JohnnyJ (4217) - 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.
jmagnus87 (2330) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Great beer! Chocolate, coffee, spices and some herbal hops. Less bitter than I was expecting. I would gladly drink this again.
beersearcher (2315) - 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.
dnstone (2126) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate brown with a light off-white head. Chocolate aroma. Roasty with espresso undertones and a solid hop backbone.
peteinSD (1333) - 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.
JoeTheYounger (1132) - Lake Arrowhead, 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.
beerbaaron (1124) - Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Draft. Dark brown. Big creamy beige head, lasting. Expresso, chocolate, hops. Smooth bitter finish. Great coffee character and definitely doesnt take a backseat. I really enjoy beers that use coffee well and this is a winner. Rich and flavorful.
neuromatt (1096) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dark Lord Day 2013, served in a tasting glass. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of lace. On the nose, there is HUGE espresso, along with roasted malts, earth, grass, subtle molasses and smoke. The flavour is moderately bitter with big coffee notes, toasted malts, smoke and molasses. Towards the end it becomes more bitter with resin and some pine. The finish is long and hoppy, with pine and resin. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a decent variant of a great brew, but the espresso dominates a bit too much, upsetting the balance of the original. The hops also seem more bitter and less aromatic. It would be nice to try the two side-by-side. 2013-04-27
thome50 (984) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Tustin Brewing. Pours a deep black with little to no tan head. Aroma is licorice, slight espresso and cocoa. Taste is more licorice that overwhelms and makes this barely drinkable. The espresso beans don’t really work here for me and the hops aren’t really here to help it out.
hapjydeuce (924) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Stone Company Store in Oceanside. Deep mahogany color with black center and fine beige head. Aroma is smoke, peat wet earth and ground espresso coffee beans. Flavor transitions between sweet roasted malt, coffee bitterness and piney hops. Finish is weird with two different flavors lending to the bitterness, competing between espresso and hops. Almost makes it less bitter and more vegetable-like. Interesting, not really my thing.