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Arbor Brewing Espresso LoveArbor Brewing Espresso Love

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by goodbyeohio on 09-02-2007

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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of beornagain
5/5  rDev +51.1%

Photo of wqcherri
4.84/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my absolute favorite. Got me turned on to beer. Love the coffee flavor... If you don't pour it directly it will fizz eternally... Great taste and aroma, from a coffee lovers standpoint. Lots of sediment. Very difficult to get out side of Michigan though.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.72/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured very dark with a thick head that took several minutes to settle down.

It smelled delightfully strongly of espresso/coffee and chocolate.

It felt thick and syrupy in the mouth, and tasted as strong as it smelled.

For being such a thick, heavy beer, I was surprised how drinkable it actually was.

A definite buy.

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4.5/5  rDev +36%

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4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of MispeledStalion
4.42/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soupyman10
4.42/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No real head, pours a pure black color with the tiniest of all brown highlights. Light film of tan over top of the beer. NOse is crazy roasted malt and coffee with some sweet molasses thrown in too. Taste is similar - crazy coffee malt, some roasted malt, a touch of light sourness. Some light malt bitterness. Light bacon. Crazy strong mocha coffee sweetness. Medium body, maybe a touch lighter than expected, but solid. I really liked this one. An excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of tallmidget
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gripped a 12 oz of this out of a bathtub during Penguicon 6.0. I had been drinking a lot of Rochester Mills Rochester Red and Founders Dirty Bastard (Both on tap) along with other bottled microbrews during Penguicon and as a result this brew was extremely refreshing, intense chocolate and coffee flavors. Great taste, great mouthfeel, a great beer if you're looking for a departure from your typical brews.

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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.24/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark as dark can be with little interference, not even a smidgen from the lurkers who seek to destroy you and your omnipresent overlording.

first sniff evokes the most creamiest, coffeeist, deliciousist mocha flavors that i've ever this point, this beer is in the running, neck-n-neck with peche mortel, to establish a true champion. seriously, smell this beer, and name a coffee (with this aroma) that you'd rather be drinking.smooth body and flows effortlessly over the palate, unlike other bitter presences.

i thought so!

let's move fwd....

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Photo of Harfatum
4.22/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a mix-n-match pack from the ABC's restaurant (which was very good; try the spinach pie!)

A: Looks great - one finger of foam up top in my Duvel tulip, very dark. A few bubbles clinging to to the side.
S: Super chocolatey, with strong coffee notes. Very appealing.
T: Great! The moderate carbonation livens up a heavy drink. Not too bitter, and loads of chocolate and coffee. This really reminds me of biting into a nice 70% cocoa chocolate bar. This is great with anything that would go with coffee - I tried it with graham crackers my first time and it went surprisingly well together.
M: Robust, a bit thick but that's good here.
D: For a deep, dark stout, this is very very drinkable. Less bitterness than many stouts. The moderately high alcohol content is very well hidden.

Overall I really enjoy this beer. I don't know what the reviews citing an "off taste" are going on about; this is chocolate and coffee for days, and nothing objectionable as far as I can tell. Recommended.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.17/5  rDev +26%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

$1.90 for a 12oz bottle at Jack's. Opening the cap reveals barely more than a psst...hardly any carbonation. Pours to a limp deep brown, nearly black. No head, no lacing, no carbonation. The aroma is great...lots of black walnut and sweet vanilla, a hint of coffee when swirled. Mouthfeel is limp with a medium body. The taste is quite nice and recaptures the nose. There is quite a bit of chalkiness, but I like it. Wierd green leafy MJ note in there from the hops. Very mild bitterness, barely any to speak of. The espresso isn't really dominant, and I would barely notice it if it weren't called "Espresso Love". There is a distant kiwi fruit flavor in there, so it will probably turn into battery acid with any shelving... like the other Arbor Brewing beers I've had.

Nice balance with a little bit of all the flavors able to emerge, but certainly not a powerhouse stout compared to others in the category. Rated as is...flat.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really great drinking experience, far greater that I would have expected from previous reviews.

The first pour was too hard, and without hitting an inch of the bottle I had an entire glass full of foam. It was delicious. The next pour was lighter and everything stayed normal but with a nice constant head. The smell is pretty sticky - coffee and stuff mixed with malts and maybe hops way down in the aroma.

The taste is not too sweet, not too bitter, not too coffee, and definitely not too hoppy (hops is way low in taste, though not missing).

The aftertaste is bitter coffee, chocolate, hops, all balanced together.

This is a very good stout. Perfect for Goldilocks.

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Photo of ESchweers
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a half-pint pour on a Monday afternoon and I'm pretty happy with this the choice. It's got a big espresso aroma and flavor, and while it dominates the beer, it tastes like about the best coffee or espresso I've had. There's a subtle and mellow chocolate note running through the background. And the body is a medium, not too chewy that drink velvety smooth. This ranks right up there with Surly's Coffee Bender for me.

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Photo of bamadog
4.06/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I received this as an extra a few months back, but sadly can't remember who threw it in the box. Whoever you may have been, thanks for the beer! Review is from notes taken on 7/27/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark dirty brown/near black and looks about the color of used motor oil (mind you, it doesn't look as thick as used motor oil, though); despite a vigorous pour, no head whatsoever; body is entirely opaque and based upon no head, I'd say it looks pretty flat; no lacing, just an oily film that quickly slides back into the beer.

Smell: Pretty nice, and quite strong -- nice strong and roasty burnt expresso; dark semi-sweet syrupy chocolate; a bit of dark cherry and lactic sourness as it continues to warm... I'm intrigued...

Taste: Starts of pretty plain and standard with the nice espresso roastiness (nothing special right of the first sip though); however, the syrupy chocolate and dark cherries and a certain sourness (could be a bit of sour cherries, but it strikes me as more of a lactic sourness) creeps in and really, in my opinion, brightens the beer's profile quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: Sigh... never as thick as I would like, but the body is of medium weight; no carbonation, so it feels very flat, oily and slick; a moderate and semi-moist stickiness is left all over the palate.

Drinkability: Not too shabby overall, especially if I really consider the smell and flavors; it does need some head and carbonation though, and damn it, I really want a thicker stout; while my numbers are kind of all over the place on this, I do believe it's worth checking out.

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4.04/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.04/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black coffee black with a miniscule caramel colored head in spite of an increasingly elevated pour. I hope there's nothing wrong with the carbonation because this sucker smells fantastic. The bubbly foam doesn't last and isn't interested in gracing the glass with more than a token amount of lace. In a minute or so, the beer should resemble a pint glass of coffee.

I've always been puzzled by the fact that I love the smell of coffee beer even though I don't like and don't drink coffee. Odd that. The nose is tremendous, especially if you're a dedicated java hound. Underneath the freshly-brewed goodness are appealing aromas of vanilla and creme caramel. Could Espresso Love possibly taste as good as it smells?

Not quite, but it's close. For starters, the mouthfeel isn't as full as it needs to be, considering the style and the ABV. Perhaps I'm just spoiled by the fact that many versions (like Founders Breakfast Stout) are huger than huge. I have a feeling that things will come together as the beer approaches room temperature.

The flavor profile is essentially a carbon copy of the aroma. In fact, if anything, it's even more crushed coffee-bean dominant. The sweetness of the malt (and the milk sugars?) are easily countered by the bitterness of the hops and the roasted malt. The finish favors dry and clean over sticky. I don't yet have a caffeine buzz, but I wouldn't be surprised if one hits in the final few ounces.

The mouthfeel makes something of a comeback, but it still isn't what it could be. I'm a little picky when it comes to stouts, so take my impressions with a grain of salt. The mild creaminess, the oatmeal softness and the subdued carbonation keeps things well above average.

Is there no end to the number of good-great breweries in the state of Michigan? If this beer is any indication of what Arbor Brewing is capable of, it's a crime that one has to travel to Ann Arbor to acquire it (I didn't see it in Grand Rapids). While it can't touch Founders Breakfast Stout, Espresso Love is damn good beer in its own right and is an easy recommendation for those traveling into enemy territory.

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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