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RATINGS: 475   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b79turner (237) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2013
22oz bomber, pours jet black with a small tan head that hangs around for awhile. Nose is earthy with a slight sweetness, maybe the honey. I can taste some farmhouse grains. Medium mouthfeel, not much booze. I’m a little confused by this beer, it’s all over the place. Not my favorite from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (674) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours a dark brown black with khaki foam. Nice grainy aroma with dark roasted grains showing. Full flavor and a nice balance of the soft boozy sweetness and earthy roasted bitter sweet grains. There is a unique spice with a light herbal hop and drying floral kick. Solid porter all the way through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (1915) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bomber. This is a nice porter that has hints of floral aroma and sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
opened 10/13/13. Very dark pour, with red tint. A nice floral note comes through on the nose, in addition to some roast cocoa. Medium bodied. A nice roast cocoa note up front, which is followed by a hint of honey, then some jasmine and a floral, bitter dry chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BazookaJoe (263) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours black with a thin tan head. Initial taste of roast that quickly gets fruity but finishes dry and a touch of smoke. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6314) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2013
22. Pours jet black with a scant tan head. Big sweet floral chocolatey nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Chocolatey, roasty, floral mid palate. Long sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jhamp9 (1165) - Corinth, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Near black pour with a nice lasting cream head. Chocolatey floral aroma. Taste is honey, vegetables and roast. Full body. Wouldn’t look for it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3341) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Pour is a black with a nice sized tan head. Aroma is a decent roasted malt with some sweet molasses and a bit of berry. Flavor is decent roasted malt, a bit of sweetness from the honey and a decent char left on the tongue. I never got any jasmine. Decent but nothing really great. A good porter that hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EvanFriend (319) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Mostly floral notes, some wood, a little tobacco. Not your standard porter by any means. Some more porter-like coffee on the back end. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7158) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a dark mahogany body that supports a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up spicy black licorice, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, boozy bourbon and then boozy heat at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth with slick sweet thick malts, some spicy black licorice, molasses and chocolate. To midway it gets a little nutty, wood like and it then heads into smooth bourbon booze into the finish. There is a lot going on here but it does come together pretty nicely.

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