Here’s a left over review from October’s Coffee Beer THEME WEEK: REQUIEM ESPRESSO STOUT.
R.E.S. pours a dark chocolate brown with a fizzy 1/2 inch of cola. The head quickly dissipates into a thin film.
I was taken aback by the smells coming from this beer. I picked up peanuts, chocolate-covered cherries, apples and oranges. No espresso/coffee scents to be found. Interesting…
The taste really through me for a loop. If I didn’t know better I would not have guessed that this was a stout, yet alone an espresso stout. It essentially tastes like a caramel apple dipped in chocolate. It’s fruity, sweet and tasty! As the beer warms roastiness and a mild cinnamon come through. Still no coffee…
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a beer this style, with no drying or stickiness.
Requiem Espresso Stout is a good beer, but I wouldn’t have guessed that it was an espresso/coffee beer. (I would have guessed more of a Doppelbock or a Scotch Ale). It’s a unique drinking experience, especially for a brewery’s first go. I just might have to pick up a bottle for cellaring.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10
As a STOUT: 3.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Dogfish Head CHICORY STOUT, Lagunitas CAPPUCCINO STOUT, Central Waters COFFEE STOUT,