Requiem Espresso Stout | Gentleman Scholar Brewing Co.

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Requiem Espresso StoutRequiem Espresso Stout

Brewed by:
Gentleman Scholar Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GRG1313 on 11-13-2009

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Reviews by Kegatron:
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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Photo of warnerry
2.08/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Pours black with very hlittle head to speak of. Leaves no lacing.

S - Slight chocolate and coffee aromas. A faint ashy aroma. Not that appealing.

T - Very thin tasting. Watery coffee, a bit of roasted malt, and a very faint tartness. Really nothing redeeming here.

M - As subpar as the smell and taste are, the mouthfeel is downright offensive. It quite literally feels like a flavored water. The thinnest stout I've ever had. Really disappointing.

O - Unimpressive in every way. A big disappointment.

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Photo of AHebel
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very Intriguing silver on black label with a skull toting a top hat pulls you in. The very knowledgeable Stan, at Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA, told me this was basically a homebrewed beer, just starting to get distribution.

Poured a thin, dark brown with higher carbonation and a quickly dissipating tan-white head. (Poured into snifter.)

The smell of espresso is underwhelming compared to the more well known coffee stouts like FBS.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied and fizzy.

Overall, a decent espresso stout that's very drinkable, but lacked the thick, frothyness that I like so much in the style.

- ALH -

(This was my first of many reviews!)

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I've been on this kick to drink a bunch of my older stouts that have been kicking it at room temperature. This poured out mostly black, a little brown, decent head in the half inch range. Aroma, mild coffee/espresso aroma. Far from pungent.

Taste, again, good coffee/espresso-ness, a little lighter than a 7% stout, easy to drink, yet robust enough to hang, enjoyable to drink most importantly. Not an uber coffee beer, really shows nice touches in just the right amount of everything, a nice balance between heft and the vanilla/cream smoothness that contributes to that enjoyability factor. Nothing is over the top, but no corners are cut, there's an ample malt bill, the right amount of hops to contribute to the pop of the beer, but not distract from the flavors more akin to an espresso stout.

For laying sideways in a wine rack on the floor in the desert for two years, this one aged tremendously I would say. Boost that, I picked it up for only $4.99 (hence the somewhat experimental nature of the aging process).

Would definitely recommend, a solid espresso stout that ages with the best of them, hearty, sturdy, these types of adjetives do well with this beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a generic wide-mouthed tulip.

Bistre liquid which allows some light to pass through (though it is difficult to discern the color of the highlights, especially in a dimly lit bar). A thin, wheat colored collar persists and a curling skin bubbles slightly when agitated.

Aromatics are of freshly ground, well roasted, black coffee. Clean, lacking the malt you might expect or the DMS or diacetyl you might fear. The coffee overwhelms whatever undertones might be in the nose.

Rich coffee astringency with a low malt undercurrent and hints of molasses and brown sugar. Dissecting the profile I really feel I'm more dissecting a decent cupping of espresso than I am a glass of beer. While well crafted, this is a bit one note - its deficiencies become more prominent when compared with something like Péché Mortel. It bears a little too much resemblence to Kahlúa for my palate.

Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and light astringency.

A beer that will appeal more to coffee geeks than beer geeks - but still a pleasant pint worth having if you're in the mood.

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Photo of eggland
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Daily Pint, LA, CA

a -the place was dim, so the pour was black coffee dark, with slight brown edges.

s - dark, smooth, light vanilla, deep

t - goes down smooth, dark, not too heavy.

m - low co2, clean, dark and smooth, medium of the "darks"

d - awesome chill out beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours what appears to be a clear, dark brown with a nice thick and firm tan head.

Nose is a simple but assertive and very pleasant sweet dark chocolate and sweet black espresso. Nose is rich and appealing.

Mouthfeel take two to three tastes to really get the character and the flavors. (I find this true with most beers but especially true with this one; don't let the first taste be your guide. Taste it again). Thin to medium bodied. Good flavors hide that mouthfeel is a bit thin and short. Not bad; just nothing special.

Flavors are simple, a bit one dimensional but very good coffee/espresso character. Some dark chocolate, roasted grain pleasant flavors that are long and pleasing, although as stated, a bit simple and a bit one dimensional.

Purports to be an "Espresso Stout" and that's precisely how it tastes.

Nose is the strength of this one and basic flavors are there. Definitely worth the taste and if you want a coffee/dark chocolate stout without being overbearing, you'll like this one; there's definitely a place for it. Nice for a new effort.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with one finger head settling wuickly to 1/8" frosty layer, thick slow melting sheets stick to glass.

S - Fresh ground roasted coffee.

T - Like smooth, good quality iced espresso. Coffee flavor is distinct but not overwhelming, very low bitterness. Muffled milkiness, light chocolate, a touch of roasted malts and grains, and a slight twang of iron in the aftertaste. Not very complex, but fairly satisfying.

M - Effervescent and fairly light (just moving towards medium) mouthfeel. Clean and pretty crisp, actually. Slightly drying on finish.

D - Not bad... breakfast anyone? I'm thinking this would be great on a warm summer morning.

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Photo of vacax
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours between dark brown and black resulting in a two finger high dense cream colored head. A high level of retention displayed as well as some nice lacing. Aromas of toffee and coffee beans are noticeable, and a little bit of coffee liqueur. A rich espresso flavor comes through immediately with notably low bitterness. Essentially what we have here is loads of smooth espresso, some roast, and a touch of alcohol on the finish. This isn't a malt bomb, not something super thick, but instead we have a very sessionable stout with a lot of nice espresso flavor. In a way it is simple, but if done well, simple can be a good thing. Medium in body with a very creamy carbonation that makes drinking just very pleasurable. Lots of delicious espresso with low bitterness, yet no palate wrecking malty sweetness either. Quite a nice beer. Cheers to Gentleman Scholar.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doraex
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ber has a very strong coffee presence. I love espresso and I love beerso this beer delivers on all fronts.

Black with a small cafe au lait head.

Smells like a cup of espresso with a little sweetness.

Tastes like coffee and cream mixed with imperial stout.

Heavy on the tongue.

A beer like this has it's limitations in drinkability - but I love it.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottlke into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to errantnight for this from our most recent trade!

A: Pours a dark coffee black with some hints of brown and ruby red at the edges. Sitting atop of this is a creamy, light brown, one finger head that decided to stay around for awhile before receding to a thick ring that left tiny flecks of lace.

S: Nice aroma of fresh ground espresso (with that hint of cherry/berry) that's been blended with cocoa and some roasty malt. Aroma of espresso dusted chocolate cake.

T: See above. Excellent cocoa/espresso flavor mixes it up with roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and a bit of bright berry flavor.

M: Suprisingly mellow and smooth for a coffee stout. Body is just on the thin side of medium bodied. Nice bit of dry and peppery bitterness during the middle and finish.

D: This is a great drinking coffee stout. I think that its' slightly thin body makes for an overall better drinkability score. Thanks Derek!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black colored beer with a finger of tan head.

S - Smells mostly of coffee, with roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, pretty par for the course.

T - Taste is about like the nose, it's a coffee/expresso heavy beer with a lot of roasted grain that is a little bitter. There's some chocolate in there as well but coffee is the dominant flavor here.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - If you like coffee, this isn't a bad beer, although I would have preferred it a little sweeter and creamier myself.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black and brown. 1/2" head, tan. Aroma was mild, maybe faded diner coffee.

Taste hit the heavy roast notes moreso than coffee. Way moreso actually. There's something to increase smoothin' it all out, cream, I dunno. Its decent. Solidly bitter, sturdy.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is nearly black in color with a thin layer of tan head that ends up as a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: There is some nice coffee aroma to the beer, but not quite as much as I would expect from a beer calling itself an espresso stout. Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts are present as well.

T: A pleasant flavor, and if you're a huge coffee fan, then perhaps you'll be disappointed. However, there is a nice blend of coffee and chocolate with a more subtle roast. Some light caramel sweetness underneath.

M: The body is medium, appropriate for a "regular" stout, with a low smooth carbonation.

D: I've shied away from trying this due to the connection with Skyscraper, but it's actually a pretty nice beer. Not as much coffee as I would have expected, but such is life.

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Photo of gordavidson
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A very dark brown liquid with some light getting through rather easily. The head is almost non-existent and settles to a thin ring around the edge. Almost dead looking

S- Coffee, sweet chocolate, earth, and a bit of nuttiness. The best way I can describe it is "dirty coffee," but not in a bad way.

T- Some coffee, chocolate, and some nuttiness. Tastes like a sweet, watered down coffee. Not very appealing.

M- Watery and very little carbonation. It is rather clean on the finish with just a little bit of lasting sweet roastiness.

D- Not really what I look for in a coffee stout. A little sweet and thin.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BoHo in Hollywood. Pours a little head atop an impenetrable black body.

Intense and complex aromas that include vanilla, oak/wood, and cocoa.

A sip yields burnt espresso beans, a quaff yields richer coffee flavors of sweetness, roasty almonds, and a little bit of that aforementioned vanilla.

The mouthfeel is thick and pillow-y. Very pleasant on the palate.

Overall, I am a huge fan of this beer. It's balance is excellent yet exhibits a powerful (and memorable) punch . Good job gents.

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Photo of imagese
1.45/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle with no date pored into RIS snifter

A- SUPER heavy pour of this black water like beer initially had no head, but once the glass was 2/3 full, a nasty carbonation burst made the head explode over the glass. The head looked like dish soap foam that faded to nothing

S- The initial scent is promising with a mocha coffee scent, but then a SOUR fruit smell comes thru followed by the smell of coffee grinds that have been sitting for a few weeks

T- I don't know why I took a sip, but this is truly one horrible beer. The taste is so sour that I feel like I just ate an Atomic Warhead candy that was under my sink and I didn't bother to clean off the dish soap it was sitting in

D- Carbonated beyond description. Not sure how I got this down

D- Hopefully this will clear some of the gunk in my drain. That's where it's going

I hope I got an infected bottle. There is just something way off on this beer. If I happen to be given a bottle, maybe I'll retry, but since this says it's "limited release", I doubt I will...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an almost reddish dark brown with a tiny 1 inch beige head that fades to a film. No lacing on the drink down. Smells of watery coffee and weak cocoa powder. Tastes of watery coffee, slight bittersweet chocolate, with a bit of a medicinal taste. The beer sort of numbs the mouth, which is really quite weird. Watery mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Overall, this is not a very good beer. Way too watery for a stout and the numbing quality in the beer is horrible. I would not recommend this one.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Naja's, on to the beer:

It's cola black in appearance with hues of orange at its edges. Not a lot of lacing is left on the glass. Smells like espresso beans. Yeah, big surprise there. Tastes like espresso as well. Yeah, big surprise there. Very coffee forward, with a little bit of chocolate. To sum it up, this is solid coffee stout, not great, not bad.

BTW, is this really 7.5% ABV? I was guessing upper 5's when I drank it.

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Photo of pants678
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Jet black body in a tulip glass, poured with almost no head foam

Smells like a bag of coffee beans, nicely roasted.

Coffee is right up front, some vanilla, and it's got a bit of a dry, harsh bite to it on the finish. It's all coffee/espresso and hints of cocoa, not complex, or not that my palate can detect.

Lightly carbonated, thick. Couldn't drink but maybe one more of these.

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Photo of hickmancase
1.75/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Total Wine poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark but translucent brown. Uneventful pour.

S: Espresso? Hello? Where are you? The other reviews say it smells like coffee. I think someone forgot the coffee in mine. Smells like a stout.

T: Same as smell but with a hint of raunchy. Disappointing. None of the coffeeness that I so desire.

M: Bubbly. Too bubbly for a stout.

D: PASS. This delivers none of what it claims to be usually does. (Read it again; it makes sense).


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Photo of armock
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that fades quickly to a ring no lacing

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off strong coffee scents from the name I expected more coffee than whats there

T - Follows the nose roasted malt with a decent amount of coffee still expected stronger

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this isn't really a bad beer it just falls short on a lot of levels its still an enjoyable beer it just isn't making any top lists of mine

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Low ratings and im surprised. Well done. Lots of coffee flavor. Low head retention and carbonation. Loaded coffee flavor. Medium bodied, light for style. Paired well with some brownies I had. Overall, good stout, love the coffee flavor. Would drink again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown with 1 finger of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts chocolate, and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent stout. Would try again.

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