jeremyh70 (1103) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Pours an opaque brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer with good lacing. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, honey, fruit, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black and nearly opaque in the glass with faint mahogany edges. One finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of spotty lacing left behind.
There’s a surpringly strong floral presence in the aroma. I know that honey and two different flowers are some of the main ingredients but I was expecting them to be overpowered by the robust porter characteristics. Lots of flower petal and caraway and subtle earthy hops followed by subtle roast and sweet chocolate malt. Some burnt toast, oatmeal and coffee bean but this is overpowered by the honey and floral notes leaving mostly sweeter malts underneath. Not too complex and the malts are overpowered but the flowers and honey are really pleasant.
Full bodies and a bit more complex than expected. The strong floral presence is still there up front but is countered by a prominent malt backbone that balances roast and sweet flavors. The floral presence is perfume like and mellows out the deep roast. Very nicely balanced with hints of rose water, flower petal and faint hop bitterness countered by burnt toast, oatmeal, coffee bean and smoke. Some lighter malt sweetness on the back end with bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee and caramel. Finishes pretty clean which is surprising given the ingredients, and there is little to no heat making this complex beer very easy to drink. I haven’t been a big fan of Stone’s collaboration beers but I enjoyed this one very much. I would definitely buy this again. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a snifter.
3.25 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is about what you’d expect from a big beer and just a few wisps of lacing are left.
3.75 S: The combination of adjuncts seems to work well with the base beer. I don’t know what the hell calendula flowers are, but I do pick up the distinct jasmine and notes of honey. The base is roasty with just enough malty sweetness to balance. Some chocolate and molasses with hints of plum and cherry. Overall, quite successful here.
3.25 T: The taste is a bit of a different story. The jasmine has a great deal of control in the taste. It’s not necessarily bad, but I’m not sure it works well either. Also, there seems to be a bit too much hoppiness, especially bitterness. I don’t care for hops in dark beers as the flavors don’t mix well with roasty flavors. Still, it’s decent. Moderate roastiness, hints of chocolate, molasses, and honey. I guess some calendula flower herbalness.
3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Booze is well hidden. I wish this were creamier, but it’s not bad.
3.25 D: Love the experimentation, but the end result is along the spectrum near mediocre. I might like this more if the hops were toned down, but that’s just pure speculation.
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DavoleBomb, Nov 03, 2013 GarrettB (1599) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2017 December 24th, 2014 - It was the night before Christmas, and all was quiet, save for the secretive slurping of a beer drinker who couldn’t get to sleep. In the hopes of getting to rest for an early morning Christmas ritual I poured myself Stone’s Suede Imperial Porter, a dark beer with a contrastingly light head, spread far across the top of the beer. At first blush the aroma is rich with grape, much like a freshly menaced Bourdeaux grape, juicy and sweet, with some wood dryness to imitate the core of a dubbel. I also catch some intermediate notes of cherry, deep and dark, but still visible against the darker sweetness of the grape. The flavor is appreciably malty, and the grapes from the aroma have, here, turned into a deep raisin taste, desiccated and withered to excellence. The residual booziness would be too much save for the taste of burnt pie dough to balance it out. While I cannot credit this brew with being the soporific that got me to bed, it sit nicely, and closed out another wonderful Christmas Eve.
November 8th, 2013 - Enjoying a night in tonight with Stone’s Suede Imperial Stout, a lovely purple and gold bottle promising a sultry, boozy and sophisticated time. The bottle sort of reminds me of gin, in the way it dresses itself, and the ingredient list looks like it could come from a specialty gin distiller: calendula flowers (yeah, never heard of those), jasmine and honey. The smell is gorgeous, as one might suspect, reminding me of the interior of a famous Colorado pizza chain called BoJeau’s. Sweet bored grape establishes the aroma’s body, and decorates it with additional lilac, and as much honey as they could cram into the scent. There’s a ton of carbonation here, and it’s detectable well before the first sip. Huge mottled bubbles cling to the side of the glass, making it look more like a soft drink than a brew. Its aftertaste emphasizes a kind of porter style with all the heavy, roasted maltiness, and a long, low rumble until the next sip. The overall flavor mixes that roasted charcoal quality with a subtle red bean (an) paste sweetness. The length of the aftertaste and the time between sips makes this almost like a smokeable beer, the cigar version of a brew, and I’m loving every puff. 7/3/8/5/15/3.8 Aniela (4216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2015
Sample at Steampunk Bar, Gothenburg. Black beer with an brownish head. Malty caramel dark fruit licorice aroma. Malty caramell chocolate licoice dark fruits flavour. Really a nice one :-)
Dazz3 (1798) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2015
On tap at steampunk beer bar GBG. Pours black with a small brown head. Smells and tastes soy, roasted malt, coffee, alcohol with a similar finish. Cunningham (7952) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2015
Deep dark color with a beige head. Dried fruits, dark malt and chocolate in the aroma. Full body and a soft carbonation. Solid balanced stuff. Powerful complex and tasty flavour. Chocolate, toffee, fruity, roasted and some coffee. Nice!rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2015
[On tap at Steampunk Bar in Goteborg, Sweden]
Sample from bottle at Steampunk Bar, Göteborg. Dark almost black beer with a small beige/brownish head. Malty caramel aroma, vinous, figs, raisins, licorice, some chocolate. Malty caramel aroma, floral, chocolate, licorice, figs, raisins, some spices and warming alcohol. rosskyle (720) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Served on tap at Stone. Dark black color with a medium brown head. Plum raisin aroma. Medium heavy body. Chocolate plum favor with some bitterness.
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Who knew avocado plants made honey? Enjoyed on draft, this beer’s deep black with one finger of smooth (dare I say suede-like?) light tan head. Nice layers of horizontal lace appear as I drink. Jasmine can be picked up in the nose, as can alcohol. Sweet cocoa and a gentle nudge of toast appear as well. Jasmine is again noticeable in the front of the flavor. Some floral honey as well -- I’ve never smelled or tasted calendula or avocado honey, so I can’t judge. Alcohol is here, smoking through the nose. Bittersweet dark chocolate rolls in at the swallow along with a touch of sweet black licorice. The alcohol is dangerously well-hidden inside a soft, medium-light body. Smooth as suede. Well-named.