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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,024 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,024
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)
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Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +4.4%

kirkse, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Suede pours dark brown but it is surprisingly translucent. Light penetrates the beer almost the full way through when held up to a bright source. Thin little splotch of creamy head. Very soft on the lacing.

S-We'll I have no idea what Calendula flowers smell like but I do smell the jasmine. I think I also get some potential honey. The coffee and chocolate are surprisingly tame. Some burnt caramel. More floral than expected.

T-The flavor is slightly more Porter-esque. I definitely get some honey and more accurately, honeysuckle in the finish. Then my mind wanders ...'honeysuckle, what a creepy name'. But yeah, after getting zero Coconut flavor from their Coconut IPA, I wasn't expecting the calendula, jasmine and honey to come out much but they did in impressive fashion. Definitely some dark fruits too and it reminds me of a darker Belgian at times.

M-Supremely soft carbonation. Nearly flat. The bubbles slowly vibrate on the tongue. Body has some girth. Booze is mellow.

O/D-A well crafted brew. It definitely doesn't suit my taste buds though. I respect it but I don't love it. Still, these new Stone collabo-brews may never cease to fleece my wallet, I can't stop going back and trying each one.

VelvetExtract, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of BradStokley
3/5  rDev -21.7%

BradStokley, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jrep21pr, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

GraduatedCashew, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of justwork
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

justwork, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Jgivens
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into CCB pint glass from 22oz bomber.

Appearance-
Pours a dark black with 1 1/2 finger medium tan head. In glass there is no light penetration. definitely inviting for a stout guy like myself

Smell-
Smells sweet with slight hints of jasmine. Dark malt smell followed by chocolate notes.

Taste-
Definitely taste floral from the calendula and Jasmine. Second I get the chocolate and malt flavors. everything followed up by a little bit of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel-
medium thickness, carbonation seems like it is a little more than necessary it seems like it kind of blocks the tongue from getting some of the flavors.

Overall-
I do enjoy this beer the floral tastes are different from other stouts and I think that's what sets it apart from others. If you have a chance to try it I would but I don't think this is something to go crazy looking for.

Jgivens, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears a pitch black hue with big mocha tan head flowing forth without hesitation, I'm in love with the look of the beer. Description is an Imperial Porter with Claendula flowers, jasmine, and avocado honey. Fine speckled lacing left evenly along the sides of my chalice, a beautiful spectacle of a beer. Aroma has dark chocolate, roasted malt and caramel, with honey tones and floral notes it's big delicious and complex please go look for this beer if you haven't already seen it. Serve it warm the big delicious chocolate notes open up right away if this as been warmed a bit out of the fridge, complex and delicious I could write paragraphs about the floral hints and hints of earthy honey mixed in to a delicious imperial porter. However that's a subjective character that needs to be kept to the minimum when deciding whether or not you love that beer, the alcohol warmth is the only thing getting me down flavor wise there's nothing bad to report about. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a bit of warmth heading in to the equation perfect level of carbonation, I'm down. Otherwise a perfect beer that I will continue to enjoy even if it has a little bit of age on it.

WVbeergeek, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hopinista, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

tbone1384, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of MotorboatMofo
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark beer with two fingers of tan head.

S- Smell was amazing, Smell of fruits and honey.

T- Very smooth and well balanced. Couldn't taste the 9% alcohol. Everything was balanced and the hint of honey gave this beer class. Wasn't too fruity though, which was a good thing for me.

M- Definitely a sipper. I enjoyed sipping on this with some lamb.

O- Great collaboration. Must grab these while they are out. Definitely worth trying.

MotorboatMofo, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Phobicsquirrel
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Phobicsquirrel, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Amerikon
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Amerikon, Oct 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

itsjreal, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Widmer branded tumbler.

Appearance: Dark, almost opaque cola color with a medium-sized, creamy brown head that leaves behind thick lace.

Smell: Sweet honey backed up by chocolate/coffee maltiness.

Taste: Begins with a slight hoppiness that turns into sweet honey and a sweet, slightly bitter coffee flavor. A touch of bittersweet alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full, creamy body with a sticky finish.

Overall: A good porter, much more well-rounded than I expected. None of the characteristics of this beer are overshadowed by others. Definitely worth grabbing.

Mosstrooper, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. painted bomber poured into a globe glass after a little warm up time. The beer pours a deep brown/black and sports a half inch of pockmarked tan foam. Clear and deep walnut in highlights. Moderate retention and soapy lacing.

A fruity nature envelops the dark malts through the foam, with floral spices more evident as the beer settles and warms. Touch of chocolate/carob and just a hit of roast. Different yet inviting. Touch of hop spice and some ethanol with a fresh top off.

Flavor is again fruit forward with a hint of black cherry initially, followed by cocoa and a finish of floral spice. The jasmine lingers fairly well with warming yet at times comes across as minty lavender up front. Flavors bounce around depending on beer temperature and agitation, yet never really disappoint. Dark malt flavors are relatively subdued as the additions are allowed to come forward, likely debittered to a degree.

Feel is thinnner than expected given the numbers yet there is enough malt structure to keep things positive. Not much as for bitterness or even the coarse grainy nature I might expect from Stone. More English in style, fairly smooth and fruity given the heft, and that heft is bigger than I would have guessed without prior knowledge. Overall I'm liking this more than most Stone collabs though not loving it by any means given the preponderence of weird additives in many collabs. Think I'll put one down for a year or so.

HalfFull, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BDeibs, Oct 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

GRG1313, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

nygannon, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

rab53, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

smb71481, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bennetj17, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

HeyYoMar, Oct 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Nolen12, Oct 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

MRsojourner, Oct 13, 2013
10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,024 ratings.