I remember trying this ale at Reading Beer and Cider Festival a couple of years ago and I am really looking forward to reviewing the bottle version today. This ale was sent to me courtesy of Dark Star Brewing Company. It is described as being a rich beer using fresh ground Arabuca coffee beans.
Dark Star Brewing Company, Espresso
ABV : 4.2%
Looks : Black in colour with good carbonation with a one finger, tightly packed bubbled, light creamy brown head.
Aroma : This ale has a very strong espresso coffee smell as to be expected from the name. There is definitely is a pungent roasted malt aroma with a hint of grassy hops.
Flavour:At first there is a sweet hoppy taste, which is then followed sharply with a dry espresso bitter taste. There seems to be a hint of blackberry sweetness tingling the palate as it rolls of the tongue.
Finish : The finish is dry and bitter with a nice but not over powering espresso taste.
Rating : 8 out of 10.
This is a very good ale for people who love coffee and can appreciate deep rich flavours. It has a wonderful dry bitter finish, which is just craving another gulp. You can purchase this beer in most morrisons supermarkets.