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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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 OLeary 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, Oregons 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
On Draft @ Stone Tap Takeover Black Motor oil with tan head. Faint floral notes on the nose. Taste is roasty malt porter with hints of honey and wildflowers. Pretty smooth but not all that flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Kind of light bodied for such a big dark beer. I guess thats why it comes down on this side of the porter vs stout line. Prunes, spice and burnt toffee on the nose. More dark fruit on the palate, with some roast malts and sweet spices finishing. Rather complex and greater than the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Overall we were expecting a lot more, especially with a name like suede. Bouquet of deep, dark malts, with little hints of unknown florality. The beer becomes pretty one note after that, alcohol and malt, balanced with a bitter and roasty finish. Its a decent porter, curious to see how it would age, but nothing to go out of the way for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (2380) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Aromas of dark earth, flowers, cocoa, espresso, and dried dark berries. Dark brown with bronze highlights and a lasting beige head. Dry, lightly bitter, well balanced, roasty, pretty savory. Medium-full bodied, nicely carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Soy, chocolate, and floral berry aromas. Light beige head and dark brown and reddish body. Dry coffee, some light earthy fruit and floral Notes with a slight honey aftertaste. Smooth and refreshing on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (3157) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Appearance is clear, dark, with reddish highlights. Spotty lacing. Nose is cherry cola, and a bit of licorice along with roasted notes. Taste is toasted, with espresso and anise. Gets fuller body as you hold it in your mouth and as it ends. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reganstout (4) - - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
Had to look twice at the bottle after pouring to reassure myself that this was a porter and not a stout. Had a nice creamy head that was a little thin but could easily be swirled back up again. Nice roasty chocolatey aroma with floral hints. First sip had a smooth sweetness that lingered on the lips. Very drinkable. Some of the bitterness seems to come from the florals not just the hops. And silky finish on the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (7207) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2014
650ml Bottle - Dark brown, almost black, with some red tinges. Roasted malt, honey, lavender and cocoa in the aroma. Plain chocolate, roasted malt, honey and liquorice fudge in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3250) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of cocoa, some strange floral notes, honey liquor, and some tea leaves. Taste is cocoa, licorice root, some sweet/lightly earthy notes, mild smoke, honey floral perfume-like sweetness and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Interesting....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4071) - Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2014
22 oz bottle received from my in-laws as a Christmas gift. The pour is a hazy brown with ruby highlights and a smallish light tan head. The aroma is dark chocolate and patent malt along with some pine notes and a sweet warming booze. As the beer warmed, licorice notes became noticeable. The taste is the dark chocolate patent malt up front, moves bittersweet towards the finish. There are pine notes and booze throughout. The licorice becomes fairly strong by the time the beer hit room temperature. The palate is medium bodied, active carbonation and the sweet boozy finish. Nice take on the style.

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