10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by azdback:
3.76/5 rDev -1.8%
22 oz. bottle poured into my new Stone pairing glass. Color is a very dark brown almost black but I do get some light through it. Head was a small one finger, pale to light brown color and creamy in appearance. Lace is minimal but there.
Smell is sweet and perfumey (not a word). I am kind of getting some Porter qualities like brown sugar, dark roasted malt and maybe a hint of coffee. Interesting to say the least, reminds me of something Dogfish Head would brew.
Taste is as interesting (and similar) as the smell. The dark roast comes out first but is almost immediately overcome by the flowers and sugar. Some roasted coffee beans and just a bit of chocolate. There is quite a bit of alcohol presence late but at 9.6% it is to be expected and not over powering. As this warms there is some tart fruit and fall flavoring.
Mouth is rich, carbonation is medium but average for the style. Body is full and the finish is long and wet.
Overall I enjoyed this but in kind of a weird way. It's ingredients are so very off the wall I don't see how this couldn't be weird. I'm not sure if my bottle shop was priced right but I payed 11 bucks for this and if that price is the average I probably wont be trying another. Great tick though.
09-27-2013 03:47:01 | More by azdback
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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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