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

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1,093 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,093
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 12
Gots: 125 | FT: 10
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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Ratings: 1,093 | Reviews: 187
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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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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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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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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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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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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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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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