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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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Due to our participation in at least a half a dozen collaborations each year, one might perceive Stone as the craft beer equivalent of a bee flitting indiscriminately from one brewery to the next, all the while drawing precious nectar-the expertise and creativity of those institution’ brewmasters. Another buzzy operation that gets the same rap is Bluejacket, a new, Washington, D.C.-based operation headed by industry veteran and constant collaborator Megan O’Leary Parisi. But make no mistake, Stone and Bluejacket are intensely selective about the contemporaries we invite into our brewhouses. We look for the same high level of passion and daringness to flip a beer style on its head that we employ on a baily basis. So, when Parisi and Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele decided to collaborate, it was essential that they tap a special individual to complete their triad of fermentation domination, and they found just that in Tonya Cornett, the brewmaster at Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing Company. Together, they decided on a sturdy yet velvety base of imperial porter and developed a plan to celebrate the bounty of the environs in which it was produced by harvesting avocado honey, jasmine and calendula flowers (some from our very own Stone Farms)and infusing them into the beer to create something complex and uniquely Southern Californian. Consider it craft cross-pollination at its finest.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MHOSKINS (73) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2013
A very good porter. High ABV as an Imperial, but very smooth and not boozy. Great complex flavors. Very much as described in beer description. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeevan (42) - - DEC 8, 2013
Looks of a traditional porter; dark brown and slightly hazy. Coffee and malts aroma and coffee and malts in the taste. Quite sweet. A touch of chocolate and spice. All in all pretty decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (2510) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Keg at Brewdog Birmingham; dark brown pour with foamy tan head, chocolate aroma, slight lactic sweetness, chocolate, quite thin on the mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1143) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Reasonably clear light brown with virtually no head. Aroma is raisins, dates. Taste is soy sauce, raisins, chocolate, hint of coffee. Nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Has a mild aroma and is full of fruits. The taste is interesting and is a strong porter with a fruity pretense.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sunni05 (31) - Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Very interesting brew. Suede is either a light stout or a heavy porter. Either way it's quite a treat. Nice smoky malt after taste with the thickness and punch of a stout. Dark in color but with a tan head. Live the full bodied flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (695) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Starts off with a strange stinky cheese and chocolate aroma. Beautiful crystal clear dark brown color that shows garnet under a bright light and topped with a fine bubbled tan head. Dark chocolate, spicy peppers and alcohol rush in followed by a light earthy mushroom flavor (I think that’s the stinky cheese) that lands on the back sides of the tongue and makes it reverse pucker. There’s some hay/barnyard component in there somewhere too along with dark roasted coffee. All of these strangely diverse flavors somehow combine into something quite delicious and still very much to style for an imperial porter. It’s great to be drinking a great, creative American beer on 12/5/2013, the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Happy Repeal Day everyone!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2656) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2013
Tap at Toronado, San Francisco. Colour is almost black with brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Smoke, some sweetness and roasted malts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1396) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bomber->snifter. Deep brown with bare tan head. A: smoky malt, sweet chocolate, toffee, honey. T: smoke, cocoa, bittersweet roasted malt, anise. Moderate carbonation. Thin and off-balanced. Not a fan.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickTheRick (336) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
Une couronne de mousse beige et onctueuse persiste et ne quitte jamais le verre, tout en y dessinant de magnifiques petits nuages sur les parois de celui-ci. Noire, mais pas aussi opaque que les porters réguliers, la Suede dégage des notes de chocolat, de grains cramés et de miel. Quelques effluves épicées très discrètes sont perceptibles au nez. La discrétion des saveurs se poursuit en bouche, la Suede promettant sur l’étiquette une approche différente au style porter, mais malheureusement, ça tombe quelque peu à plat. Majoritairement chocolaté et vanillé, des traces florales s’immiscent dans ce tourbillon de confusion. Une présence de fruits confits contribuent à la confusion en rétro-olfaction. Assez crémeuse, elle enveloppe le palais de façon très sensuelle, ce qui sauve un peu la mise. Pas mauvaise pour autant, mais mes attentes ne furent pas totalement comblées.


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