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

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1,086 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,086
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 12
Gots: 123 | FT: 10
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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of deschutes_fan
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

- Pours a straight black with 1cm of light tan foam.

- Smell is roasty and sweet.

- Very porter forward on the taste with roasty malts, followed by strong floral flavors and a bit of sweetness. Flowers dominate the palette with a bitter twang and a strange mouthfeel. Not very complex despite the different flavors.

- Overall a vexing beer. I want to like it, but the different flavor profiles contrast and don't compliment each other or mesh well. Maybe I'm just not a flower in my beer guy... On a positive, it does hide the ~10% ABV quite well.

Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Extremely dark, as in black. When held to the light, a deep burgundy spot passes deep low light through. The head crowned and fell, but left beige semblance on-top.

Floral medley of aromas on-top of dry porter malts and roasty hearth. Barely picking up a raw honey note beneath earthy roasted grain bitterness. Notes of dark mocha and earl grey. Warm tones in the nose with a quaint complexity.

Huge malt bitterness with a major deal of booze. Spiciness abound pulling around the palate walls, obscuring recurring floral notes that have something to do with hops, as well as jasmine and pot marigold. Licorice and cocoa and African coffee varietals. Heavy roast with the underlying semi-sweet character of honey, however those sugars got eaten up and became convoluted. It wouldn't be ridiculous to say I recognize citrus. Vegetal astringencies are products of the additives.

Feels boozy, like a good slow sipper or maybe spicier, still. Carbonation retains that fervent sensation.

Well-directed from the beginning, but fermentation has taken the end result astray a bit. A classy effort.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A nice deep black almost pitch with some ruby hues at the base. Head is 1/2 inch of mocha foam with good lacing
S - Flowers are quite strong and honey I guess would be the next thing I pick up. Roast is very calm which is good for a porter. I drink.
T - Mild smokey malts, touch of charcoal but mostly sweet honey and the flowers make it quite smooth. I am reminded in the finish it's a porter since it's slightly drying and chalky but it's mostly sweet almost chocolate like taste. Exceptional.
M - Medium bodied, smooth, and slick. Loving this big beer.

Overall I am impressed this is a smooth drinking big porter well worth the 8.49 bomber cost. Always love picking up these collab's so keep it up Stone!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,086 ratings.