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RATINGS: 475   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (801) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours clear dark brown/black. Aroma of molasses, jasmine, peat, raisin, caramel. It has a floral and sweet character with an underlying earthiness in the nose. Flavor is molasses, caramel, floral, peat, roasty. Quite a nice sweetness and floral up front with a deeper earth and coffee in the finish.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9733) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2339) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Dark brown color. Strong nose of plum, dark fruit, chocolate, molasses with quick dissipating head. The body is med-full with low carbonation. Tons of dark chocolate, dark fruits and plum notes. Slightly sweet. The jasmine is a bit lost in the beer, but otherwise, very good.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikeyo1 (293) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours black with a beige head. Rich aroma of chocolate, cocoa, malt, honey,licorice, dark fruits. Hints of vanilla plus warming alcohol. Medium bodied and with rather sharp carbonation. Initial roasted and sweet flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, ash, honey, caramel, raisins, red berries and herbs. A dry and citrus-bitter, almost astringent finish comes quickly with lingering notes of ash, licorice and orange.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (2865) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle @ THT December. Pours a very dark brown, reddish beer with a small beige head on top. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and caramel with some flowery essences in there. Flavor is sweet, loads of caramel again with a nice coffee bitterness. Slight flowery aftertaste, watery mouhfeel. Decent stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3543) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle at DOST. Black pour with tan head. Aroma is leathery, nice chocolate + licorice character. Taste is med sweet, light roastiness, quite herbal /grassy. Palate is full bodied with good carbonation. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5136) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle at the Dirty Old Socks Tasting, Den Haag, December 2014. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin broken white head. The aroma is rich sweet malt coffee, chocolate. The flavour is moderate bitter light sweet with a rich sweet bubbly alcoholic bitter palate. Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (5871) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle shared at DOS tasting thanks to Jmgreenuk. Pours dark brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of rich malt, rye, dark caramel and toffee. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5821) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
66cl bottle sampled @ december THT Thin tan head. Clear black pour. A nice smooth imperial porter. Well done

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (3880) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of sweet berries, caramel malt. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet malt, aged berries. Maybe a bit past it’s best.


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