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RATINGS: 447   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (5996) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2013
22oz bottle from Beach’s in Fort Walton Beach. Not quite deep black pour with a small tan head. Weird aroma... floral for sure, like lilies and white grapes, char, ash, and more flowers. Weird. Sweet flavor, as in literally sweet, not like "SWEEEEET!" Sweet, chalky, ash, lots of flowers, lingering honey. Not awful, but weird, and not great.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franks (27) - Long Beach, California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Poured very dark with a tan head about two fingers high. Smells a tad sweet with some floral, malt and honey notes. Tastes sweet at first giving way to a bitter smokey finish. Palate is a silky with light carbonation. A good drink, but not my favorite. Give it a shot and see how it fairs up, to your tastes.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kroney (154) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
pours dark mahogany with a thin but dense beige head. Aroma is a tad sweet, honey, caramel and sweet floral. flavor is coffee bean, bitter chocolate, some dried cherry, anise; very balanced, finished with some hop bite and alcohol. Palate is extremely "Suede", but dry as it lingers. Very well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Deep dark brown with average sized beige head. The aroma is a letdown for me as I don’t get any flowers, jasmine or honey. What I get is the usual suspects of a porter, roasted notes, light coffee, slight bitterness and subtle sweetness. Taste is much of the same. I don’t feel the alcohol and it seems perhaps a little thin for me, then again it is a porter and not a stout. This is decent, but nothing to go out of your way for.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (698) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Looks amazing. Super nice layered lacing on the glass. Dark fruit flavors upfront. Heavy honey midway and throughout. Slight floral hints coming in at the end.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
bwa5879 (643) - Portage, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Dark mahogany pour into a snifter, eighth inch of beige head. Sweet florals and a bit of Carmel on the nose, boozy. Average to low carbonation, viscous tingly mouthfeel that seemed slightly gritty, roasty finish. A taste that could only be described as velvety: notes of grape chambord liquor from the jasmine and flowers, bitter charcoal, a bit of cocoa and Carmel. I’d say its a ton of astringent floral for a porter. Alright beer, smooth but kind of conflicted.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oscbert (1019) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
~honey aroma with roasty malt and bread. Slight alcohol. ~pours black with creamy yellowish lasting head. ~Interesting flavor. Jasmine and honey definitely present with lots of roasted malt. ~medium full bodied, kinda gritty. medium high CO2, lingering jasmine and roasty finish. ~in my opinion not a very well balanced beer. The flavors kinda of clash and arent very pleasant. Too roasty jasmine is a odd flavor in this style. Still drinkable just not exactly pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3877) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 21, 2013
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours very dark brown with a lacy, beuge head. Aroma of roasted and chocolate malts, light smokiness, some flowers, a little dough, and some bitterness. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretgy good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Draft at Taps 25, Lansing. Deep opaque brown-black body, medium dense beige head. Ashy nose with notes of cedar. Rich body with notes of cherry and dark fruits, licorice, roast, and coffee bean. Tannic, sweet and roasty but not thick or syrupy. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10576) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, smoke and herbal aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good complex brew.


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