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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

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.

Added by azdback on 09-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This poured a ruddy ruby-black in color. There’s an interesting aroma on this, with a floral jasmine character. Not estery but bright and vibrant. It’s light and velvety. Not a coffee roast but more on the delicate side. Tastes lightly floral with a bit of a hoppy bitterness and a wonderful mix of jasmine and lavender characters. The floral finish emerges as it warms. It’s intriguing and enjoyable, like a fine wine in porter form. Enjoyed my second bottle even more than the first. It’s a surprising combination but it works wonderfully.

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Photo of tmm313
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with a super creamy, almost milky, 1 finger head. Takes a while to dissipate into ring around the glass. Excellent lacing.

S- It really needs to warm for the aromas to present themselves. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, raisins and char up front - all the typical Porter/Stout smells. Behind the initial scents, I initially wanted to describe it as tropical/floral hops but, as it warmed, the floral becomes more like a wildflower, which I can only assume is one of the flowers in the recipe. Slight alcohol, too.

T- Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts up front. Caramel, toffee, and char show up midway and mixes nicely with initial flavors. Finish is a rush of dark fruits, bitter coffee and what seems to be peppery hops. As it warms, booze add a dimension of licorice. Aftertaste is bitter coffee with a slight wildflower presence.

M- Actually on the thicker side for a Porter. Creamy, almost silky... I haven't been able to find the honey, but I wonder if this is where its showing up. Nice drying effect on the tongue.

O- This is a really good beer. I know this is an open argument, but the thickness, creaminess, and flavors of this beer were much more reminiscent of an Imperial Stout than an Imperial Porter - at least to me. The special ingredients are hard to find, and if you didn't know they were there, I would seriously doubt anyone would ever accurately pick them out. But either way, this was a very solid beer, well worth having.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 4 - great tan head that leaves awesome lacing atop the dark brown/black beer, with a mahogany look at the edges where it thins out
S 4.5 - chocolate, vanilla, cream, coffee, real smooth
T 4.5 - same as smell - chocolate, vanilla, cream, coffee, milk
M 4.5 - nice and thick, alc covered, aftertaste is chocolates and cream. Feels like drinking suede.
O 4.5 - the aging of this for one year must have made it awesome. Dunno where the 86 came from.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at Cleveland Park Wine and Liquors, 2011 vintage, poured into my Ghandi-Bot snifter glass, drank 11/6/13 over the best hour of the evening

A: 3/3 - dark-brown/mahogany, no clarity, poured with a creamy tan-brown head that impressively persisted throughout drinking as a one finger head, moderate carbonation (impressive for 9.6% ABV!)

S: 10/12 - floral, fruity/earthy and coffee/caramel aromas predominate

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's little bitterness but some coffee/caramel flavors up-front; in the middle of the mouth, the floral aspects really shine from the jasmine, calendula flowers and avocado honey; really dry (as expected for Stone) with little aftertaste and no alcohol flavors

M: 4/5 - incredibly creamy mouthfeel and definitely a sipper, especially impressive in the context of moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - I thought that this combination of imperial porter and floral qualities sounded strange, but this is totally unique, and, I think, knocked it out of the park (maybe Nats Stadium considering the location of Bluejacket outside Navy Yard; I am totally impressed and think that it's probably one of the best in the Stone and Bluejacket collaboration series --> recommended! And, for all those crazy below talking about drain pours, I'd be happy to take this one of your hands in lieu of the srink

TOTAL = 44/50

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Photo of ALSAIL
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep black with a one finger tan head that receded to a tan ring leaving nice lacing down the glass. Very attractive, a nice dark beer. Scents of coffee, roast malt, cocoa, sweet chocolate, some honey sweetness, and some flowery perfume. Its a good, solid porter aroma, with the honey, jasmine and calendula flowers all coming through in the background. Quite nice. Flavor begins with roast malt, black coffee, sweet honey and chocolate all mingled together. There is also an herbal flavor, that grows stronger throughout the sip, very flowery. Herbal flavors come through strong on the finish, alongside some roasted and nutty flavors and some hints of alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet, with some alcohol, roast malt and herbal notes. Very nice, a good porter base combines with the honey and herbal flowery flavors to create a very pleasant flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, slightly sticky and semi-drying. Very nice, very easy to drink, hiding its ABV wonderfully. Overall this is a very nice Imperial Porter with a good, true to style backbone and some nice additions making it a bit different, but in a good way. This backbone is present in both the aroma and flavor, as are the twists added by the honey, jasmine and calendula. The mouthfeel is nice as well. A very good collaboration by Stone.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled on 09/13/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid one finger of tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty, earthy, and fairly sweet dark aroma with good hints of chocolate, coffee, and honey. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, cream, and yeast. Sweet scent of honey and molasses. Slight hint of anise. Noticeable floral scent from the added flowers comes through. Dark fruit presence with hints of grapes, fig, raisin, plum, prune, and cherry. Slight backing hint of grassy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a sweet and roasty imperial porter taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, honey, and flowers. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, coffee roast, toasted bread, biscuit, cream, caramel, toffee, grains, yeast, and nuts. Sweet taste of the added honey comes through along with some molasses. Light note of anise spicing. Floral and herbal notes from the added flowers. Solid dark fruit undertones with notes of dark grapes, raisin, fig, plums, prune, and cherry. Light hop presence in the background. The flowers and honey come out more as it warms. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very solid imperial porter. Has the roasty flavors you expect. The honey and flowers add a nice kick.

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Photo of nick_asian
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very heavy dark brown with a nice dark tan fluffy head.

S: Porter thick and through with the roasted coffee and some cocoa notes. A lot of the floral from the jasmine really pops out at me. Some sweetness from the honey really comes out when it warms up.

T: Still get a lot of the porter flavors of the coffee and cocoa but blended really well with the floral and the sweetness. The finish lingers with the jasmine. A little warmth in the finish. It's like drinking a dark roasted tea. Big fan.

M: Medium-full body and very smooth. carbonation is exactly where it should be.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It's smooth, sticking with it's style and the extra flavors really bring a lot to the table.

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Photo of MotorboatMofo
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Suede seems aptly named, and this is a pretty smooth and sexy-looking beer. Pretty much black in color except at the very edges, it produces a sturdy tan head one finger tall and creamy. Retention is good, and it falls pretty slowly and never leaves completely. The top of the glass shows some sticky sheeting that later becomes legging and patching.
There's a nice, big malt backbone to this porter in the aroma, which mainly shows of the roast, bittersweet cocoa and ground coffee I expect to find, but with a very interesting, very light, floral scent. It doesn't clash, interestingly, it just sort of settles in. There's a bit of a raw sort of sweetness on the end.
The taste brings out some complexity I wasn't expecting, and this is one sexy porter. There's a lot of roast but no char at all. It's built on a strongly malty base, with a creamy sweetness bouncing off of cocoa nib-like bitterness and something about how the roast and floral/lavender notes work together gives off a light note of a taste similar to anise. Under that, there's just a hint of leafiness to it. There's a sort of creamy/tangy/sweet/roasty thing that works together fantastically well. This is a big, hugely flavorful porter that's almost in stout-like proportions.
Suede is silky on the tongue but with a soft yet persistent nip. Initially it tends to bite, but it leads into a very smooth middle while a bit of the anise flavor lingers.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really, really liked this beer- much more than I thought I would with all of the ingredients listed. I don't know about the Calendula, for instance, but the honey used is Avocado honey, and just that one ingredient was a revelation to me. The avocado comes through loud and clear- but at the same time it would be hard to place it if you didn't know it was there- it's one of those mysterious flavors, especially in something that has some sweetness to it instead of a savory characteristic. I know that avocados are used in ice cream, batidas, etc, but I've never had them that way and I was surprised how delicious that flavor is with a sweet profile, and how silky the mixture is ( like pumpkin, or even oatmeal). The other flavors are good enough, with some roastiness, and some bitter chocolate, herbal, and dry malt, but for me it's all about the avocado.

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Photo of Roguer
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, obsidian black, opaque, with a two finger tan head. Excellent retention and thick, nice lacing.

Aroma is of cocoa, milk, coffee, and a hint of grapes. Not an overwhelming scent, but quite noticeable.

Thick, sweet chocolate flavor, with tons of other notes: mild grapes, smooth coffee, honey, wheat and grain, hop and cocoa resin. Slightly boozy flavor, and a slight hop bitterness. Fairly complex profile, but the end result is it tastes mostly like sweet chocolate wheat.

Medium/full mouthfeel, with a pleasant coating. Easy foaming while chewing. High ABV is pretty well hidden; there's a boozy flavor, but it's pretty subdued, and there's a very mild warming effect.

This is an extremely silky and smooth porter. If anything, it could use a little more punch or bite to give it balance; something harsh or burnt, or some extra hops. As it is, it's almost too sweet; almost. An absolutely fantastic and extremely drinkable 9.6% porter.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cola brown, almost black. Head is cocoa, fairly thin and falls pretty quickly. A couple dribbles of lacing.
S- Smell is cocoa, some sweetness (probably from the honey), a faint wisp of espresso. Not sure if I am picking up the calendula or not, but it is definitely sweeter on the nose than the average porter.
T- At first it tastes just like a base porter, with pretty good cocoa and smoke flavors. The juniper and honey become lively midsip and particularly in the finish. I don't know what calendula tastes like but there is a noticeable herbal finish.
M- This is the big seller for me. Silky smooth, low-medium carbonation. Long, delicious finish.
O- A good beer. It tastes quite nice, but the body/mouthfeel are quite a joy here.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a two big snifters. Bottled on 09/13/13 (thank you for having relatively clear and legible dating, Stone).

Pours dark brown, but not opaque. Small head that dissipates quickly. Relatively still, but a little agitation releases a little fine, slow, carbonation. Smell is pretty. Flowery, sweet, roasty, coffee, chocolate.

Taste is floral (maybe calendula flowers? I don't know what they're like), sweet, maybe some detectable honey flavor. More roastiness, not so much chocolate, still a little coffee.

Mouthfeel is silky and nice. Overall, this is a quite nice porter.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly tan head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was dark brown bordering on black.
s - roasty sweetness, honey and a hint of flowers.
t - roasty and floral dominate the taste but some honey comes through.
m - lively carbonation yet creamy all at the same time.
o - really terrific collaboration and interesting take on a porter.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my brother for sharing this, enjoyed chilled courtesy of the bomber from tenderbranson69 in a tulip.

The color is deep cocoa brown opaque with thick beige cap with wavy lace. The smell is very biscuit and slight herbal scent, perhaps floral but mixed with honey-like aroma and mild roastiness from the malt in the nose and toasted grain odors. The feel is very good with mild sweetness and light bitterness with a moderate roastiness with some creaminess and a nice low alcohol texture for the strength.

The taste has a slight coffee-like taste mixed with floral flavors which add an interesting honey quality which adds a thick full taste in combination with the hops and some roasted bitter tangy yeast in the background. The floral and honey flavors mix well with the roasted malt and hop flavor which is augmented by a gentle yeast taste. Overall this is really interesting and combines some ingredients I have found i enjoy in other styles yet the combination works well in a porter and the drinkability is very high for a strong porter. I would enjoy having this again, great recipe.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 09/10/13. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is pretty good, and there's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, honey, coffee, and also some herbs/flowers. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with some dark fruit/berries noticeable too. Nice mix of sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, smooth and easy enough to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, I'll have to pick up another bottle while it's still around! $6.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  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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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a snifter...

Pours black with a nice, 1 1/2 finger of tan foam that last for a while before dissipating to nice lacing, a little foam cap and some sticky foam.

For me, a little light on the aromatics tonight, probably me not the beer. Floral notes, some coffee, alcohol and roasted grains coming through on a couple of swirls.

Tastes follow the nose, a little coffee, the roasted grains, nice bitter chocolate and a alcohol presence/heat. Flavors improve and balance out as the beer warms. I detected the honey and another flavor I'll attribute to the flowers they added.

Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. A little sticky to me with a warm, bitter chocolate/alcohol finish that is medium dry.

Overall a nice porter with some interesting additions. Nice flavor profile and I'm glad I decided to get this and try it out.


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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing
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