10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.04/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Bottled on 9/10/13
Poured into a Duvel Tulip
Pours a midnight black and a thick, 3 fingers tall, khaki head quickly forms and has great retention. As the head slowly recedes it leaves a ton of nice lacing behind.
Gigantic waves of sweet star jasmine engulf your nostrils immediately. The jasmine aroma is so intense and upfront it really covers most of the roasted malt and herbal hop characteristics you'd expect to find in a porter. As the beer starts to warm in the glass, some of the roasted, coffee like malts alongside a light herbal hop presence start to cut through the floral facade. For 9.6% ABV, the alcohol is very well masked in the aroma.
Wow, right upfront just as in the aroma, you're immediately treated to sweet, floral jasmine, quickly followed by a kiss of herbal hops. The hops gracefully transition with some help from some a honey like sweetness into a robust, roasted malt forward body; The malt lays big impressions of roasted coffee and some toasted nuttiness bare on your palate before it is whisked away by the beer's lightly bitter, dry finish. The finish leaves long lingering notes of baker's chocolate, coffee, herbal hops, honey and jasmine. For the most part, the alcohol masked, but it definitely does leave a warming effect as it goes down.
Woah, this beer really does live up to it's name in terms of moutfeel! The body is very creamy and full with some soft, velvety carbonation. wonderful.
This is an extremely unique beer that really allows of the components(Jasmine, calendula flowers and honey) to shine, while still maintaining it's identity as an Imperial Porter. Try this while you still can.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2013 06:44:19 | More by flayedandskinned
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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