10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TruePerception:
3.4/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Stone/10 Barrels/Blue Jacket's collaboration: Suede Imperial Porter, brewed with calendula flowers, jasmine, and avocado honey. 9.6% ABV.
Appearance: About a finger's head, which is slightly pancake-y in color and a little fluffy. Black, but deep red against the light.
Smell: The smell is pretty light. Very light roasted coffee smell. It literally took a minute to be sure that's what it was. There's a floral note, but nothing familiar. Maybe a bit of over-ripe avocado?
Taste/Mouthfeel:It is very bitter up front, but gives way to a sickly sweetness that sits on middle of the tongue, while the bitterness rides just behind the tip. The bitterness is hard to identify. There is a cocoa element. The sweetness is even more so. It's kind of like artificial sweetner, in a way. The ending bitterness has a sort of ash tray taste to it. Oh! There's the jasmine! After taking a pull, some splashed back on the tip of my tongue, giving that sweeter floral taste that I associate with jasmine/potpourri air fresheners. The potpourri lingers, faintly, afterwards.
I must say, I'm not nuts about the flavor, but it is nicely complex, if a little hard to discover. Though, I'd take something more standard, like a Zywiec, anyday! Still, for a special release, it is fairly inexpensive, so I'd say go for it, if you haven't already.
22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2013 07:46:51 | More by TruePerception
More User Reviews:
4.48/5 rDev +17%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-04-2014 20:13:23 | More by ISmith87
3.28/5 rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
a collaborated imperial with a girly side? hmmm
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...
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
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
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
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 04:35:49 | More by Ego
10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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