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RATINGS: 514   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2013
The name of this beer makes my subconscious dream up what this beer feels like before I even smell it. Its pitch black with a loud, light brown head that fizzles away pretty quickly. Chocolate and what, at first, smells like vanilla hit the nose up front, but over time it starts to smell like something a little softer and sweeter than vanilla. Floral hops top it all, nicely decorating the sweet, chocolaty aroma. The alcohol is nicely hidden beneath this great nose. Alcohol shoves its way up front in the flavor, followed by two very different, distinctive experiences. After the alcohol subsides, a touch of cocoa and a smooth mouthfeel fools you into thinking there might be some normal imperial porter characteristics at play, but then a strange floral flavor floods the palate that reminds me of burning incense. Its different... thin-bodied, but wildly flavored. And yet, its easy and well-balanced. Suede? Maybe. For some reason its a little awkward at the end.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcran86 (19) - Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours black coffee color with medium head. Interesting flavor of jasmine and honey with some floral hints. Pretty awesome collaboration from Stone and Bluejacket. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8215) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2013
22oz bottle from Whole Foods Redwood City, CA, drank at Matts, 27/10/13. Very dark mahogany with a slender beige head. Nose grilled vegetables, slightly English sulphur, coffee, black chocolate. Good balanced cocoa, coffee and burnt sausage skin taste with hints of blackcurrant and raisin. Thin mouthfeel. Tasty if a little underwhelming.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (3397) - 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 (5745) - 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 (8004) - 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.


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