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RATINGS: 471   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (187) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Has a nice malt aroma. Pours a lovely black with a cream head. I can taste a subtle hint of honey that goes very well with the malt. Goes down smooth and leaves a clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of roasted malt, chocolate, light cherry, and faint coffee. It pours a dark brown with some orange transparency when held to the light. It has a small head that barely reaches more than a thin film. There is some dotted lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with with moderate chocolate with a touch of cherry/dark fruit. The finish has a decent sweetness from the honey that mixes with some grape, roasted coffee, a touch of anise, and some floral bitterness. Itís medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1392) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2013
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 09/10/13. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is pretty good, and thereís also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, honey, coffee, and also some herbs/flowers. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with some dark fruit/berries noticeable too. Nice mix of sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy, smooth and easy enough to drink. I think itís a good overall brew, Iíll have to pick up another bottle while itís still around! $6.99 a bomber.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Draft. Pours a pretty nice deep brown, excellent tan head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, metallic. Taste is godawful. Rotten fruit, burned wood, stale cigarette butts, burned bitter chocolate. And it coats the mouth in its awfulness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Bomber from Valley Farm. Super deep ruby in color, almost black. Roasty coffee nose with a bit of a sweet maple-ish aroma reminds me of a donut shop. Flavor is quite sweet up front. It then moves into a roasty coffee bitterness. Pretty tasty porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium-large light tan head that takes its sweet time to settle. Thick layered lacing. Aroma has floral notes, some dark esters, and roasted malt. Flavor is sweetened roasted malt, chocolate, and floral notes. The roast of the malt really lingers in the finish which drys out toward the end. Medium to full body. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1106) - Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2013 Very dark with a thick creamy head. Roasted malt aroma leads to heavy chocolate and a velvety texture. Finish is dry. Low carbonation takes away from the mouthfeel and limits some potential. Note: Had this again and the carbonation levels were up. Brought out much more of the chocolate favors and paired well with the chocolate chip cookie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (507) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Not a bad offering. Very chocolate in flavor. The flowers show up more in the nose than the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Black pour with a tan head. Lots of jasmine on the nose with slight notes of honey. A bit muted when cold but as it warms up it really opens up. Not quite as herbal/floral as I would have liked but still a good brew. Worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CardsFan25 (65) - - OCT 10, 2013
Black pour with tan head. Only drank a about 4oz cold and I would not drink it cold again. Far better warm. Not as thin as most Porters. Chocolate and flowery on the nose. Chocolate, slight flower, some honey sweetness taste, and only a hint of the 9.6%.

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