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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,094 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 1,094
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 12
Gots: 123 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: azdback on 09-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

When Meagan 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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Ratings: 1,094 | Reviews: 187
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Getting lots of honey in the smell. Honey and roasted malts in the taste. Not getting jasmine or flowers. Smooth, lower carb and a touch dry.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours an obsidian black body with a thick sticky meniscus of tan cream.

S- The creamy blend of black roasted malt and some leather notes with a perfume floral hint grows as it opens up.

T- Roasted black malt leads to a thin finish of roasted slightly astringent black charred grains. There is a dark cola note that lingers in the aftertaste.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is a bit thin like beers with honey and not really rich like I would expect an imperial porter, but it has some nice light porter notes. The flowers might contribute some character but I didn't notice them specifically.

Photo of chefhatt
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark with some coffee and dark fruit flavors and some honey also.
one of the best porter i have had.

Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into tulip (in San Diego).
A: Pours a very dark brown with essentially no head.
S: Sweet floral notes mix with dry bitter chocolate and roast malt. Interesting...and quite nice.
T: Honey and floral notes hit first quickly followed by dry bitter chocolate and dark roast malt. Follows aroma closely.
M: Medium body. Dryly sweet and bitter. Fairly smooth and lingers nicely on the palate for a bit.
D: Overall an interesting and solid brew. I like the thought process and the balance of delicately sweet and darker bitter notes.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.84/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best porters I ever had.

Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, bottled 9/21/2013, poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color, nearly opaque with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, no lacing

S- dark roasted malt with some charred woodsy aroma, dark chocolate with a hint of coffee, definitely picking up a sweetness from the honey and the jasmine gives some floral aromas on the finish

T- the base porter is roasty with some dark chocolate and charred malt flavors, hint of coffee bitterness. The mid-palate turns sweet with flavors of fig and tobacco. As it nears the finish, the honey sweetness kicks in and lasts long into the linger, the jasmine gives slight floral notes on the finish as well

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming, creamy finish

O- a robust base porter that works nicely with the addition of the honey sweetness

Photo of craftbeersweden
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Dark brown beer with a one finger high white-beige head.

Nose: Floral notes, vanilla, honey, caramel and milk.

Taste: Flower, honey, syrup and caramel. Sweet taste and almoust no chocolate and dark bread that I persumed.

Body: Medium to full body with medium carbonation. The bitterness balance the sweetness.
I like this beer!

Aroma 6/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 17/20

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/10/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, honey, herbal, floral, dark bread, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, honey, herbal, floral, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char/smoke, honey, herbal, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spicing; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Spicing is not overdone, but is enough to be very noticeable. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy

A - Pitch black with a finger of head and some carbonation left on the glass

S - coffee, jasmine and honey, and floral hops

T - Sweet, chocolate, with a HUGE honey aftertaste!!! Tasty!!

M - Thin and not much carbonation is the downfall of the mouth

O - Definitely a tasty imperial porter. Jasmine and honey are what makes it unique.

Photo of HuskerTornado
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a black color with a tall beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark cocoa, with the jasmine and honey coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a decently heavy body, very nice. Taste is chocolate truffles and honey up front, bringing sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness at the same time. The jasmine and calendula can be tasted in the finish, nice and subtle. Alcohol is at 9.6%, but with everything going on here, it is well hidden.

Overall, a really good imperial porter, smooth and very easy to drink.

Photo of Gryphon69
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle

A- Pours a nice inky black, with noticeable bubbles up the sides. Decent head, light lacing on the sides and a light coating over the top 10m later.

S- Very soft at this point, roasted malts, dark chocolates, I cant smell much flowers/jasmine/honey in the glass, but Im defiantly picking it up from the bottle, everything smells pretty good.

T- The roasted malts and chocolates up front as a porter should be, next you get the sweeter side probably the honey and finishes with a slightly bitter dry feeling. Again pretty good.

M- medium to full body, has a decent thick, chewy feeling while still retaining a slippery smoothness over the tongue.

O- When I first opend it I had a hard time picking up the smell, maybe cause its been cellaring since I got it last year. After it aired out some, everything came togather nicely. The carbonation wasn't noticeable while drinking. They did a really good job with this, glad i have 3 more downstairs.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after drinking on 4/4/14. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with a bottling date of 9/10/13 stamped on the bottle in yellow faded ink. Held onto this one a little longer than I planned, so we'll see how it holds up. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Body is an inky black hue, with little to no light passing through it. There is definitely a silky, viscous appearance to the liquid as it pours. Atop the body sits a one finger of creamy looking head the color of toasted marshmallow with just a slightly yellow cream tint. Retention is moderate, with the head settling to a healthy film across the top with a buildup of foam on the edges, creating a drifting effect. Lacing is silky and sparse.

Smell - So often I've tried porters/stouts that purport to have lighter, sweeter components like flowers and/or honey added, and the roasted malt simply overpowers them with notes of char and chocolate, but here, there is a really nice blend between the richer dark chocolate and roasted characteristics from the malt and the sweeter, luscious notes from the flowers and honey. It all combines to add a nectar-like softness to the otherwise bitter-leaning smells. Very well done.

Taste - Here, the roasty malt profiles take over a bit more, with strong notes of bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder as well as nice bitterness from the roasted char. That said, the honey still imparts a delicate sweetness and counterpoint to the more pungent notes of the taste. The floral elements are ethereal and faint, but as the bitterness fades, the aromatic flower suggestion remains behind.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a silky, rich feel on the tongue. Lingering bitterness which fades into a long lasting but gently sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a really well-done porter that doesn't kill you will bitter, rich elements or sweetness. Nice and balanced, and the use of the honey and jasmine is quite deft and blends into the whole nicely. With so many additives, you worry that the whole could be less than the sum of its parts, but that is certainly not the case here.

Photo of RickS95
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Looks black in the glass, but the pour shows very dark brown and some lightness around the edges. The head is only about a finger thick. There's moderate retention and an attractive thin white film left up top, like cream on coffee. Spotty lace.

The scent is different. In addition to dark malts, you actually do pick up honey and flowers. The jasmine is subtle, but if you've had jasmine rice before, it's similar. No hop nor alcohol presence.

The taste is very imperial porter-like. An aggressive malt forward beer, the hops make a similar impression in the swallow. Floral notes throughout, with honey not making a cameo til well into the finish.

Mouthfeel is unusual as well. All characteristics of a strong porter are there, and while the finish is somewhat sweet due to the honey, the floral ingredients provide for a dry finish. While not palate-wrecking, it does scrape the tongue clean. Full bodied, in addition to the dry finish, the alcohol brings some heat as well.

The beer is different, but with most things Stone, it works. It's very easy to drink and while there is a bit of heat on the throat in the swallow, this big ABV beer hides the alcohol.

Photo of ISmith87
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 4 - great tan head that leaves awesome lacing atop the dark brown/black beer, with a mahogany look at the edges where it thins out
S 4.5 - chocolate, vanilla, cream, coffee, real smooth
T 4.5 - same as smell - chocolate, vanilla, cream, coffee, milk
M 4.5 - nice and thick, alc covered, aftertaste is chocolates and cream. Feels like drinking suede.
O 4.5 - the aging of this for one year must have made it awesome. Dunno where the 86 came from.

Photo of Ego
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a collaborated imperial with a girly side? hmmm

eyes...
not quite pitch black enough to attract riddick, but pretty dark, some bubble columns noticed marching up from the bottom, the head is a construction of cloned micro bubbles that forms a thin layer crown, lacing is good, overall this looks good, nothing special but there is some saying about a judge and his book or something...

nose...
expecting a roast note or chocolate or some such... but suede ain't leather baby, there is a flower/honey note that floats over top of the dark chocolate, it also dabbles in raspberry/cherry tone, underneath is a chalky type of cocoa and almost biscuity, I can say that it is rather unique in this department, I don't think I love it but it sure is intriguing

taste...
the carbonation is almost absent feeling, it is this weird thing where you think you are going to get the prickly sensation and then it dissapears quicker than the crab legs at a chinese buffett, the honey really comes out in the after taste, this seems to lack the nice roast/dark flavors of your standard porters, in some ways it seems to almost want to mimic oak barrel aging, the flavor almost taps on vanilla but for me it misses the mark a bit, maybe a little boozier would help on this ? It is not that it is lacking in kick but something is off the mark for this taster

verdict?
the sweetness makes this really buck the style, and unfortunately I don't think it works, it is lacking the nice porter flavors that define the style, it sort of comes close in mouth feel but does not hit this 100% either. An interesting brew but I am glad I only bought one

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bomber bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a super deep brown color bordering on black with a small fizzy tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and coffee. Along with the darker aromas are some sweeter smells with cola and a little bit of a molasses aroma. Mixed with these smells are some light floral smells with some woody and grainy hay aromas mixed within there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet honey and molasses flavor as well a big roasted malt flavor with some notes of cocoa. The sweeter flavors fade as the taste advances toward the middle, with them resurging once again at the end of the taste. Flavors of jasmine and lavender develop on the taste along this time, producing a bit for of a floral taste. More toward the end a rather strong flavor of a woody and grassy taste as well as some of a somewhat hay like flavor join in the taste profile. With some alcohol flavor as well as a char and spice flavor joining the mix of flavors that is left toward the end of the taste, one is left with a rather odd, roasted, and somewhat astringent flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is interesting in this one. Once initially sipped it begins on the lighter to medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess, but as it sits in the mouth advancing toward the end of the taste, it seems to thicken quite a bit. This odd transition in thickness is actually going the wrong way, as it would have been nicer for a thicker feel earlier on in the taste to accentuate the roast and sweet with it then thinning out when all the alcohol, floral, and woody flavors come to the tongue. The carbonation however was rather appropriate as it was lighter and nice for the deeper flavors of the brew. While not ideal in my mind with beer had a very interesting feel overall.

Overall – A rather odd mix of flavors that really didn’t come together too well for me. It is an interesting try, but nothing I would go back to.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Collaboration Suede Porter is a good beer....very flavorful that would not remind one of a standard porter. The beer pours an opaque black with ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries honey and pot purri. The taste carries all the flare expected based on the label....honey at the start....the Jasime and flowers at the end. The beer is smooth throught the entire pull. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this beer is decent and very flavorful. Really enjoying it.

Photo of stevoj
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Payette’s Black Friday event. Strong and bitter porter, strength apparent in both aroma and alcohol warmth, pours black with spare beige head, hops bitterness prevails in aroma and taste. This beer seems to get stronger as it warms. A real winter warmer.

Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This poured a ruddy ruby-black in color. There’s an interesting aroma on this, with a floral jasmine character. Not estery but bright and vibrant. It’s light and velvety. Not a coffee roast but more on the delicate side. Tastes lightly floral with a bit of a hoppy bitterness and a wonderful mix of jasmine and lavender characters. The floral finish emerges as it warms. It’s intriguing and enjoyable, like a fine wine in porter form. Enjoyed my second bottle even more than the first. It’s a surprising combination but it works wonderfully.

Photo of dtivp
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark near black brown with a one finger dark tan foamy head that fades very quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma was slightly floral with dark roasted malt, and coffee.

Taste followed the nose with roasted malt, light coffee, sweet chocolate and a slight floral background.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning full body, light carbonation, smooth and very little alcohol warming.

Overall this was a good porter, yet I never had a porter with the floral taste. You should try it if you have the chance.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool eye-catching label in the Stone style and tradition with the gargoyle as its centerpiece, great graphics, and colors. Label is painted on. Front label gives ABV info, a small description of the beer, and lists Stone/Blue Jacket/10 Barrel as the 3 collaborators on the beer. Back label gives an excellent back story and description of the beer, web info on the beer, quotes from all 3 collaborating brew masters, cellaring info, web info on the brewery, and a bit of brewery info. Neck label has Stone gargoyle and states “Stone Collaboration 2013”.

Appearance: Suede Imperial Porter was aggressively poured from its 22oz brown bottle into a 20oz English pint leading to a 3½ finger thick tightly packed light brown head atop a deep dark brown if not black beer. Phenomenal head retention at 5min 54sec before fading to a thick creamy coating and ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of dark fruits and slight honey with hints of dark chocolate, spices, molasses, floral aspects, roast malts, and a bit of hops.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of sweet honey, jasmine, chocolate, and slight floral hops on the front-end. Mid-point has a floral tones with a heavy roastyness, hints of molasses and dark fruit. Back-end is extremely roasty with a coffee bitterness coming through. Aftertaste is bitter and floral.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Very tasty and semi-drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Suede is a very interesting beer that had some very nice flavor components making it very complex on the palette. There was a bit of booziness in the nose and on the tongue Overall this was very good and I would recommend trying it if you run across it. Consumed 12/19/2013. Classified as an American Porter @ 9.6% ABV.

Photo of hosehead83
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber bottle into a "balloon" glass.
Black/cola color, with a nice two-inch cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted malt
Taste-Lightly roasted malt, coffee and cream, foral notes, honey. Very smooth with a subtle roastiness throughout. Interesting flavor and character.

Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep dark brown color with ruby edges. The finger of tan head dissipates rather quickly. The nose had mildly roasted notes. This is a rich and full-bodied porter, but it tastes pretty basic considering all the fancy ingredients that were added in the brewing process.

Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is pretty black. It doesn't seem to allow any light through it. It is topped with an inch of tan head.

S - It has a little floral scent before the roasted malt comes through. I get some dark chocolate and cocoa.

T - The taste is pretty much the same. I notice a little floral taste. Then the malt rushes in to cover my palate with roasted malt and cocoa flavor.

M - Full

O - It taste like a run of the mill porter not that that is a bad thing. I love porters, but there are so many better choices.

Photo of gcamparone
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Stone pairing glass.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a light mocha colored head that reduces slowly. Leaves little lacing.

S- Interesting.. not very strong but what I get is light coffee, chocolate, and a fruity, nearly bubblegum note.

T- Coffee, milk chocolate, slightly sweet honey, leaves a roasty note on the finish.

M- Medium-heavy, smooth, rich body. Low carbonation.

Overall an average porter. I don't think the spices or honey did much. Good body and solid flavors. Somewhat one dimensional.

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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,094 ratings.