LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a tight tan film.
Aroma: Fresh herbs, sassafras, slight roast and fresh Euro hop. Wet dog.
Taste: Dark chocolate, bitter herbal hops. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, lively carbonation. Slightly rough.
Overall: This beer, along with Dogfish Head Bitches Brew makes me feel like an idiot. I see all these ingredients listed, and all I can pull out is roast and chocolate properties. In the same way some belly ached about Stone R&R Coconut IPA not meeting coconutty expectations, people might be scratching their head looking for Avocado Honey, Jasmine and Calendula Flowers. It definitely had a nice herbal touch to it, I just think these subtle ingredients got buried in the dark malts. So with all that said, I enjoyed the beer and it should be tried fresh and with 6 months on it.
KyotoLefty (7433) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Chocolate nose, raisin, herbs. Pretty head on a cloudy black beer. Much more herbal in the flavor, chocolate and coffee. Camomile (maybe that’s the calendula?), grassy, floral, herbs, tobacco. Don’t really get the jasmine. Some honey. OK. Too much herb.
Slubgob (224) - West Hartford, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap into sniffer. Black in the low lighting, moderately thick cream head. Nose of floral chocolate. In the mouth, more notes of cacao and flowers, resolving to a slight sweetness. Finishes a bit sweet evolving to a porter dry malt and coffee. Really interesting!
Mittenator (1593) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at taps 25. Near black with a light beige head. Smooth malt and chocolate aromas. Slightly apple/sour with a malt finish.
vyvvy (4623) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a soapy tan head. The aroma has smooth roasty malt, jasmine, vanilla, cocoa, herbs and moderate sweetness. It has a medium / full smooth body with soft carbonation. The flavor starts off with honey, jasmine, smooth roast, caramel, soft herbal notes and dark chocolate. The finish has some spiciness, chocolate, creaminess and floral notes. Really nice.
seymour (1642) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared at GregFest 2013 from a brown bomber bottle into a nonic half pint glass. Pleasant but subdued aromas: bready, toasty, roasty, faint caramel and unfamiliar herbal notes. Aaron recognized the boiled calendula flowers which he prepared at his home births (which was a pretty cool, random, fun fact.) Delicious true-to-style strong porter flavours plus herbal tea, some pleasant weedy astringency, jasmine rice, dark chocolate and black coffee, smooth warming booze. Really interesting, complexity you must reach for but well worth it. Creative idea, flawlessly executed. Highly recommended.
k0mpsa (1699) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at abraxas, miami. Black color, brown head. Aroma is roasty, coffee, licorice. Balanced taste, medium body, vanilla, coffee, smooth.
gregwilsonstl (1352) - Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as chocolate as id expect. really unique porter, some spices. Coffee. Thanks carter.
Panzuriel (1410) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Suede Imperial Porter is a dark opaque brown black liquid with a thick head of mocha small bubbles. Nose is a interesting mix of licorice, toffee and plum. Taste is a dry roasted malt with a hint of raisin and dark red fruit. Body is thin and fluid. finishes with a nice bit of roasted grain, bitters and raisin/plum character.
AndresTM (361) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Great aroma, with predominant roasted malts, milk chocolate, a bit of anise, toffee, cereal, and spring. Very nice. On the tongue, some bitterness, considerable (though not cloying) sweetness, and a bit of acidity. Intriguing and unique. Silky (suedy, if you will) mouthfeel, with a medium body (a bit on the thin side, even) and gentle carbonation. The aftertaste is initially roasted malts, tar, earthiness, and coffee, and after a while the honey becomes evident. The alcohol is very subtle at first, but as the beer gains temperature, it becomes more pronounced. I’m not the biggest Stone guy, but this is a winner.