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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (3780) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Pours an opaque black on tap with thin tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, not a whole lot else. Taste has more going on, bit still a bit flat; roast, slight sweetness, odd floral notes. Nothing spectacular at all, one of the first misses on the collaboration front.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (5714) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Bottle: Pours nearly black with a thick, dark tan head. Coffee and flower aroma. Chocolate bitter, herbals....coffee flavours. Creamy and smooth. Cola notes, dark fruit, licorice. Really complex. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (5219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Bottle shared by Christine, poured black with beige head. Aromas and taste exhibit way too much roast and bitter ash. Lots of tobacco, burnt malt, chocolate, coffee and grass. Body was thick with the booze being barely detectable. This was alright, maybe a bit too aggressive on the smoke notes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12854) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Draft. Clear dark brown body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, some blueberry. Taste is moderately sweet, plum, some roast, light flower. Medium-full body, low carbonation, some stickiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9210) - 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.

3.6
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1628) - Cleveland, 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1749) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
One2remeber (245) - 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 (Monk’s Cafe). Adjuncts are free flowing, light baked chocolate taste, no booze, no roast. Best tasting honey beer I’ve 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5299) - Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Sample, floral and sweetness, milky and dark unfortunately without roastyness. That really keeps it from being exceptional


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