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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 institutioní 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 OíLeary 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, Oregonís 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Serving: Draft at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours an inky black with a tall, light tan head. Smells like an imperial stout to me. Lots of roasted character on the tongue with a nice dose of vanilla and grain. Super smooth mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Nicely done.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ddemmingjr (667) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle- pours deep blackish brown, fluffy light brown head that settles. Nose is kind of harsh. Floral, herbal and somewhat medicinal with some dark fruit. More of the same on the tongue and quite bitter acidity on the finish. Velvety texture. Iím torn on this as there are parts that work and aspects that are muddled. Drinkable for sure, but imperfect

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5195) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2013 Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Dark brown pour with a reddish tint and an egshell white head that leaves a nice film of lacing. Aroma has a muddled sense to it with a hint of biscotti cookies, a hit of chocolate - not very aromatic. Flavor is thick and hard to pin down. Some licorice spices it up a bit as it warms. Pick up some light dates and molasses, a hint of chocolate and coffee. Not much really jumping out on this one. Mouthfeel does have a nice thickness to it though. Not sure where this one is going.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Danyel (460) - Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark with a tan head. Smells like grape juice, fruity with a slight roast to it. Quite interesting taste....tastes like a dark roasty porter with a little grape juice added. Slightly herbal. . . Itís very unique. Not bad, not really that great though. Itís just too weird, has a lot of fun flavors they just donít mesh into one whole taste. I wish the flavors mingled together a little better. Okay.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
o_Merlin_o (159) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Huge, dark and lasting head. Fair lacing. Muddy brown body. Aroma of roasted chocolate and tobacco. Creamy, body with soft cabonation and a bitter finish. Moderate sweetness, moderately acidic, with a harsh bitter aftertaste. Definitely reminds me of a nice cigar. Might be good to pair this beer with your favorite stogie.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
toml219 (203) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Poured into English pint. Pours black with tan head and good lacing. Has a slight alcohol taste at first but mellows out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1602) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2013
From a big bottle. Pours dark brown with a smooth creamy thin tan head. Smells like raisins, chocolate, grape flavoring, and mold. Tastes smokey, roasted, like medicine, alcohol, cloves. Nutty and herby. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3042) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, light chocolate, light spicy and earthy hops, and light plums. Flavor is dry, roast malts, some earthy hop ans chocolate bitterness, some dark fruit esters, and faint espresso; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (1128) - - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle. Black with 2 finger tan head. Aroma is tough to describe. Vaguely nutty and fruity. Taste is very floral and some honey comes through. Not picking up the jasmine. Lots of roasted malt become more apparent as the beer warms. Run of the mill porter mouthfeel. Unique for sure.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (6344) - Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Nice dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. SMells like root beer bottle caps candy. Weird. Flavor is again rootbeer bottle caps with a big dose of cocoa and lingering licorice in the finish. Weird fucking beer. Maybe keep the ingredients and make this a golden ale and skip the licrice flavor.


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