DrSilverworm (2703) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snifter on tap at The Lackman. Black color. Thin light brown head. Some lace. Good earthy hoppy nose, typical Sublimely Self Righteous... Until the first sip, that is... Wow, nice big roasty espresso flavor. Interesting with the big earthy hops, personally I really dig the combo. Big coffee aftertaste. Yeah, if youíre going to add espresso bean, why not go big with it? Maybe even more coffee than hops, here. Moderate bitter taste. Crisp, lighter carbonation. Bigger body, more dry. Some espresso in the nose. Iím actually surprised how big the espresso is in this. More coffee than a lot of self-proclaimed coffee stouts. OK, possibly unbalanced, but thatís not at all the point, here. Itís a really unusual, even weird combo of flavors... But I canít help but really dig it. Certainly the most extreme example of a coffee black IPA Iíve had yet, got to respect the unique creative factor, here. Super-interesting. I wanted a 2nd glass.
markwise (3803) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Freshcraft. Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head. Nose is rosted malts, coffee, and big hoppy, piney bitterness. Flavor is similar- the roasted malts and big coffee presence is there, but the piney hops overcome any effort by the coffee to allow balance. Light to medium in body and overwhelmingly hoppy.
daknole (7204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Freshcraft. Dark brown pour, light beige head. Hops and espresso galore! Big strong flavor of espresso, followed by hops and some roasted nuts. Fun and good beer!
JohnnyJ (3530) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stone brewery. Almost black pour, tan head. Pine, lots of espresso bean, light roastiness, hoppy bitterness, and dry overall. Good.
Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this on tap at Lucky Pie in Denver, CO. I love Stone brewery! Unfortunately this is not one of my favorites from them. A lot of pine in the aroma and flavor with coffee notes. Too much pine, it over powers the palate.
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peteinSD (957) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap Stone OíSide. Black pour with a ring of tan foam. Aroma is rich expresso mixed with sharp pine and roasted malt. Taste is expresso, resinous pine, bitterness, and roast. Clean, almost creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.
beersearcher (1956) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
L.A. Beer Week 2012 at Stone-Pasadena. Coffee in the nose. Not roasty but not green either. That taste doesnít follow through to the taste and the bitterness level is lower than usual Stone standards. A fun twist on the SSR.
JoeTheYounger (1101) - Claremont, California, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone Pasadena Pre-Opening. Color is dark brown with a redish hue and with a small thin beige head. Aroma is fresh hops with chocolate and espresso and a hint of spice. Taste is initial espresso and finishes a little bit bitter. The body is a little thin (like my girlfriend). Overall a nice twist to Sublimely.
skunk242 (1) - - SEP 19, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thereís an awful lot of espresso in this beer. I told a friend that if you like chocolate covered espresso beans then youíd probably be on board with this beer. I like beer better than chocolate so this "beer-covered espresso bean" is pretty tasty. Not something I could drink often or a lot of at any time but still really tasty.
Itís a little thin, which is to be expected considering the base beer for this and the espresso dominates. This isnít like drinking a coffee porter or stout where the base flavors are going to give more balance. This is more refreshing than a stout or porter for sure but also not as multi-dimmensional the way a stout or porter would be, which is what would keep me coming back for more usually.
Overall, worth drinking, not worth going very far out of the way for.