skunk242 (1) - - SEP 19, 2012
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.
neuromatt (1097) - 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
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.
Lubiere (9734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark reddish brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, dark caramel with coffee beans, roasty and nice. In mouth, a nice roasted caramel with loads of bitter coffee, burned notes, chocolate, very nice.
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darker than the regular Sublime, this beer exudes more espresso than that from the dark malts. This pairs well with the citrus hops. Flavor is a tad more astringent but the black malts still come out strong and the hop bitterness balances well.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at pizza plant. Dark black with a substantial light brown head. Smells hoppy with a big coffee presence. Taste is really nutty with tons of coffee beans finished up with hops. Really good.
swoopjones (5603) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at blue monk, medium bodied black pour. Minor lacing. Coffee and slight peppery aroma. Flavor is coffee dominant with little showing of base. Big espresso roast upfront dominates rest of flavor profile. Bitterness from base beer seems lost. Still a great beer to sample
thome50 (987) - 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 donít really work here for me and the hops arenít really here to help it out.
b3shine (5134) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Dark Lord Day. Looks good; cola with light beige lacing. Smells solid; hoppy and malty with a nice espresso influence. Tastes like it smells, but the roast is too bitter. Kind of unbalanced. I like the base better.
beerbaaron (1129) - 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.
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Dark Lord Day. Wow. Wasnít too sure about adding coffee to a black ipa, but I love self-righteous ale, so I gave it a shot. Definitely give it a try if you find it.