I’ve been waiting for the right time to try this bottle of Dark Star’s Espresso for quite some time and this is it! The beer was the SIBA National Champion speciality beer in 2009, so my expectations were pretty high, and so far, have been exceeded. The colour of the beer is deep, dark, and almost black. It has a thin tan coloured head that rapidly dissipates, and the aroma is of coffee grounds, and almost nothing else. The coffee beans that are added to the brew are also responsible for the flavour, in which roasted malt is married perfectly with the espresso from the coffee. It’s a dry, grown up taste, to be savoured. I wouldn’t drink with food, and while I’d be tempted to replace a real espresso with this beer, it’s too big a flavour to follow most meals. Nor is it a session beer (not unless you’ve got a coffee addiction). I’d recommend drinking this beer on a cold, probably winter’s, evening, ideally in front of a blazing fire. And while it’s not really relevant, the ABV is 4.2%.
This beer features in World’s Best Beers: 1000 Unmissable Brews from Portland to Prague by Ben McFarland and Adam Tierney-Jones’ 1001 Beers: You Must Try Before You Die.