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RATINGS: 500   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1462) - Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Black,some lace. Aroma is smooth with dark berries particularly blueberry, chocolate,and a rich but mild roastiness.Some breadiness. Taste is smooth , with dark berries /blueberry chocolate and roast. Piney hoppiness. dark chocolate mocha cookies. Rich smooth chocolaty porter with a strong piney finish. Fairly impressed but thinking this one may be good with some age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3123) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle, from Triangle Wine. Good aroma. Sweet. Roasty. Chocolate, floral. Dark orangey brown color. Good head and lace. Bittersweet flavor. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry sweet finish. Pretty tasty. I get the jasmine in the finish, otherwise a solid big porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattwilliams81 (33) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Dark brown, very thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate. Taste of roasted malt and chocolate, slight bitter floral flavor, slight sweetness. Medium to full-bodied. Overall, well-balanced, decent flavor, but not particularly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1343) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Pours black with a light khaki head that settles fairly quickly to a ring and leaves some spotty lace. Nose involves plenty of dark chocolate, a fresh floral quality, some toasted malt, very clean. Fairly sweet, but quite bitter, much more so in fact. Medium bodied, actively carbed, a bit warm with alcohol, bright, with a long toasty dry herbal bitter finish. Definitely different, but it is cool how it came together. Without putting my nose in a fistful of jasmine or calendula, I canít say what they specifically brought to the beer, but it must be that distinct herbal quality in the aroma and on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle from Bier Stein. Inky black pour with very little head despite a relatively aggressive pour. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and some non-discernible floral notes. Taste is full of floral, botanical notes, luckily the jasmine isnít overpowering and it all adds up to a surprisingly tasty and certainly unique porter with a very smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 1, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2013 This is a superb and complex porter. The jasmine aromas are subtle and add a layer of flavorful sweetness on the back of the tongue. Other aromatics include of hints of raisins, chocolate. and tea. I highly recommend!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (2092) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle from Gentiles. Poured black with tan head. Lavender floral honey aroma. Quite smooth smokey floral taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
bottle, pours opaque black with red hues, little to no head, no lacing. big bold malt and roast nose, alcohol, dark fruits. smooth attack, bold sweet fig and plum, roasty dry finish. yumm

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1807) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Deep brown. Nose isnít terribly complex, but has a very unique and interesting clear chamomile note to it. Nice lighter roast porter style lets the floral elements show through along with the honey on the finish. Unique, worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1778) - Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on October 31st split with Dave.

Appearance: Pours a black opaque with light white head.
Aroma: Aroma of light roast, chocolate, faint honey.
Taste: Light roast, light chocolate, lightly sweet, faint flower.
Palate:Medium body, creamy texture, very quick aftertaste.

Summary: The palate on this one was really great. Really enjoy porters, found this very good example of the style.

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