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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (2067) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Three states combine to create this amazing Imperial Porter. You won’t find many beers like this out there.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1669) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2015
On tap at steampunk beer bar GBG. Pours black with a small brown head. Smells and tastes soy, roasted malt, coffee, alcohol with a similar finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (5623) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2015
Deep dark color with a beige head. Dried fruits, dark malt and chocolate in the aroma. Full body and a soft carbonation. Solid balanced stuff. Powerful complex and tasty flavour. Chocolate, toffee, fruity, roasted and some coffee. Nice!
[On tap at Steampunk Bar in Goteborg, Sweden]

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (13345) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2015
Sample from bottle at Steampunk Bar, Göteborg. Dark almost black beer with a small beige/brownish head. Malty caramel aroma, vinous, figs, raisins, licorice, some chocolate. Malty caramel aroma, floral, chocolate, licorice, figs, raisins, some spices and warming alcohol.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (165) - - MAY 25, 2015
Served on tap at Stone. Dark black color with a medium brown head. Plum raisin aroma. Medium heavy body. Chocolate plum favor with some bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (624) - - MAY 12, 2015
Who knew avocado plants made honey? Enjoyed on draft, this beer’s deep black with one finger of smooth (dare I say suede-like?) light tan head. Nice layers of horizontal lace appear as I drink. Jasmine can be picked up in the nose, as can alcohol. Sweet cocoa and a gentle nudge of toast appear as well. Jasmine is again noticeable in the front of the flavor. Some floral honey as well -- I’ve never smelled or tasted calendula or avocado honey, so I can’t judge. Alcohol is here, smoking through the nose. Bittersweet dark chocolate rolls in at the swallow along with a touch of sweet black licorice. The alcohol is dangerously well-hidden inside a soft, medium-light body. Smooth as suede. Well-named.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2696) - NORWAY - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle. Black body, red tinted, with a beige head. Strong raisin aroma with choco notes and flowers, taste follows with a more roasted approach, licorice and subtle smoke hints. Good complexity with lots of stuff going on. A bit weak finish, short bitterness with alcohol. Nevertheless, a nice Imperial Porter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zakoon (237) - 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 (975) - 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 (3091) - 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 (618) - Lincoln, 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.


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