GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2015 skunk242 (1) - - SEP 19, 2012
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.
[ Growler ][ 64oz ][ Tasting ][ Free ][ Tasting Globe ][ 1.24.15 ]slowrunner77 (12043) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
>> Stone SSRA with Birdrock Coffee Roasters Nicaraguan coffee added. Not making a new entry. Clear deep brown pour, thicker dark brown lace. Nose is rich tiramisu, fresh toasted macadamia. Taste is silky, toasted macadamia, mild roast derived acid, powerful but soft non-astringent coffee. Easy 4.0. Excellent.
yeah...can’t go wrong here. coffee and my favorite black ipa. love it love it love it. smoother than the original if that’s possible. biirusaikou (2705) - - AUG 11, 2014
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 @.@ neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
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 (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
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 (13905) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2013
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 (1893) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2013
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
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 (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
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 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
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.