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RATINGS: 441   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10201) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2014
Shared bottle at Kaserna. Red dark brown colour with a tan head. Aroma and flavour is dry, flower, cocoa, roasted malt, hop, coffee, licorice. Full body. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11114) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle. Rating 11,000. Bought @ Systembolaget, Hyltebruk. Pours deep opaque black with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma has flowers, chocolate, honey, kinda sweet. Medium carbonation, fine dry and mild creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, light vinious, caramel, light sticky honey. Fine, lingering malty bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
A good and unique porter. A little bitter and dry, very much in the porter style, with some honey sweetness. Good drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1197) - Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2014
On draught at Bailey’s Taproom. Hazy deep brown with webs of clingy dark tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, honey, and flowers. Taste is cocoa nibs and roasted malt with a distinct herbal tea and floral note. Belies its alcohol content, finishing with a one-of-a-kind earthy herbal chocolate aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8864) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Super dark brown with a brown head. At first this tastes like a fairly traditional imp porter. Sweet, roasty, raisins. But as it warms you get a slightly herbal/earthy flavor and a hint of meatiness. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
New Beer Distributors, NYC 650ml ($8): Pours dark brown with a tan-beige head. Aroma is mild fruitiness, some honey, chocolate. but I don’t really get too much of the calendula (and this is coming from someone who used to use calendula lip gunk)... But, in the taste I am definitely getting a floral and honey combination going. In fact that is the first taste. It follows with a moderate roastiness. Very low amount of bitterness, but the hops are still there. Fortunately, this is not too sweet. Good beer all around. Interesting and unique for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19194) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Dark brown, small head. Aroma of coffee and licorice. Sweet, full bodied, vanilla, coffee. Bitter warming finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Deep mahogany beer out of the bottle with a foamy beige head. Sweet floral nose with some roasted grain notes. Lots of brown sugar and caramel sweetness with dark chocolate and dried fruit. There is something not quite bitter in the finish that I’ll attribute to the flowers. The alcohol gets a bit intrusive as it warms. Nice enough porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3116) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Black pour with a mocha head. The aroma is cocoa, coffee roast malts. Smooth creamy body delivers a rich flavored brew. The flavor follows the aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Aroma- It really needs to warm for the aromas to present themselves. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, raisins and char up front - all the typical Porter/Stout smells. Behind the initial scents, I initially wanted to describe it as tropical/floral hops but, as it warmed, the floral becomes more like a wildflower, which I can only assume is one of the flowers in the recipe. Slight alcohol, too. Taste- Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts up front. Caramel, toffee, and char show up midway and mixes nicely with initial flavors. Finish is a rush of dark fruits, bitter coffee and what seems to be peppery hops. As it warms, booze add a dimension of licorice. Aftertaste is bitter coffee with a slight wildflower presence.


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