kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Subtle, fine aroma of honey, flowers, and cocoa. Fluffy head that retains wonderfully. Tastes of grapes, booze, and cocoa, and finishes with a roasty bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. I love imperial porters, and Iím happy to see this style taking off lately. So glad Stone did a fine job with this and didnít turn it into some one-dimensional hop bomb like they have been slinging out so much lately. Delicious, very classy brew here.
blackflag321 (577) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in snifter. Opaque black/brown. Mocha coffee, hints of chocolate-cherry and smoke. Velvety smooth. Very nice. Drinks like a 6% ABV.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Thx patrick. let me preface this by saying im a bit sick and my palate is not in its prime. its unique. not a fan but im glad i got to try it.
TimsRatings (421) - - OCT 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dark dark with light caramel colored head. Malt and mocha aroma. Dark/bitter porter whose coffee flavors would warn a cold soul on a chilly winter eve, and taste darn fine doing so.
It may be my imagination, but I think I'm sensing a touch of vanilla in the aftertaste...
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Butters (3991) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Was I the only one who didnít like this? While I found it to be drinkable, it certainly wasnít enjoyable. I kept finding myself thinking "I have to just suck this down so I can pour the next beer..." It was unique for sure. But the way that the roastiness and the lavendar mixed, well, it just didnít play very nicely for me. The honey tones were okay, but muted. Really didnít care for it. It almost started to grow on me after a while, but those first sips were just weird.
douglas88 (7590) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from the Tin Bucket. Pours a dark black with reddish hues around the edges, a medium tan head. A sweet fruity nose, cocoa, and honey. The flavor has loads of what I perceive to be peppers from some reason, bitter chocolates, dark fruit, some vegetable notes, plums are big. Cocoa and dry wood. Pretty good, not very hot, a bit odd.
drowland (7111) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle from Beachís in Fort Walton Beach. Not quite deep black pour with a small tan head. Weird aroma... floral for sure, like lilies and white grapes, char, ash, and more flowers. Weird. Sweet flavor, as in literally sweet, not like "SWEEEEET!" Sweet, chalky, ash, lots of flowers, lingering honey. Not awful, but weird, and not great.
Franks (31) - Long Beach, California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured very dark with a tan head about two fingers high. Smells a tad sweet with some floral, malt and honey notes. Tastes sweet at first giving way to a bitter smokey finish. Palate is a silky with light carbonation. A good drink, but not my favorite. Give it a shot and see how it fairs up, to your tastes.
Kroney (233) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2015 pours dark mahogany with a thin but dense beige head. Aroma is a tad sweet, honey, caramel and sweet floral. flavor is coffee bean, bitter chocolate, some dried cherry, anise; very balanced, finished with some hop bite and alcohol. Palate is extremely "Suede", but dry as it lingers. Very well done.
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown with average sized beige head. The aroma is a letdown for me as I donít get any flowers, jasmine or honey. What I get is the usual suspects of a porter, roasted notes, light coffee, slight bitterness and subtle sweetness. Taste is much of the same. I donít feel the alcohol and it seems perhaps a little thin for me, then again it is a porter and not a stout. This is decent, but nothing to go out of your way for.