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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Changed (363) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bomber. Pours black. Tan head. Very spotty lacing. Aroma is malt, some raisin and dark druit. Flavor is largely floral. Little honey at the end. Not really a porter, not really a fruit beer. It’s good, but not like anything else I’ve tried, but not sure if thats in a ’good’ or ’bad’ way. Drinkable, just different.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Pour is super dark brown with a small light brown head. Lots of toasty chocolate on the nose, sweet honey notes, toffee, and some nice subtle floral notes. Wow, lots of jasmine on the taste, then it goes to bitter dark chocolate, some roasted malt, and then a sweet floraly honey note at the end. This one is ok, fairly sweet and the jasmine is a little too strong though I kind of like the idea.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4127) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Aroma is dark malts, spices, berries and funk. The flavor is dark malts, medium sweetness, spices, flowers, mild citrus hop and an acidic and funky finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoForShlomo (46) - - OCT 20, 2013
Light floral aroma; inky black appearance with an off-white head; slightly sweet taste with a touch of floral; very fizzy on the palate with a bitter finish that clashes with the sweet floral taste; overall, it’s a solid porter but it doesn’t deliver on the second dimension

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
high_on_hops (688) - Burlingame, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Pours a solid black with a tan head and lacing. It has a nice floral aroma with a lot of honey, jasmine, and dark malt. The flavor is honey and malt up front with a semisweet finish and a very smooth body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2420) - Crestview, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Black pour. Big, creamy, tan head. Tons of lacing. A malty, raisiny aroma with some floral notes in the back. A nice floral taste with notes of pepper. Some bits of honey sneak in. Very nice. Way better than expected.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1898) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
bomber from abw split with the wife on a football sunday. pours jet black with a creamy tan head. mild roasted coffee, flowers mid way giving way to chocolate on the finish. body is big, bur velvet like.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2512) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin! Deep ruby pour, completely black-hole black in the glass with a frothy, mocha head that shows ridiculous retention & leaves great lacing behind. Aroma is different with mild roast, light milky cocoa, a faint berry sweetness, some strong floral notes, & quite a bit of honey sweetness. Taste has large milky sweet chocolate with subtly roast. Lots of honey mid-palate, coming through nicely with some floral & grassy notes. I get a little of that ambiguous berry-like sweetness, too. Some bittersweet, dark chocolate in the finish with a touch of bitter roast. Very solid brew.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Wasn’t real sure to expect given the description -- a "porter" with this selection of stuff in it sounded weird ... and it is. It pours a dark brown hue. The aroma is elusive -- hints at maybe some sweetness, but not much more. The beer drinks with an interestingly light body, and light in character as well. With little porter-like beefiness, the beer comes across more to me as a floral, herbal concoction, with just a little cocoa base lingering in the background. Not my favorite. (#5299, 10/20/2013)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matthewjk (947) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2013
You know, I’ll pick up ANY collaboration; what can I say, I’m a sucker for ’em. I’m not overjoyed with all the herbal notes being thrown around here, but it is certainly drinkable. Quite surprised to see the ABV crest way above the 9 % water line on this one. Nice encounter, nice value, but will not return for more.


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