Espresso Stout | Aftershock Brewing Co.

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Espresso StoutEspresso Stout

Brewed by:
Aftershock Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mactrail on 04-22-2013

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Aftershock Brewing Company in Temecula, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisp of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, soy sauce, and slight espresso aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and espresso flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty boring in my opinion.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Obsidian in color with a khaki colored head the is creamy looking

S: huge roasted coffee, a little nut, acidic basically just like rich strong coffee

T: Wow this is super strong coffee acidic and bitter like drinking cold creamy expresso

M: nice and full very smooth and creamy surprisingly bitter like strong bad coffee

O: It is definitely expresso wow I can taste absolutely nothing but huge huge coffee its not bad at all but wow I was hoping to at least get an idea of the underlying beer.

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Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of wrecknut
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of soco89ziegler
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used to be an amazing beer a couple of years ago before they changed their coffee beans. Still above average. The best coffee stout you'll find in Temecula.

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Photo of RobertConway
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 on tap at the brewery.

It seems all of these beers I've tried so far, are just water with a bit of flavor. Glad I stopped and found a new place, but probably won't be back.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Aftershock – Temecula, CA
Notes from 08/18/13 - 4oz taster

A: Pour is quite dark. Pitch black in the glass with maybe a slight browning towards the edge. Half finger lid of oatmeal colored cream that eventually subsides to a thin film never fully letting go of the glass. Light streaks and dots of slick notes.

S: Bold dry roast coffee aromas. Rich with an underlying chocolate sweetness. Dark roasted barley rounds out the nose which is just chalked full of gourmet roast coffee notes. Very inticing.

T: Tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans with a firm dark roast coffee flavor. Cocoa melds with some dark roasted barley and finishes with a light sweetness to the beer. There is a moderate peppery bitterness and the alcohol is well masked throughout the drink. Really nice balance, smooth with no acridity. Rich flavors without overdoing it and some nice intense coffee additions here.

M: Moderate to thick feel but not terribly heavy. Somewhat lighter with a very silky smooth texture. Touch of drying in the finish with a syrupy stick on the after feel.

D: A delicious and well balanced coffee stout with rich chocolate espresso character. Highly recommended.

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Photo of T_Hass
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Popped the cap and wasn't met with any sort of carbonation, whatsoever, so I had a feeling this might be a bad idea. Pours a still black color.

S: Smell is actually pretty decent. Espresso and roasted malt with a slight charred edge to it. Not crazy deep, but not bad.

T: Yeah, this needs carbonation. A pretty monotone (albeit not bad) espresso note and not a whole lot else. Maybe a hint of dark chocolate and charred wood. That's about it though. I'd say it's a pass.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very dark brown color with a dark beige head. Big foam-up in the glass but good retention.

Nothing subtle about this. Big malt, seriously charred grain, and a blast of coffee flavor. slightly sweet, but more of the charcoal sourish taste. Medium body but on the sharp side and definitely not the RIS syrupy style of stout. Dry finish, but the coffee seems to add a mellow note even through the dark burnt French roast flavor.

If you like your coffee strong, this is one to look for. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.

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Photo of James_Cody
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of BEER88
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ciarab16
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Busker
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of JG_Pena
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A small layer of head thinned down to a small ring of microfoam along the glass.

To me the espresso taste in this was low, but it was there. I prefer espresso/coffee bombs.

There is a bit of waxy smell and taste in this beer which I've tasted in other dark beers which I'm not fond of but not overpowering, but this taste seems to diminish as the beer warms. This definitely needs to sit a while and warm up some, as do stouts, but the improvement of taste in this one was very obvious

The finish is a bit boozy.

Not my idea of an espresso stout but pretty good

Overall I would buy this again, but I made the mistake of having it too cold at first. Definitely serve this at room temp on a very cool day.

I'm glad this beer has reached my local Bevmo in Glendora. I will get this again.

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

Pours a half-finger rich tan-brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells medium roast coffee, chocolate, cream, grass. Just noticable alcohol with some fusel, which actually adds interesting complexity. Tastes rich cold-brewed coffee with sweet chocolate supporting. Some hop blackberry flavor and grassy cohumulone, which is well blended in with the coffee roast. Medium light in the mouth, though quite creamy. Medium-light carbonation is fine and sharp. The carbonation acrid adds just a bit more edge, when mixed with the roast, than I prefer.

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Photo of abkaroll
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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