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Big Shot Espresso Stout brewed by Twisted Pine Brewing

Big Shot Espresso Stout brewed by Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder, Colorado  

Big Shot 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.


Big Shot Espresso Stout brewed by Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder, Colorado

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 brew.
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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 alike.
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