iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle for $6.99 @ Hi-Time Wine. Black with a one finger creamy tan head, good retention, fair retention. Lots of cold coffee up front in the nose with some nondescript nuttiness and caramel behind. I can get coconut if I dig and convince myself. Stronger coconut in the flavor along with the coffee and dark chocolate, which is very nice. Still some nuts, but couldn’t place them as macadamias. A little soy snuck its way in as well. Bitterness in the dry coconut finish peaked at a 3, and was not burnt (hooray). The alcohol is masked well. The coconut lingers a while after the swallow. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Very good beer. It would be nice to see this in six-packs, I agree, but I won’t buy it for 42 bucks.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Pacific Park Market, Aliso Viejo.
Black pour with a tan head, Nice coffee aroma and flavor accompanied by the roastiness of the macs and coconuts. I also got some chocolate hints in there too.
Great beer. Please put this in six packs.
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ninth rating of this brew. Bottle at Stuffed Sandwich. Nose is really dark and rotten-grainy. Color is flat black. Flavor is a very full roasty/burnt coffee. I didn’t get nuts, coco or otherwise. Very disappointing. If it was just a Kona coffee porter, fine. But if you list flavoring agents, deliver.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - 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 (884) - 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 (2083) - 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 (4254) - 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.