1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,021 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 11
Gots: 113 | FT: 9
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:
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.

(Beer added by: azdback on 09-27-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of 10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,021 | Reviews: 180 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Adkins1203
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Adkins1203, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Morey, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of outsider
4.25/5  rDev +11%

outsider, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Jslay013
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Jslay013, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Daniellobo, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of crhea89
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

crhea89, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Mongrel
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured almost black with a nice tan head that receded quickly but left some decent lacing. The nose was roasty with espresso and vanilla notes.

My initial impression of the flavor was that it was much brighter than expected. The herbs and floral notes really shine through. Honey and jasmine is definitely perceptible. Later you get the more typical roasty chocolate and coffe flavors, but not to the extent that the nose would lead you to believe. There's also a nicely restrained, cool, clean hop profile. The booze was totally imperceptible - nice job in that regard.

Again, this beer was a lot cleaner and brighter than expected and the floral notes were cool to experience coming from a porter. Overall, it didn't deliver as robust a flavor profile as many of the big porters out there.

Mongrel, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black and nearly opaque in the glass with faint mahogany edges. One finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

There's a surpringly strong floral presence in the aroma. I know that honey and two different flowers are some of the main ingredients but I was expecting them to be overpowered by the robust porter characteristics. Lots of flower petal and caraway and subtle earthy hops followed by subtle roast and sweet chocolate malt. Some burnt toast, oatmeal and coffee bean but this is overpowered by the honey and floral notes leaving mostly sweeter malts underneath. Not too complex and the malts are overpowered but the flowers and honey are really pleasant.

Full bodies and a bit more complex than expected. The strong floral presence is still there up front but is countered by a prominent malt backbone that balances roast and sweet flavors. The floral presence is perfume like and mellows out the deep roast. Very nicely balanced with hints of rose water, flower petal and faint hop bitterness countered by burnt toast, oatmeal, coffee bean and smoke. Some lighter malt sweetness on the back end with bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee and caramel. Finishes pretty clean which is surprising given the ingredients, and there is little to no heat making this complex beer very easy to drink. I haven't been a big fan of Stone's collaboration beers but I enjoyed this one very much. I would definitely buy this again.

corby112, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +11%

crob3888, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +4.4%

tobelerone, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Chris00710
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Chris00710, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of dalepryor
4/5  rDev +4.4%

dalepryor, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ShemRahBoo, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4.25/5  rDev +11%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Spaz7
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Spaz7, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of MrDave
3/5  rDev -21.7%

MrDave, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Focusf111
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Focusf111, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ambruns1979, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of TommyLiam
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

TommyLiam, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of srgj88
4.25/5  rDev +11%

srgj88, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of ALSAIL
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

ALSAIL, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Immortale25, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of scottDC
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

scottDC, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev +4.4%

seanchai, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of acknight
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

acknight, Oct 16, 2013
10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,021 ratings.