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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,065 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
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:
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 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.

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.