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RATINGS: 511   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 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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (3323) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bomber from Littles. Not sure what to expect here, but I was intrigued enough to give it a go and I have faith in Stones undertakings. Looks pretty good in the tulip glass: very dark with ruby tints and a tall khaki head. Aroma is aggressively floral with distinct, obvious honey. Roasty porter notes are here as well with extremely dry cacao aromas and earth. Palate is pretty creamy and robust. Loads of honey and flowers overwhelm my palate. Its not subtle in the slightest. I dont mind bold, aggressive flavors but flowers and honey I would prefer to be more subdued. The finish starts dry, but the honey comes in and sweetness things up. A lingering flavor reminiscent of sipping herbal tea in a flower garden stays on my palate. I kind of enjoyed the drinking experience, but I doubt I will revisit this.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5648) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bomber bottled on 09/13/13. My 4400th overall rating and 1999th from the USA. Nose of tinny-porter with clean medium roast and some mild stale air, pours dark brown and sits black in the glass with a sudsy tan head. Dense bubbles in layers of lace. Taste is chocolaty, roasty, medium sweetness with low bitterness, light ash and tar, a really great dark roast lasting into the aftertaste. Booze is strong here, though, packs a bit of a wallop, very full body with light carbonation and a very mild sourish tang from the roast. As for jasmine, calendula, and avocado honey, theres no sign of any; an extremely mild floral or herbal is there if you drink quickly, but its probably better just to think of this as a big, smooth porter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Solid porter, but nothing remarkable. Smelss sweet, bright taste and mouthfeel. Clean roast. I enjoyed it but probably wont be trying it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4 oz pour from Topps. Color is jet black with a tiny tan head. It smells like flowers, mocha, and milk. The taste is overly floral, with a good amount of bitterness and chocolate taste as well. A little oily tasting. Im not a fan at all of the floral thing here. It pretty much ruins a good porter in my opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Poured from bottle, pours a nice dark color with a light tan foamy head. Aroma is actually sweet and fruity with notes of plum and raisin. Flavor is moderately sweet with some dark fruits and maybe some licorice with a sweet malt backend. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is average. Overall This is a solid beer but not sure how much of a porter it is.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Pours a nice dark brown with a medium head light brown in color. Aroma is faint with lots of floral and honey. Taste is truly unique. Lots of different floral notes, some honey and maybe even a hint of citrus that masks the usual smoky flavor of a porter. Palafe just dances with much the same with a lingering note of honey. Super unique and would try again.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (7785) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle at Pauls. Pours a deep brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is faint malt and sugar. Mouthfeel is light to thin with muted flavors of malt, fruit an light spice. Boring overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Pours thin and black with a nice head. Aroma is sweet flowers and hops. Flavor is amazing flowery and real honey, sucrets cough drops. Great how the real flavor of the adjuncts cut through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (5128) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Je navais aucune attente pour celle-l, surtout que la fusion th/bire na pas souvent fonctionn pour moi...Cette fois-ci, on peut dire que cest une premire. Le liquide coule brun/ambr et respire les fleurs et le caramel grill et je suis aussitt sduit par lquilibre et la touche de miel qui enrobe le tout. Pas la plus complexe mais extrmement sduisante.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5714) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2013
22oz bomber from Total Wine in Brick, or something like that. Poured a medium density opaque black with a smaller foamy light beige head. Aroma starts off sweet with notes of honey scented Tootsie Roll, touch of jasmine and some vanilla. Medium body that is actually a bit thin for the style and high ABV, bubbly carbonation and not trace of the ABV, wish this one was a bit smoother and more creamy. Flavor of flower petals and jasmine originally and then that fades nicely to some chocolate and continues to intensify to lots of burnt toast and burnt dark chocolate. Nice beer and suprised the delicate jasmine and honey even come out in such a big burnt beer. This would have been so much better with a creamy body.


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