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RATINGS: 471   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/10/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, honey, herbal, floral, dark bread, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, honey, herbal, floral, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char/smoke, honey, herbal, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spicing; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Spicing is not overdone, but is enough to be very noticeable. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2014
1/VIII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Belgo-Swedish Crazy Summer Trade Tasting - BB: n/a (2014-866) Thanks to hackobock for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, nice creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet, caramel, dried fruits, mocha, sweet, candy, some liquorish. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet, caramel, some chocolate, mocha, little bitter, honey, dried fruits. Aftertaste: little sour, sweet, caramel, bitter chocolate, mocha, little bitter, honey, dried fruits. Aftertaste: little sour, sweet, caramel, bitter chocolate, coffee, malty touch.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle at Aces & Ales Tenaya. Nearly opaque dark brown color with some red around the edges. Medium foamy light beige head that recedes steadily to a sparse outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Floral notes in the nose along with roasted malt and chocolate. Medium to full body with flavors of charred malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits and herbs. The finish is floral honey and charred malt. Above average overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (5030) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Similar taste. Also cocoa and some toffee. On the sweet side with fairly bitter finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Koelschtrinker (11054) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 20, 2014
Süffig malziger Antrunk mit leichten Schokoladennoten. Rund, unscheinbar, zum Ende auch kaum malzig. Ok. 9/11/7/8//7

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (1874) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Black with medium beige head. Aroma is light roast, medium/light body, low carbonation, and good small bubble lacing. Taste is nice roasty, chocolate, and bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whoisghost (79) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2014
Dark black with a slightly off white head. Looks thick, looks amazing. Getting a leathery aroma with a bit of rum and raisins as well - sweet but nothing special. Nutty and licorice taste with additional smooth whisky flavours. Coats mouth really well, typical carbonation for style and good density.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2014
22oz bottle. Black pour. Deep chocolate, roasted notes. Smells thick & sticky. Medical character. Loads of roast, char, dark chocolate. Thick texture, heavy bodied. (4135)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6214) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2014
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. fuller bodied medium pour. Tootsie rolls. chocolate, hidden berry notes underneath. Nice strong porter

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Excellent Imperial Porter! Of course, there aren’t a ton of IPs. Dark malty back flavor, smoky yet tart front flavor. Could be a malt bomb, but the other ingredients prevent that.


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