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RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2685) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Dark brown color. Strong nose of plum, dark fruit, chocolate, molasses with quick dissipating head. The body is med-full with low carbonation. Tons of dark chocolate, dark fruits and plum notes. Slightly sweet. The jasmine is a bit lost in the beer, but otherwise, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikeyo1 (487) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours black with a beige head. Rich aroma of chocolate, cocoa, malt, honey,licorice, dark fruits. Hints of vanilla plus warming alcohol. Medium bodied and with rather sharp carbonation. Initial roasted and sweet flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, ash, honey, caramel, raisins, red berries and herbs. A dry and citrus-bitter, almost astringent finish comes quickly with lingering notes of ash, licorice and orange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3583) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle @ THT December. Pours a very dark brown, reddish beer with a small beige head on top. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and caramel with some flowery essences in there. Flavor is sweet, loads of caramel again with a nice coffee bitterness. Slight flowery aftertaste, watery mouhfeel. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (4649) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle at DOST. Black pour with tan head. Aroma is leathery, nice chocolate + licorice character. Taste is med sweet, light roastiness, quite herbal /grassy. Palate is full bodied with good carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (6193) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle at the Dirty Old Socks Tasting, Den Haag, December 2014. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin broken white head. The aroma is rich sweet malt coffee, chocolate. The flavour is moderate bitter light sweet with a rich sweet bubbly alcoholic bitter palate. Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (8085) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle shared at DOS tasting thanks to Jmgreenuk. Pours dark brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of rich malt, rye, dark caramel and toffee. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (7199) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
66cl bottle sampled @ december THT Thin tan head. Clear black pour. A nice smooth imperial porter. Well done

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of sweet berries, caramel malt. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet malt, aged berries. Maybe a bit past itís best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 [6103-20131214] Tap. Roasted malt grain aroma. Cola brown body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head. Bitter toasted yeast flavour has a mild funky aftertaste. Medium body. Good, aptly named though surprisingly mild and balanced. (7/4/7/3/14) 3.5
(@ Abraxas, Miami, FL)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nik925 (779) - USA - NOV 15, 2014
Stone and Budweiser co-brew. (Cheap Shot). Iím sure the 10 -Barrel are getting all goofy, so I will leave that alone. This is an interesting one. Plenty of areas to take off points in the rankings, but palate sure isnít one. Amazing mouth feel. Some rather odd bitterness - rather dominate. I only have one top 50 imperial porter ranked, so that isnít helping my hard time ranking this one. So, an amazing platform, that then falls really short of being an amazing beer. (Maybe Stone brewed was responsible for the palate and Bud the rest. ZING. haha.)

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