10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.01/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark brown. Looks black in the glass, but the pour shows very dark brown and some lightness around the edges. The head is only about a finger thick. There's moderate retention and an attractive thin white film left up top, like cream on coffee. Spotty lace.
The scent is different. In addition to dark malts, you actually do pick up honey and flowers. The jasmine is subtle, but if you've had jasmine rice before, it's similar. No hop nor alcohol presence.
The taste is very imperial porter-like. An aggressive malt forward beer, the hops make a similar impression in the swallow. Floral notes throughout, with honey not making a cameo til well into the finish.
Mouthfeel is unusual as well. All characteristics of a strong porter are there, and while the finish is somewhat sweet due to the honey, the floral ingredients provide for a dry finish. While not palate-wrecking, it does scrape the tongue clean. Full bodied, in addition to the dry finish, the alcohol brings some heat as well.
The beer is different, but with most things Stone, it works. It's very easy to drink and while there is a bit of heat on the throat in the swallow, this big ABV beer hides the alcohol.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2014 01:17:42 | More by RickS95
10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.