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RATINGS: 486   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 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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1230) - 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 (4872) - 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 (3523) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
A flowery accent with a modicum of honey, this artistic collaboration is dessert on an easel. With all of the complex flavors, itís still accessible and silky. An atypically sweet release from the generally haughty and molar flashing Stone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5536) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle. Murky dark brown to near black pour with a tall, foamy brown head. Aroma is flowery with honey, toasted dark bread and soft roasted malt. Cocoa notes as well. Taste is roasted malt, dark bread, toasted grains, honey, flowers, hints of dark fruit and dusty cocoa. Body is medium with a soft, velvety carbonation. Ends with more honey, dark fruit, bready notes, flowers, roasted malt and cocoa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1485) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle pour very dark opaque brown. Nose toffee, roast, and sweetness. Not sure if the smell is the jasmine or the honey. Taste coffee, roast, and chocolate bitterness with hint of caramel followed by floral, then sweetness from the honey. Decent bitter finish. Interesting mix of flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown (almost black) with an off white head. Coffee, milk chocolate, honey, molasses, floral notes. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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