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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 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.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SanfordBrewer (1390) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2014
opaque dark mahogany with a creamy tan head. velvety full body with an assertive astringency and medium carbonation.

aroma: dusty roasted malt, sweet flowers, yeasty dough, and minerally honey.

taste: chocolaty malt, honey, flowers, mint, hay or chamomile.

I think I like the Jasmine, but not the Calendula, as itís too minty and hay-like for my tastes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
[Bottle] Very dark brown in color. Cocoa colored head. Earthy hop nose mixes with sticky molasses undertones. Sweet flavor includes chocolate, anise, mild vanilla, a little coffee and some alcohol too. Fair mouthfeel. Pretty good overall. Tasting notes from 2/2014.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bomber. Pours near black with tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, coffee, and some grassy notes. Flavors of chocolate, light coffee, roast, and a bit of herbal note. Average at best.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (1964) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bomber (2013) into shaker - itís like I went down Cooperís Hill and all the dandelions, grass, random flowers and plants got blasted in my mouth. Grassy bitterness and not very porter like on the front end. The finish, on the other end, is porterific. Slight sweet/honey aftertaste. Interesting, but not the accents I look for in a porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4291) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle @ The Charlottesville Tasting. Thanks to whoever brought this along! The pourís deep brown with a small tan head. Mellow roasted vanilla. Roasted ashy malts. A bit of coffee, dirt. The taste is pretty roasty. Loads of tobacco. Dry coffee, cocoa powder. Burnt apple skin. Pretty dry on the finish. Medium body, active carbonation. Overall, solid.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bomber from Beer Run shared at the April 5, 2014 Charlottesville tasting. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of strong honey and floral notes, chocolate, roast, nutty notes. The taste is roasted malts, nuts, honey, bitter floral notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation, slight booze.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niksko (305) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2014
Dark brown with ruby highlights and some velvety beige head. Nose is caramel, honey, coffee, milk chocolate. Flavor is sweet caramel, dark chocolate, honey, bourbon, coffee, plum. Smooth and sticky on the lips. Amazing.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
circinus (197) - SWEDEN - APR 4, 2014
Bottle 65 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a thin head. Burnt, slightly flowery, slight licorice, malty, viola. Full body, low carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1572) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 3, 2014
Bottle, shared with my wife & my friend Yo. Served in a snifter. Really interesting nose of flowers in bloom & chocolate. Medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. The taste is pretty good, creamy rich chocolate, flowers jasmine & I guess calendula, some honey. Good but subtle, minor roast notes. A solid beer but I am not sure if it is worth the 15$ price tag in Japan.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (436) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2014
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 An excellent collaborative beer that is greater than the sum of itís parts. Laid-back aroma doesnít give a hint of its full bodied and balanced taste and both only get better as it warms up.


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