ABUSEDGOAT (2265) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, moderate sized tan head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is chocolate, light roast, very faint vanilla. Medium bodied, quite drinkable, alcohol hidden well. No real notes of gimmick flowers.
BobbyAnalog (300) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A flowery accent with a modicum of honey, this artistic collaboration is dessert on an easel. With all of the complex flavors, itís still accessible and silky. An atypically sweet release from the generally haughty and molar flashing Stone.
TheBeerGod (4994) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky dark brown to near black pour with a tall, foamy brown head. Aroma is flowery with honey, toasted dark bread and soft roasted malt. Cocoa notes as well. Taste is roasted malt, dark bread, toasted grains, honey, flowers, hints of dark fruit and dusty cocoa. Body is medium with a soft, velvety carbonation. Ends with more honey, dark fruit, bready notes, flowers, roasted malt and cocoa.
drsordr (829) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour very dark opaque brown. Nose toffee, roast, and sweetness. Not sure if the smell is the jasmine or the honey. Taste coffee, roast, and chocolate bitterness with hint of caramel followed by floral, then sweetness from the honey. Decent bitter finish. Interesting mix of flavors.
dhunter151 (443) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown (almost black) with an off white head. Coffee, milk chocolate, honey, molasses, floral notes. Good beer.
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DrSilverworm (4715) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Black color. Thin tan head, good spread of lace. Chocolate, honey in the nose. Milk chocolate in the flavor, some light roast, light spicy floral flavors. Smooth, lighter carbonation, more dry finish. Bigger body, sort of a velvety texture. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet, light spicy bite in the finish. Iím not really crazy about this one. Floral flavors donít really work for me, in the strong porter, and kind of make for an odd spicy flavor that I didnít expect. Combine that with the noticeable hop edge, itís not very well-integrated, a little messy. Still though, interesting stuff, and not bad by any means, I just hoped for more. Maybe brewing this as a regular porter instead of an imperial recipe might have helped take some of the edge off.
RedSox2004 (1095) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark red, basically black, with a billowy tan head, solid retention and excellent lace. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, honey and what my garden smells like after I turn over the dirt and trim the roses. Modest honey sweetness pokes through the coffee, chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, oily mouthfeel, and an effervescent and sweet finish.
johnnnniee (1936) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Redstone.
Pours a fairly clear dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light and a fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of caramel and chocolate with light sweet sugary malt aromas. honey and light non descript flowery aromas round out the nose. Little to no hop aroma. The flavor is milk chocolate vanilla and caramel with a light honey like sweetness. Thereís a touch of alcohol flavor and a light earthy hop flavor. Spicy and floral notes really confuse the the whole porter thing. Medium body with a silky creamy mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. Drinkable and it kind of grew on me as a drank it, but still a bit weird for my palette.
mikesaum (567) - Newark, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is light .chocolate , some herbal bitterness. Taste is dark chocolate with light heavy and herbal/floral bitterness , a little roasty. Meh kinda sucks.
Thisis12ptfont (745) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Faint floral aromas with a hint of lemon and roasted toffee. Deep black with a distinguished magenta tint and beautiful lacing. Roasted black malts and toffee initially hit the palate. Immediately afterwards, I get the intense floral notes overwhelming the palate. Other notes I detect include roasted coffee, black patent malt, slick molasses and dark grains. Overall, a very unique twist on a porter with strong flowery overtones yet, still having that signature porter taste. The honey is very subtle in the finish and the alcohol is very well masked. Stone has really been thinking outside of the box in 2013. Very well done. A+ rating.