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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (865) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (1700) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Malty aroma with some floral hints, liquorice, honey and roasted malts. Slightly sweet at the start with some hints of honey and flowers and then a slightly bitter roasted middle and finish. Some notes of roast and chocolate. Well balanced sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Nice deep dark almost jet black body. Espresso, chocolate and roasted malts in the aroma, with some essence of hops. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (5441) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity smell with blueberries. Taste of chocolate, dark malts, blueberries. Smooth, interesting flavour. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Draught at Urge. Pours opaque black with a large, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is leather, chocolate, coffee malt, prunes, figs, earthy hops, and tobacco. Flavor is heavy dark malt, chocolate, dark fruits, earthy hops and light bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wrlangin (109) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
22 oz Bottle purchased online from Blackwell's Beer Run. Very robust roasted malt flavor balanced with chocolate and coffee. The flavors are bold and robust, but not overpowering. One of my favorite porters that I have had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (3343) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Dark mahogany body with an inch of dense beige foam atop. Aromas of honey, floral notes, perhaps brown sugar, a touch of wine, slight oxidation. Chocolate, malt, bread. Medium-thin body with soft carbonation. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (1025) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Pours an opaque brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer with good lacing. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, honey, fruit, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1376) - 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.


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