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RATINGS: 457   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamsen78 (3141) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy v. dark brown woth small tan head. Clear aroma of malt and caramel with subtle roasty notes. Sweetish, malty flavour with pronounced floral notes, a touch of caramel and fruit and a little liquorice towards the finish. Rather bitter aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1656) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle from Proof. Deep cola pour with a frothy tan head. Nose of roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, jasmine, flowers and earl gray tea. Smooth malty entry with milk chocolate, roast fading into herbal tea, jasmine, touches of honey sweetness and ends in a floral spiciness. Medium bitter sweet body and smooth carbonation. Pretty tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4001) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Tan head. Light body with some nutty taste. Smooth and creamy. Slight sweet/sour thing going on. Pretty light on the tongue for almost 10 %.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Bomber from Lakes Deli in Santee. Pours the appropriate color dark brown-black. Almost no foam. Maybe not in the bottle long enough? Aromas are faint brown sugar and coffee. Not much otherwise. Taste is gently of prunes, burnt coffee, brown sugar, and maybe some chocolate. It is definitely better as it warms. A touch of woody and smoke character creeps in as well. Not bad, but not the strong offering for which I was hoping. Just to the good side of solid, considering who is involved.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10955) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
On tap @ West End. Black pour with a tan head. Plum and raisin on the nose. Roasted malt, ash, and dark chocolate. Mild coffee, alcohol, and burnt sugar. Flavor is really sweet. Grape juice, raisin, and plum. Roasted malt, ash, and dark chocolate. A touch of coffee, burnt sugar, and licorice.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Tap at 10 Barrel in Bend, OR. Inkier black pour. Weaker to non existant foam. No lace. Mega, ultra sticky dark fruit nose with maple, dates, twizzlers, mega sticky candy. Taste is similar with licorice, huge cherry twizzlers, black candy licorice. Palate is dusty, chalky, bitter soil and tar.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4655) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Draft at ChurchKey launch. Poured a nice deep, brown color, when held up to the light there are notes of dark ruby red edges around the glass with a small, brown head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was some chocolate notes, some light coffee and a touch of anise. Flavor was a ton of cocoa notes, some light coffee (not bitter), and anise. A touch dry on the finish provides a nice palate. Alcohol is hidden almost entirely, it’s smooth and creamy and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (957) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Pours an opaque very dark brown color with a short caramelized colored head. Aromas of funk and a bit of coffee. Smooth mouthfeel with just enough burn. A lot of unexpected dried apricot. Peculiar for the style. Quite a bit of coffee when the olfactory is involved in the taste. Interesting. stone seems to be inching out on a limb.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doofgoblin (289) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Nothing wrong with that! Good aroma and great taste! I especially like the developing complexity on the finish, which is smooth but bitter enough. Really enjoyable strong porter with plenty robust flavor followed by some delicate characteristics of honeysuckle and faint prune. Yum.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Growler. Pours black with a fluffy tan head. Very floral chocolate and honey aroma. Smooth, velvety, and chewy palate. Tastes of sweet roasted grain, dark chocolate, jasmine, and honey with a dry, organic, and bitter finish. Well done.


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