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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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3.6
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin! Deep ruby pour, completely black-hole black in the glass with a frothy, mocha head that shows ridiculous retention & leaves great lacing behind. Aroma is different with mild roast, light milky cocoa, a faint berry sweetness, some strong floral notes, & quite a bit of honey sweetness. Taste has large milky sweet chocolate with subtly roast. Lots of honey mid-palate, coming through nicely with some floral & grassy notes. I get a little of that ambiguous berry-like sweetness, too. Some bittersweet, dark chocolate in the finish with a touch of bitter roast. Very solid brew.

2.5
Braudog (6906) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Wasn’t real sure to expect given the description -- a "porter" with this selection of stuff in it sounded weird ... and it is. It pours a dark brown hue. The aroma is elusive -- hints at maybe some sweetness, but not much more. The beer drinks with an interestingly light body, and light in character as well. With little porter-like beefiness, the beer comes across more to me as a floral, herbal concoction, with just a little cocoa base lingering in the background. Not my favorite. (#5299, 10/20/2013)

3.4
matthewjk (1138) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
You know, I’ll pick up ANY collaboration; what can I say, I’m a sucker for ’em. I’m not overjoyed with all the herbal notes being thrown around here, but it is certainly drinkable. Quite surprised to see the ABV crest way above the 9 % water line on this one. Nice encounter, nice value, but will not return for more.

3.8
want1DIPA (227) - - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle pour. Has a mild flower aroma at first, but the smokey Porter flavors set in and a trickle of smooth honey is left at the finish. Nice brew Stone.

3.4
mcberko (19869) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is full of floral notes, honey, and jasmine, along with some light roasted malts. Flavour brings out wild flowers, honey and lighter notes of the jasmine. Roasted malts are somewhere underneath, but pretty masked by the flowers and honey. Good stuff, but too dominated by the additives.

3.7
vickvega82 (40) - Maine, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pours a nice smooth black and a real foamy tan head. Has a lot of nice malt flavor and a bit of chocolate on the back. Its got a bit of a diesel for a 9.6 porter but its still pretty good

3.6
JHeath99 (1680) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque dark brown with slight tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste of dark chocolates and coffee.

3.9
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin brown head. Roasted malt aroma with a hint of honey. Some dark chocolate in the nose. Smooth taste with oats, dark malt, and roasted chocolate. Milky texture. Very good collaboration.

4
DedicatedToFun (4003) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Awesome imperial porter, on tap at Stone Escondido, really liked the dark chocolate and coffee deliciousness!

3.8
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Bottle to glass. Dark black Brown pour with a medium light brown head that laces down. Nose is milk chocolate mellowed out by the honey. taste is intensely smooth. Intense roasted malt with a smooth honey body and floral finish.


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