Espresso Stout
Appalachian Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #696
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #31,788
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 10.43%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
19
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Appalachian Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11/11/17...pitch black, tan foam rings around the lid. Coffee roasted nose, light bitters. Espresso backed. Smooth, rich roasted coffee flavor. Nicely balanced stout. Creamy and smooth. Very good.

Dec 03, 2017
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BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown, almost black in color with no head, just a small amount of coffee colored lace.

The scent was of roasted malts and coffee.

The taste was dominant of expresso, I thought it was a little thin for a stout.

Medium body, smooth and kind of creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was an ok stout, the flavor was good even though I thought it was a little light, also not terribly difficult to drink.

Mar 02, 2011
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at ABC's Harrisburg location - served chilled in a pint glass.

A - A black as pitch appearance w/ quick dropping ligh beige cream. Subtle lace clings and the bead is ultra fine. The retention is ok.

S - The nose has a goodly amount of roast odors- espresso and aroma of sweetened cocoa w/ mild coffee bean notes

M - The mouthfeel has a smooth stout base w/ dry feel and moderately high carbonation w/ slight bitterness from the beans w/ gentle sweet texture

T - There is a sweet and roasty flavor w/ mild espresso elements and slight tinge of hops w/ light caramel and toasted malt flavors w/ dry herb flavor from the hops and light spice taste. The beans come forward as it warms w/ mild oily and acidic taste which is similar to dark chocolate, but mildly nutty flavors add to a pleasant dry finish

D - A pretty straightforward stout made better w/ a good espresso bean addition, easy to quaff and sessionable - nice work ABC

Jul 08, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Harrisburg location on 5/21/10. Served in an oversized mug. This was called "Espresso Susquehanna Stout" on the board, so it's looking like this is just their staple base Stout with espresso added.

Pours a dense black, with a think covering of frothy dark mocha head. This maintains some richness around the edges, with swirling riling up a robust foamy cascade of lacing, which quickly descends down the sides of the mug. The espresso is quite sharp and biting in the nose, with a burnt acrid roastiness (but not overly astringent) and even some lesser green citric character. It smells very flavorful and pretty much dominates the roast, sweetness, and hops of the base Stout, as everything else is pushed to the back of the nose.

The taste is fairly strong up front with roast and leafy green hops but once the bitterness subsides, that sticky sweet base of chocolate and caramel malts swoop in and control the back portion of this. The regular Susquehanna Stout has some coffee in it but not this much, as the espresso adds an extra layer of dark roasty sharpness to the profile that reminds of drinking a straight up black cup of coffee. There's just the right amount here though, adding extra flavor but not over running any of the other flavors. The coffee comes out most in the finish, with a long lasting lingering acrid dryness and smokey bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a robust sharp creaminess that fills up the mouth. There's a bit of an underlying chewiness but this is mostly crisp in the mouth overall with just a little bit of warmth towards the back.

This was good and I enjoyed it much more than the overly sweet Cornerstone Coffee Stout that was released last year. The brightness of the espresso here tasted like they utilized the cold seeping method to get their flavor and one's enjoyment of this will probably depend on just how much coffee you like in your beer. This was a welcome little surprise on this visit to the ABC and I'd like to see it return again.

May 25, 2010
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 3/19/10

Served in an oversized mug entirely too cold. And by entirely too cold I mean so cold that the mug itself (which was hanging on the wall at room temperature) was now very cold to the touch. Whatever, this gives me plenty of time to give her a look over and browse the menu before taking a sip. Pours a very dark brown to almost black color with more than a finger of darkly tanned head. Head receeds slowly leaving a fair amount of lace along the glass. Nose has an absolutely huge amount of fresh brewed coffee/espresso aroma with a trace amount of hops in the background and finishes with the usual burnt grain and chocolate character. Taste is a frontal assault of espresso and mild bunt grain bitterness. There is a lingering taste of burnt grain and espresso left in the mouth. Light feel and very low carbonation. Not bad overall but the espresso addition flirts with disaster as almost being too far over the top and distracting from the beer characteristics.

When the waiter asked me my thoughts of the beer, I told him it would not be hard selling me on the idea that he just served me a cold mug of Joe from starbucks. He later told me it was brewed with starbucks so that is kind of comical.

Apr 06, 2010
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thain709 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not the Cornerstone Espresso Stout but rather a new espresso stout. The bartender told me it was brewed at Harrisburg with Starbucks coffee.

A - Poured with a deep, dark body that bordered on being black...the head was a mahogany brown and stood about 1.5 fingers...it settled into a creamy cap and slowly faded into a wispy cap...rings of lace were left

S - Coffee is dominate in the nose...there is a sweetness detectable as well...the malts are nicely roasted

T - The roasted malts are shown off in the forefront...they have a great flavor that gives away to a sweet middle ground...it tastes like a touch of cream was added to the coffee...the coffee flavor is present throughout...the finish is roasted coffee bean bitter

M - Medium bodied...pretty thin for a stout...it comes up lacking that extra creaminess

D - I was very pleased with this Espresso Stout from ABC...I feel the coffee flavor was pretty good...I would like to see this one more often at the brewpub

Mar 14, 2010
Espresso Stout from Appalachian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 19 ratings