In another “Making Room In My Fridge” edition of TMMB, I’m drinking Big Shot Espresso Stout from Twisted Pine Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colorado. Seriously, I need to start drinking some of the beer I have, as I’m starting to think I have a collection problem. Beer is for drinking, not for looking at. Anyway, Twisted Pine is a brewery we only recently started to get in the South Florida market – and in all honesty, I’d never heard of it until I started seeing some of its beers popping up on tap at various bars. I seem to remember trying the Hoppy Man IPA at Abraxas one night, and being pleasantly surprised. It’s not Pliny the Elder or anything, but I remember thinking it was a solid beer for the money.
Fast forward to one of my recent beer runs at the liquor store, and I noticed a bomber of this 6% ABV coffee stout from Twisted Pine, $6.99. Not a terrible price for a bomber these days…and coffee stout? You know I’m all about that. Sold. I’m going to pour this into the Dogfish Head snifter and give it a try.
It’s very dark, indicative of a good roasted malt bomb. Not much light gets through when held up to a light. The head looks like espresso crema, and shows outstanding retention. On the nose, this is obvious coffee, with some soapy hop.
This is an example of a one-dimensional brew, executed well. It’s a straight-up coffee beer that doesn’t have too much else going on, so your opinion of this will likely ride upon whether you like espresso or not. It’s roasty with minimal sweetness. Some coffee stouts are more on the flat, syrupy side, but this one is effervescent and lively. Of course, it’s not as strong a beer as many other coffee stouts, so that’s to be expected.
As a fan of coffee stouts, I’d buy again. Tiramisu would be an obvious pairing here, though I’d like to try this with an espresso-bean crusted burger, if there was such a thing. I just Googled it and can’t find a recipe for one, though I did find a Tuscan Espresso Burger on the Food Network’s site that may work. I’d try that recipe, but come on, it calls for instant espresso, which I’m *not* using!
Look for this one at Total Wine or Sunset Corners.