JohnnyJ (4807) - 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 (3488) - 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.
BobbyAnalog (334) - 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 (5489) - 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 (1412) - 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 (590) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DrSilverworm (8151) - 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.