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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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186 Reviews
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Reviews: 186
Hads: 1,106
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 12
Gots: 125 | 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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Reviews: 186 | Hads: 1,106
Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with ruby highlights, and an almost one finger tan head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt and cocoa. I am not picking up the other aromas listed on the bottle, which is fine by me.

Tastes much like the aroma, with dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some dark chocolate. There is a decent combination of sweetness and bitterness. I do not detect the flowers, honey, or jasmine in the taste either, which is certainly fine with me. There is no alcohol taste, which is surprising for a 9.60 % abv beer.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. Not much aftertaste. As it is, the aroma and taste aren't very strong either. A decent beer. I'm glad I got to try this, but I won't pick up another bottle. (744 characters)

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

A - Light cola body with broad highlights. Muddy khaki head settles quickly with ok lace.

S - Sweet medium roast grains, oats, molasses. Touch of chocolate.

T - Slightly burnt toast, dark roasted grain, sharp acidity. Nice charred, bitter cocoa finish.

M - Bright carbonation. Medium-light frame to style. A little thin on the finish, but with a nice lingering roast finish.

O - Straight forward profile on the roasty side of the style. (440 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip- pours a dark black with a finger or two of beige head with little retention and some streaks of lacing.

Nose is a little boozy- chocolate dominates the nose as well as a smell that I can only describe as pollen or what flowers actual smell like. Very interesting.

Tastes more complex and balanced than the nose; not too much booze, tastes sweet and rich. Again, lots of chocolate, but also a decent malt backbone so it isn't watery. Sweet honey flavor, a little grass and I think a little buttery avocado.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- medium bodied, modestly carbonated. This is an interesting and good beer that is worth trying for $7. Nothing mind blowing but good. (708 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Very dark chocolate brown almost black with a nice one finger light tan head. Some nice sticky lacing.

S: Honey, jasmine, sweet malts, cocoa.

T: Some sweet roasted malts, cocoa, honey, and faints floral notes.

M: Full bodied with a nice creamy texture. Reminds me a bit of chocolate milk in texture.

O: An easy drinking porter. The creaminess is a nice touch, and the sweetness is nicely balanced. The alcohol in this one can sneak up on you in a hurry. (501 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled on 09/13/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid one finger of tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty, earthy, and fairly sweet dark aroma with good hints of chocolate, coffee, and honey. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, cream, and yeast. Sweet scent of honey and molasses. Slight hint of anise. Noticeable floral scent from the added flowers comes through. Dark fruit presence with hints of grapes, fig, raisin, plum, prune, and cherry. Slight backing hint of grassy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a sweet and roasty imperial porter taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, honey, and flowers. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, coffee roast, toasted bread, biscuit, cream, caramel, toffee, grains, yeast, and nuts. Sweet taste of the added honey comes through along with some molasses. Light note of anise spicing. Floral and herbal notes from the added flowers. Solid dark fruit undertones with notes of dark grapes, raisin, fig, plums, prune, and cherry. Light hop presence in the background. The flowers and honey come out more as it warms. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very solid imperial porter. Has the roasty flavors you expect. The honey and flowers add a nice kick. (1,699 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brief summary of following review: great idea and concept, good beer, but not great beer.
Poured a dark brown with minor head and lace. I get some sweet honey on first sniff, and then that is followed by some roasted malts, light chocolate (possible caramel?) and touches of floral hops (or I guess the flowers that are mixed into the beer as it's not hoppy at all). Medium-bodied, or at least definitely not a heavy porter, honey sweetness first hits me, easy to drink, some roasted malts and touches of chocolate add balance and there is this floral taste thing going on and it finishes dry yet crisp. Will say that the alcohol in beer surprised me (didn't realize almost 10% until looked at label after started to drink beer) b/c it really doesn't bleed at all into beer and adds little to the finish (there's a touch of warmth as I near the end of the bottle). Enjoyed drinking it but overall my impressions of the beer are that it is hard to describe to someone who hasn't had it without saying "odd" or "different" and that it just seems a little offbalance at times. (1,073 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep black with a one finger tan head that receded to a tan ring leaving nice lacing down the glass. Very attractive, a nice dark beer. Scents of coffee, roast malt, cocoa, sweet chocolate, some honey sweetness, and some flowery perfume. Its a good, solid porter aroma, with the honey, jasmine and calendula flowers all coming through in the background. Quite nice. Flavor begins with roast malt, black coffee, sweet honey and chocolate all mingled together. There is also an herbal flavor, that grows stronger throughout the sip, very flowery. Herbal flavors come through strong on the finish, alongside some roasted and nutty flavors and some hints of alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet, with some alcohol, roast malt and herbal notes. Very nice, a good porter base combines with the honey and herbal flowery flavors to create a very pleasant flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, slightly sticky and semi-drying. Very nice, very easy to drink, hiding its ABV wonderfully. Overall this is a very nice Imperial Porter with a good, true to style backbone and some nice additions making it a bit different, but in a good way. This backbone is present in both the aroma and flavor, as are the twists added by the honey, jasmine and calendula. The mouthfeel is nice as well. A very good collaboration by Stone. (1,324 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a translucent black garnet with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet tea spices and cinnamon, with some caramel and mocha.
T: It tasted like dry roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate, with some earthy spices and caramel. It had a somewhat clean, bitter aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was an interesting brew, but the scent and taste elements didn't seem very well integrated (like most of Stone's collaboration brews). The body was a little weak, and the finish was a little rough. So it wasn't super easy to drink. Maybe age would help. Fresh, I wasn't terribly impressed. (666 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. Stamp on the bottle states, "Bottled 09/10/13". Stone wins an award for most verbose labels. Need a magnifying glass for this novel.

A: Dark, essentially opaque brown with a ruby tint at the edges. 1/2 finger tan head w/ little retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Sugar, honey. Dark malty fruitiness. Vaguely floral notes, chocolate. Light alcohol.

T: Roasted malts up front bring a nice wave of dark chocolate, honey-like sweetness. A pleasant nuttiness arises late with a hop-backed bitterness to finish fairly dry. A little booze makes itself known, but not bad for almost 10% ABV. Nicely warming. Good balance.

M: Moderate carbonation with a touch of zing early on that seems a bit out of place. Moderate body. Nice, but not stand-out. Little sticky.

O: Nice porter with noticeable honey presence. Brings some floral elements and a unique sweetness that is well balanced. Can't say the jasmine breaks through. Wouldn't know calendula flowers if they round-house kicked me in the face, so can't say anything specifically about those. Drinks well and smoother than it's ABV might suggest. Not the most complex, but tasty.

Prost! (1,207 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color when poured was a very dark brown with a fair amount of tan foam and a load of lace on the side of the glass. The smell had roasted malts, sweet chocolate and a hint of candied spice.
The taste was of the roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and a hint of caramel and othe spices.
Overall, this was a very pleasant and enjoyable Imperial Porter. This is one of the top imperial porters of this year. (408 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with a nice foamy 2 inch head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasty malts, chocolate, raisin, plum, grapes, sugary note from the honey. Has a herbal aroma, im guessing thats the calendula flowers and jasmine??

Taste - Immediate sweet bite of honey and chocolate. A herbal flavor is present, calendula flower im guessing since i have no idea what its suppost to taste like. Some roasty malts mixed with minor coffee. Some fruits come in near the finish to add some sweet bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets alot of honey, herbal flavors and chocolate. Palate gets more herbal flavors, roasty malts and dark fruits. Aftertaste is sweet, herbal and malty.

Overall - Tasty for sure. The mix of a silk porter with the herbal notes creates a special flavor. I wish i would have more knowledge of calendula because i can only guess thats what creating the nice herbal flavor. A nice colab effort and glad i got to try. (972 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in black color with a off white head.

The beer has a porter notes of roasty malt with lots of fruity and floral notes.

The flavor follows with that floral, lavender, jasmine in the front. Almost like eating a flower. It hits with a hint of honey and then onto a roasty creamy chocolate porter note and drying.

At first, the beer is a bit aggressive on the floral notes, but then the palate acclamates to it and it becomes more of a drinkable large porter. (474 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 scottfrie
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter. Bottle date 9/10/2013.

A: Pours a very dark brown, near black color, with a dense, creamy, and tan head that faded into a wispy film leaving a ton of spotty lace down the glass.
S: Jasmine is easily picked out along with roasted notes, chocolate syrup, and slight honey as it warms.
T: Follows the nose but with a little bit more roast. I have no clue what a calendula flower is so I don't know if I'm tasting it or not, but the jasmine is still there, albeit not as strongly as the nose. Honey sweetness shows up in the finish alongside rich chocolate syrup and slight vanilla and bitter hops. Aftertaste is rich and lingering.
M: Velvety smooth mouthfeel, rich and creamy body, soft and decadent mouthfeel.
O: One of the best stone collaborations I’ve had. Rich, creamy, smooth and potent. Drinks amazing right out of the bottle. (866 characters)

Photo of tviz33
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a tulip glass.

A- Jet black with some orange around the edges when held to direct light. Two finger tan head and some good lacing.

S- The smell is roasty and floral with some light coffee notes. Very porter-like.

T- More bitter than I expected out of something called "Suede." The coffee comes out as it warms, but just doesn't seem that well executed. There's definitely some sweetness in here, but I can't pinpoint what it's from. The finish is floral hops and no alcohol presence.

M- Lighter body than I would have liked, and quite carbonated.

O- Well, the bottle is really cool and all. The beer is less than amazing but still worth a try. (682 characters)

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

I don't know whose idea this was, but I enjoyed the results.
Bottled 9/30/13.
In a snifter the beer was black. There was a cocoa-colored head that left a good deal of lace.

Aroma was sweet chocolate and coffee primarily. There was a bit of floral hops.

Chocolate taste, both milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate. Some coffee. Some honey. Hops arrived late.

Nice combination. Dark, sweet, bitter.

Good beer. (414 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is black with a one finger tan head.
Aroma is faint coffee and milky, almost has a lactose smell.
Flavor is milky and coffee, if I was blindfolded I would say this was a milk stout.
Mouthfeel is slightly bubbly and not as creamy as a full blown milk stout.
Fora 9.6% abv beer this is pretty tasty.
It's growing on me as it warms up.

Following up: as it warmed you can really smell the flowers and sweetness of the honey. Also a red wine type aroma. Taste pretty much stays the same throughout with less pronounced coffee as it warms. (545 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown, almost black with a lack of head. some dark brown around the rim.

S-really just smells like a strong, authentic porter. there isn't much novelty to this, just has a deep scent of dark roasted grains. it's a very strong scent that can be noticed from far away. smells rich and thick and almost aged. might get a hint of the jasmine and honey.

T-comes in tasting like a really dark, authentic porter. i understand there are some novelty ingredients used, but i can barely taste them. to me this is just a porter with a super thick flavor of dark roasted grains. you might get just a touch of flowers in there, also a decent amount of bitterness in the middle that doesn't really stick too much. the after-taste is matching but with a higher focus on the roasted aspect, almost has a burnt flavor to it.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finsh

O-i like it. it's not what i call smooth, because the flavors are all just so strong. but they're all high quality flavors, with out any off tastes to it. overall though, this is a wonderful example of a porter that i recommend to anyone that is a fan of the style. (1,128 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near opaque body beneath the brownish hues and frothy tan head which is slow to dissolve leaving traces of lacing grabbing the glass.

As it is first poured the aromas are similar to that of your traditional porter and include charred or roasted malt and perhaps just a hint of cocoa. As it warms the jasmine really comes forward and a touch of honey sweetness as well.

The flavor is really unique offering the typical charred malt and smoky aspects of an American Porter but are also accompanied nicely by the light hints of jasmine, and what I assume to be the clendula petals.

Medium to fuller in body and carbonation but I must say the finish is unlike a typical Porter as it is not as smoky which I could only attribute to the honey leveling this out.

Overall a well crafted beer. Certainly unlike many of its style counterparts and with good use of the noted ingredients. (890 characters)

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

22oz bottle poured into a two big snifters. Bottled on 09/13/13 (thank you for having relatively clear and legible dating, Stone).

Pours dark brown, but not opaque. Small head that dissipates quickly. Relatively still, but a little agitation releases a little fine, slow, carbonation. Smell is pretty. Flowery, sweet, roasty, coffee, chocolate.

Taste is floral (maybe calendula flowers? I don't know what they're like), sweet, maybe some detectable honey flavor. More roastiness, not so much chocolate, still a little coffee.

Mouthfeel is silky and nice. Overall, this is a quite nice porter. (595 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color but you will see some light getting through when held up to light. There's just a minuscule bit of cream colored head covering half of the top of the beer. I get a bit of the flowers with dark malt, black licorice, and faint jasmine in the aroma. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy. I detect the dark malt throughout the taste. I get just a bit of the flowers and jasmine. I think the honey adds sweetness and the smoothness to the mouthfeel,but not the flavor. As I continue drinking the brew I get a moderate aftertaste of the flowers that is a bit distracting. (573 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a medium brown that settles into glass as a dark brown body. Frothy mocha-colored head that stays around and leaves some lacing.

S- Roasted malts, hints of sweet vanilla, sweet malts. Not much of a floral aroma for me.

T- Roasted malts, somewhat sweet with hints of honey, sweet cola-like flavors.

M- Feel is pretty good. Some silky-smoothness, with medium carbonation.

O- Not bad. A little too much honey sweetness for me, but overall pretty solid. (463 characters)

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