WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8th rating, 12oz from Whole Foods Hillcrest. Pours rich black with a light brown head. Nose is potent, lots of coffee, and rich roasty notes, as well as some smokiness. Taste is sweet, with a big cocoa,nutty chocolate bite. Damn this is an exceptional imperial porter.
daleharshman (848) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Beverages 4 Less ($7.99). Pours a very dark brown-black with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, and light but earthy coffee. Flavor is mostly rich coffee along with more subtle flavors of cocoa powder, toasted nuttiness, and only a hint of the coconut. The finish has a strong earthy coffee flavor that lingers to the point that you feel you’ve actually just drunk coffee and not beer (alcohol is quite well hidden). This is quite good, but I would like to have seen the coconut and macadamia flavors more prevalent.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BevMo in Mira Loma.. Pours black with a light brown head.. Aroma is coconut, and coffee that really comes through in the nose. Flavor is more of the same with the coconut and coffee. Bitter dark chocolate in the finish... This is one of my favorites from Stone.
StefanSD (1992) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2011 12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours black with a medium khaki head that slowly fades to a frothy film. The aroma is moderate in strength with good coffee, milk chocolate and some nuts. The flavor is a big dose of coffee, coffee grounds, mocha, subtle nuts and some vanilla. The palate is smooth and full the point of almost being chewy. The finish is long with dark biter chocolates. Overall: Very tasty, reminds me a lot of the Surly coffee brew, but with a better mouthfeel. 4-26-2011 I opened a bottle that I had been aging for 18 months, and I’m pleased to report that this held up remarkably well and perhaps mellowed a bit, but is otherwise unchanged. My original rating stands.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Stone, pours pitch black with tiny brown edge and a quick to fade white head. Strong coffee nose that beats out the roast malt and chocolate/nutty hints. Flavor is soft/smooth creamy bliss! Chocolate at it’s finest, roasted malt that drinks like candy, toffee coated nuts. I can find no fault.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap from the Stone 13th Anniversary Party. Color is dark brown black with a thin mocha tan head. Aromas of sweet chocolate and malt. Medium body and very nice and smooth. flavors of nutty Macadamia, vanilla, coffee, coconut, and dark chocolate. Undertones of hops. Good finish and flavor retention. Nice beer and worth the long line in the hot sun.
JohnnyJ (4046) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the stone 13th anniversary. Pours a deep brown, creamy tan head. It has toasted malt, coconut, cocoa powder, roasted coffee, vanilla, and a hints of nuts. Pretty tasty, but I was a little dissappointed as everyone at the fest was raving about it and I waited in line a long time. Good, but not up to all the lines and craziness and the festival.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Stone 13th Anniversary Celebration. Finally this has come out! have been pretty excited to try this since I heard about it. This guy pours a deep roasted coffee brown with a small brown head. Nose is full of rich roasted Kona coffee and fades to allow the coconut to come through. Flavors are great! Perfectly roasted fresh Kona coffee entry followed by some nicely toasted coconut. Nice hints of vanilla, roasted malts, and a small nut flavor. This beer is top of the day IMHO cannot wait for the bottles to come out so I can grab my share!