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RATINGS: 444   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19237) - 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 (3400) - 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 (3121) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1538) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle at Moriartys. Opaque black pour with a decently sized foamy tan head. Interesting unusual take on the Porter style. Started with a very cold bottle. Body started smooth but turned increasingly velvety as it warmed. Thick delicious coffee/cocoa/licorice flavors. Nice hints of smoke and leather as well. Nearly an Imperial Stout but polite enough not to say so. Has a very nice silvery powder edge. Refined and well done. Everything in its proper place. Glad I committed to the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Black color with generous beige head. The aroma is mild, but with pleasant notes of wood-oven baked bread. The mouthfeel is smooth and lean; the roasted malt flavor is not aggressive, some breadcrust; there is a touch of dark chocolate and liquorice, and a hint of flowers; the bitterness is lower than expected.
Graceful brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (1947) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2014
Bottle: Dark Red/black Colour, with a nice creamy head. Aroma is dominated of caramelly, chocolate, Coffee, Flavor had a werry nice dark choclate, caramelly, coffe mouth feeling,Medium body, and a long coffee beans bitter finsh! Werry nice!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (1185) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
Olmost black with a big brown head - Good malt aroma with some flowers and licorice - A very good malt body with some roasted notes and some fruity and floral flavours - Good malt finish with some roasted malt that lasts for a long time - This was good

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2014
Appearance - 4/5 - great tan head that leaves awesome lacing atop the dark brown/black beer, with a mahogany look at the edges where it thins out Aroma - 9/10 - chocolate, vanilla, cream, coffee, real smooth Taste - 9/10 - same as smell - chocolate, vanilla, cream, coffee, milk Palate - 4/5 - nice and thick, alc covered, aftertaste is chocolates and cream. Feels like drinking suede. Overall - 16/20 - the aging of this for one year must have made it awesome. Dunno where the 86 came from.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (546) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. The pour is a dark brown with good ruby hints poking around the edges. The head is about 3 fingers high and fades down slowly, leaving a nice clingy blanket of lace. The aroma is a little strange. There isn't much of a typical porter quality. There might be a touch of a malty note but the dominance is a light floral note. There isn't a lot else that's detectable. The flavor is a little more roasty than the aroma, but still a bit light. There is a heavy floral presence which I'm not sure if they were going for something so dominating, but they got it. The mouth feel is a bit light, but very velvety and nice. The medium carbonation is delightful, and although the aftertaste falls off a little quick, it's not too bad ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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