10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.61/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
10-26-2013 04:24:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
10-29-2013 11:24:50 | More by metter98
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
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
11-07-2013 00:14:40 | More by brentk56
4.04/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
10-09-2013 06:44:23 | More by BEERchitect
3.13/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
11-30-2013 23:02:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
11-20-2013 02:43:33 | More by RblWthACoz
4.25/5 rDev +11%
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.
10-14-2013 17:41:59 | More by WVbeergeek
3.46/5 rDev -9.7%
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
11-04-2013 05:58:10 | More by russpowell
10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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