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

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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:
26
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 253
Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

What only fathers like coffee? Pours a midnight dark color with a bubbly light tan head. Not much hue throughout the edges. The lacing is limited as well is the retention.

The nose is sweet even for coffee stout standards. Some malty notes with a bit of lactic/milky notes. Some lighter chocolate and a hint of coffee notes with a light roast aroma. Some molasses notes with a bit of metallic/coiny aromas. Some off yeast notes as well, with some phenolics and a subtle butyric aroma.

The taste as more of the coffee aspect. The coffee comes out with a light roast backing but not much on the chocolate notes. Some generic malt notes that blend but coffee is definitely the stronger of tastes. Some minor lactic giving it a sweetness but not as much as the nose indicated. Some wispy notes on the back end. The yeast is a bit cleaner but there is a light butyric note that reminds me of dirty drains. Some chalky notes in the finish.

The body is a bit wispy especially for a stout. Really would have liked more body into the finish. Some creamy up front, the finish is just disappointing. Overall, I think the coffee notes come out because it really needs more of a malt backing. The lactic is really cloying as well.

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Photo of delta490
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a deep black with a creamy tan head. Moderate head retention and some lacing

S- big roast malt and coffee notes dominate

T- follows closely with the characteristics of the aroma with chocolate malt and coffee. Not quite as strong flavored as the aroma would indicate

M- not as thick as others in this style and a little watery

O- a very good-but-not-quite-great coffee stout.

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

I thought this beer was a nice sweet stout. The "sweet" flavor was present but pretty understated. However there was plenty of espresso flavor and a lot of very nice dry-roastiness (burned pizza crust) under a lactose-sugar top-note. Quite a nice flavor combination.

Mouthfeel was quite dry. Aroma was of sweetened coffee. Appearance, as you might expect, was opaque with a lot of very nice (although not durable) tan fluffly head.

Definitely recommended, and probably the best beer I've had from this brewer.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 18 Apr 2010.

A very large dark brown head fills about half of the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Well carbonated. Opaque, very dark brown color. Aroma is strong of chocolate, coffee, earthy. Flavor is drier than the aroma suggests. Starts with a hint of espresso, dark chocolate and a cocoa finish. Roasty bitterness throughout. Ethanol is moderate. Light body.

Overall a solid coffee stout.

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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 claytong
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can see why many people like this beer, its easy to like if you're a coffee drinker which most people are. I am not a coffee drinker thus I prefer their cream style stout a bit more. I do think I'd prefer this to some of the other espresso or cappuccino stouts I've had. Including Lagunitas which I got robbed for.

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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 FtownThrowDown
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to BlackForestCo.
Pours a inky black in color with about a half inch of head. Smell is very faint coffee and even more faint creme/espresso. Taste is slight creamy espresso. A good amount of bittering in the flavor as well. Good, smooth mouthfeel. Still bittering in the aftertaste. Decent beer.

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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 DavidST
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, no bottle date. This pours a pitch black with a mid sized mocha colored head which leaves a thin lacing. The smells are of coco, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts and espresso. The feel is medium. The taste is good, you get the coco and espresso which is nice, but it also has a chalky flavor / texture.

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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 timontheroad
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost black, two finger tan head, with big bubbles, faded quickly to nothing, no lacing. Aroma was chocolatey and coffee, with some roasty malt notes, very little in the way of hop smells. Taste was rather subdued considering the aroma, with coffee dominating. Mouthfeel was very thin for the style. Overall, it was OK, nothing special, probably won't buy again, considering there's much better coffee stouts out there for the same price.

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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 LittleDon
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black, decent tan head that's quickly gone. minimal lace. Chocolate and dried fruit aroma. Lots of carbonation up front that gives it a seltzer water like characteristic. Flavors kick in very late with a coffee and burnt sugar finish. Medium mouthfeel, but the carbonation makes it feel thinner. A good deal of acidity. Coffee soda.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A quarter-inch brown head sits on top of a jet black beer. The head retention is so-so and lacing is spotty.

SMELL: Big, roasty and bitter smell. Big Shot is a good name for this Espresso beer…this is huge on the coffee aromas. A little touch of chocolate and a tiny hint of citrus are also detectable in this one.

TASTE: Again, huge espresso flavor - roasted malt, coffee, bitterness along with (again) a touch of citrus and bitter, dark chocolate. As it warms the dark chocolate really starts to come out in quite a pleasant way. It provides a touch of sweetness, but adds to the bitterness as well.

MOUTHFEEL: The Big Shot is dry through and through. The mouthfeel is big, but the dry bitterness balances it out a bit.

OVERALL: This is a pretty solid stout from Twisted Pine. If you like coffee and dark chocolate this is an excellent choice.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A – Black as my soul. Two fingers or milk chocolate creamy head.

S – Espresso of course, dark chocolate, mocha, molasses. Rich and roasty smelling.

T – Big roasty taste immediately. That nice espresso flavor follows, it is not as big on the palate as the nose suggests. Bitterness of the coffee is present. Slightly sweet mocha taste at the end.

M – Medium to big bodied. Medium carbonation and just slightly thin. No real ABV taste at all.

O – Well balanced. The smell makes you feel that it will be a big sweet stout. It really is not. The coffee bitterness mixes pretty well with the sweet. Solid job. Warms up nicely too.

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Photo of SamN
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Onyx black, shiny and vibrant color. Thick foamy head forms from the agressive pouring to last longer than I expected, solid looker. The aroma combines a clear coffee aroma, like fresh ground beans, and sort of smokey, dark roasted malts. The hops are subdued but seem to add a bit of pine in the smell. Taste upfront is slight espresso notes, toffee and nuttiness. Hops are far outweighted by the strong coffee and the loads of dark malts. Just a bit of astringnet bitterness in the finish, rather dry.

Despite hightened expectations, I found this stout to be short on the coffee and short on flavor. I was expecting bold coffee, burnt-to-a-crisp malts and equal amounts of sticky hops. This was a barely mediocre. Not bad for the price I guess, I still do enjoy the coffee notes in the nose, but overall I found this beer failed to meet most of my expectations.

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Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a 750ml bomber. Pours dark impenetrable black with a shiny reflective color - a lot like coffee. Thick ridiculously foamy head at least 5 fingers plus it lingers for a long long time. I smell a clear coffee espresso aroma like Starbucks. Definitely dark roasted malts. Don't really smell any hops but I get a slight whiff of pine. In the mouth you expect it to be completely creamy after that monster head. It isn't. You taste coffee, toffee and some sort of nut. Espresso overburdens everything else including the dark roasted malts. But they fight back as it goes down. Tiny bite back as you swallow. Oddly dry rather than creamy. This stout was long on espresso coffee flavor. If you order Cafe Americano at Starbucks, this may be your brew. The malts are roasted nicely. No burn. It is low ABV. You can drink the whole bottle and not feel it. The label graphics are quite poor. It is drinkable. i'd rather have it than Guinness and quite a few other stouts. Not bad but not world class either. In a tiered system, bronze sounds about right. They need to tweak it.

t was $8.99 I believe. So, for the price, it is about inline. It got better reviews from other services and it is a 2008 and 2010 bronze medal winner of some brew festival. While a solid effort, it is no Founders Breakfast Stout. But I won't whine if you make me drink it.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger chocolate head that rather quickly thins down.Black in color, head retention was decent and lacing was good

Smells of sweet chocolate malt, also some roasted coffee beans.

Taste is very light, reminds me of a milk/sweet stout. Main flavors are of chocolate milk and roasted espresso beans, hops really arent present at all.

Mouth feel is very light also, almost on the watery side, was hoping for more creaminess. Carbonation was medium to high, but not too high.

Overall is a good beer, especially at 4 bucks for a bomber. Would have liked thicker, bolder espresso flavors but its still very drinkable

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery in February, 2012.

Little head; no lacing; dark; probably a great paring with cheesecake; smells like a cup of coffee; slightly espresso bitter; tastes as if a porter and a cup of coffee were poured in to one glass; good beer!

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Photo of biglite351
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - only a sliver of red around the edge. Tall very tight light brown head leaving considerable lacing.

S - a lot of coffee with a touch of dark chocolate.

T - tastes more like smelling fresh ground coffee, rather than drinking it. Mild malts and chocolate. A bitter hit in the after taste.

M - play coating with a strong tingle on front sides of tongue.

D - I could have a couple, but the bitter finish would prevent this from being an all-nighter.

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Photo of aepb1
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black body with a creamy tan head and some lacing

S- Coffee grounds and burnt roastiness

T- Not as big taste as the nose would lead you to believe. Coffee roastiness all the way through. Burnt crispiness finishes

M- Medium-full bodied, surprisingly not super full, smooth

D- The lighter body makes it easier to drink and this is a decent beer

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Photo of benito
2.44/5  rDev -33.3%
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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Photo of readbaron
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark dark opaque brown, nearly black with limited tan head. A hint of lacing.

Smell is good - espresso and dark beer, exactly what you'd expect from the name. Aside from the coffee, there are bready malts, and some sweetness underneath. Smells a bit creamy.

Taste is pretty good - coffee is super strong. Not exactly well balanced. Coffee doesn't exactly blend with the rest of the flavors. It's a bit burnt. There are some bready malts hanging around as well.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit light and dry for a stout.

Overall - a bit above average. Not worth seeking out, but not bad.

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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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Big Shot Espresso Stout (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.
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