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RATINGS: 493   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Kind of light bodied for such a big dark beer. I guess thatís why it comes down on this side of the porter vs stout line. Prunes, spice and burnt toffee on the nose. More dark fruit on the palate, with some roast malts and sweet spices finishing. Rather complex and greater than the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black and nearly opaque in the glass with faint mahogany edges. One finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of spotty lacing left behind. Thereís a surpringly strong floral presence in the aroma. I know that honey and two different flowers are some of the main ingredients but I was expecting them to be overpowered by the robust porter characteristics. Lots of flower petal and caraway and subtle earthy hops followed by subtle roast and sweet chocolate malt. Some burnt toast, oatmeal and coffee bean but this is overpowered by the honey and floral notes leaving mostly sweeter malts underneath. Not too complex and the malts are overpowered but the flowers and honey are really pleasant. Full bodies and a bit more complex than expected. The strong floral presence is still there up front but is countered by a prominent malt backbone that balances roast and sweet flavors. The floral presence is perfume like and mellows out the deep roast. Very nicely balanced with hints of rose water, flower petal and faint hop bitterness countered by burnt toast, oatmeal, coffee bean and smoke. Some lighter malt sweetness on the back end with bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee and caramel. Finishes pretty clean which is surprising given the ingredients, and there is little to no heat making this complex beer very easy to drink. I havenít been a big fan of Stoneís collaboration beers but I enjoyed this one very much. I would definitely buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a snifter. 3.25 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is about what youíd expect from a big beer and just a few wisps of lacing are left. 3.75 S: The combination of adjuncts seems to work well with the base beer. I donít know what the hell calendula flowers are, but I do pick up the distinct jasmine and notes of honey. The base is roasty with just enough malty sweetness to balance. Some chocolate and molasses with hints of plum and cherry. Overall, quite successful here. 3.25 T: The taste is a bit of a different story. The jasmine has a great deal of control in the taste. Itís not necessarily bad, but Iím not sure it works well either. Also, there seems to be a bit too much hoppiness, especially bitterness. I donít care for hops in dark beers as the flavors donít mix well with roasty flavors. Still, itís decent. Moderate roastiness, hints of chocolate, molasses, and honey. I guess some calendula flower herbalness. 3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Booze is well hidden. I wish this were creamier, but itís not bad. 3.25 D: Love the experimentation, but the end result is along the spectrum near mediocre. I might like this more if the hops were toned down, but thatís just pure speculation. ★ 1,267 characters DavoleBomb, Nov 03, 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1279) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2015
November 8th, 2013 - Enjoying a night in tonight with Stoneís Suede Imperial Stout, a lovely purple and gold bottle promising a sultry, boozy and sophisticated time. The bottle sort of reminds me of gin, in the way it dresses itself, and the ingredient list looks like it could come from a specialty gin distiller: calendula flowers (yeah, never heard of those), jasmine and honey. The smell is gorgeous, as one might suspect, reminding me of the interior of a famous Colorado pizza chain called BoJeauís. Sweet bored grape establishes the aromaís body, and decorates it with additional lilac, and as much honey as they could cram into the scent. Thereís a ton of carbonation here, and itís detectable well before the first sip. Huge mottled bubbles cling to the side of the glass, making it look more like a soft drink than a brew. Its aftertaste emphasizes a kind of porter style with all the heavy, roasted maltiness, and a long, low rumble until the next sip. The overall flavor mixes that roasted charcoal quality with a subtle red bean (an) paste sweetness. The length of the aftertaste and the time between sips makes this almost like a smokeable beer, the cigar version of a brew, and Iím loving every puff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4195) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2015
Frommy backlogg: Sample at Steampunk Bar, Gothenburg. Black beer with an brownish head. Malty caramel dark fruit licorice aroma. Malty caramell chocolate licoice dark fruits flavour. Really a nice one :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1695) - Hšllefors, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2015
On tap at steampunk beer bar GBG. Pours black with a small brown head. Smells and tastes soy, roasted malt, coffee, alcohol with a similar finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (6052) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2015
Deep dark color with a beige head. Dried fruits, dark malt and chocolate in the aroma. Full body and a soft carbonation. Solid balanced stuff. Powerful complex and tasty flavour. Chocolate, toffee, fruity, roasted and some coffee. Nice!
[On tap at Steampunk Bar in Goteborg, Sweden]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15306) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2015
Sample from bottle at Steampunk Bar, GŲteborg. Dark almost black beer with a small beige/brownish head. Malty caramel aroma, vinous, figs, raisins, licorice, some chocolate. Malty caramel aroma, floral, chocolate, licorice, figs, raisins, some spices and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (278) - - MAY 25, 2015
Served on tap at Stone. Dark black color with a medium brown head. Plum raisin aroma. Medium heavy body. Chocolate plum favor with some bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (733) - - MAY 12, 2015
Who knew avocado plants made honey? Enjoyed on draft, this beerís deep black with one finger of smooth (dare I say suede-like?) light tan head. Nice layers of horizontal lace appear as I drink. Jasmine can be picked up in the nose, as can alcohol. Sweet cocoa and a gentle nudge of toast appear as well. Jasmine is again noticeable in the front of the flavor. Some floral honey as well -- Iíve never smelled or tasted calendula or avocado honey, so I canít judge. Alcohol is here, smoking through the nose. Bittersweet dark chocolate rolls in at the swallow along with a touch of sweet black licorice. The alcohol is dangerously well-hidden inside a soft, medium-light body. Smooth as suede. Well-named.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2782) - NORWAY - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle. Black body, red tinted, with a beige head. Strong raisin aroma with choco notes and flowers, taste follows with a more roasted approach, licorice and subtle smoke hints. Good complexity with lots of stuff going on. A bit weak finish, short bitterness with alcohol. Nevertheless, a nice Imperial Porter.

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