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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter

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86
very good

186 Reviews
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Reviews: 186
Hads: 1,106
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 12
Gots: 125 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: azdback on 09-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

When Meagan Parisi and Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele decided to collaborate, it was essential that they tap a special individual to complete their triad of fermentation domination, and they found just that in Tonya Cornett, the brewmaster at Bend, Oregon's 10 Barrel Brewing Company. Together, they decided on a sturdy yet velvety base of imperial porter and developed a plan to celebrate the bounty of the environs in which it was produced by harvesting avocado honey, jasmine and calendula flowers (some from our very own Stone Farms) and infusing them into the beer to create something complex and uniquely Southern Californian. Consider it craft cross-pollination at its finest.
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Photo of nrs207
1.18/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - The beer looks like it has potential. It's nice and dark, leaves nice lacing, and has a nice 1 finger head.

S - This is where it all goes horribly wrong. It smells like some nasty perfume. It's atrocious.

T - I've never done this before, but I took a sip and upon tasting the "flavor," I immediately spit it back in my glass and rinsed my mouth out several times. It was not infected. I've had infected beers that are significantly better than this.

M - It wasn't in my mouth long enough to notice a mouthfeel.

O - This beer is atrocious. There is not 1 beer I've ever had that I would prefer less than this. Do not buy this. I don't know where these decent ratings are coming from. It is SO BAD. I know it sounds like I'm being dramatic, but I'm dead serious. I'd rather drink Natural Ice any day by far, honestly. (824 characters)

Photo of Bottlebomber
1.3/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

This beer sucked. I don't see how they went so wrong with it, or how it deserves a "very good" rating. It somehow manages to be thin with zero head despite being nearly 10% ABV. That's a lot of wasted malt, but it wouldn't surprise me if they dumped a bunch of sugar in too. It has no body, very little aroma of anything, Guinness-like at best aroma-wise. Rather like a BIPA without hops. I don't get any of the spices it claims to have. I'm not finishing this. It's not that it's undrinkable, it's just that the bomber has got to be 500 calories and it's not worth it. Suede, meet drain. I honestly would have been happier with a Budweiser. (641 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
1.71/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into shaker pints. 2013 collaboration, no other decipherable date info to be found.

Look- Deep brown with touch of orange-red. Pours with a substantial (three+ finger)
khaki head that falls slowly to a few mm of foam that persists. Nice curtains, lacing spotty.

Smell- Smells overwhelmingly medicinal, sweet, with just a hint of roastiness in the background. Flowery is one thing, but this smells like old lady perfume and sweet tarts.

Taste- Hmm. Grape-y flavor that reminds me almost instantly of cough syrup, rolls over into milk chocolate and sweet tarts. Decent herbal bittering on the finish, although the aftertaste is impaired by the lingering throat drop flavor. This is pretty bad.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied, thinner than expected for ~10%, smooth, moderate carbonation. Astringent, almost metallic finish with a bit of stickiness after the fact, coats the palate.

Overall- Well, maybe jasmine's not my thing-don't really know, but this is just a fail in every category. I didn't pour it out, so it's got that going for it. I've had a couple weird spiced beers lately, and while coconut curry also isn't my thing, that product was drinkable, even respectable. Every aspect of this beer, on the other hand, is moderately to severely off-putting, and I'm bummed that I dropped $8 on the bottle and waited for a special occasion to split it. At least I didn't have to finish the whole thing- the girlfriend said the malt wasn't robust enough to balance it out. Stone shouldn't have put their name on this- some collaborations just don't need to exist. Avoid. (1,593 characters)

Photo of QuentinCall
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, Suede is an entirely too apropos name for a beer that smells primarily of Hugo Boss cologne and leaves the same inappropriate bitterness on the palate as most Friends reruns. How do you make a beer taste like 1997? I don't know, but clearly Stone does. (267 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Dark cola brown pour with a pocked coffee ice cream colored head. Smells like sugary black jelly bean exterior and honey. Tastes chock full o'heavy honey. Much sweeter than roasty.

Sweet and eh. Reminds me of DFH, not sure if it's because it's similar a messier, monotone Bitch's Brew (the dark malt and sweet honey really makes it comparable in my mind) or because it's overly sweet, blah and expensive - which is DFH to me.

Other than this I can't remember the last time I had a Stone I didn't like. (505 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours dark black with a toffee colored head that dies down really quick and leaves a healthy thick lacing ring.

S - Chocolate malt and jasmine but the aroma is very, very faint...the nose really lacks.

T - Chocolate, jasmine, light floral, light oak and honey, and slightly boozy.

M - Velvet smooth with light carbonation and slippery.

O - O.K., but not memorable. (373 characters)

Photo of jmaharaj
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks nice, dark brown with swirls of lace. Nose is odd. Sweet, cheap chocolate and marshmallow. Musty herbal odors (strangely not calendula or jasmine) and sharp alchohol twang. Taste isn't any more cohesive. Starts with all the components falling over each other and ends with a stale floral bitterness. (305 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $6.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near black body with a tall, well-fluffed, sandy beige head. Meager lacing.

Smell: Distinct floral notes carried aloft by lightly wafting alcohol. Peppered chocolate chunks, Whoppers, dark fruit. Florals also have a slight vegetal bent to it. Licorice. A wee bit of honey emerging as it warms.

Taste: Roast, toast and a good shake of cocoa powder and a shot of malted milk. Strong floral overtone throughout, has a medicinal twang to it. Plum and licorice meats. Black pepper. Lightly astringent. A couple edamame. Honey-glazed roast on the backhalf. Drying, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Perhaps not suede-like, but a fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: This one just didn't come together for me. (814 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours dark brown with two fingers of creamy tan colored head. Good amount of lacing as the head dissipated to a sheet of creamy foam on the surface. Good amount of carbonation visible at the edge of the glass.

Strange aroma for a porter/imperial porter. More sweet floral and english yeast ester, red apple character than anything else, almost like bubble gum. A slight roasted note but is overpowered by the sweet honey floral and yeast aromas.

Sweet floral and fruity ester flavors dominate the taste as well. Sweet flavors that There's a little bit of a roasted malt near the finish. Lingering floral and light roasted flavor on the tongue.

Medium body, creamy, soft and smooth on the tongue. Feels almost like a nitro carbonated beer with how smooth and velvety it is. An odd porter, perhaps a little too much honey and jasmine added such that the sweet floral flavors overwhelm the base porter. (941 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with intricate printed-on label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired for $7.99 USD at a local Austin, TX bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff. Reviewed live. 2013 vintage. Expectations are above average. 9.6% ABV confirmed. Bottled 09/13/13.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of appealing khaki colour. Good soft complexion and smooth consistency. Good thickness. Nice creaminess. Has a nice even coating of lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes - which isn't too shabby at 9.60% ABV.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Pretty dark, but not a jet black. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's exactly what you'd expect an imperial porter to look like, and doesn't offer anything unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it; the head is certainly above average.

Sm: Honey and rum/sugarcane notes are the first thing I pick up, and run a bit roughly against the floral and nectary notes; they don't quite clash, but they're not working well together. Vanillicin. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Some burnt notes. Cocoa. Cream. Some pleasant cocoa notes (which are unfortunately restrained). Seems too sweet and imbalanced overall.

I don't pretend to be able to pick out avocado, jasmine, or calendula - that shit is well outside my purview. But there is something bolstering the sweetness that I know I haven't found in other imperial porters. Unique perhaps, but not beneficial.

A mild strength aroma which is pleasant and inoffensive, but not inviting or alive. No yeast character comes through, nor do any hop notes. Some alcohol presence.

T/Mf: The artificiality of the vanillicin on both the open and finish is the first thing I notice, which immediately betrays the beer's overall lack of authenticity. That said, the faux-vanilla sweetness up front is actually pretty pleasant. I just wish it wasn't quite as sweet in the second act and climax. The build is pretty much what you'd expect for a porter, with plenty of dark malts, chocolate malts, and hints of burnt character. But the presence of honey is a departure from your standard imperial porter, and lends the build a guiding nectary sticky sweetness.

I pick up the flowers (and perhaps some floral hop character) only on the climax and in the third act, but again I won't pretend I can pick out jasmine or the gimmicky flower Stone used in this. The floral/honey/other gimmicky notes don't really aid the imperial porter build in any obvious way. This certainly isn't a gestalt build, and Stone seems to think adding notes is always a good idea, regardless of their characteristics or potential to help (or hurt) a beer. As a result, the flavour profile is a bit messier than it needs to be and lacks the refined considered balance of the best beers in the style.

I get notes of sassafras/cola, a hint of rum-soaked cherry, unwelcome grape, and cream. A brief kiss of licorice/fennel on the climax. The chocolate here lacks depth. There're none of the more difficult to execute notes of the best imperial porters: don't look for coffee, char, roasted barley, or oatmeal here.

Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Okay amplitude; the flavours don't really blend seamlessly together but don't ring distinct either.

As much as they add unnecessary notes, it doesn't come off all that complex in the end, and lacks both intricacy and nuance. Subtlety has never been Stone's strong suit, and there's no exception here. It's a cohesive flavour profile and has some likable elements.
Too bitter on the finish.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There are no egregious off-flavours.

Mf: Silky, velvety, smooth, and wet. Some coarsening/drying roasted barley would really help. Overcarbonated. Sticky. Chewy. Has an artificial, unnatural presence on the palate. Doesn't complement the flavour profile per se, but it suits it in a general sense. It doesn't oppose it, anyway. Too thick and imposing. Okay body; it's a bit too full. Too acidic.

Not crisp, oily, astringent, harsh, rough, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Poorly priced - at least here in Texas - for the quality. I'd pick it up at $4.00. Certainly drinkable; I'll easily kill the bomber alone. This isn't Stone's best collaboration beer, but it isn't their worst either. Aging 1-3 years would likely help it as the sweetness would hopefully come down. I wouldn't get this again or recommend it to friends.

I liked the dark fruit notes (except for the grape).

Stone et al can keep throwing in their gimmicky ingredients, but at the end of the day it's the basics that they need to work on.

C+ (4,951 characters)

Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Overall we were expecting a lot more, especially with a name like suede. Bouquet of deep, dark malts, with little hints of unknown florality. The beer becomes pretty one note after that, alcohol and malt, balanced with a bitter and roasty finish. Its a decent porter, curious to see how it would age, but nothing to go out of the way for. (338 characters)

Photo of TheBigE5
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - minimal creamy brown head. Dark brown nearly black and completely opaque.

S - roasted smells take over. Notes of chocolate and coffee.

T - not up to expectations. The roasted flavors really take over and drown out the malty ones I enjoy

M - although there was not much head when pouring this beer it seems more carbonated in the mouth and takes away from the smoothness.

O - I have to give it some props for being a drinkable high gravity beer but there are many others I would choose over this specific one (556 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chalice.

A – Pours a clear reddish brown with a 1-finger rocky beige head. Nice beige lacing with wine-like legs.

S – Sweet maltiness, a whiff of roasted malt, some dark fruits/dates. All aromas were faint to me. I could not pick up the Jasmine.

T – Alcohol (not hot), bitterness (lasting on the palate), honey sweetness in the middle (back of palate). As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced.

MF – Medium bodied. A bit thin. Slight burn at the back of the throat during first couple of sips.

O – A very disappointing porter. I am a big fan of Stone but I will give my second bottle to someone who likes this brew better than I do. First sip was harsh. The beer mellowed on the palate as I continued. Not balanced. Somehow misses the mark. (782 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a collaborated imperial with a girly side? hmmm

eyes...
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...

nose...
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

taste...
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

verdict?
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 (1,628 characters)

Photo of gatorlove
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a 16 oz stone pint glass

A: Pours blackish-red with a khaki head
S: The smell wasn't too strong, some floral scents, but with some roasted scents that you would expect in a stout
T: Messy. It's like drinking roasted flowers. The strong floral and honey would be great in a Pale ale, but not so much in a roasted porter
M: It hides the alcohol well but there is a weird burning sensation in the back of my throat when trying to drink this.
O: I love almost all of stone's works, but this is by far my least favorite. It has identity disorder. However, layered with an IPA it was actually pretty good and completed my torpedo well. I felt like the last stone colab got too much hate because it didnt have enough coconut, but it was still an amazing IPA comparable to torpedo. This colab is just a mess (826 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bomber bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a super deep brown color bordering on black with a small fizzy tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and coffee. Along with the darker aromas are some sweeter smells with cola and a little bit of a molasses aroma. Mixed with these smells are some light floral smells with some woody and grainy hay aromas mixed within there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet honey and molasses flavor as well a big roasted malt flavor with some notes of cocoa. The sweeter flavors fade as the taste advances toward the middle, with them resurging once again at the end of the taste. Flavors of jasmine and lavender develop on the taste along this time, producing a bit for of a floral taste. More toward the end a rather strong flavor of a woody and grassy taste as well as some of a somewhat hay like flavor join in the taste profile. With some alcohol flavor as well as a char and spice flavor joining the mix of flavors that is left toward the end of the taste, one is left with a rather odd, roasted, and somewhat astringent flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is interesting in this one. Once initially sipped it begins on the lighter to medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess, but as it sits in the mouth advancing toward the end of the taste, it seems to thicken quite a bit. This odd transition in thickness is actually going the wrong way, as it would have been nicer for a thicker feel earlier on in the taste to accentuate the roast and sweet with it then thinning out when all the alcohol, floral, and woody flavors come to the tongue. The carbonation however was rather appropriate as it was lighter and nice for the deeper flavors of the brew. While not ideal in my mind with beer had a very interesting feel overall.

Overall – A rather odd mix of flavors that really didn’t come together too well for me. It is an interesting try, but nothing I would go back to. (2,186 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent dark brown with a thin brown head that fades quickly. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Richly toasted malts, spices, and a bit of sweetness.

T: Roasted maltiness up front that fades into jasmine, honey sweetness, and a flowery and green vegetal flavor that lasts into the hang.

M: The body is on thin side for a porter. Moderate carbonation sensation and alcohol presence.

O: This really didn't do it for me. It's not awful, but nothing that I'd repeat. Tick and move on. (565 characters)

Photo of jroberts8811
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into tulip from beautifully designed 22oz bomber. Been looking forward to this one for a while.

I don't think I could be any more disappointed frankly. Unbalanced, too sweet with burnt notes rushing in.

Two words for you Stone:

Hot. Mess.

Two more...drain pour. :( (278 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a big beer and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.75 S: The combination of adjuncts seems to work well with the base beer. I don't know what the hell calendula flowers are, but I do pick up the distinct jasmine and notes of honey. The base is roasty with just enough malty sweetness to balance. Some chocolate and molasses with hints of plum and cherry. Overall, quite successful here.

3.25 T: The taste is a bit of a different story. The jasmine has a great deal of control in the taste. It's not necessarily bad, but I'm not sure it works well either. Also, there seems to be a bit too much hoppiness, especially bitterness. I don't care for hops in dark beers as the flavors don't mix well with roasty flavors. Still, it's decent. Moderate roastiness, hints of chocolate, molasses, and honey. I guess some calendula flower herbalness.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Booze is well hidden. I wish this were creamier, but it's not bad.

3.25 D: Love the experimentation, but the end result is along the spectrum near mediocre. I might like this more if the hops were toned down, but that's just pure speculation. (1,267 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured an almost black dark brown with brilliant ruby highlights. Head was thin and only managed a few millimeters.

S - very floral fruity note. Sight roasted malt in the background with a twinge of alcohol. The fruity flowers are dominating with an almost soapy character.

T - much different than the nose the floral notes are there but are more undertones and at the end. Smooth up front, more mellow and subdued, nice strong bite of hops and bitter chocolate at the end. I was afraid of the flowers, but they are pleasant. The honey though is taking away from the body and overall it has a braggot-esque taste and feel, meh.

M - almost too thin, lack of body. Doesn't have that stone mouth filling texture, not velvety at all for something called suede. I think the mouthfeel is dragging it down.

O - not really digging it as much, great concept and good to see they are still outside the box, so I give props for that. Was a little weaker taste wise, I think the inclusion of honey sets it off a little. The mouthfeel was too thin for the style, and it lacked real depth. The positives was a good amount of lacing and that lingering hop bitterness I always get with these delicous stone brews. Worth the enjoyment I had but, looking forward to the next collab. (1,276 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (1,374 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

- Pours a straight black with 1cm of light tan foam.

- Smell is roasty and sweet.

- Very porter forward on the taste with roasty malts, followed by strong floral flavors and a bit of sweetness. Flowers dominate the palette with a bitter twang and a strange mouthfeel. Not very complex despite the different flavors.

- Overall a vexing beer. I want to like it, but the different flavor profiles contrast and don't compliment each other or mesh well. Maybe I'm just not a flower in my beer guy... On a positive, it does hide the ~10% ABV quite well. (550 characters)

Photo of Braseltonage
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz. bottle poured into a Smokestack tulip
Pours pretty dense, nearly black. Mahogany edges held to light. Reasonably dense caramel head. Nice looking, clean beer.
Fairly straight forward aroma, dark roast, heavy coffee. Faintest hints of jasmine, sweetness.
Base flavors are that of a really nice, pretty drinkable porter. Lots of roast flavor, but a decent amount of astringency. Initially seems to be from black patent, but as it warms, the flowers and jasmine peak in and it doesn't work for me. Really adds to the astringency and removes some of that smoothness. Goes down remarkably dry for the ABV and is nice in that regard.
Not bad, but the infusion just doesn't really do it for me this time. (704 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 9/10/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a big tan head that fades very slowly and leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Some milk chocolate along with a subtle roastiness. There are some flower pedals in the mix as well. The flower aspect is there in the aromas and flavors. The flavors are extremely earthy. The jasmine and flowers are present, as advertised. Lots of chocolate followed by a kiss of expresso. There's extremely subtle hints of vanilla. Some milk in the mix. There's a bit of a roasty bitterness to it. It's not as sweet as I anticipated. It's ultimately one note. It also has an odd finish and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. It's somewhat thin and almost watery, but it's still smooth. It has moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and there's not much of a warming sensation. It opens up as it gets warmer, but doen't become as complex as I would imagine with these interesting ingredients.

Very interesting beer. One minute I'm liking it, the next I'm confused. I definitely appreciate going outside of the box. They deliver what they advertised. Overall, I'm not crazy about it, but it's not bad. (1,248 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light brown color out of the bottle, but once it settles in the glass, appears a deep brown color, almost black. A one finger light brown head forms, but dies fairly quickly.

S: I've tried for close to an hour, but I really can't coax much out of this one. A very light, slightly sweet aroma that reminds me of honey, lightly toasted wheat bread, toasted malt, and a slightly floral note. Light cocoa note as well.

T: Opens with some light roasted malt and some honey soaked rye bread. Then it gets a little weird. The flavor tails into a heavy floral note that brings a creamy but lingering bitter flavor. I'm not sure what calendula tastes like, but I have tasted rose petals, and the sensation on the tongue is similar to this. Mouthfeel is a touch thin while also feeling a touch sticky. This one isn't doing it for me. (837 characters)

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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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