GarrettB (1388) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 8th, 2013 - Enjoying a night in tonight with Stone’s Suede Imperial Stout, a lovely purple and gold bottle promising a sultry, boozy and sophisticated time. The bottle sort of reminds me of gin, in the way it dresses itself, and the ingredient list looks like it could come from a specialty gin distiller: calendula flowers (yeah, never heard of those), jasmine and honey. The smell is gorgeous, as one might suspect, reminding me of the interior of a famous Colorado pizza chain called BoJeau’s. Sweet bored grape establishes the aroma’s body, and decorates it with additional lilac, and as much honey as they could cram into the scent. There’s a ton of carbonation here, and it’s detectable well before the first sip. Huge mottled bubbles cling to the side of the glass, making it look more like a soft drink than a brew. Its aftertaste emphasizes a kind of porter style with all the heavy, roasted maltiness, and a long, low rumble until the next sip. The overall flavor mixes that roasted charcoal quality with a subtle red bean (an) paste sweetness. The length of the aftertaste and the time between sips makes this almost like a smokeable beer, the cigar version of a brew, and I’m loving every puff.
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Steampunk Bar, Gothenburg. Black beer with an brownish head. Malty caramel dark fruit licorice aroma. Malty caramell chocolate licoice dark fruits flavour. Really a nice one :-)
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at steampunk beer bar GBG. Pours black with a small brown head. Smells and tastes soy, roasted malt, coffee, alcohol with a similar finish.
Cunningham (6657) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark color with a beige head. Dried fruits, dark malt and chocolate in the aroma. Full body and a soft carbonation. Solid balanced stuff. Powerful complex and tasty flavour. Chocolate, toffee, fruity, roasted and some coffee. Nice!
[On tap at Steampunk Bar in Goteborg, Sweden]
rlgk (17116) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bottle at Steampunk Bar, Göteborg. Dark almost black beer with a small beige/brownish head. Malty caramel aroma, vinous, figs, raisins, licorice, some chocolate. Malty caramel aroma, floral, chocolate, licorice, figs, raisins, some spices and warming alcohol.
rosskyle (495) - - MAY 25, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap at Stone. Dark black color with a medium brown head. Plum raisin aroma. Medium heavy body. Chocolate plum favor with some bitterness.
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PartyFowle (950) - - MAY 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Who knew avocado plants made honey? Enjoyed on draft, this beer’s deep black with one finger of smooth (dare I say suede-like?) light tan head. Nice layers of horizontal lace appear as I drink. Jasmine can be picked up in the nose, as can alcohol. Sweet cocoa and a gentle nudge of toast appear as well. Jasmine is again noticeable in the front of the flavor. Some floral honey as well -- I’ve never smelled or tasted calendula or avocado honey, so I can’t judge. Alcohol is here, smoking through the nose. Bittersweet dark chocolate rolls in at the swallow along with a touch of sweet black licorice. The alcohol is dangerously well-hidden inside a soft, medium-light body. Smooth as suede. Well-named.
daje (3467) - NORWAY - MAY 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black body, red tinted, with a beige head. Strong raisin aroma with choco notes and flowers, taste follows with a more roasted approach, licorice and subtle smoke hints. Good complexity with lots of stuff going on. A bit weak finish, short bitterness with alcohol. Nevertheless, a nice Imperial Porter.
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours very deep brown almost black with a long lasting 1 finger head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, honey and light roasted malt. Flavour is light sweet, bitter, herbal and floral, on the boozy side. Full bodied, average carbonation. Finish is bitter and floral.
daleharshman (1029) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased at Major Market in Escondido 18 months ago ($6.99). Pours a very dark brown with one finger of creamy beige-tan foam. AROMA of bourbon-drizzled chocolate brownie, cocoa powder, dark honey, light cafe au lait, and subtle yet sweet floral notes (from the jasmine and marigolds / calendula, I presume). FLAVOR of smooth dark toffee and dark chocolate, roasted malts, black coffee, a light fruitiness, and a smooth vegetal / herbal that must point to whatever remains of the adjuncts. Exceptionally smooth on the palate as the name implies with the big ABV absolutely concealed. I had this on draft when it first released, but can’t really remember how much the honey and floral adjuncts stood out. The year and a half of aging may have caused the adjuncts’ character to fade some, but they are still detectable and add a nice layer to this dark ale. (482, 961)