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RATINGS: 517   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 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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3.8
Dorwart (2609) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Decent sized light brown head of varying sized bubbles. Lots of berries in the arome with some floral hops and ripe fruit. Not much of a roasty character in the aroma which you would expect from a porter. Color is a very dark reddish brown. Body is a bit thinner than expected but has lots of porter character. Dark roasted malts, molasses, licorice, floral hops again and a decent amount of sweetness. Pretty up front alcohol presence too which seems like more than the 9.6% as advertised. Soft mouthfeel up front then dries out as the hops bitterness takes hold. Finishes malty with a light bitterness. This is a pretty good porter.

3.6
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Pours black. Sweet chocolate and oaky aroma. Flavor of dark malts, raisin and even plums. Rich and boozy. Nice lacing, velvety mouthfeel. Great porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
LinusStick (3510) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Very solid imperial porter. Aroma was nice and strong. Dark roasted malt was big and full with a dark chocolate note. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with a one finger light tan head. Taste was delicious. Strong roasted malt and dark chocolate carried through to the taste. A strong bitterness is offset by honey sweetness that balances the beer out. Nice carbonation. When these brewers throw flowers in beer I always wonder if you would taste the difference if they didn’t. Anyhow, very delicious beer.

3.1
Bacterial (3051) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Dark brown pour with a nice tan head. Lots of tan lacing on this one too. Floral nose. Bitter chocolate and burnt malts in the taste with some floral business going on in there as well. Hot finish to this one too. A bit vegetal in the aftertaste.

3.6
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. It’s 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. It’s different... thin-bodied, but wildly flavored. And yet, it’s easy and well-balanced. Suede? Maybe. For some reason it’s a little awkward at the end.

4.3
mcran86 (21) - 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
DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2013
22oz bottle from Whole Foods Redwood City, CA, drank at Matt’s, 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
NachlamSie (3570) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bomber from Little’s. Not sure what to expect here, but I was intrigued enough to give it a go and I have faith in Stone’s 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. It’s not subtle in the slightest. I don’t 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
ganache (6057) - 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, there’s no sign of any; an extremely mild floral or herbal is there if you drink quickly, but it’s probably better just to think of this as a big, smooth porter.

3.6
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 won’t be trying it again.


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