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RATINGS: 486   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a tight tan film.

Aroma: Fresh herbs, sassafras, slight roast and fresh Euro hop. Wet dog.

Taste: Dark chocolate, bitter herbal hops. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, lively carbonation. Slightly rough.

Overall: This beer, along with Dogfish Head Bitches Brew makes me feel like an idiot. I see all these ingredients listed, and all I can pull out is roast and chocolate properties. In the same way some belly ached about Stone R&R Coconut IPA not meeting coconutty expectations, people might be scratching their head looking for Avocado Honey, Jasmine and Calendula Flowers. It definitely had a nice herbal touch to it, I just think these subtle ingredients got buried in the dark malts. So with all that said, I enjoyed the beer and it should be tried fresh and with 6 months on it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (7433) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2014
Bomber. Chocolate nose, raisin, herbs. Pretty head on a cloudy black beer. Much more herbal in the flavor, chocolate and coffee. Camomile (maybe that’s the calendula?), grassy, floral, herbs, tobacco. Don’t really get the jasmine. Some honey. OK. Too much herb.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slubgob (224) - West Hartford, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Tap into sniffer. Black in the low lighting, moderately thick cream head. Nose of floral chocolate. In the mouth, more notes of cacao and flowers, resolving to a slight sweetness. Finishes a bit sweet evolving to a porter dry malt and coffee. Really interesting!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1593) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Draft at taps 25. Near black with a light beige head. Smooth malt and chocolate aromas. Slightly apple/sour with a malt finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4623) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours dark brown with a soapy tan head. The aroma has smooth roasty malt, jasmine, vanilla, cocoa, herbs and moderate sweetness. It has a medium / full smooth body with soft carbonation. The flavor starts off with honey, jasmine, smooth roast, caramel, soft herbal notes and dark chocolate. The finish has some spiciness, chocolate, creaminess and floral notes. Really nice.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1642) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Shared at GregFest 2013 from a brown bomber bottle into a nonic half pint glass. Pleasant but subdued aromas: bready, toasty, roasty, faint caramel and unfamiliar herbal notes. Aaron recognized the boiled calendula flowers which he prepared at his home births (which was a pretty cool, random, fun fact.) Delicious true-to-style strong porter flavours plus herbal tea, some pleasant weedy astringency, jasmine rice, dark chocolate and black coffee, smooth warming booze. Really interesting, complexity you must reach for but well worth it. Creative idea, flawlessly executed. Highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1699) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Tap at abraxas, miami. Black color, brown head. Aroma is roasty, coffee, licorice. Balanced taste, medium body, vanilla, coffee, smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1352) - Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Not as chocolate as id expect. really unique porter, some spices. Coffee. Thanks carter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1410) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Suede Imperial Porter is a dark opaque brown black liquid with a thick head of mocha small bubbles. Nose is a interesting mix of licorice, toffee and plum. Taste is a dry roasted malt with a hint of raisin and dark red fruit. Body is thin and fluid. finishes with a nice bit of roasted grain, bitters and raisin/plum character.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndresTM (361) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Great aroma, with predominant roasted malts, milk chocolate, a bit of anise, toffee, cereal, and spring. Very nice. On the tongue, some bitterness, considerable (though not cloying) sweetness, and a bit of acidity. Intriguing and unique. Silky (suedy, if you will) mouthfeel, with a medium body (a bit on the thin side, even) and gentle carbonation. The aftertaste is initially roasted malts, tar, earthiness, and coffee, and after a while the honey becomes evident. The alcohol is very subtle at first, but as the beer gains temperature, it becomes more pronounced. I’m not the biggest Stone guy, but this is a winner.


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