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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Reviews: 186
Hads: 1,105
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 4.74%
Wants: 12
Gots: 125 | FT: 9
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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 homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown appearance with some clarity at the edges. Not much head, some lacing. Nose is deep with roasted malts, roasted barley, chocolate, and honey. The nose is pretty tame. Taste features robust chocolate notes with light sweetness throughout. The finish has mildly bitter chocolate. Smooth flavors... Like suede I guess, but not sure if that is entirely desirable. Mouthfeel mildly carbonated and somewhat light on the body for style. Overall, the additional ingredients don't really elevate the style. (508 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 arizcards
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from BevMo back in mid-October for $6.59. Bottle on 9/10/13.

Beer poured dark brown with a tan head that was small and dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of roasted malts. Not catching anything floral.

Taste has hints of floral hops, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Sweetness from the honey complements well.

Mouthfeel is viscous and smooth, full bodied and very satisfying.

Overall this is a well crafted brew that is an easy drinker. Interesting twist with the flower angle. (503 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Without a doubt, the most interesting beer I've ever tried.

This is not to say that this beer is the best beer I've ever tried, or even close to it. However, if you want to try a beer that represents the best of brewer's ingenuity, this is it - and if unique is the benchmark, then this beer succeeds.

A: there's something truly beautiful about this beer. Dark, but with a creamy, caramel has that evokes the image of honey and Jasmine tea. I may have been influenced by the bottle's description of the beer, but I couldn't help but feel that this beer had a touch more presence than your average dark beer.

S: smells like what it says on the bottle. I can't tell you what calendula flowers even are, but this beer smells like honey and Jasmine - sweetness on the nose with a strong malt backbone on the end. Yes, here there be flowers.

T: upon my first sip, I was awash with the feeling that this was as much a mead as it was a porter. The honey flavor is dominant (overwhelming?) The Jasmine is clear and the floral quality reminds me of lavender (probably from the calendula). Malts provide a solid foundation and draw all the flavors of this beer together.

M: creamy, smooth, nicely carbonated

O: this beer has a lot going on, but it is not a mess of disjointed flavors. One can tell that this beer was planned and well-executed. I think this beer was perfectly brewed, and I imagine it accomplishes everything it set out to do. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) this beer forces you to ask some questions about how you want your beer to taste: is there too much honey in this, or is this exactly what the brewer was going for? Is the beer too sweet, or is it perfectly sweet enough to accent this beer's floral essence? Do I like this, or is the beer just too adventurous. At the end of the day, my answers to each of these questions fall in the middle of the response spectrum.

This beer, more than any other I've tried, will be rated based on each user's personal palate. That makes it highly subject to divisive or mediocre scoring. All I can say objectively is that this beer is flavorful, well-brewed, and unique. In that, it is an absolute success. (2,166 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is one of the oddest collabs I have tried out of Stone. The floral and honey dominate this beer too much and caught me off guard in a bad way. Not what I want out of this style of beer but to be honest this could've been a ton worse looking at how this beer was created. I see this as more of the brewers flexing what they can combine rather than creating another amazing beer that I look to Stone for. Will not try this again but that is not to say because it was bad; just not to the caliber Stone can do. (517 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Almost pitch black, some brown on edges.
S- Dark fruits, caramel, floral.
T- Unbalanced here. The booze is apparent, the bitterness is a little out of control, and the additional ingredients are hidden from taste.
M- Perhaps the honey makes it so hot, but the body is overwhelmingly heavy for a porter.
O- A nice sippable beer, but slightly overwhelming. (359 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Pours an opaque dark-brown with a massive four finger khaki colored head with amazing retention. Ringlets of sticky lacing. A looker.

S - Mild aroma of flowers (not hop flower but more like roses or daisies) and some dark roasted grains.

T - Very flowery upfront; and the jasmine is strong to the point of being overwhelming. Honey sweetness in the mid-palate, slightly odd when compared to the usual chocolate/caramel sweetness of other porters. Some roasted bitterness from the base beer in the finish but make no mistake, the flavorings are center stage here (for better or for worse) ABV nicely hidden.

M - This beer excels here, as the feel is somewhat light like a porter should be, but also very velvety and smooth. Low carbonation. Wet finish. Overall the feel is great.

O - Hmm...flowers and porter? Ok, props for trying to make this work, and it could have been an unmitigated disaster drain pour of a beer, which it certainly is NOT. That said, a little too much jasmine/petal flavor and the honey didn't really compliment the beer in my opinion. Not a rebuy. (1,121 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of DJScroggins
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with berry red hues. Nice mocha head that dissipates quickly. Thin lacing.

Nose is powerful fruity florals (i can smell the florals from several inches away), sticky sweet honey notes over more traditional chocolate malts of Imperial Porter. The nose is the most prominent and striking part of this beer.

Porter flavors more dominant here. Malty chocolates. Some tang and spice from the Calendulas. Slightly bitter. A little flat on the back end. It just sort of dies. Though I may have poured this a tad cool. Chocolate and roasted malts emerging as beer cools.

Mouthfeel is pretty light on the tongue. Medium carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

I'm on the fence with this one. I think this collab brew is very interesting, but it's just not entirely working for me. The nose is very interesting, but the taste leaves a bit to be desired. (864 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$7.99 for a 22oz bomber @ BevCo.
9.6% ABV, 50 IBU's (per the website). Brewed with avocado honey, calendula flowers and jasmine.

Pours out to a clear near black, forming a tall, growing whipped cream light tan head with superior retention and excellent lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is pretty interesting...definite honey notes, subtle floral notes on top of some roasted grains, some fruity esters, and herbal hops. The mouthfeel is a little prickly with carbonation, and dense bodied. The taste is very interesting and pretty unique. It starts with the nice honey flavor, followed by definite jasmine floral notes, then is obliterated with roasted grains, french roast coffee, some burnt sugar, roast grain acidity, medium herbal hops in both flavor and bitterness, then some definite alcohol bite in the finish and a touch of yeast and lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Very multi-layered. Not much in the way of dark fruits like date, raisin, or fig...just a little bit of prune in the middle.

This is an interesting beer, but not something I would buy again or really recommend strongly. I think it would be better with less roasted malt (black patent and roasted barley) with C80-120/Special B instead, and just bittering hops (no late additions) so as to not interfere with the jasmine and honey notes that I want more of. (1,364 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a mug.

Appearance: A very dark brown coming off close to opaque, it kind of resembles some imperial stouts but is much thinner in body with a thing head that rose to roughly a finger's length. Settles with even lacing.

Smell: Light malt and light chocolate scent. Comes in and out, you would need to inhale this to get that little more that you ask for.

Taste: Might lack complexity to some, this might be due to the mouthfeel of the brew, slight honey with the right mixtr of raisin and "light" dark chocolate that gives it that slight bitterness. Feels hoppy as well, in the end you get a little bit of everything.

Mouth: Medium bodied carbonation with light stickiness, light bitter finish.

Overall: Not a bad brew at all, There is definitely room for some tweaking but you will get your money's worth I can pretty much promise that. Salud! (863 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly tan head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was dark brown bordering on black.
s - roasty sweetness, honey and a hint of flowers.
t - roasty and floral dominate the taste but some honey comes through.
m - lively carbonation yet creamy all at the same time.
o - really terrific collaboration and interesting take on a porter. (397 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours close enough to black as to not bother arguing. The head develops well, waterfalls a wee bit, then dissipates to a chunky film within two minutes. Some very scattered lace.
Smell is weak, not easy to discern the notes. Roasted malt, some sweetness, toffee and a touch of floral are eventually found but only after a full scale investigation. Balance is quite good.
Taste is nicely roasted malt, some coffee, a touch of alcohol in the back of the throat, a slight sweetness as well. A good balance. Some toastiness and jasmine in the aftertaste. Nice.
Medium bodied, barely. Lighter effervescence. Smooth with a bit of richness that could benefit from some added body.
Waiting to let it warm is definitely a must. The nose becomes more noticeable, the flavors more pronounced, the body even improves with a warming aspect and an increase in the richness. The floral and toast notes become more dominant in the aftertaste, almost becoming ashy(that would be bad). Having taken those items into consideration, I've bumped the smell, mouthfeel and overall scores up. (1,069 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 nimrod979
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a large guinness glass. Bottled: 9/13/13.

Appearance: Deep brown, not quite black. One finger tan head that settles into a thin layer but provides thick lacing as it goes down.

Smell: Nose is an interesting mix of roasted chocolate malts, wild flowers & honey.

Taste: Flavors kind of follow that same aroma. Really deep dark roasted malts provide a burnt coffee flavor. Surprisingly they really got across the floral aspects in the flavor. Herbal & floral thanks to the jasmine and a honey sweetness, Finishes with some a slight hops bitterness that even comes across as a dark semi-sweet chocolate bitterness. Dig.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth roastiness and sweetness pairs together well for a unique porter that I originally wasn't all that keen on.But have since revisited and really have an admiration for now. The carb is soft and it's full bodied. It's a slow sipper but the flavors have developed nicely and it's just got a truly unique flavor for a porter. (989 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color- soy sauce black with slight light brown head.

Aroma- fresh black bread, flowers, and background hint of dates.

Taste- Starts silky smooth with a deeply roasted malt, gently building in the mid-body with a hoppy, floral complexity then finishing long and slow with very mild hoppy dryness. The high ABV is well masked, making this as smooth and gentle as brushing against old suede.

Tasted on 11-23-2013. Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). (521 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a slick almost completely black, with a two inch light tan head that leaves behind streaks of lace. Smell is chocolate, bread, caramel, honey, and coffee. Wow the nose doesn't do this justice, huge chocolate, roasted coffee, and a hint of spicyness really warms the insides. Body is medium, nice carbonation, a little dryness. This really nice, warming but the alcohol is hidden. (418 characters)

Photo of Ryanteddy13
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer It was quite good! Maybe even great. Dark Flavorful little bit of hops and very enjoyable even when it's warmer I think you can have it about 40 degrees and be Great! Other t;houghts the other beer that I've tried from stone and not 10 barrel or blue jacket have been hoppy? I think that is a choice stone has made with it's brews? (358 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cola brown, almost black. Head is cocoa, fairly thin and falls pretty quickly. A couple dribbles of lacing.
S- Smell is cocoa, some sweetness (probably from the honey), a faint wisp of espresso. Not sure if I am picking up the calendula or not, but it is definitely sweeter on the nose than the average porter.
T- At first it tastes just like a base porter, with pretty good cocoa and smoke flavors. The juniper and honey become lively midsip and particularly in the finish. I don't know what calendula tastes like but there is a noticeable herbal finish.
M- This is the big seller for me. Silky smooth, low-medium carbonation. Long, delicious finish.
O- A good beer. It tastes quite nice, but the body/mouthfeel are quite a joy here. (737 characters)

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a snifter...

Pours black with a nice, 1 1/2 finger of tan foam that last for a while before dissipating to nice lacing, a little foam cap and some sticky foam.

For me, a little light on the aromatics tonight, probably me not the beer. Floral notes, some coffee, alcohol and roasted grains coming through on a couple of swirls.

Tastes follow the nose, a little coffee, the roasted grains, nice bitter chocolate and a alcohol presence/heat. Flavors improve and balance out as the beer warms. I detected the honey and another flavor I'll attribute to the flowers they added.

Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. A little sticky to me with a warm, bitter chocolate/alcohol finish that is medium dry.

Overall a nice porter with some interesting additions. Nice flavor profile and I'm glad I decided to get this and try it out.

Cheers! (873 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English nonick pint glass.

a: Black, clear ruby highlights around the periphery when seen through light. Two inch tall tan head receded to rocky surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Slight fruity aspect and alcohol.

t: Hops bitterness forward over dark malt and then hops bitterness at the sides of the tongue. Not getting much else despite the added ingredients mentioned. No throat burn to speak of despite nearly 10% ABV.

m: Silky smooth medium. Calling it "Suede" Porter is not inappropriate.

o: The Imperial feature is evident all the way through. Probably not the success the collaborators hoped for, the added spices do not make themselves very apparent, with the result that other than the hop bite, which is considerable, there isn't a whole lot of flavor here. Still the great mouthfeel and the hop bite not being unpleasant makes this a very good drinkable high ABV brew. (938 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1/3rd of a pint on-tap at Brewdog Glasgow as part of the Stone tap takeover event:
Black with a light tan head that leaves some very minor lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Dark fruits with a lot of alcohol coming through, although luckily it doesn't overpower the senses. There is some prunes and spice with a few other dark, sweet fruits and some roasted malts with a hint of lighter coffee and some chocolate.

Chocolate that's more prominent than the smell, this is quickly followed by some alcohol and a few roasted malts. There is a hint of coffee, some sweetness and a generally boozy flavour to this one.

Smooth & full bodied with subtle carbonation and a boozy feel to the beer, yet one that isn't all that hard to drink; very nice stuff indeed and one that strikes a good balance with less alcohol showing that I feared.

Another imperial porter than was great and exceptionally easy to drink into the bargain. This one was a beer that packed a fair punch but was thankfully loaded with flavour as well. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nearly black, this beer is utterly dark with some crimson highlights. The head is enormous and long lasting...loads of lace and the foam is tan in color. The aroma is chocolatey, with roasted malts, underlying honey, and some hard to place floral scents. Nutty, rich, and intriguing. The taste is strong, with an immediately notable alcohol warmth. Strong malt, chocolate, and coffee favors. Hone is more present in the smell than the taste. Big,, rich, and substantial mouthfeel. Very interesting and enjoyable beer. (517 characters)

10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.