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RATINGS: 462   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 (752) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-14-14- Poured from bomber bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a super deep brown color bordering on black with a small fizzy tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and coffee. Along with the darker aromas are some sweeter smells with cola and a little bit of a molasses aroma. Mixed with these smells are some light floral smells with some woody and grainy hay aromas mixed within there as well. Taste – The taste begins with a sweet honey and molasses flavor as well a big roasted malt flavor with some notes of cocoa. The sweeter flavors fade as the taste advances toward the middle, with them resurging once again at the end of the taste. Flavors of jasmine and lavender develop on the taste along this time, producing a bit for of a floral taste. More toward the end a rather strong flavor of a woody and grassy taste as well as some of a somewhat hay like flavor join in the taste profile. With some alcohol flavor as well as a char and spice flavor joining the mix of flavors that is left toward the end of the taste, one is left with a rather odd, roasted, and somewhat astringent flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is interesting in this one. Once initially sipped it begins on the lighter to medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess, but as it sits in the mouth advancing toward the end of the taste, it seems to thicken quite a bit. This odd transition in thickness is actually going the wrong way, as it would have been nicer for a thicker feel earlier on in the taste to accentuate the roast and sweet with it then thinning out when all the alcohol, floral, and woody flavors come to the tongue. The carbonation however was rather appropriate as it was lighter and nice for the deeper flavors of the brew. While not ideal in my mind with beer had a very interesting feel overall. Overall – A rather odd mix of flavors that really didn’t come together too well for me. It is an interesting try, but nothing I would go back to.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
c0fein (220) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2014
660ml bottle @ MBT. Bottled 9/13/13. Thanks alkoholocaust!

Black stuff with thin foam layer. Aroma of honey, sweetness. Flavour of sweetness, richness, floral. Nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2085) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle from SB. Dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Malty and flowery tones. malt, fruit, spice and hops. Full body with a nice bitter sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1994) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 24, 2014
On tap 5 oz. pour at Max's in the Fell's Point district, Baltimore, MD. Opaque, black-brown with a khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and herbs. Taste of chocolate, coffee, molasses, floral notes, roasted malt and alcohol. Full/medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours dark brown with tan foam. Smells sweet of vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes sweet, full-bodied, roasty (some chocolate and coffee) with a hint of rum.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4168) - 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 (3311) - 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 (15309) - , 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 (1438) - 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 (155) - 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


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