ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2013
The name of this beer makes my subconscious dream up what this beer feels like before I even smell it. Itís pitch black with a loud, light brown head that fizzles away pretty quickly. Chocolate and what, at first, smells like vanilla hit the nose up front, but over time it starts to smell like something a little softer and sweeter than vanilla. Floral hops top it all, nicely decorating the sweet, chocolaty aroma. The alcohol is nicely hidden beneath this great nose.
Alcohol shoves its way up front in the flavor, followed by two very different, distinctive experiences. After the alcohol subsides, a touch of cocoa and a smooth mouthfeel fools you into thinking there might be some normal imperial porter characteristics at play, but then a strange floral flavor floods the palate that reminds me of burning incense. Itís different... thin-bodied, but wildly flavored. And yet, itís easy and well-balanced. Suede? Maybe. For some reason itís a little awkward at the end. mcran86 (19) - Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours black coffee color with medium head. Interesting flavor of jasmine and honey with some floral hints. Pretty awesome collaboration from Stone and Bluejacket.
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22oz bottle from Whole Foods Redwood City, CA, drank at Mattís, 27/10/13. Very dark mahogany with a slender beige head. Nose grilled vegetables, slightly English sulphur, coffee, black chocolate. Good balanced cocoa, coffee and burnt sausage skin taste with hints of blackcurrant and raisin. Thin mouthfeel. Tasty if a little underwhelming.
NachlamSie (3467) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bomber from Littleís. Not sure what to expect here, but I was intrigued enough to give it a go and I have faith in Stoneís undertakings. Looks pretty good in the tulip glass: very dark with ruby tints and a tall khaki head. Aroma is aggressively floral with distinct, obvious honey. Roasty porter notes are here as well with extremely dry cacao aromas and earth. Palate is pretty creamy and robust. Loads of honey and flowers overwhelm my palate. Itís not subtle in the slightest. I donít mind bold, aggressive flavors but flowers and honey I would prefer to be more subdued. The finish starts dry, but the honey comes in and sweetness things up. A lingering flavor reminiscent of sipping herbal tea in a flower garden stays on my palate. I kind of enjoyed the drinking experience, but I doubt I will revisit this. ganache (5855) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bomber bottled on 09/13/13. My 4400th overall rating and 1999th from the USA. Nose of tinny-porter with clean medium roast and some mild stale air, pours dark brown and sits black in the glass with a sudsy tan head. Dense bubbles in layers of lace. Taste is chocolaty, roasty, medium sweetness with low bitterness, light ash and tar, a really great dark roast lasting into the aftertaste. Booze is strong here, though, packs a bit of a wallop, very full body with light carbonation and a very mild sourish tang from the roast. As for jasmine, calendula, and avocado honey, thereís no sign of any; an extremely mild floral or herbal is there if you drink quickly, but itís probably better just to think of this as a big, smooth porter.
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Solid porter, but nothing remarkable. Smelss sweet, bright taste and mouthfeel. Clean roast. I enjoyed it but probably wonít be trying it again. arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4 oz pour from Topps. Color is jet black with a tiny tan head. It smells like flowers, mocha, and milk. The taste is overly floral, with a good amount of bitterness and chocolate taste as well. A little oily tasting. Iím not a fan at all of the floral thing here. It pretty much ruins a good porter in my opinion. Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Poured from bottle, pours a nice dark color with a light tan foamy head. Aroma is actually sweet and fruity with notes of plum and raisin. Flavor is moderately sweet with some dark fruits and maybe some licorice with a sweet malt backend. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is average. Overall This is a solid beer but not sure how much of a porter it is. tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Pours a nice dark brown with a medium head light brown in color. Aroma is faint with lots of floral and honey. Taste is truly unique. Lots of different floral notes, some honey and maybe even a hint of citrus that masks the usual smoky flavor of a porter. Palafe just dances with much the same with a lingering note of honey. Super unique and would try again. jredmond (8206) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle at Paulís. Pours a deep brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is faint malt and sugar. Mouthfeel is light to thin with muted flavors of malt, fruit an light spice. Boring overall.