10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by PorterLambic:
3.76/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours close enough to black as to not bother arguing. The head develops well, waterfalls a wee bit, then dissipates to a chunky film within two minutes. Some very scattered lace.
Smell is weak, not easy to discern the notes. Roasted malt, some sweetness, toffee and a touch of floral are eventually found but only after a full scale investigation. Balance is quite good.
Taste is nicely roasted malt, some coffee, a touch of alcohol in the back of the throat, a slight sweetness as well. A good balance. Some toastiness and jasmine in the aftertaste. Nice.
Medium bodied, barely. Lighter effervescence. Smooth with a bit of richness that could benefit from some added body.
Waiting to let it warm is definitely a must. The nose becomes more noticeable, the flavors more pronounced, the body even improves with a warming aspect and an increase in the richness. The floral and toast notes become more dominant in the aftertaste, almost becoming ashy(that would be bad). Having taken those items into consideration, I've bumped the smell, mouthfeel and overall scores up.
01-05-2014 23:39:04 | More by PorterLambic
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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
10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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