kambei70 (1114) - - OCT 27, 2013
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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Nice dark apperance. Aroma is roasty. Very burnt malt flavor. Taste is bitter and overly burnt. Palate is well balanced, but overly dry and burnt. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown nearly black color in the glass with a rocky tan head. Chocolate, roast, thin bitterness, and background sweetness in the aroma. Taste is chocolate with some supporting roast and almost sharp, contrasting bitterness followed by various sweet flavors, including. Even, clean mouthfeel. Certainly does not drink like nearly 10% ABV. Decent but the sweetness and thin bitterness detracts from the roast character which is what I enjoy most in the porter (even imperial) style. b79turner (261) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2013
22oz bomber, pours jet black with a small tan head that hangs around for awhile. Nose is earthy with a slight sweetness, maybe the honey. I can taste some farmhouse grains. Medium mouthfeel, not much booze. I’m a little confused by this beer, it’s all over the place. Not my favorite from Stone. freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours a dark brown black with khaki foam. Nice grainy aroma with dark roasted grains showing. Full flavor and a nice balance of the soft boozy sweetness and earthy roasted bitter sweet grains. There is a unique spice with a light herbal hop and drying floral kick. Solid porter all the way through.
Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - OCT 27, 2013
Bomber. This is a nice porter that has hints of floral aroma and sweetness. Peacehammer (627) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
opened 10/13/13. Very dark pour, with red tint. A nice floral note comes through on the nose, in addition to some roast cocoa. Medium bodied. A nice roast cocoa note up front, which is followed by a hint of honey, then some jasmine and a floral, bitter dry chocolate finish.
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours black with a thin tan head. Initial taste of roast that quickly gets fruity but finishes dry and a touch of smoke.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2013
22. Pours jet black with a scant tan head. Big sweet floral chocolatey nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Chocolatey, roasty, floral mid palate. Long sweet finish. jhamp9 (1964) - Corinth, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Near black pour with a nice lasting cream head. Chocolatey floral aroma. Taste is honey, vegetables and roast. Full body. Wouldn’t look for it again.