Suede Imperial Porter
Stone Brewing

Suede Imperial PorterSuede Imperial Porter
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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Imperial Porter
3.83 | pDev: 11.49%
Jan 10, 2023
Sep 27, 2013
Collaboration with 10 Barrel Breweing Co. and Blue Jacket Brewing

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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Rated: 3.43 by nyrblue2 from New York

Jan 10, 2023
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Shared bottle at hotel room tasting. Black colour. Weird aroma and flavour of flowers, but interesting. Also notes of liquorice. Might well sample again.
May 08, 2021
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Consumed November 2015.

Pours black and dark brown with 1/2" lighter brown head. The aroma was different than most porters. You have all that jasmine flower bullshit dicking up the roasted malt.

Taste offered up the usual chocolate malt, roasted and toasted feels. The flowers give it a little bit of dryness moreso than anything smooth and suede if you will. Mouth feel was nice, it did keep the roasty bitterness in check. The flowery aspect and honey helped distract from the alcohol. They pushed a higher carbonation than expected. Notes of coffee from the roasted malt and a weird red wine and tree bark like note.

I think the disappointing thing about this is that its namesake "Suede" makes you think of smoothness, and it didn't really play out that way. The alcohol was big, the body was a little thinner than something approaching double digit abv, and the bitterness was higher than the name would make you think. Didn't hate it, didn't love it.
May 20, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottled on 9/13/13; drank 9/28/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black hue.

Dark tan head; strong lace.

Fresh earth, mild honey & mild perfume nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Mild flavors of milk chocolate, honey & perfume up front; oatmeal, cake batter & booze heat emerge as this warms.

Muted & not overly pleasant a year in; perhaps this was more vibrant fresh. Not great.
Oct 17, 2019
Rated: 3.51 by Dave2234 from Minnesota

Sep 16, 2018
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 3 by jeschaefer from Texas

Jun 11, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by tommy5 from Michigan

Nov 24, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Nov 13, 2016
Rated: 3 by atrocity from Virginia

Oct 14, 2016
Rated: 4.56 by Garrett_Landvaettir from South Carolina

Jun 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Celtics17 from California

4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The honey comes through big, but a big sweetness takes over. Very little to known bitterness. I get very little chocolate, and little coffee. The candy sweetness is there, it's a honey, and caramel battle in the aroma and taste.
Feb 21, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by smi69 from New York

Feb 14, 2016
Rated: 4.36 by KirleyBrew from Connecticut

Jan 26, 2016
Rated: 4 by aratcliffe from Kansas

Jan 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Dark mahogany body with an inch of dense beige foam atop. Aromas of honey, floral notes, perhaps brown sugar, a touch of wine, slight oxidation. Chocolate, malt, bread. Medium-thin body with soft carbonation. Pretty good.
Jan 19, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Jan 10, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by MasterRigger from North Carolina

Dec 28, 2015
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Reviewed by LloydDobler from Indiana

3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Dark with reddish hues and a huge tan head. Smell is floral and a nasty sort of sweet. Taste is honey covered tree bark. Smooth feel was the beers only saving grace.
Dec 11, 2015
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