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

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good

89 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 89
Hads: 233
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 6.27%
Wants: 19
Gots: 18 | 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 twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bought a few months ago. Pours a jet black color with just a smidge of highlighting at the edges. Foam is dark tan and does not show much retention or lacing.

Smell is a fresh shot of espresso to the nostrils, very robust and fresh. Hard to get much else on the nose, but coffee aroma is right up there with the best of 'em.

Taste is about 75% espresso coffee, 20% milk chocolate and the other 5% a various blend of dark bread, alcohol and mild hops. Mouthfeel is just short of medium and I could definitely use more creaminess. Annoying astringency and the one-dimensionality of the beer are the only things keeping this from sticking out in the deliciously crowded style of coffee stouts. That said, this is easily the best Twisted Pine beer I have had to date...worth a shot. (793 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour of this beer gave only a very slight tan head on top of the jet-black beer. The nose gives appropriately assertive notes of coffee, together with sweet cocoa. The flavor is more mocha than espresso, with a lot of sweet chocolate malt flavor coming through. It's not bad, but there's no other complexity here, and little of real interest. (353 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (528 characters)

Photo of briman
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, basically black, opaque with a moderate dark tan head that retains well.

Aroma has a strong, rich ground coffee smell, with some dark chocolate floating around as well.

Flavor has a bit of an earth element to go along with a pretty potent punch of ground coffee. Bitter-sweet chocolate makes an appearance as well. Finishes dry, maybe a bit grainy, with a very faint roasted malt bitterness.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. A touch chewy, and every so slightly drying on the palate. A hint of roast based astringency lingers at the end as well, but not enough to be a distraction.

This is a great beer if you love coffee, because the espresso is the star of the show. So much so, that I really have a hard time picking out any roasted malt foundation or hop contributions underneath that are reminiscent of an American Stout. The body could be bit fuller as well, and I also think the addition of some oats or some other factor to add a bit of creaminess would really make this brew shine. (1,019 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Meantime tulip.

Big Shot Espresso Stout's body is as dark as I expected, but more porter-like in its thinness as it shows cola hues at the edges. A fat, rocky, mocha-tan head builds and settles quickly to leave behind a ring of scattered bubbles. The aroma is rich & complex with espresso galore, plus soil, vanilla, nuttiness, and musty hops. Some Baker's chocolate, too, although the overall malt presence is a bit grainy.

Dark coffee grounds taste somewhat acrid with a hint of sour milk (not like a lactose infection). No lingering bitterness from the espresso, but chocolate-mocha flavors last into the finish. Mouthfeel is perilously thin & watery, and the carbonation is off. Not exactly a stout-like consistency--not even on par with most porters, really. All in all, this isn't a great beer, but Twisted Pine's Espresso 'Stout' is certainly a good, drinkable coffee beer. Glad I got to try it, but this will not be a repeat purchase for me. (977 characters)

Photo of rwf08
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (814 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)

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 Tone
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong fresh coffee, roasted malt, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong coffee, roasted malt, slight yeast, and slight sweet malt. Overall, great aroma, good body, but lacking in appearance. (389 characters)

Photo of Mayhem976
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, zero light passes through my glass and hardly any head or fingers present.

B- Strong ground dark roast!

T- Hard espresso flavor in the beginning, it does however finish very smooth towards the end which is quite surprising. Very yummy!

M- Creamy, the body I would have to say is medium to thick.

D- Great espresso beer that seems to go down smoother than others I've tried in the past. The price on this bottle is what really caught my eye, inexpensive and delicious! (481 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a midnight brown color with a creamy beige head; terrific retention and lacing

Smell: Coffee, ash and dark chocolate

Taste: Chocolate, up front, that turns milky by mid-palate, with a bit of lactic sourness appearing after a while; after the swallow, the lactose fades and is replaced by the coffee; nice espresso finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer is all over the map, starting and finishing very nicely; the middle, however, leaves something to be desired (some hops would be better than the lactose) as does the mouthfeel, which is way too thin for the style (637 characters)

Photo of rye726
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a brown head. The nose has roasty malts, faint hops and espresso. More of the same in the flavor. Nothing spectacular, but a good beer to wash down a burger. Body is a bit thin. Drinks easy, but I wouldn't want too many of these. (251 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger chocolate head that rather quickly thins down.Black in color, head retention was decent and lacing was good

Smells of sweet chocolate malt, also some roasted coffee beans.

Taste is very light, reminds me of a milk/sweet stout. Main flavors are of chocolate milk and roasted espresso beans, hops really arent present at all.

Mouth feel is very light also, almost on the watery side, was hoping for more creaminess. Carbonation was medium to high, but not too high.

Overall is a good beer, especially at 4 bucks for a bomber. Would have liked thicker, bolder espresso flavors but its still very drinkable (623 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

What only fathers like coffee? Pours a midnight dark color with a bubbly light tan head. Not much hue throughout the edges. The lacing is limited as well is the retention.

The nose is sweet even for coffee stout standards. Some malty notes with a bit of lactic/milky notes. Some lighter chocolate and a hint of coffee notes with a light roast aroma. Some molasses notes with a bit of metallic/coiny aromas. Some off yeast notes as well, with some phenolics and a subtle butyric aroma.

The taste as more of the coffee aspect. The coffee comes out with a light roast backing but not much on the chocolate notes. Some generic malt notes that blend but coffee is definitely the stronger of tastes. Some minor lactic giving it a sweetness but not as much as the nose indicated. Some wispy notes on the back end. The yeast is a bit cleaner but there is a light butyric note that reminds me of dirty drains. Some chalky notes in the finish.

The body is a bit wispy especially for a stout. Really would have liked more body into the finish. Some creamy up front, the finish is just disappointing. Overall, I think the coffee notes come out because it really needs more of a malt backing. The lactic is really cloying as well. (1,220 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin brownish head. Nose is pure coffee. That's about it, but it's pretty robust and thick enough. Flavor profile is a lot of coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee. Not much else going on besides that. Feel is smooth on liquid and slightly lower on carbonation. This is easy to drink. It's basically just a coffee beer, but I could go on this all night.

Thanks to russpowell for this one and a ridiculous amount of other generous extras as well. (458 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to BlackForestCo.
Pours a inky black in color with about a half inch of head. Smell is very faint coffee and even more faint creme/espresso. Taste is slight creamy espresso. A good amount of bittering in the flavor as well. Good, smooth mouthfeel. Still bittering in the aftertaste. Decent beer. (309 characters)

Photo of doppelmeup
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a beautiful pour into a tulip glass. Very dark and rich, with a dark roasted tan head that was very thick and continually rebuilt itself every time I swirled the glass.

Aromas of roasted malt and fresh brewed coffee.

Taste was not overpowering; instead, it was a nicely balanced stout with a definite coffee flavor. Not overly bitter or hoppy.

Very easy to drink. Not too thick, but still with enough body to satisfy.

Not sure of the ABV, but not too strong, making it a nice beer to sip and enjoy, leaving the palate ready for a refill.

Recommended. (570 characters)

Photo of Tolann
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very dark, opaque black in color. Pours a dense head, but it fades quickly. I think there may be some sediment in there.

S - not much of a smell of coffee that I expected. I smell the oatmeal stout part of it. there's a faint smell of espresso that hits the back of the sinuses.

T - Small bitterness and coffee taste. The espresso flavor hits then fades. Lil bit of caramel malty notes to it. As the beer warms up the taste and smell come thru a bit more.

M - really smooth. definitely a stout feel. Has a heavier feel in your tummy that won't let you drink this too fast. Breathe in after a swallow and you can feel the coffee taste in the back of your pallet.

D - Coffee beers aren't something that you sit and drink all nite. This one is ok, but I've had better coffee beers.

Mark another new beer up in my list. =) (829 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 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 warriorsoul
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (814 characters)

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle, with no obvious date information. The label was printed with months and years, but nothing was notched or otherwise indicated.

The label reads that this was brewed with Amante Primo Espresso.

Pours silk smooth with a solid black core and ox blood highlights and the extreme margins. Quick building and fading head of loosely packed small espresso crema colored bubbles. Leaves just a thin coat and no lace. Fresh brewed coffee, white sugar, roast chocolate, and a touch of burnt smoke aromas rise from the glass. Medium roast coffee with a teaspoon of sugar leads things off. The roasty flavors are not overly deep and the coffee starts to fade into the background behind a slightly charcoal laced caramel flavor. There is a slowly creeping alcohol warmth. A sugar-like sweetness arrives in the tail end of the finish and a small, bitter burnt flavor lingers. Medium body with a light, thinnish mouthfeel, minimal carbonation and an almost dry quality about it. Average overall, and I would have enjoyed a bigger body on this one.

Thanks to Heath for the recent shipment of CO treats. (1,113 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 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 froggyfrog
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Packaged in a tall brown 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle wrapped in a classy label marked bottled in Feb. 2006. Transferred by me to snifter Jun. 2006.

A: 30+ SRM very dark brownie brown with rocky mocha head. Opaque.

S: Nice and sweet. Sugary coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted barley.

T+M: Very well balanced. Loads of dark cocoa flavor. Very nicely done espresso levels mixed with some spicy Saaz-like hop notes. While the nose was intensely sweet the taste is very dark-roast and bitter. Full mouthfeel complete with heavy roasted lactic acid-like texture.

D: A meal of a stout. Truly enjoyable to drink.

This is a high quality brew, my first from TP. I love it!

About a shot of espresso in every pint? Whoops. I shouldn't be drinking a bomber of this at eleven o'clock at night. Mwaaah-haha-ha...

World Beer Cup 2006 Silver Medallist in "Best Coffee Flavored Beer" Category (out of 23 entrants).

This beer appears courtesy of my brother. Thanks lil' JE. (974 characters)

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