DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The taste brings out some complexity I wasn’t expecting, and this is one sexy porter. There’s a lot of roast but no char at all. It’s built on a strongly malty base, with a creamy sweetness bouncing off of cocoa nib-like bitterness and something about how the roast and floral/lavender notes work together gives off a light note of a taste similar to anise. Under that, there’s just a hint of leafiness to it. There’s a sort of creamy/tangy/sweet/roasty thing that works together fantastically well. This is a big, hugely flavorful porter that’s almost in stout-like proportions.
Suede is silky on the tongue but with a soft yet persistent nip. Initially it tends to bite, but it leads into a very smooth middle while a bit of the anise flavor lingers.
Westchesterco (1392) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle it is a shiny brown color with a slight head. The aroma is of a chocolate liquor The taste is smooth and silky and coffeesk with overtones of chocolate.
Iphonephan (4493) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a clear almost black cola brown with a thin tan head. Roasted malt nose. Flavors of plums, licorice and some tobacco. Smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Roasty, moderately bitter finish.
Damico (2933) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick, dark unclear, brown roasted chestnut in color with a beige head. Aroma bring soft, toasted nutty, earthy malts. Flavor brings a mixture of toasted malts with some notes of the honey and earthy flavors.
Barreras (1269) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep black licorice color with a alcohol and strong malt aroma. Taste has an alcohol burn mixed with a bitter aftertaste. Flavors of black licorice and honey flower petals throughout. A complex porter that packs an alcohol punch.
JohnnyJ (4914) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Near black pour, with a bubbly tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, light honey sweetness, toasted bread, and notes of floral and fruit. A soft mouth feel. A pleasant drinking porter.
TheEpeeist (3545) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a balsa head. Nose is coffee, honey and smoky blueberry, Creamy and roasty with a sharp tang. Taste is coffee then jasmine tea with honey. Finishes with cocoa, rose hips and burnt sugar.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, translucent cola like color, with a weak, quickly dissipating head. Delicate floral, citrus, honey, black tea like aromas and flavors, intermingle with subtle wheat bread, chocolate and mild coffee nuances. Finishes with floral/citrus/black tea notes and mildly bitter roast grain. Carbonation is not creamy, rather raw and prickly. Overall, while I believe I can taste the individual ingredients, it's just not exciting me or holding my interest. The overall combination and mouthfeel doesn't work IMO. This beer is at the bottom of my list of Stone Collab's this year.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really floral with earthy cocoa. Creamy rich body, finishing slightly oily and astringent but very well put together. Flavors are complex and change as the beer warms up.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - 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.