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

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

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BA SCORE
83
good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 174
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%


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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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass from a bomber.

The beer is the color of an espresso coffee bean with a mocha colored head that rapidly turns into a breath of bubbles and a thicker ring around the edges. Little or no lacing occurs.

I smell faint roasted malts, some rich chocolate fudge notes, coffee.

The beer tastes dry and rich up front. Bitter dark malts, a tangy bittersweet following. Subdued coffee notes. The finish is a rich, fudge-like chalkiness.

The mouthfeel is dry, almost metallic and tangy. But very dry.

Overall, I wanted to like this beer so much more. It's nice that it doesn't go overboard with anything. But in the end, it's just an average dry stout. I don't regret buying it at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 13:05:33 | More by JuicesFlowing
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger of tan thick head on a jet black body.

S: a little light on the espresso and coffee than I hoped. Lots of chocolate.

T: again a little light on the espresso. I prefer the coffee to be bigger in these beers. Heavy on vanilla and chocolate.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation and very smooth but dry finish.

Overall: I tasty and sweet stout but to be called an espresso stout I would want/expect more.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:40:05 | More by kylehay2004
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LittleDon

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black, decent tan head that's quickly gone. minimal lace. Chocolate and dried fruit aroma. Lots of carbonation up front that gives it a seltzer water like characteristic. Flavors kick in very late with a coffee and burnt sugar finish. Medium mouthfeel, but the carbonation makes it feel thinner. A good deal of acidity. Coffee soda.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:22:34 | More by LittleDon
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billshmeinke

California

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pitch black with about a finger of beige head. Retention and lacing are quite nice.

Smells of baker's chocolate, fresh ground/brewed espresso, some vanilla as well.

Tastes of coffee/espresso, undercurrents of vanilla, and chocolate pudding. Really fresh coffee notes, I dig it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, hearty, well carbonated, fairly acidic.

If you are just a big coffee fiend, then this is for you. Well brewed and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:03:08 | More by billshmeinke
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown. It gets lighter around the edges. No head to speak off. 2.5/5

Smell- Decent coffe aroma, but vanilla overpowers most everything else. Roasted malts round out the aroma. Bits of chocolate as it warms. 3.5/5

Taste- Cocolate and small espresso taste. Bits of vanilla. Small earthy bitterness. 4/5

Mouthfeel- This is a little too thin for my taste. Would like a little more chewyness. 2.5/5

Overall- I don't expect much coffee flavor with coffee/espresso stouts any more since I have such a big tolerance, and love, for such flavors This one is not half bad. The only real dissapointments were in the mouthfeel and appearance. Overall I would say this is good. 4/5

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:07:53 | More by MADhombrewer
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasty coffee and some burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted of coffee, chocolate and toffee. Nice bittersweet flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied stout with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice coffee stout. Another solid brew from Twisted Pine.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:05:08 | More by zeff80
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to sergfl for this brew! Poured into A Founders snifter at 58 degree's. No bottle date.

A. Deep black body,big dark 3 finger khaki colored head. No lacing to write about.

S. I get big espresso notes up front followed by chocolate.

T. Pretty straight forward brew, espresso up front with bitter chocolate to finish. A bit of underlying roasted malts.

M. Weakest part of the beer here. Very thin,almost waterd down feel. Also A little to carbonated.

Overall I was really excited to try tis as I love coffee/espresso infused beers. But it just didn't do it for me. Not much compexity and feel was very thin.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:23:51 | More by Marty30
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rackhouse Pub, I don;t usually go for coffee beers but I do like espresso so I figured why not? Dark black color which was no surprise, short tan head. Smells like strong espresso and coffee grounds, not bad. The flavor was very bitter and strong espresso, it pretty much eclipsed and stout flavors. Overall this was not bad and one of the better coffee beers I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 02:50:04 | More by ArrogantB
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readbaron

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark dark opaque brown, nearly black with limited tan head. A hint of lacing.

Smell is good - espresso and dark beer, exactly what you'd expect from the name. Aside from the coffee, there are bready malts, and some sweetness underneath. Smells a bit creamy.

Taste is pretty good - coffee is super strong. Not exactly well balanced. Coffee doesn't exactly blend with the rest of the flavors. It's a bit burnt. There are some bready malts hanging around as well.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit light and dry for a stout.

Overall - a bit above average. Not worth seeking out, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 04:19:56 | More by readbaron
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great espresso breakfast stout! Let it warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice, large, foamy, frothy, thick, slow to settle, tan head and good lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is what I expected, fresh, rich coffee, dark roast malt, toffee, cocoa, caramel and a bit of yeast. Flavor is much like nose, plus has some good tang to add some zestiness to the richness. Body is perfect and ditto carbonation for the style. Finish is like flavor and nothing appears to tarnish the experience. Don't know if it'd be session.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 05:59:21 | More by drpimento
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A – Black as my soul. Two fingers or milk chocolate creamy head.

S – Espresso of course, dark chocolate, mocha, molasses. Rich and roasty smelling.

T – Big roasty taste immediately. That nice espresso flavor follows, it is not as big on the palate as the nose suggests. Bitterness of the coffee is present. Slightly sweet mocha taste at the end.

M – Medium to big bodied. Medium carbonation and just slightly thin. No real ABV taste at all.

O – Well balanced. The smell makes you feel that it will be a big sweet stout. It really is not. The coffee bitterness mixes pretty well with the sweet. Solid job. Warms up nicely too.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 23:48:38 | More by GallowsThief
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YourMomDrinksBud

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 02:44:08 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
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glid02

Georgia

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 16:11:13 | More by glid02
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass.  Two finger frothy mocha head. Pretty good retention only slowly fading into lasting cap that leaves large chunks of soapy lacing.  

Deep roasted coffee aroma that isn't burnt or acrid smelling.  Like fresh roasted espresso coffee with lots of luscious dark malt underneath.  Slight lactic cream with bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal and toast.  

Deep intensely roasted coffe flavor overpowers everything up front.  Really dry and bitter with an overly roasted burnt acrid flavor.  All espresso burnt coffee burnt toast and dry bitterness up front lingering over the dark malt backbone into a bone dry finish.  As my palate adjusts I begin to pick up a  subtle creamy texture and hints of bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, burnt toast and nut.  Overall it's just too one dimensional and tastes kind of ashy( but not in a good smoked beer way) fire.  All espresso and burnt malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 07:18:26 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 16:45:49 | More by stakem
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FosterJM

California

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 04:38:52 | More by FosterJM
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BayouBengal1537

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 02:45:23 | More by BayouBengal1537
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claytong

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 00:45:00 | More by claytong
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aepb1

Florida

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

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 14:27:57 | More by aepb1
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cjgator3

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 23:24:36 | More by Huhzubendah
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is irresponsibly over carbonated with a huge tan head that won't quit. Beer is black / brown and clear at the corners.

Aroma is sweet with what i swear is a soapy background, smells OK.

Beer is medium in body with a thin wet finish. I don't really like this beer. I drink it labored and don't really look forward to the remainder in my glass. It was an extra in a trade with who know who and I don't think i'll ever have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 00:01:53 | More by drabmuh
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty damn black on the pour I'd say. A non vigorous pour also yielded a solid 3 fingers of head that left sticky lacing down the side and dissipated to a sixth of a finger of creamy film.

Aroma was somewhat lacking. There was some espresso, hints of chocolate, ashy, burnt malts. All were less than predominant.

The taste was somewhat intense. Black coffee; no sugar, cream, milk, no nothing. Coffee grounds...or at least, I think that spent coffee grounds I've smelled before would taste a bit like this. There's also a burnt, soot taste, hints of chocolate and deeply roasted malts. Definitely one of the most uniquely intense coffee beers I've had before...

The feel is upper medium in body, creamy, low carbonation feel, clean.

Pretty good drink ability. Definitely something I think I would have to be in the mood for, but still an overall good brew to have here and there.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 02:59:08 | More by EgadBananas
Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.