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

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 1,111
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 27.82%
Wants: 13
Gots: 124 | FT: 9
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/13/13.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, honey, fruit, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that starts smelling better as it warms up but there is something in this one that burns the back of my throat after each sip.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill, Vandalia, OH

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light aromas of chocolate malts and cocoa are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell but is more complex with notes of jasmine and flowers as well was hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes strong and complex for the style but hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

all stone collaborations are highly anticipated in my book. my lady loved herbal healing, and calendula flowers are huge for that, so we were both excited to decant this. rich black color with a short lived inch or so of light mocha foam. not much light passing through, but not super dense either. slightly bitter on the nose, as most flowers are, extracts at least, and it exacerbates the bitter roast on the barley here. not as complex as I would have liked on first sip, but trust me, let this beer warm up, the honey and the floral stuff really shine at room temperature, and the alcohol never gets hot. perhaps the coolest part of this beer is that the other two head brewers aside from stone are female. you don't see enough of that, so huge props to that operation going on. also the calendula really comes to life as it warms, and im left very satisfied, although this comes across just a touch thin for an imperial porter. not as suede soft in my mouth as the label suggests, but still relatively velvety as they go. a good beer overall, and I will keep buying these stone collaborations because they are always do damn thoughtful!

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color capped by a frothy mocha head; plenty of lacing hangs around the glass

Smell: Slightly burnt toast, dark chocolate and flowers; I don't know about Calendula but I can certainly pick out the jasmine

Taste: Dark chocolate and honey, with the floral tones building in the mid-palate; sweetness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: I like the smell of this beer better than the taste but I have some admiration for the concept; not a ton, but some

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When I think of "suede", I think of dark, smoothness. I think of mocha-rich attributed and a silky earthiness. I think of a rugged sense to a quality and enduring quality. ...and I think I get all that with this ale!

As the dark ale pours, it settles into the glass with a slow release of foam and froth. Rising above is a mocha-stained head that caps the beer with a stronghold presence. Alluring to the eye, its retention is strong and its lace is blanketing.

Bold Porter-like aroma are all about coffee, chocolate, and nuts but without venturing into the world of char. With a hearty sweet scent, there's some chocolate and cream notes that infiltrate the dark grain. With no real descerable notes of honey or spice, there is a tinge of something either fruity or floral.

Its taste certainly qualifies as Porter, but all that chocolate, coffee and heavily toasted malt hits the tongue with a strong presence but yet a balance that never allows any one taste to command the other. Its chocolaty tone introduces the flora-fruity taste of honeysuckle and lavender. Somewhat grape-like underneath, its taste is of whipping cream and tangy yogurt. But none of that overshadows its heavy toast and chocolate tones that shy just away from Stout-like proportions.

In texture, the beer's strong carbonation promotes a dry almost-roasted character at first. But as the bubbles start to subside, the beer's malty structures soon reel in a more cream-focused and sweeter tone. Smoothening out to something akin to velvet and silk, the beer's taste-meets-texture happens better in the middle palate than in the first or final taste. As the beer concludes, it favors roast-type bitterness- somewhat of french press espresso and a dry alcohol echo.

I think that the name of this collaboration ale is spot-on! Its rugged character of alcohol and dark grains speak to a leather-type of refinement. But its smooth and tempered nature is reminiscent of silk and ribbon. But in the end, when I hear "suede" I want to taste more lushness, more sultry, more savory. I wan it to absolutely melt my palate, and this beer only satisfies it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
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.


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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my brother for sharing this, enjoyed chilled courtesy of the bomber from tenderbranson69 in a tulip.

The color is deep cocoa brown opaque with thick beige cap with wavy lace. The smell is very biscuit and slight herbal scent, perhaps floral but mixed with honey-like aroma and mild roastiness from the malt in the nose and toasted grain odors. The feel is very good with mild sweetness and light bitterness with a moderate roastiness with some creaminess and a nice low alcohol texture for the strength.

The taste has a slight coffee-like taste mixed with floral flavors which add an interesting honey quality which adds a thick full taste in combination with the hops and some roasted bitter tangy yeast in the background. The floral and honey flavors mix well with the roasted malt and hop flavor which is augmented by a gentle yeast taste. Overall this is really interesting and combines some ingredients I have found i enjoy in other styles yet the combination works well in a porter and the drinkability is very high for a strong porter. I would enjoy having this again, great recipe.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone "pairing glass," this beer appeared like your normal yet attractive-looking porter, deep black with dark brown around the edges, and a small cap of tan head; good retention and nice lacing. Very nice aroma, mostly dark roasty malts, with a creamy smoothness, chocolate, light herbal notes. The taste was actually quite different than the nose led me to believe. Very tea-like, with the jasmine really coming to the forefront, honey, herbal spice, even a touch of citrus, with the dark malts taking a major step into the background. Really strange and interesting: roasty porter aroma, yet almost like drinking a honey-jasmine tea. Neat. Medium body, easily drinkable, higher alcohol was pretty much unnoticeable. Definitely not what I'd call a prime example of the style, but it was good for what it was.

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Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Alright lacing & head retention

S: Faint raisin notes & figs

T: Raisin, plum, carob, vanilla, & honey dryness up front. More dryness, a touch of carob & roastyness as this warms, some boozeyness & figgyness, plus dryness. Finishes with a touch of figgyness & honey sweetness/dryness & a bit of booze burn plus licorice

MF: Chewy, fairly lively carbonation, warming . Carbonation smooths out as this warms

Pretty drinkable, but not very memorable, this one would probably do better with some age on it. Glad I got to try this, but nothing to get too excited about & below par for Stone

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a pretty smooth stout with an interesting floral kind of tone on things with an additionally unique sweetness. Honestly, not too much outstanding character that really shows beyond what a "good" impy stout would bring. Easy drinker and nice enough. Nothing earth shattering though, which is fine by me as this is not too shabby.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/10/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, honey, herbal, floral, dark bread, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, honey, herbal, floral, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char/smoke, honey, herbal, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spicing; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Spicing is not overdone, but is enough to be very noticeable. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears a pitch black hue with big mocha tan head flowing forth without hesitation, I'm in love with the look of the beer. Description is an Imperial Porter with Claendula flowers, jasmine, and avocado honey. Fine speckled lacing left evenly along the sides of my chalice, a beautiful spectacle of a beer. Aroma has dark chocolate, roasted malt and caramel, with honey tones and floral notes it's big delicious and complex please go look for this beer if you haven't already seen it. Serve it warm the big delicious chocolate notes open up right away if this as been warmed a bit out of the fridge, complex and delicious I could write paragraphs about the floral hints and hints of earthy honey mixed in to a delicious imperial porter. However that's a subjective character that needs to be kept to the minimum when deciding whether or not you love that beer, the alcohol warmth is the only thing getting me down flavor wise there's nothing bad to report about. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a bit of warmth heading in to the equation perfect level of carbonation, I'm down. Otherwise a perfect beer that I will continue to enjoy even if it has a little bit of age on it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beige head that settles quickly to rim bubbles. Leaves some spotty lace. Deep brown, but light will shine through the center of the glass.

Fairly sour aroma behind the chocolate smell. There's also an element of band-aid to the nose. It's certainly not what I expected from Stone--a clear miss.

The flavor is great improvement--far closer to a high-alcohol level porter. The predominant flavor is dark chocolate with a large dollop of alcohol. I notice some hop as a balancing agent, which shows up more dramatically in the swallow.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy light tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of lightly roasted and chocolate malts with a light note of cocoa.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of lightly roasted and chocolate malts with some light notes of cocoa and anise/licorice. That is followed by light hints of honey and jasmine which do not add much sweetness to the beer. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present in the finish and linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some hints of dryness towards the finish as the beer warms up.

O: Overall this is a fairly bold flavored - stronger than I have come to expect for the style. The alcohol is also really well hidden making this beer fairly easy to drink for the strength. Based on the description of the beer, I was hoping for a little more of the honey, jasmine, and flowers in the smell as well as the taste.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Imp Porter huh? not sure where this will go so off we roll!!

A thick head of styrofoam like light tan color is produced, thick and lush and settling with a good solid finger. Dark walnut brown, but with some hinting red hued edges, quite opaque and hard to see through. Pretty solid.

Interesting nose. Sweetness. Slightly floral but screams purple penny candy dime store grape stick. Light and not overbearing luckily. Moderately arid somewhat, barely a hint of roast like malts trying to peak out in the back.

Palate is porter in feel and taste. Moderate roast and light feel with a good roasty character. Lots of green and bitter floral garden flavors in the mid palate. Sense of sweetness is quite downplayed compared to the nose, letting the roast and what appears to be an indistinct hop bitterness come through. Cracker dry roast malt with some warmth on the finish to match.

While the honey seems to be adding it's balance in the shadows, the beer is "as advertised" and enjoyable. Nice work on what could have been a giant mess, but is quite a unique experience.

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Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/4" head. The head slowly falls to a surface foam.

Smell: light roasted malt tones and a hint of floral tones are all you can detect.

Taste: roasted malt, dark fruits, floral tones, some honey sweetness, and a hearty bitterness create a porter that is different in flavor - floral and sweeter.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout, with an aftertaste that lasts a bit.

Overall: slower sipping beer, but has a nice flavor and is satisfying. The bitterness defintely balances the sweetness.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Redstone.
Pours a fairly clear dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light and a fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of caramel and chocolate with light sweet sugary malt aromas. honey and light non descript flowery aromas round out the nose. Little to no hop aroma. The flavor is milk chocolate vanilla and caramel with a light honey like sweetness. There's a touch of alcohol flavor and a light earthy hop flavor. Spicy and floral notes really confuse the the whole porter thing. Medium body with a silky creamy mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. Drinkable and it kind of grew on me as a drank it, but still a bit weird for my palette.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown amber with an off white head and lace.
Smells chocolatey with a bit of wood.
In the taste, toasty, dark chocolates, some pine. Has a flowery aftertaste. Good bitterness. Caramel, toffee, vanilla and alcohol.
Medium bodied, well carbonated.
Overall, this is pretty good. Has unique flavors in a dark ale.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, almost black coloring with brown edgings and a frothy, foamy, dense, tall, light tan colored head with huge bubbles. The head leaves a very nice lacing as it recedes, as well as while you drink. Aromas of bitter roast coffee in the backbone, with dark chocolate highlights, and an overlay of flowers and rich, subtle, honey sweetness. The nose ends up being more flower heavy than anything, which is interesting on the bitter backbone. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with a solid bitter backbone of dark roast coffee supporting a subtle blend of honey sweetness, cocoa nibs, and floral highlights. The aftertaste has the coffee and cocoa characteristics, but the lingering of floral highlights imparts a slightly exotic characteristic to the beer. The body is smooth and velvety in mouth, but light enough to stay true to the style, while still providing the dry, slightly bitter finish you would expect. Solid beer, and a nice twist on one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really, really liked this beer- much more than I thought I would with all of the ingredients listed. I don't know about the Calendula, for instance, but the honey used is Avocado honey, and just that one ingredient was a revelation to me. The avocado comes through loud and clear- but at the same time it would be hard to place it if you didn't know it was there- it's one of those mysterious flavors, especially in something that has some sweetness to it instead of a savory characteristic. I know that avocados are used in ice cream, batidas, etc, but I've never had them that way and I was surprised how delicious that flavor is with a sweet profile, and how silky the mixture is ( like pumpkin, or even oatmeal). The other flavors are good enough, with some roastiness, and some bitter chocolate, herbal, and dry malt, but for me it's all about the avocado.

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored ale with a medium sized light brown colored head.

Scent is sweet floral and fruity. Patent malt and chocolate with good scents of berries and flowers. Coca powder and coffee with a slight burnt sugar aroma.

Starts out sweet and malty with a strong berry aftertaste. Mild bittersweet thing going on here. Chocolate and flowers, every sip brings me back to thinking about chocolate and flowers. Quite tasty but it is a song that has just 3 chords, a pop song, not classical music.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a really solid beer but it isn't one of the years best. Executive summary would be "Good Beer, but not OMFG! this is the best beer ever!"

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured dark brown and settles black with a thin layer of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Roast, sweet chocolate and floral aroma.

T - Sweet up front with chocolate and and roast flavours that immediately give way to a big floral/herbal presence (jasmine?). The finish is fill of sweet chocolate.

M - Medium, almost full body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of John_M
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 32 ounce growler at growler guys the other day. While a pretty tasty beer, I'm glad I just got a half growler instead of a full size.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, I pick up considerable vanilla, dark chocolate and leather, which I guess is expected, given the name of this beer, The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, though thankfully I'm not picking up a lot of leather flavor. The beer comes across as a pretty hopping imperial porter, but otherwise seemed to be dominated by cherry vanilla flavor. However, there's more than enough hoppy bitterness to counter and balance the moderate sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the finish is long, bitter and cherry vanilla filled. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there a bit in this one.

A nice enough beer, but at a nearly $20 price point for a full growler, I'm not sure it's the sort of thing I need to sample again any time soon. Pretty sure this is one and done for me.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Collaboration Suede Porter is a good beer....very flavorful that would not remind one of a standard porter. The beer pours an opaque black with ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries honey and pot purri. The taste carries all the flare expected based on the label....honey at the start....the Jasime and flowers at the end. The beer is smooth throught the entire pull. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this beer is decent and very flavorful. Really enjoying it.

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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.