10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
My first review, NOT my first beer.
A . Off the tap, dark almost reddish brown with a good head that dissipated to a lacy top.
S . Jasmine, floral. Very. Some chocolate/molasses too.
T. Yummy. Sweet floral molasses, honey malty goodness. Just a touch of roasted malts, but really overall honey chocolate balanced with coffee slightly roasted malts. Hides the alcohol.
M. Suede is a good name, smooth, light carbonation, not heavy for a porter but not thin either...juuuust right.
O. A really interesting beer, with uncommon nose and taste. It holds your interest from initial sniff, through first sip, through first gulp, through finish. Is gratifying the whole time. Satisfies your senses through.
10-17-2013 02:55:14 | More by ALSAIL
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a goblet.
A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Resident lacing adheres to the glass and just does not let go.
S- Sweet smelling with some mild roast and chocolate. Also some vanilla.
T- Very subdued, even for a porter, with a pronounced sweetness. The roast is quite mild but there are still decent amount of coffee and chocolate notes to be had. The main appeal of this beer comes from how incredibly unnoticeable the alcohol is. If I didn't know any better, I'd think this was only 6% ABV. Remarkable.
M- Not quite suede-like but semi-creamy. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.
O- It's on the sweeter side, which is a plus in my book, and the alcohol is well-concealed, also a plus in my book! Drink responsibly.
10-17-2013 01:38:14 | More by Immortale25
4.04/5 rDev +5.5%
Bottled on 9/10/13
Poured into a Duvel Tulip
Pours a midnight black and a thick, 3 fingers tall, khaki head quickly forms and has great retention. As the head slowly recedes it leaves a ton of nice lacing behind.
Gigantic waves of sweet star jasmine engulf your nostrils immediately. The jasmine aroma is so intense and upfront it really covers most of the roasted malt and herbal hop characteristics you'd expect to find in a porter. As the beer starts to warm in the glass, some of the roasted, coffee like malts alongside a light herbal hop presence start to cut through the floral facade. For 9.6% ABV, the alcohol is very well masked in the aroma.
Wow, right upfront just as in the aroma, you're immediately treated to sweet, floral jasmine, quickly followed by a kiss of herbal hops. The hops gracefully transition with some help from some a honey like sweetness into a robust, roasted malt forward body; The malt lays big impressions of roasted coffee and some toasted nuttiness bare on your palate before it is whisked away by the beer's lightly bitter, dry finish. The finish leaves long lingering notes of baker's chocolate, coffee, herbal hops, honey and jasmine. For the most part, the alcohol masked, but it definitely does leave a warming effect as it goes down.
Woah, this beer really does live up to it's name in terms of moutfeel! The body is very creamy and full with some soft, velvety carbonation. wonderful.
This is an extremely unique beer that really allows of the components(Jasmine, calendula flowers and honey) to shine, while still maintaining it's identity as an Imperial Porter. Try this while you still can.
10-16-2013 06:44:19 | More by flayedandskinned
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Considering this is considered an Imperial Porter I was very pleased with the results.
A - Very dark and rich. This pours thick and has a thin dense head.
S - Deep Molasses and coffee scent with the notes of simple flowers in the back. As the beer stands a little the aroma opens and develops to the Molasses side.
T - The taste is rich and complex leaning to the hop side of Porter. The flowers added in the brewing process gives the porter some subtle fruit accents but go away rather soon.
M - The feel of a light Porter is different for an Imperial however it is refreshing as well as a deep lasting liquid feel which allows for a lasting taste of goodness.
O - I found this a very pleasant beer and found it grew on me while discovering new areas of the taste and aroma.
10-16-2013 05:19:07 | More by KevinA107
3.74/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Stone IRS tulip. Bottled on 9/10/13, so a month old at this point. Bought at Whole Foods Newport Beach CA for $6.99.
A - Pitch black. Light tan head leaves really nice lacing. Looks like a rich beer.
S - Dark roast malts, floral, sweet dried fruits (cherries and blueberries), a little bit of anise.
T - Nice porter base w/ the right blend of roast and milk chocolate. Then the flowers hit you, hibiscus and lavender come to mind. Also has a little anise in the finish.
M - Silky smooth (as the name "Suede" implies). Full mouthfeel, medium low carbonation that lends perfectly to the mouthfeel.
O - A nice beer. Nice mix of flavors. Doesn't "Wow", but a solid beer.
10-16-2013 05:11:55 | More by jeff1973
4.01/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours opaque black with a 1/8" fine brown head with good retentiona nd lacing. Light aroma of dark toasted malt and jasmine, lightly floral. Flavor is dark and charred toasted malt, chocolate, charred coffee, faintly floral, although the jasmine is not distinct as in the aroma. Finishes with a good lightly charred toastiness and hop bitterness. Warming, with just a hint of alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied with a pleasant light creaminess. This is an interesting porter, with a depth of toasted malt and body that it is closer to a stout. Flavor is complex with an herbal floral spiciness that is probably due to the calendula. It adds a pleasant unusual flavor and is supported well by the toaste malt. I really liked this quite a bit and will have to track down another bottle.
10-16-2013 03:00:21 | More by LiquidAmber
10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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