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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,053 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,053
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 13
Gots: 123 | FT: 8
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:
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.

(Beer added by: azdback on 09-27-2013)
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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 17, 2013
Photo of acknight
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

acknight, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Jamison85, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of cjohal85
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

cjohal85, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +4.4%

waddellc2, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of flayedandskinned
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/10/13
Poured into a Duvel Tulip

Appearance: (4.25)
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.

Aroma: (3.75)
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.

Taste: (4)
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.

Mouthfeel (4.75)
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.

Overall: (4)
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.

flayedandskinned, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BARFLYB, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of KevinA107
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

KevinA107, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

jeff1973, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Irrationalist, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of frozenjogurt
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

frozenjogurt, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of bca115
4/5  rDev +4.4%

bca115, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

LiquidAmber, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of jds8411
3/5  rDev -21.7%

jds8411, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bilco, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
2/5  rDev -47.8%

Bockerdoppel91, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of nrs207
1.15/5  rDev -70%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - The beer looks like it has potential. It's nice and dark, leaves nice lacing, and has a nice 1 finger head.

S - This is where it all goes horribly wrong. It smells like some nasty perfume. It's atrocious.

T - I've never done this before, but I took a sip and upon tasting the "flavor," I immediately spit it back in my glass and rinsed my mouth out several times. It was not infected. I've had infected beers that are significantly better than this.

M - It wasn't in my mouth long enough to notice a mouthfeel.

O - This beer is atrocious. There is not 1 beer I've ever had that I would prefer less than this. Do not buy this. I don't know where these decent ratings are coming from. It is SO BAD. I know it sounds like I'm being dramatic, but I'm dead serious. I'd rather drink Natural Ice any day by far, honestly.

nrs207, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of BB1313
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 9/10/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a big tan head that fades very slowly and leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Some milk chocolate along with a subtle roastiness. There are some flower pedals in the mix as well. The flower aspect is there in the aromas and flavors. The flavors are extremely earthy. The jasmine and flowers are present, as advertised. Lots of chocolate followed by a kiss of expresso. There's extremely subtle hints of vanilla. Some milk in the mix. There's a bit of a roasty bitterness to it. It's not as sweet as I anticipated. It's ultimately one note. It also has an odd finish and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. It's somewhat thin and almost watery, but it's still smooth. It has moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and there's not much of a warming sensation. It opens up as it gets warmer, but doen't become as complex as I would imagine with these interesting ingredients.

Very interesting beer. One minute I'm liking it, the next I'm confused. I definitely appreciate going outside of the box. They deliver what they advertised. Overall, I'm not crazy about it, but it's not bad.

BB1313, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Harvey98
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Harvey98, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +4.4%

SanFranJake, Oct 15, 2013
10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,053 ratings.