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RATINGS: 496   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9143) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big chocolate, roast, coffee, hints of roast, slight earth, flowers in there add a significant sweet note with some caramel. Taste is a mix of sweet chocolate, coffee, roast, hints of caramel, lots of flowers and sweet earthy tones, hints of vanilla, honey, finishing bitter, slightly sweet. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 15, 2013
On tap at Sister. Roastiness is weak in the aroma, at least for an imperial porter. Pretty hoppy, bitter finish, with nice lingering piny hoppiness. It makes my burps smell bad. According to some people. A little bit too acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1593) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Roasted notes are the predominant aroma, with an underlying sweetness. Pours a nearly black ruby red with a thick light tan head. The floral notes come through at the beginning of the beer, then switching to a more pronounced roasted character. Slick mouthfeel, with little carbonation notes in the mouth and no alcohol heat detected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1736) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2013
On tap at Y-not in Chesapeake, VA. Cola-like dark brown pour with a frothy tan head. The aroma is light floral hops mixed with light cocoa. The taste is malt-forward with chocolate and coffee taking center stage and finishing with clean floral and grassy hops. Alcohol is well hidden as this does not seem very "imperial" in terms of flavor or warmth. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
One2remeber (235) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottled 08/10/13 (?). Sweet, fresh raw honey and lavender jump out of the glass. Malty, brown sugar. Soda pop syrupy (Monkís Cafe). Adjuncts are free flowing, light baked chocolate taste, no booze, no roast. Best tasting honey beer Iíve had; fresh and raw flavors add a unique twist at the end. Somewhat chewy, floral bitterness cuts the honey sweetness from lingering. Well constructed. Unique. Impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5165) - Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Sample, floral and sweetness, milky and dark unfortunately without roastyness. That really keeps it from being exceptional

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2013
The taste brings out some complexity I wasnít expecting, and this is one sexy porter. Thereís a lot of roast but no char at all. Itís built on a strongly malty base, with a creamy sweetness bouncing off of cocoa nib-like bitterness and something about how the roast and floral/lavender notes work together gives off a light note of a taste similar to anise. Under that, thereís just a hint of leafiness to it. Thereís a sort of creamy/tangy/sweet/roasty thing that works together fantastically well. This is a big, hugely flavorful porter thatís almost in stout-like proportions. Suede is silky on the tongue but with a soft yet persistent nip. Initially it tends to bite, but it leads into a very smooth middle while a bit of the anise flavor lingers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westchesterco (1612) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Poured from a bottle it is a shiny brown color with a slight head. The aroma is of a chocolate liquor The taste is smooth and silky and coffeesk with overtones of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5278) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a clear almost black cola brown with a thin tan head. Roasted malt nose. Flavors of plums, licorice and some tobacco. Smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Roasty, moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Pours thick, dark unclear, brown roasted chestnut in color with a beige head. Aroma bring soft, toasted nutty, earthy malts. Flavor brings a mixture of toasted malts with some notes of the honey and earthy flavors.

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