peteinSD (1174) - 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 O’Side. 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 (2162) - 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 doesn’t follow through to the taste and the bitterness level is lower than usual Stone standards. A fun twist on the SSR.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - 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
There’s an awful lot of espresso in this beer. I told a friend that if you like chocolate covered espresso beans then you’d 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.
It’s a little thin, which is to be expected considering the base beer for this and the espresso dominates. This isn’t 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.