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Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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83
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93 Reviews
Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
253
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
21.86%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 253
Photo of froggyfrog
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Packaged in a tall brown 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle wrapped in a classy label marked bottled in Feb. 2006. Transferred by me to snifter Jun. 2006.

A: 30+ SRM very dark brownie brown with rocky mocha head. Opaque.

S: Nice and sweet. Sugary coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted barley.

T+M: Very well balanced. Loads of dark cocoa flavor. Very nicely done espresso levels mixed with some spicy Saaz-like hop notes. While the nose was intensely sweet the taste is very dark-roast and bitter. Full mouthfeel complete with heavy roasted lactic acid-like texture.

D: A meal of a stout. Truly enjoyable to drink.

This is a high quality brew, my first from TP. I love it!

About a shot of espresso in every pint? Whoops. I shouldn't be drinking a bomber of this at eleven o'clock at night. Mwaaah-haha-ha...

World Beer Cup 2006 Silver Medallist in "Best Coffee Flavored Beer" Category (out of 23 entrants).

This beer appears courtesy of my brother. Thanks lil' JE.

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Photo of RoBotGod
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is really serious about the coffee. It doesn’t taste like filtered coffee, but real black coffee grounds. You never get the impression that is some sort of artificial flavoring. I would say there is even enough in it to keep you awake. Pours thick and black just like you would anticipate. The head is small with a dark brown tint. When you take in a good sniff, it smells just like the inside of a Starbucks. Most coffee stouts and porters I’ve had only have hints and after tastes of coffee. This one makes sure you know what you’re drinking. The coffee flavor is so potent you can’t miss it. At times its almost a little too much. This would go down great in the morning…...or maybe I’m just a big drunk.

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Photo of Mayhem976
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, zero light passes through my glass and hardly any head or fingers present.

B- Strong ground dark roast!

T- Hard espresso flavor in the beginning, it does however finish very smooth towards the end which is quite surprising. Very yummy!

M- Creamy, the body I would have to say is medium to thick.

D- Great espresso beer that seems to go down smoother than others I've tried in the past. The price on this bottle is what really caught my eye, inexpensive and delicious!

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Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great espresso breakfast stout! Let it warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice, large, foamy, frothy, thick, slow to settle, tan head and good lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is what I expected, fresh, rich coffee, dark roast malt, toffee, cocoa, caramel and a bit of yeast. Flavor is much like nose, plus has some good tang to add some zestiness to the richness. Body is perfect and ditto carbonation for the style. Finish is like flavor and nothing appears to tarnish the experience. Don't know if it'd be session.

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Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong fresh coffee, strong roasted malt, strong alcohol, hint of hop, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong coffee, strong sweet malt, slight yeast, slight roasted malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, great aroma, good body, appearance, and blend.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pitch black with about a finger of beige head. Retention and lacing are quite nice.

Smells of baker's chocolate, fresh ground/brewed espresso, some vanilla as well.

Tastes of coffee/espresso, undercurrents of vanilla, and chocolate pudding. Really fresh coffee notes, I dig it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, hearty, well carbonated, fairly acidic.

If you are just a big coffee fiend, then this is for you. Well brewed and delicious.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a beautiful pour into a tulip glass. Very dark and rich, with a dark roasted tan head that was very thick and continually rebuilt itself every time I swirled the glass.

Aromas of roasted malt and fresh brewed coffee.

Taste was not overpowering; instead, it was a nicely balanced stout with a definite coffee flavor. Not overly bitter or hoppy.

Very easy to drink. Not too thick, but still with enough body to satisfy.

Not sure of the ABV, but not too strong, making it a nice beer to sip and enjoy, leaving the palate ready for a refill.

Recommended.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pour a thin black beer.
S: big coffee, nice bold aromas. Not bitter, but huge coffee and smells great.
T: like the nose, nice coffee. Lacks the intensity of an imperial coffe stout. But for 6%, very nice.
F: thin as expected, but very smooth.
O: a nice coffe stout with low abv

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin brownish head. Nose is pure coffee. That's about it, but it's pretty robust and thick enough. Flavor profile is a lot of coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee. Not much else going on besides that. Feel is smooth on liquid and slightly lower on carbonation. This is easy to drink. It's basically just a coffee beer, but I could go on this all night.

Thanks to russpowell for this one and a ridiculous amount of other generous extras as well.

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Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best coffee stout I’ve had and I’ve had quite a few. It pours with a dark brown color, with a thin and quickly diminishing light tan foam. The nose is light overall and fairly one-dimensional, but the coffee/chocolate aroma is still pretty vibrant, which is typical of coffee stouts. On the palate, the coffee is surely dominant, but not the sole feature. The malt composition is fairly rich and fruit filled and the coffee chosen, seems to add some chocolate flavors as well. I don’t like coffee (except with 20%-25% cream and lots of sugar), but I can appreciate balance like this.

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Photo of katan
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a goblet

A - Pours very dark brown to black with just a few amber highlights. Light mocha head formation. Appears to be somewhat frothy.

S - Strong chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted notes are present as well.

T - Starts off with a light roasted malt sweetness, some coffee grainy notes are present. They become much more pronounced in the mid-stream, more acidic and edgy. hopping is low. Finishes with a smooth coffee like note - but enough sweetness to balance it out.

M - Moderate beer body. Not extremely thick like some strong stouts, but with enough body that coats the tongue when complimented by the carbonation.

D - Easy drinkability. Unknown abv, but it doesn't seem too zingy. Not abusive to the palette, which can be a problem in coffee beers. Not filling.

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Photo of Pencible
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with a little dark tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh dark espresso with some rich dark chocolate, and a little sugar and cream.
T: It tasted like black coffee with some sugar and bittersweet chocolate. It had a clean, mostly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a very nice coffee stout, with simple but pure scent and taste. The body was good, not great. But the finish was smooth, with no alcohol noticeable, so it was easy to drink. Fine brew.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikeys01 for this one...
Pours a pitch black...quite thick with no light passing thru and a full two fingers of brown head with an agressive pour...limited lacing.
Huge espresso aroma with a hint of sweet toffee tagging along.
The taste is really good...again, huge coffee profile with some bittering hops thrown in to dry it up. Not overly bitter, but barely a hint of sweetness...goes over quite well for this offering. There is no detection of alcohol at any point of consuming this bomber.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied and the carbonation is just where I like to see it...again, the lack of sweetness makes this coffee stout very drinkable. Would love to have the chance to try this one on tap...may need to hunt down a couple more of these. I am quite impressed with my first brew from Twisted Pine.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber. Pours out to a quickly falling sudsy tan head and very dark brown color. The head retention was disappointing. Aroma was roasty and chocolatey with vanilla, coffee and brown sugar notes. Flavor was semi-sweet chocolate on the front that gives way to coffee, molasses and spicy vanilla on the middle. Roasty bitter balancing finish. Mouthfeel is medium-thick and low CO2 and high gravity makes it a slow-but-easy drinker. (Making a note to carbonate my homebrewed stouts at this low level in the future. Very good.) Tasty and satisfying and improves as it warms up. This beer reminds me of what I used to like about stouts. Apart from the lack of a head, this is a top notch brew.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good coffee beer, but nothing special. I got tons of bitter coffee from the espresso, but the mouthfeel was crazy thin. It drank a lot more like an iced coffee than a coffee beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is that of freshly brewed coffee with some roasted malt mixed in. The flavor is coffee, chocolate and roasted malt with some light bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected and the carbonation is low.

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Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. A solid black/brown pour with a tan layer of fine head.

Aroma, solid roast coffee some malt. Very light cocoa.

Taste, it is a coffee stout, but there is some nice roast malty notes. Caramel and mocha. Cocoa and coffee finish.

About medium bodied. The coating factor is a little low, but about par for the coffee stout style. Maybe a tic high on carbonation, but it drinks pretty easy.
If you are looking for a coffee stout this was very good, and not a bad price.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super big and rich light brown head settles itself into a nice lacing above a clear really dark brown to black colored beer.

Big roasted malts taste with a light coffee/coffee bean mixing quite well with a bakers style chocolate.

More coffee comes through in the dark roasted malt taste than chocolate but it seems the chocolate in the taste stays around longer without being to sweet.

With a lasting chocolate dry aftertaste on a rich full bodied beer, this Big Shot Espresso Stout is well worth trying.

A pretty darn tasty espresso stout without overkill on the coffee taste.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a nice light tan head with a good amount of retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet chocolatey malt with some roasted coffee and espresso notes as well.

T- The taste Is dark roasted malts up front with bold espresso flavors and some alcohol warmth in the finish. There is some nice espresso notes in the nose, the espresso flavors really shine in the taste as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. I'm a big fan of coffee/espresso stouts and this is one that was worth trying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark opaque brown with a small tan head. Quick fade here left behind a a nice lace, nothing extrodinary but looked decent enough.

S - Smell started off with a nice bit of roasted coffee, almost a sweet cappucino like smell with a very slight hint of chocolate and a nice well rounded sugary feel.

M & T - Ahh this was very very smooth. Great carbonation and a fantastic consistency made this very enjoyable going down. Had a nice thick, but not too thick profile that just enhanced the overall expierence. Flavor was very big on coffee, you really could taste it, more pronounced then some others I have had. It could be a bit fuller though as it was kinda one sided. A slight hoppy finish tried to make up for it but it was just a tad muted.

D - Overall again this was very very drinkable and I definaly would not turn it down if offered. Only criticism is it really could be a bit fuller in the flavor and bring out some more hidden characteristics. Otherwise very nice and would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of xymyl
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Deep brown to somewhat blackish

Aroma: Coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malt, lightly floral hops

Taste: Dark chocolate then coffee then a brief interplay of light hoppy bitterness and sweetness before a dry finish

Body: Light to medium

It's a nice light stout with an appropriate amount of coffee, not too much. Pretty balanced, a bit better as it warms. Even though it is light, don't drink it too fast.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at twisted pine brewpub,

Pours out dark as night with stellar head that laces beautifully...

Smells of absolute coffee and dark fruits

Tastes of espresso, roasted malts, coffee, pit fruit, and just a wonderful thick chocolate

Creamy, a dessert in your mouth, thick body with a lighter carbonation

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Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black in color, with a massive, dense tan head, which retains superbly. Thick glass-coating lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma:Rich aroma of cold espresso, bitter cocoa, and hints of baker's chocolate.

Taste: Opens with dark roasted malt, soon followed by cold coffee. As the taste progresses, the coffee flavors rise to ascendency, with a little bitter cocoa as a backdrop. There is a hint of roasted nuts as well, and hints of wood. Finishes with a long, lingering cold coffee note and some bitter cocoa.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and full, a little dry.

Drinkability/notes: Perhaps a bit one-dimensional, I found myself wishing for something to balance the bitter cocoa and coffee, but still, its very good. Pairs well with chocolate cake.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint glass.
A-Jet black with very dark red hues around the edges. Light mocha colored head with a one and a half finger head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving some solid lacing.

S-Espresso and bitter chocolate, hint of vanilla.

T-Opens with strong notes of espresso, roasted cofee beans, bitter cocoa nibs, and roasted malts. Finishes a bit sweeter, hints of bitter milk chocolate and more espresso. Bit of hops in there but hardly noticeable. No alcohol heat at all.

D-Medium to light mouthfeel for the style, velvety, smooth and creamy. And with no severe alcohol presence it is quite easy to drink. I finished my bomber with no problems.

O-I like this one but I think it's best to drink fresh because of the espresso and low abv. I tried cellaring a couple bottles and they DID NOT improve with age. I have also heard that their can be some variations bottle to bottle. I will buy again, may not be everybody's thing, but if you like coffee it is worth a shot.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue dog.

A- Big Shot Espresso Stout is black like a stout should be. The cap is dark tan with some sticking power.

S- Smell is sweet with some coffee gring and big vanilla. A big roasted malt base and some underlining grainy hops leveling the playing field. Not sniffing out any alcohol, only rich sweet scents.

T- I would group this as an american stout with an export stout/milk stout influence. There is a definite milky character to this as well as the tastes of espresso, coffee grind, roasted malts, milk duds, and no alcohol. Hops are minimal but there in what I am guessing is a fresh keg.

M, D- Feel is smooth and a step down from medium, sweet, and not hot and no traces of alcohol. Feel comes off as an american stout so I doubt the alcohol is insanely high. Drinkability is alright, I could do a pint of this in the winter time easy. I just don't see myself buying any bottles of this as it is in bomber format.

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83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.
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