characters

Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

 280 characters

Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.