daknole (10111) - 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!
DrSilverworm (8151) - 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 you’re 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. I’m actually surprised how big the espresso is in this. More coffee than a lot of self-proclaimed coffee stouts. OK, possibly unbalanced, but that’s not at all the point, here. It’s a really unusual, even weird combo of flavors... But I can’t help but really dig it. Certainly the most extreme example of a coffee black IPA I’ve had yet, got to respect the unique creative factor, here. Super-interesting. I wanted a 2nd glass.
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.
neuromatt (1225) - 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
JoeTheYounger (1159) - 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.
JohnnyJ (4807) - 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.
biirusaikou (981) - - AUG 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite a unique experience, like a hoppy espresso ale, funky brownie flavor, touch of brown sugar, low carbonation. Nice kick from the caffeine/hop combo @.@
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.
b3shine (6358) - Indiana, 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.
dnstone (2349) - 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.