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

Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)
BA SCORE
3.67/5
260 Ratings
Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
twistedpinebrewery.com

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
Ranking:
#31,229
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
260
pDev:
13.08%
Bros Score:
3.79
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
28
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 260 |  Reviews: 94
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Jeffo
2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this in Buffalo during GABER 2015. Cheers gents!

From a bomber into a snifter
Stout with Peruvian coffee

APPEARANCE: The cap came off all too easily on this one. That's usually a troubling sign. Anyways, pours out opaque dark brown and yields a two finger, slightly looser, foamy, light tan head with decent retention. Black in the glass with piles and piles of carbonation evident. Piles. Again, a troubling sign. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass. A ring and touches of wisp remain until the end with some falling dots of lacing. Too carbed, and it looks oxidized.

SMELL: Roasted coffee, light cream notes and some milk chocolate. Green pepper oxidization aromas too. Lots of espresso here but the cardboard gets in the way a bit.

TASTE: Not good. Roasted coffee up front with green peppers, cardboard and metallic flavors as well. More oxidized character after the swallow with a medium but lingering finish of metallic notes, peppers, cardboard, with notes of espresso coffee and some milk chocolate trying to peek through. Lousy.

PALATE: Thinner and high levels of carbonation. Prickly on the palate, goes down fine and finishes really dry.

OVERALL: Too bad there wasn't a bottled on date here. There's definitely some potential in this recipe, but the lousy cap job served to turn this one into an oxidized horror film. Drain enjoyed most of this one. I'd gladly try another batch of this, but will have to wait at least a year to make sure I don't get the same batch as this one. Blech.

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Photo of 303beer
2.12/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Mud. It has a flavor you would expect from the name but has lots of sediment to go with it.

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Photo of benito
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

From a handsome labeled bomber, this is one of the three offerings currently in Twisted Pine's Timberline Series. Given the quality of the other two (the excellent Northstar Imperial Porter, and the above average Billy's Chiles), I had high hopes for this stout. It pours a deep mahogany with little head. The bouquet is heavy--no surprise here--on coffee.

Unfortunately, the coffee aromas only portend a hint of how strong a coffee taste this beer actually has. I remember reading the Alstrom Bros.' review of Bell's Java Stout once (which I like quite a lot) and it said that the beer reminded them of a cold cup of coffee. To me, it is Big Daddy that tastes like a two-day old, cold cup of coffee. The coffee flavor is so dominant that the beer loses any integrity of body or complexity of flavor. At least they used good coffee, as the most enjoyable part of drinking this was getting a consistent whiff of quality espresso beans.

Hopefully the folks at TP will re-tool this a bit and work to round out the body more. Until then, I'll stick to their Baltic porter and other breweries attempts at coffee stouts.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Marty30
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to sergfl for this brew! Poured into A Founders snifter at 58 degree's. No bottle date.

A. Deep black body,big dark 3 finger khaki colored head. No lacing to write about.

S. I get big espresso notes up front followed by chocolate.

T. Pretty straight forward brew, espresso up front with bitter chocolate to finish. A bit of underlying roasted malts.

M. Weakest part of the beer here. Very thin,almost waterd down feel. Also A little to carbonated.

Overall I was really excited to try tis as I love coffee/espresso infused beers. But it just didn't do it for me. Not much compexity and feel was very thin.

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Photo of corby112
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass.  Two finger frothy mocha head. Pretty good retention only slowly fading into lasting cap that leaves large chunks of soapy lacing.  

Deep roasted coffee aroma that isn't burnt or acrid smelling.  Like fresh roasted espresso coffee with lots of luscious dark malt underneath.  Slight lactic cream with bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal and toast.  

Deep intensely roasted coffe flavor overpowers everything up front.  Really dry and bitter with an overly roasted burnt acrid flavor.  All espresso burnt coffee burnt toast and dry bitterness up front lingering over the dark malt backbone into a bone dry finish.  As my palate adjusts I begin to pick up a  subtle creamy texture and hints of bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, burnt toast and nut.  Overall it's just too one dimensional and tastes kind of ashy( but not in a good smoked beer way) fire.  All espresso and burnt malt.

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2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 6.00. No bottling information. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours black with a tight half finger of lingering pale tan head.

Smells of coffee, burnt cocoa and faint caramel.

Taste is dark espresso, burnt caramel, cocoa and charred malts. Mostly just coffe.

Silky but thin feel with dull carbonation. Bitter roasty coffe finish.

I had fonder memories of this. I know it's subjective but this turns out to be closer to porter than stout in body and flavor. The coffee is pretty tasty and that's good because there isn't much else to speak of going on behind it. Not bad but falls flat in comparison to Terrapin Wake n Bake or Founders Breakfast Stout.

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2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased from the Wine and Cheese Place via mail order.

The bottle gushed upon opening and pours one shade from black with a tan head that leaves light lacing.

Smells of large amounts of plastic and vegetal aromas with hints of roasted malts lurking in the background. Someone was sure that the aromas I was getting were from over-roasted coffee; whatever it was, it wasn’t pleasant.

Tastes better than it smells, but not by much. Heavy roasted malts up front are joined quickly by slightly tart dark fruits and the same plastic that was present in the aroma. Hints of heavily roasted coffee come into play midway through, fading out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, with a slightly thin thickness and heavy carbonation.

Overall this was not a good beer. Hopefully there is bottle variation and if you have one you’ll have a better experience than me.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Lots of brown, lesser black. I see that a lot with espresso beers. Giant head disappears quickly. Aroma didn't yield much in the way of coffee or espresso.

Some roastiness, could use more, could use more of everything I guess, malt bill left a thin mouthfeel for style. A little bit bitter and acrid. Needs some more chocolate, coffee, malt, thickness.

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Photo of Suds
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love a good stout and I love a good espresso. This is a valiant attempt, but not a great execution of the combination. It is a thoroughly black colored brew..with a whispy chocolate milk head. The smell is roasty, burnt, but acrid. Coffee, chocolate, and highly modified grain, for sure, but also a plastic scent. Phenols. The taste is dry...coffee is present, and some malt. Reminiscent of a homebrew with a little work to be done. Full body, with a velvet finish. Not an exceptional beer.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of IAMTEAMPONY
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 260 ratings
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