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RATINGS: 457   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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (723) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Looks amazing. Super nice layered lacing on the glass. Dark fruit flavors upfront. Heavy honey midway and throughout. Slight floral hints coming in at the end.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Chocolate milk. Some bitterness. Good stuff all around. Lots of roast. Tap at Snallygaster.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (3152) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours ruby chestnut, small brown head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is roasy, lactic, honey, green tea. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, honey, floral and herbal; definite green tea notes. Lingering bitterness. Full body, creamy.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
13th September 2014
Almost opaque dark brown beer, small tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Good fine carbonation. Mild dry dark malts, slight oxidised taste. Tea!? Mild floralness and spice. Whisper of powdery dark chocolate. Finishes light and dry with a little bitterness. Doesn’t hang together for me, the interaction between the malts and flowers producing that odd off tea taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1367) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
140801, bottle. Pours dark brown with a dense tan head. Aroma is sweet floral, smooth light roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter roasted, light bitter roasted finish with floral and sweet spicy notes. Medium/full bodied, soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ReverendMoon (150) - Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Smells sweet like sugary syrup. Nice dark brown. Taste is a little less sweet than how it smells. Good, not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (1892) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"Definitely sweet leaning for stone. Chocolate, light roast, honey, and especially as it warms, some herbal/floral notes. Aroma and flavor really similar. Not mind blowing but quite good. Let it get to 55. Alcohol is masked expertly, and the beer is named well, very smooth and easy for nearly 10%., "

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/10/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, honey, herbal, floral, dark bread, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, honey, herbal, floral, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char/smoke, honey, herbal, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spicing; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Spicing is not overdone, but is enough to be very noticeable. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (4696) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2014
1/VIII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Belgo-Swedish Crazy Summer Trade Tasting - BB: n/a (2014-866) Thanks to hackobock for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, nice creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet, caramel, dried fruits, mocha, sweet, candy, some liquorish. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet, caramel, some chocolate, mocha, little bitter, honey, dried fruits. Aftertaste: little sour, sweet, caramel, bitter chocolate, mocha, little bitter, honey, dried fruits. Aftertaste: little sour, sweet, caramel, bitter chocolate, coffee, malty touch.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8140) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle at Aces & Ales Tenaya. Nearly opaque dark brown color with some red around the edges. Medium foamy light beige head that recedes steadily to a sparse outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Floral notes in the nose along with roasted malt and chocolate. Medium to full body with flavors of charred malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits and herbs. The finish is floral honey and charred malt. Above average overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (4634) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Similar taste. Also cocoa and some toffee. On the sweet side with fairly bitter finish.


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