Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) - Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
06-04-2011 16:45:49 | More by stakem
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
08-11-2012 17:33:08 | More by BARFLYB
District of Columbia
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-01-2011 23:24:36 | More by Huhzubendah
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
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
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
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
05-03-2010 00:10:44 | More by Tone
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
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
08-12-2010 14:42:28 | More by twiggamortis420
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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
4.4/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
08-28-2011 05:59:21 | More by drpimento
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
09-25-2011 02:50:04 | More by ArrogantB
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
425th review on BA
Bottle to pint
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.
04-25-2011 04:38:52 | More by FosterJM
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
02-09-2011 02:59:08 | More by EgadBananas
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
A: This poured an opaque black with a little dark tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh dark espresso with some rich dark chocolate, and a little sugar and cream.
T: It tasted like black coffee with some sugar and bittersweet chocolate. It had a clean, mostly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a very nice coffee stout, with simple but pure scent and taste. The body was good, not great. But the finish was smooth, with no alcohol noticeable, so it was easy to drink. Fine brew.
05-30-2013 21:06:49 | More by Pencible
2.95/5 rDev -19.6%
I love a good stout and I love a good espresso. This is a valiant attempt, but not a great execution of the combination. It is a thoroughly black colored brew..with a whispy chocolate milk head. The smell is roasty, burnt, but acrid. Coffee, chocolate, and highly modified grain, for sure, but also a plastic scent. Phenols. The taste is dry...coffee is present, and some malt. Reminiscent of a homebrew with a little work to be done. Full body, with a velvet finish. Not an exceptional beer.
11-24-2013 21:01:56 | More by Suds
Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.