Suede Imperial Porter
Stone Brewing

Suede Imperial PorterSuede Imperial Porter
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Porter - Imperial
3.86 | pDev: 11.4%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Suede Imperial PorterSuede Imperial Porter
Notes: 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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Sigmund from Norway

3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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
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Celtics17 from California

4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
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
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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
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LloydDobler from Indiana

3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
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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RyanK252 from California

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at KuniSama

A: Pours dark brown, basically black, no light passes through, with a frothy khaki head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little light lacing.

S: Roasty malt, spice, floral notes, and a little honey.

T: Roasty malt, bittersweet chocolate, a little coffee, big time floral and spice notes, some honey, earthy, and a little dark fruit hiding on the back end.

M: Medium body, kinda prickly carbonation. Extra swirling to force out the carbonation yielded a smoother slightly fuller body.

O: There's a ton of cool stuff going on in this one, I'm glad I got to try. I remember missing out on snagging a bottle when it came out. I'm not sure if it was the keg or what but the carbonation just seemed way too high for a big imperial porter. A fuller smoother mouth feel would have bumped this up a grade in my book.

Dec 09, 2015
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Pegasus from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Massive, slightly coarse tan head crowns a deep brown body, opaque to light. Scattered, irregular lacing rings the glass walls. Along the glass walls, it appears that a moderate amount of particulate is present.

Aroma: Bitter chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and vinous alcohol are present in substantial amounts. There is an ambiguous floral note as well.

Taste: Opens with prominent roasted roasted malt and strong cold coffee notes. Bittersweet chocolate is present as well. There is a little char also, and there are some earthy and floral flavors. Finishes with bitter chocolate and wood notes and a late surge of cold coffee to draw the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Very full and soft, simply excellent.

Drinkability/notes: A remarkable example, worthy of being offered on a seasonal basis. Refrigerated since the date of acquisition in the Fall of 2013, this seems quite undiminished.

Presentation: Packaged in an enameled twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Nov 22, 2015
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice chocolate color. Has a carmely, herbaceous & roasted malt. Flavor is sweet, smooth with a bitter green background note. Has a nice overall flavor and feel. Solid overall

Nov 08, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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 California. Consider it craft cross-pollination at its finest." Brewed in the style of an American Porter, with Calendula flowers, jasmine and honey added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. 2013 release in the Stone Collaboration series.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a deep tan color over a very deep brown body with deep crimson highlights, sparse but dense sediment and light crispness. 3.75

(Smell) Mild roast, chocolate malt base with viscous honey for added sweetness, light floral and herbal spice notes, presumably jasmine or the calendula flowers. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Mild roast and chocolate malt with a smooth viscosity. Finishes slightly grainy and roasty with a raw vegetative dryness. There isn't much flavor of jasmine nor the calendula flowers, but the malt profile of this porter is very manageable despite its flavorful body. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, moderately viscous, lightly sticky, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly roasty and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A decent and very drinkable American Imperial Porter, although the usage of jasmine and calendula flowers doesn't really come through all that distinguishable in the finished product, leaving the beer enjoyable but ordinary in delivery. 3.5

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Oct 16, 2015
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

November 8th, 2013 - Enjoying a night in tonight with Stone's Suede Imperial Stout, a lovely purple and gold bottle promising a sultry, boozy and sophisticated time. The bottle sort of reminds me of gin, in the way it dresses itself, and the ingredient list looks like it could come from a specialty gin distiller: calendula flowers (yeah, never heard of those), jasmine and honey. The smell is gorgeous, as one might suspect, reminding me of the interior of a famous Colorado pizza chain called BoJeau's. Sweet bored grape establishes the aroma's body, and decorates it with additional lilac, and as much honey as they could cram into the scent. There's a ton of carbonation here, and it's detectable well before the first sip. Huge mottled bubbles cling to the side of the glass, making it look more like a soft drink than a brew. Its aftertaste emphasizes a kind of porter style with all the heavy, roasted maltiness, and a long, low rumble until the next sip. The overall flavor mixes that roasted charcoal quality with a subtle red bean (an) paste sweetness. The length of the aftertaste and the time between sips makes this almost like a smokeable beer, the cigar version of a brew, and I'm loving every puff.

Sep 08, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is roast malt dominant, with dark fruit and cocoa adding complexity. Notes of grape and cherry cough syrup dominate.

Flavor reveals more prominent grape and cherry dominance, with bitter roast malt weighing in mid palate and carrying through to the finish. Cocoa is subtle. A little too bitter for my liking.

May 11, 2015
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CHickman from New York

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Clinton Hall, NYC, pours pitch black with a nice 2 finger creamy khaki colored head that faded slowly and left really good spotty lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee beans, herbs, molasses, honey and some light dark fruit. Some sweet earthy and floral notes round out the aroma and bring out cocoa powder and/or bakers chocolate.

Tastes like it smells but with a lot stronger caramel, sweet malt, roasted grains, and then the coffee beans, herbs, piney hops, molasses, honey, dark fruit like cherry and plum, earthy notes like peat moss and tea leaf, floral hoppy notes and then cocoa powder and/or bakers chocolate. Tasty, complex and completely masking the ABV, this is as smooth as suede.

Creamy and slick across the tongue, it slides down like a chocolate milk and is way too easy to drink while masking the ABV; medium body, light carbonation and basically sessionable. Nice well aged porter that I'm glad I got to try.

Apr 29, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out pitch black with not head. Getting lots of honey in the smell. Honey and roasted malts in the taste. Not getting jasmine or flowers. Smooth, lower carb and a touch dry.

Mar 25, 2015
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours an obsidian black body with a thick sticky meniscus of tan cream.

S- The creamy blend of black roasted malt and some leather notes with a perfume floral hint grows as it opens up.

T- Roasted black malt leads to a thin finish of roasted slightly astringent black charred grains. There is a dark cola note that lingers in the aftertaste.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is a bit thin like beers with honey and not really rich like I would expect an imperial porter, but it has some nice light porter notes. The flowers might contribute some character but I didn't notice them specifically.

Mar 25, 2015
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into tulip (in San Diego).
A: Pours a very dark brown with essentially no head.
S: Sweet floral notes mix with dry bitter chocolate and roast malt. Interesting...and quite nice.
T: Honey and floral notes hit first quickly followed by dry bitter chocolate and dark roast malt. Follows aroma closely.
M: Medium body. Dryly sweet and bitter. Fairly smooth and lingers nicely on the palate for a bit.
D: Overall an interesting and solid brew. I like the thought process and the balance of delicately sweet and darker bitter notes.

Jan 28, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, bottled 9/21/2013, poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color, nearly opaque with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, no lacing

S- dark roasted malt with some charred woodsy aroma, dark chocolate with a hint of coffee, definitely picking up a sweetness from the honey and the jasmine gives some floral aromas on the finish

T- the base porter is roasty with some dark chocolate and charred malt flavors, hint of coffee bitterness. The mid-palate turns sweet with flavors of fig and tobacco. As it nears the finish, the honey sweetness kicks in and lasts long into the linger, the jasmine gives slight floral notes on the finish as well

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming, creamy finish

O- a robust base porter that works nicely with the addition of the honey sweetness

Nov 23, 2014
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Dark brown beer with a one finger high white-beige head.

Nose: Floral notes, vanilla, honey, caramel and milk.

Taste: Flower, honey, syrup and caramel. Sweet taste and almoust no chocolate and dark bread that I persumed.

Body: Medium to full body with medium carbonation. The bitterness balance the sweetness.
I like this beer!

Aroma 6/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 17/20

Nov 06, 2014
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KVNBGRY from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strange floral/bitter aftertaste loses a point for me. However after re visiting this a couple years later, it has gotten better! I wish they left the adjuncts at home.

Oct 11, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/10/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, honey, herbal, floral, dark bread, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, honey, herbal, floral, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char/smoke, honey, herbal, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spicing; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Spicing is not overdone, but is enough to be very noticeable. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 06, 2014
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy

A - Pitch black with a finger of head and some carbonation left on the glass

S - coffee, jasmine and honey, and floral hops

T - Sweet, chocolate, with a HUGE honey aftertaste!!! Tasty!!

M - Thin and not much carbonation is the downfall of the mouth

O - Definitely a tasty imperial porter. Jasmine and honey are what makes it unique.

Jul 18, 2014
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HuskerTornado from Arkansas

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a black color with a tall beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark cocoa, with the jasmine and honey coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a decently heavy body, very nice. Taste is chocolate truffles and honey up front, bringing sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness at the same time. The jasmine and calendula can be tasted in the finish, nice and subtle. Alcohol is at 9.6%, but with everything going on here, it is well hidden.

Overall, a really good imperial porter, smooth and very easy to drink.

Jul 18, 2014
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Gryphon69 from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


A- Pours a nice inky black, with noticeable bubbles up the sides. Decent head, light lacing on the sides and a light coating over the top 10m later.

S- Very soft at this point, roasted malts, dark chocolates, I cant smell much flowers/jasmine/honey in the glass, but Im defiantly picking it up from the bottle, everything smells pretty good.

T- The roasted malts and chocolates up front as a porter should be, next you get the sweeter side probably the honey and finishes with a slightly bitter dry feeling. Again pretty good.

M- medium to full body, has a decent thick, chewy feeling while still retaining a slippery smoothness over the tongue.

O- When I first opend it I had a hard time picking up the smell, maybe cause its been cellaring since I got it last year. After it aired out some, everything came togather nicely. The carbonation wasn't noticeable while drinking. They did a really good job with this, glad i have 3 more downstairs.

Jul 05, 2014
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after drinking on 4/4/14. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with a bottling date of 9/10/13 stamped on the bottle in yellow faded ink. Held onto this one a little longer than I planned, so we'll see how it holds up. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Body is an inky black hue, with little to no light passing through it. There is definitely a silky, viscous appearance to the liquid as it pours. Atop the body sits a one finger of creamy looking head the color of toasted marshmallow with just a slightly yellow cream tint. Retention is moderate, with the head settling to a healthy film across the top with a buildup of foam on the edges, creating a drifting effect. Lacing is silky and sparse.

Smell - So often I've tried porters/stouts that purport to have lighter, sweeter components like flowers and/or honey added, and the roasted malt simply overpowers them with notes of char and chocolate, but here, there is a really nice blend between the richer dark chocolate and roasted characteristics from the malt and the sweeter, luscious notes from the flowers and honey. It all combines to add a nectar-like softness to the otherwise bitter-leaning smells. Very well done.

Taste - Here, the roasty malt profiles take over a bit more, with strong notes of bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder as well as nice bitterness from the roasted char. That said, the honey still imparts a delicate sweetness and counterpoint to the more pungent notes of the taste. The floral elements are ethereal and faint, but as the bitterness fades, the aromatic flower suggestion remains behind.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a silky, rich feel on the tongue. Lingering bitterness which fades into a long lasting but gently sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a really well-done porter that doesn't kill you will bitter, rich elements or sweetness. Nice and balanced, and the use of the honey and jasmine is quite deft and blends into the whole nicely. With so many additives, you worry that the whole could be less than the sum of its parts, but that is certainly not the case here.

Jun 10, 2014
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RickS95 from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Looks black in the glass, but the pour shows very dark brown and some lightness around the edges. The head is only about a finger thick. There's moderate retention and an attractive thin white film left up top, like cream on coffee. Spotty lace.

The scent is different. In addition to dark malts, you actually do pick up honey and flowers. The jasmine is subtle, but if you've had jasmine rice before, it's similar. No hop nor alcohol presence.

The taste is very imperial porter-like. An aggressive malt forward beer, the hops make a similar impression in the swallow. Floral notes throughout, with honey not making a cameo til well into the finish.

Mouthfeel is unusual as well. All characteristics of a strong porter are there, and while the finish is somewhat sweet due to the honey, the floral ingredients provide for a dry finish. While not palate-wrecking, it does scrape the tongue clean. Full bodied, in addition to the dry finish, the alcohol brings some heat as well.

The beer is different, but with most things Stone, it works. It's very easy to drink and while there is a bit of heat on the throat in the swallow, this big ABV beer hides the alcohol.

May 16, 2014
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