Cornstalker Espresso Stout - Thunderhead Brewing Company
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Loki:
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
Sampled fresh from the tap on 2/18/05.
Appearance: Black as tar with a slight browning, burnt color towards the very top when held up to the light. Little to no head at all. What little head that was there was thin,off-white spots.
Smell: Slightly muted at first as it was served a little too cold. However with just a little warming it fully opened into a beautiful, heavenly aroma of rasted black patented and dark, rich roasted espresso beans. Hints of sweetness from the malt along with hints of chocolate and caramel mingled with the espresso to give the illusion of a sweetned coffee or a cafe mocha fresh from the pot.
Taste: Heavy malt, hints of cream, espresso bitterness and bold, dark roasted coffee flavor. Hints of sweet cream on the finish. The burnt, espresso bitters lingerly loveling on your tongue well after you've swallowed. There is a fullness and richness to the flavor that screams that high quality and freshly ground coffee beans were used. Coffee and beer lovers dream.
Mouthfeel: The beginning is heavy and creamy, full of weight and a sliky smoothness that slides into a very light and slighly dry finish leaving a bitterness and warmth on your tongue.
Drinkability: The only reason this is not a five for me is the fact that one pint of this was like have a grande coffee from Starbucks. Between the alcohol (I'm guessing in the 6-7% ABV range) and the caffinee I personally couldn't drink to many of these without my body being utterly confused.
Note: The vinyl banner said the Espresso stout was made from from the Black Sheep Coffee Roasters' Espresso beans which was a local coffee place. So you're really supporting two local business each time you have a pint! That's two more reasons to have another!
02-21-2005 20:33:42 | More by Loki
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev +14.9%
Black as the devils heart, opaque, I actually think it absorbed light. The head was served with a modest height of a half finger; the retention was excellent as it took a long while before it faded to a tight soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was minimal. At first the nose seemed very hoppy; I was surprised and worried. It was served a little too cold and the true aromas seemed hindered. So I waited. In time more and more of the luscious deep roast malt emerged with aromas of chocolate candy, coca beans, a whiff of vanilla, and some distant nondescript sweetness. Once the nose was completely unleashed there was no stopping the espresso aromas. Fantastic! Inviting. I wish the potency were a little stronger so the invitation would be a little louder. The first sip was exactly the same as an iced espresso. Awesome. It was very bold with coffee flavors, deeply roasted; there was outstanding flavor depth that reached a wide spectrum. It touched a slight sweetness one side and perfect bitterness on the other side. The sweetness seemed largely nameless, it was a little like milk sweetness but not like lactose, it was a little like chocolate but to very rich. Regardless the sweetness was very soft and a perfect complement to the bigger picture with was the coffee beans, espresso and bittering hops. The finish is huge and very long, it is all espresso and I found it very relaxing. I loved Bells Java Stout and this offering is every bit its equal. Very few beers were so boldly flavorful that was *forced* to take small sips! The mouthfeel was filling and near full-bodied, it was a little prickly-creamy, it sounds weird but it wasnt, the carbonation levels were modest, on the low side. This is one well-made coffee stout. I love the style but I hate half-assed attempts, however this one was near perfection for the style. It was very drinkable... sip and savor. Highly recommended. Fly to Nebraska and try one for yourself.
Gold Medal winner at the 2004 World Beer Cup congrats Trevor!
05-17-2004 13:32:13 | More by bditty187
4.47/5 rDev +9.3%
Excellent beer. I thought it would be the obvious choice for a "breakfast" beer, having skipped a real breakfast to get on the road to Colorado. The caffeine buzz was just enough to cancel out the drowsiness of a noontime beer and a hearty meal. One of the better coffee stouts I've tried as well, and I have tried a good share. Truly a hidden gem.
Served in a Thunderhead thistle glass which appears to be around 20 ounces. Has a smallish off-white head with decent retention. Dark brown, just a shade short of black.
The smell is great. It's all about the espresso. Sure, you can smell some of the roasted malt aroma, as well as a hint of caramel. Very nice coffee aroma and flavor, unlike some coffee stouts I've had that taste like Folger's.
The taste is very similar to the aroma. Has a gentle sweet malt flavor up front, followed by a smooth sour roasted malt and caramel character in the middle. Even seems like a bit of lactose. The finish is all espresso, however. Very chocolaty and earthy with nutty and creamy undertones.
The body was fairly big. It was difficult to judge how high in alcohol it was. I am leaning more towards the 6% or lighter side, however. Very smooth. Crisp carbonation as well. No alcohol burn, but a decent coffee buzz. Very drinkable. I would highly recommend it if you happen to stop here on your way through Nebraska. I believe it is one of their year round offerings, since it was actually listed on the menu, as opposed to about 4-6 that were only listed on the chalk board. Anyways, I am looking forward to trying more of their beer on the way back, as well as refilling the growlers and having another calzone.
03-31-2007 08:10:18 | More by neonbrown82
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Serving Type Sampled: On tap at the Thunderhead Brewery. Served in a logo tattooed tulip glass. Very nice presentation.
Appearance: Black with crimson hue. Nice 1½ finger creamy mocha head. Nice head retention.
Smell: Coffee, Coffee, Coffee, Cappuccino! A subtle hint of burnt chocolate malt.
Taste: Much of the same as the nose. Very hearty espresso flavor and mild burnt chocolate malt. Slight residual sweetness and hint of hazelnut. Finishes dry with a coffee aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body, Mild carbonation.
Drinkability: Fair. This is not you everyday drinker, although I did really fall in love with this beer. This is probably the best example I have sampled of an espresso stout. But still one was just enough.
04-10-2007 00:51:31 | More by BadRockBeer
3.7/5 rDev -9.5%
A - Deep black/opaque tint, smaller brown head
S - Roasted malt and chocolate, coffee/espresso is present
T - Espresso taste is there, roasted malt and chocolate, sweeter than some stouts
M - Medium bodied stout, more carbonated than some stouts
Solid session beer, fun environment at the brewery
09-23-2008 18:55:25 | More by surfnebr
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
A-Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick tan head that hols up nicely and leaves generous lace.
S-Are you ready for this....Dark roasted coffee and then coffee! Small hints of roasted malt and chocolate sneak in behind the COFFEE!
T-Whoa....bif blast of espresso roast coffee! Milder notes of burnt roast and chocolate. A bit of sweetness iin the back. Nice drying finish.
M-Medium-heavy body with a very smooth feel.
D-This is big, bold and robust. A diamond in the rough at this just of I-80 brewpub. If doing a east-west-east trip do yourself a favor and plan a stop to try this one. It is a sipper and a bit difficult to do more than one but...you wont be sorry you had that one!
07-21-2008 11:44:59 | More by Deuane
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
Cornstalker Dark Wheat, sort of confusing name as this is really intended to be a stout. Picture has an evil looking masked cowboy on the can, very cool artwork indeed.
Thunderhead Brewing Company, Kearney Nebraska
can > pint glass
Brought to me as a gift from my Uncle's cross country drive ~6/2010
"Never filtered, never pasteurized, always refridgerate".
can states it as 5.2% ABV
Appearance is dark coffe/black in color, excellent clarity, short head and retention, no lace.
Smells of sweetened roasted coffee, dark malts, chocolate, some roasted corn notes (like when it is lightly charred on the grill... mmm.)
Tastes as it smells, with a mild but supportive hop balance.
Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation.
Drinkability is very enjoyable indeed. Nice well balanced stout, not overly sweet, not to dry, not to roasty. Nice work Thunderhead, I enjoyed this more than I do most stout, kudos.
06-15-2010 12:44:42 | More by unclejimbay
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
Sampled at the brewery while passing Kearney, NE. First off, the question I have is, is this coffee or is this beer? That said Black Sheep Espresso Stout shares a visual characteristic just like coffee. Midnight black with basically no off color in the light or if you tip the glass. Very dark. The smell is as advertised with strong coffee tones and malt backing. Some chocolate hints and black patent.
The taste is, as if you couldn't guess, strongly influenced by coffee. Actually it overpowers the beer. But note that I am not a big coffee drinker. Actually I never drink coffee. So that said, Black Sheep has a great malt backing that's complex and carries the beer so that the coffee flavor is not as dominate. Strong roasted and chocolate influences are noticeable and as the beer warms black patent comes out too. A slight hop flavor mellows the beer and gives it a dry feel to it. Overall the Black Sheep brings a lot of flavor and complexity. Even though coffee is not something I really enjoy, this beer was still very good.
01-17-2011 20:25:42 | More by GBB
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
Black Sheep Espresso Stout pours thick in the glass; this beer is as black as they come with a 1/2" tan head that dissipates slowly; minimal lacing. The aroma of Black Sheep is truly amazing. The initial smell is that of a shot of espresso, pure and simple; after that, other aromas come through, including chocolate, a little bit of a piney smell from the hops, and a slighly sweet smell from the malt.
The taste of this beer delivers on what the smell promises. The inital espresso taste is very evident; it is a wonderful rich roasted flavor. There is a bit of a chocolate flavor as well; the hop bitterness and malty sweetness are balanced nicely. The flavors present aren't as complex as what can be found in some other beers, but rarely is a beer balance the flavors contained in it as well as they are here. The mouthfeel of this beer is outstanding; it's thick and full, without being overpowering like other "motor oil" stouts. This beer goes down very easily, leaving only a mild pleasant roasted-espresso aftertaste.
Overall, this is a truly outstanding beer. If you like coffee or stout at all, you'll love this beer. Highly recommended.
06-06-2005 00:00:04 | More by swid
Cornstalker Espresso Stout from Thunderhead Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.