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RATINGS: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


4.1
   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 wasn’t expecting, and this is one sexy porter. There’s a lot of roast but no char at all. It’s 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, there’s just a hint of leafiness to it. There’s a sort of creamy/tangy/sweet/roasty thing that works together fantastically well. This is a big, hugely flavorful porter that’s 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westchesterco (1392) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (4493) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2933) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1269) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Pours a deep black licorice color with a alcohol and strong malt aroma. Taste has an alcohol burn mixed with a bitter aftertaste. Flavors of black licorice and honey flower petals throughout. A complex porter that packs an alcohol punch.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4914) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle. Near black pour, with a bubbly tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, light honey sweetness, toasted bread, and notes of floral and fruit. A soft mouth feel. A pleasant drinking porter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3545) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2013
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a balsa head. Nose is coffee, honey and smoky blueberry, Creamy and roasty with a sharp tang. Taste is coffee then jasmine tea with honey. Finishes with cocoa, rose hips and burnt sugar.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Dark brown, translucent cola like color, with a weak, quickly dissipating head. Delicate floral, citrus, honey, black tea like aromas and flavors, intermingle with subtle wheat bread, chocolate and mild coffee nuances. Finishes with floral/citrus/black tea notes and mildly bitter roast grain. Carbonation is not creamy, rather raw and prickly. Overall, while I believe I can taste the individual ingredients, it's just not exciting me or holding my interest. The overall combination and mouthfeel doesn't work IMO. This beer is at the bottom of my list of Stone Collab's this year. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Really floral with earthy cocoa. Creamy rich body, finishing slightly oily and astringent but very well put together. Flavors are complex and change as the beer warms up.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Black pour, moderate sized tan head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is chocolate, light roast, very faint vanilla. Medium bodied, quite drinkable, alcohol hidden well. No real notes of gimmick flowers.


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