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

Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series)
BA SCORE
50.4%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 258 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:
#30,755
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
258
Liked:
130
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
13.35%
Alströms:
3.79
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
27
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 258 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Zekenyce
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jzlyo
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is bitter coffee, malts and a hint of acidity. The flavor is coffee, mild chocolate, malts and a tangy/acidic finish.

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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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Photo of markgugs
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured out more of a brown color than black. Lots of carbonation, big head that disappears into the outer realms mad quick. Aroma was barely coffee, more of the espresso that I can't pick up as much olefactory wise and some mustiness to it, from where, I couldn't imagine.

Average amount of roastiness, but the malt bill feels like I could have handled a little more. Burnt acidic and ashy qualities to it that makes you wish there was a little more barley to it to absorb some of this. It really came across like a lot more burnt malt than it did coffee or espresso. Once you get a little desensitized to the acrid aspect of the beer, the mouthfeel does mellow out a little and you can enjoy the beer even more. But still lacking enough coffee and chocolate to fit my palate's desires. Had a little bit of expectations with this one, after digging Hoppy Boy in previous years. The bitterness is just a tad too high for what other flavors are there (or aren't there as much as I would have liked is a better way to put it). Needs more chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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 ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rackhouse Pub, I don;t usually go for coffee beers but I do like espresso so I figured why not? Dark black color which was no surprise, short tan head. Smells like strong espresso and coffee grounds, not bad. The flavor was very bitter and strong espresso, it pretty much eclipsed and stout flavors. Overall this was not bad and one of the better coffee beers I've had.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of akang
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks @hophound!!
This pours a mahogany hue, lite glazed buttermilk biscuit head that quickly dissipates.
Smell is roasty, dark, dark, and did I say "dark" roast coffee.
Taste is defintely roasted coffee, but there is a peatiness undertone that reminds me of a traditional RIS. However...
The mouthfeel is lite. Noticably lite. This would be damned near a perfect coffee-forward espresso stout with a little more heft.
Finishis is liquidy, and lite. Coffee comes through as diluted at this point.
Overall, the nose and initial flavor are sublime. But the mid and finish just don't hold up. Worthy of a drink, but I ain't writing a love letter to this one.

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Photo of glid02
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 Pencible
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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 papat444
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mklever42 for this one.

Poured from a 22oz bottle (no freshness info) and split with my wife.

Appearance: A real dark brown body, lots of tan foam that has average retention and the lacing looks a bit better.

Smell: Aroma really nails what they're going for. Smooth espresso, bit of coffee beans, strong dark chocolate, a bit roasted and nutty. Aroma as a creamy, sweet vibe.

Taste: Espresso is there at first. Some chocolate and macadamia nuts. Good base of flavors but doesn't rise much above average.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation too high, actually hurts the stomach a bit. Affects good part of the feel, lacks cohesion.

Overall: A promising start but a disappointing ending. Was hoping for more.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bought a few months ago. Pours a jet black color with just a smidge of highlighting at the edges. Foam is dark tan and does not show much retention or lacing.

Smell is a fresh shot of espresso to the nostrils, very robust and fresh. Hard to get much else on the nose, but coffee aroma is right up there with the best of 'em.

Taste is about 75% espresso coffee, 20% milk chocolate and the other 5% a various blend of dark bread, alcohol and mild hops. Mouthfeel is just short of medium and I could definitely use more creaminess. Annoying astringency and the one-dimensionality of the beer are the only things keeping this from sticking out in the deliciously crowded style of coffee stouts. That said, this is easily the best Twisted Pine beer I have had to date...worth a shot.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured with a decent tan head that quickly dissipated.

Weak roasted malt and strong espresso on the nose. Not bad but would prefer those reversed.

The body is somewhere between thin and medium. A good roasted malt flavor with a monotone espresso flavor. A little over-carbonated for a stout.

Overall, this kind of tastes like the espresso version of Guinness Black. Don't particularly care for either.

May not finish this one.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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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Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Beer rating: 50.4% out of 100 with 258 ratings
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