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RATINGS: 483   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndresTM (350) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Great aroma, with predominant roasted malts, milk chocolate, a bit of anise, toffee, cereal, and spring. Very nice. On the tongue, some bitterness, considerable (though not cloying) sweetness, and a bit of acidity. Intriguing and unique. Silky (suedy, if you will) mouthfeel, with a medium body (a bit on the thin side, even) and gentle carbonation. The aftertaste is initially roasted malts, tar, earthiness, and coffee, and after a while the honey becomes evident. The alcohol is very subtle at first, but as the beer gains temperature, it becomes more pronounced. I’m not the biggest Stone guy, but this is a winner.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zakoon (150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 15, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours very deep brown almost black with a long lasting 1 finger head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, honey and light roasted malt. Flavour is light sweet, bitter, herbal and floral, on the boozy side. Full bodied, average carbonation. Finish is bitter and floral.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (968) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2015
Bomber purchased at Major Market in Escondido 18 months ago ($6.99). Pours a very dark brown with one finger of creamy beige-tan foam. AROMA of bourbon-drizzled chocolate brownie, cocoa powder, dark honey, light cafe au lait, and subtle yet sweet floral notes (from the jasmine and marigolds / calendula, I presume). FLAVOR of smooth dark toffee and dark chocolate, roasted malts, black coffee, a light fruitiness, and a smooth vegetal / herbal that must point to whatever remains of the adjuncts. Exceptionally smooth on the palate as the name implies with the big ABV absolutely concealed. I had this on draft when it first released, but can’t really remember how much the honey and floral adjuncts stood out. The year and a half of aging may have caused the adjuncts’ character to fade some, but they are still detectable and add a nice layer to this dark ale. (482, 961)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2997) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Dark brown pour with creamy head. Aroma of jasmine, honey, and some chocolate. Flowery flavor with jasmine, honey, vanilla, and some chocolate. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbuskirk (554) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - FEB 24, 2015
The first of two Stone collaborations I enjoyed last night. This one had some age on it, and from what I experienced, that was a welcome addition. Pouring a lovely dark brown, Suede had a lovely head and a uniquely awesome smell. The honey and aromas from jasmine and calendula reminded me of tea. Yet, the roasted malt smells were undeniably porter-like. The taste was a revelation. I got the sweeter aspects of floral tea, but also the rich maltiness and boozy warmth of an Imperial Porter. I was totally impressed by the balance. Despite the lengthy list of ingredients, Suede wasn’t dominated by a single flavor. From start to finish, it was the smooth, luxurious treat that its name suggests.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (700) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Bottle. A- Honey, avocado, vanilla, flowers, mocha, caramel. A- Super dark brown color, dark liquid, light brown head. T- Cocoa, chocolate, coffee, honey, vanilla, subtle spice, caramel. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- At first aroma I thought I smelled something along the lines of avocado in here and thought I was crazy so I read the description on here and sure enough, the honey is from avocados. A nice blend of ingredients that just worked a lot better than expected. The way things are going Imperial Porters may be my new favorite thing. This bottle was also from late 2013 so I’m not sure how that may have affected this one either.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2015
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Sweet and malty aroma with some floral hints and roasted malts. Slightly sweet at the start with some hints of honey and flowers and then a slightly bitter roasted middle and finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (3576) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Tap. Black with small head. Malty with some chocolate and light roast. Light booze. Good but unexceptional.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2015
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted vanilla, malts and a hint of coffee. The taste was similar to the aroma with some tobacco a little coffee and cocoa. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle... Clear brown pour with glints of copper and a small, creamy, lightly-tanned head. The aroma furnishes dark fruits, toasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is sweet and roasty – dark candied fruits abound. The finish is moderately bitter and singed with lingering roastiness and burnt marshmallows. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 20, 2015
22oz bottle. Pours a deep black color with a one finger light tan head that falls slowly to a ring. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark cocoa, along with the jasmine and honey coming through lightly as well. Taste is roasted dark chocolate and charred malt flavors, and a hint of coffee bitterness. Midway the flavor turns sweet with fig and tobacco. In the finish, the honey sweetness kicks in and lingers, and the jasmine gives a slight floral notes on the finish. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.


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