10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
06-10-2014 06:58:23 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.01/5 rDev +4.7%
I don't know whose idea this was, but I enjoyed the results.
In a snifter the beer was black. There was a cocoa-colored head that left a good deal of lace.
Aroma was sweet chocolate and coffee primarily. There was a bit of floral hops.
Chocolate taste, both milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate. Some coffee. Some honey. Hops arrived late.
Nice combination. Dark, sweet, bitter.
11-27-2013 21:12:23 | More by lordofthewiens
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Black in color but you will see some light getting through when held up to light. There's just a minuscule bit of cream colored head covering half of the top of the beer. I get a bit of the flowers with dark malt, black licorice, and faint jasmine in the aroma. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy. I detect the dark malt throughout the taste. I get just a bit of the flowers and jasmine. I think the honey adds sweetness and the smoothness to the mouthfeel,but not the flavor. As I continue drinking the brew I get a moderate aftertaste of the flowers that is a bit distracting.
11-24-2013 04:34:37 | More by Franziskaner
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled on 09/13/13.
Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid one finger of tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of creamy lacing.
Smell: A roasty, earthy, and fairly sweet dark aroma with good hints of chocolate, coffee, and honey. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, cream, and yeast. Sweet scent of honey and molasses. Slight hint of anise. Noticeable floral scent from the added flowers comes through. Dark fruit presence with hints of grapes, fig, raisin, plum, prune, and cherry. Slight backing hint of grassy hops. A pretty solid aroma.
Taste: Like the smell hints at, a sweet and roasty imperial porter taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, honey, and flowers. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, coffee roast, toasted bread, biscuit, cream, caramel, toffee, grains, yeast, and nuts. Sweet taste of the added honey comes through along with some molasses. Light note of anise spicing. Floral and herbal notes from the added flowers. Solid dark fruit undertones with notes of dark grapes, raisin, fig, plums, prune, and cherry. Light hop presence in the background. The flowers and honey come out more as it warms. A very solid taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Alcohol heat is hidden well.
Overall: A very solid imperial porter. Has the roasty flavors you expect. The honey and flowers add a nice kick.
12-08-2013 07:59:44 | More by MattyG85
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
Opaque chestnut colored with an oatmeal colored frothy head that settles out slowly. Aroma of toasted malt, some cocoa and coffee. Rich flavors of cocoa, coffee, root beer, leather, and roasted malt. Some ashey charred oak bitterness in the finish, surrounded by some floral and fruity esters. Mild hops, but good balance of bitterness. Rich and full mouthfeel, alcohol remains subtley hidden. Enjoyable beer.
11-17-2013 22:57:26 | More by far333
10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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