Big Shot Espresso
Stout brewed by Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder, Colorado
Espresso Stout is Twisted Pine’s most award-winning beer. This stout
certainly lives up to its name and, above all, its reputation. With
its mocha head and stallion-black body, this powerful pint is sure
to enliven your senses with intense flavors of chocolate, roasted
malts, and, of course, espresso. Gold medals in the Coffee
Beer Category at the 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship and the 2014
World Beer Cup along with its many other accolades garnered over the
years truly tell the whole story: this is, has been, and will be one
of the best beers in the country.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
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 stout is a top notch
History of Twisted Pine Brewing
Twisted Pine Brewing Company’s first pints were brewed by craft beer
industry legend Gordon Knight in 1995. Gordon acquired some of the
original New Belgium brewing equipment and started brewing in a
small facility on Valmont Road. Initially, Gordon offered only three
products which were only available in draft form. The original
lineup consisted of American Amber Ale, Honey Brown Ale and
Raspberry Wheat Ale. With his low key approach and high quality
products, Gordon quickly obtained a number of restaurant accounts
throughout Boulder and the surrounding counties. Many of these
accounts are still customers today including the Mediterranean, the
Boulder Cafe, Boulder Old-Chicago and the Old Louisville Inn.
Shortly thereafter, Gordon offered his products in 22 oz “bomber”
bottles and quickly found placement in many local liquor stores.
In late 1996, Gordon sold the company to friend and current owner
Bob Baile. Bob was the owner and founder of Peak to Peak Brewing
Company in Rollinsville, Colorado. He merged the two companies and
added Red Mountain Ale and Blonde Ale to Twisted Pine’s lineup.
As the business grew, Twisted Pine began selling 12 oz 6-packs in
1998 and added additional beer styles (Cream Style Stout, Hoppy Boy
IPA, Espresso Stout, Billy’s Chilies and Imperial Porter).
In 2003, Twisted Pine outgrew its small facility on Valmont Road in
Boulder and moved to a much larger facility once occupied by the
Oasis Brewing Company. The move allowed Twisted Pine to expand
capacity and open a Tap Room in the front of the brewery. The Tap
Room quickly became a popular meeting place for locals and visitors