Beantowne Espresso Stout | Cambridge Brewing Company

very good
10 Ratings

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-10-1999

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Gkruszewski
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kaszeta
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the '05 ABF.

Pours as a nice cash conditioned stout, with a dark brown body that is just on the limits of transparency, with a thick foamy head. Smell is exactly what you'd expect, with a strong earthy espressor aroma and some chocolate notes, with a bit of sweet maltiness in there. Flavor is overwhelmingly espresso, with very little malt coming through. It's not bad, but I'd think this would be more enjoyable if it was a bit more balanced: the coffee should add to the beer and not just overwhelm it. It also is a bit thin on the mouthfeel, and a bit tannic. Drinkable, but I think this beer is a bit short of its potential.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, brown head. The tulip glass was lace coated. Aroma was coffee. Such a sweet, blessed smell. The taste is exquisite. Like I am chewing chocolate-covered coffee beans. And the flavor was so strong I felt like I had to chew this beer. Extremely full body and taste that many could find overpowering. I could not put down my first pint, but my taste buds were so beat after one that I dared not order a second.

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Photo of Truh
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Destroyed this one at Bukowski’s, Boston location, with Kumar and Jim on a Boston crawl that included The Other Side Café and Boston Beer Works, Fenway location.

Served in a 16-ounce shaker glass which, once the thick head had subsided, amounted to a fourteen ounce pour. I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but Jim insisted that his get filled to the rim. Kumar was having something else. The stout, as stated, began with an initial frothy head, and was very creamy. The hue was an expected and pleasant round darkness that seemed to draw light in and swallow it, not unlike a black hole. Sweet malt bouquet with typical roasted notes, and there is no denying the coffee profile. Chocolate and espresso ruled the palate up front, followed by an astringent roastiness afterwards. Smooth and silken, and if I were to make a comparison, I would liken it in some ways to Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of ADR
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub...

Just about completely opaque black pour, dfark tan head of 1/4 of an inch and good duration. Coats the glass in sugary and complete lacing. Forbidding coffee aroma, slight sweet brown sugar pulls through as well. Dark coffee is immediately noticeable, tea-like malts give a leafy flavor that works well with the java. Slightly lemony brightness to the close. The aftertaste is laden with bitterness and a light smoke. More nuanced than some java stouts. I nursed this one to a much warmer temperature and it is a good sipper, even on an 85 degree Spring day in Cambridge.

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Photo of taez555
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a black body with a lovely creamy tan head.

The nose was pure espresso beans. Maybe a few other chocolate like notes, but for the most part, fresh espresso beans.

The taste was along the same lines. Medium to heavy bodied. The taste though was pure Espresso beans, as if you were chomping on freshly roasted beans. It reminded me a lot of chocolate covered espresso beans actually. Soft hints of milk chocolate, roasted barley, fresh malt, with a very smooth even coffee like bitterness. A very slight graininess with a smooth finish that didn’t last forever.

Simply this is a beer that is what it says it is, an espresso stout. I find coffee beers hit or miss. This one gets the coffee flavor and smell perfectly, maybe even a little overkill. A slight loss when it comes to a great balance of coffee to stout, but still, if espresso is what you want, espresso is what you get. Great beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub during a Brewer's Dinner (5/10/03).

CBC Web site description:
"Expresso Stout. A straight-up American dry stout flavored with locally roasted coffee beans, which provide a roasty espresso aroma to this opaque black brew. Coffee and roasted barley flavors commingle beneath a latte-colored frothy head. Limited edition beer, so get it while you can.
OGL 1.046 FG:1.013 ABV:4.3%"

This stout poured as black as pitch with a good, tan, foamy head that coated the glass somewhat. The smell was sweet espresso coffee with a bit of caramel malt aroma. The taste was dominated by the strong coffee flavor, but there was a bit of caramel as well. No hops came through. The mouthfeel was like a tart cup of strong coffee contrasted with some caramel malt sweetness. The body was medium. This stout was smooth and dry overall, despite some sweetness. This was an enjoyable stout, but the coffee flavor was rather pronounced. It did compliment the rich chocolate dessert it was paired with.

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Photo of Todd
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever wonder what it would be like to drink a pint of espresso?

Served as a pitch black beer with a creamy coffee coloured head. A nose full of freshly ground espresso. It's intense, but oh so good, and stifles all other aromas. Smooth, creamy, milky mouthfeel -- blissful. Then the espresso flavours hit and snuff out anything remotely different that attempts to hit the palate, but a few break free ... there's a touch of hop leaf and bitterness around the edges, a bit of roasted in the back and some chocolate mingling with more espresso flavours in the finish.

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Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and served in an American pint tumbler. Huge frothy light brown lace hold strong on top of the pitch black liquid. Immense aromas of espresso, smells of fresh brewed iced espresso. The flavour stays the same as the aroma and more. Acrid astringencies are held to a minimum with hints of roasted grain underneath the thick blanket of espresso flavour. Touch of sweetness and a faint dark fruitiness add some complexities. Finish long and hard with more espresso and roasted grain flavour.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Deep black in colour with a tan ring of lace.

Smell: Freshly ground dark roasted coffee beans with a mild sweetness.

Taste: Iced espresso basically with a bit of an aged flavour that actually enhances the roasted flavours. Hints of dark chocolate and a touch hop bitterness also. Fading roasted barley in the end.

Notes: Not a bad coffee stout at all ... not overly astringent, as many other coffee beers tend to be. There is a bit of a caffeine kick to this brew also, the coffee came from the Beantowne Coffee House next door.

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Beantowne Espresso Stout from Cambridge Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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