10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.04/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
10-16-2013 06:44:19 | More by flayedandskinned
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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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