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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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1512) - 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 (14294) - 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 (1170) - 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 (69) - 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 (535) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (2806) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: From Systembolaget, had at home.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a brown head.
Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla, malt.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, coffee, herbs.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
artmcd8 (1485) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2014
Pours a dark coca cola color with a tan head. Aroma is slightly like pennies but mostly floral. Potpourri-like. I get the honey in the aroma as well. The flavor is sweet from the honey. It really comes through but then you get a kick from the alcohol. Not all that well incorporated. Not your best, Stone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (575) - örebro, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
Svart öl med ett tätt, brunt skum. Doft: Malt, kaffe, kanderat socker, kola, rostade nötter, choklad. Smak: Dajm, frukt soda, choklad apelsin, mörk gammeldags kola, frukt kärns beska, sura körsbär med mörk choklad, alkohol, kaffe, bränt trä. Även om betygs skalan har många nivåer hamnar denna mittemellan på många.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (841) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2014
Interesting porter. Aroma is of roasted malt and fruit esters. Almost like blueberry. Nice dark color with a tan head. Full feeling and heavy in the gut. Smooth with good carbonation. More roasted flavors with berry touches. Some wood with hops bitterness but not an interruption to the other flavors. Good but Stone’s Smoked Porter is better.


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