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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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Reviews: 195 | Ratings: 1,126
Photo of stevoj
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Payette’s Black Friday event. Strong and bitter porter, strength apparent in both aroma and alcohol warmth, pours black with spare beige head, hops bitterness prevails in aroma and taste. This beer seems to get stronger as it warms. A real winter warmer.

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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 dtivp
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark near black brown with a one finger dark tan foamy head that fades very quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma was slightly floral with dark roasted malt, and coffee.

Taste followed the nose with roasted malt, light coffee, sweet chocolate and a slight floral background.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning full body, light carbonation, smooth and very little alcohol warming.

Overall this was a good porter, yet I never had a porter with the floral taste. You should try it if you have the chance.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool eye-catching label in the Stone style and tradition with the gargoyle as its centerpiece, great graphics, and colors. Label is painted on. Front label gives ABV info, a small description of the beer, and lists Stone/Blue Jacket/10 Barrel as the 3 collaborators on the beer. Back label gives an excellent back story and description of the beer, web info on the beer, quotes from all 3 collaborating brew masters, cellaring info, web info on the brewery, and a bit of brewery info. Neck label has Stone gargoyle and states “Stone Collaboration 2013”.

Appearance: Suede Imperial Porter was aggressively poured from its 22oz brown bottle into a 20oz English pint leading to a 3½ finger thick tightly packed light brown head atop a deep dark brown if not black beer. Phenomenal head retention at 5min 54sec before fading to a thick creamy coating and ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of dark fruits and slight honey with hints of dark chocolate, spices, molasses, floral aspects, roast malts, and a bit of hops.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of sweet honey, jasmine, chocolate, and slight floral hops on the front-end. Mid-point has a floral tones with a heavy roastyness, hints of molasses and dark fruit. Back-end is extremely roasty with a coffee bitterness coming through. Aftertaste is bitter and floral.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Very tasty and semi-drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Suede is a very interesting beer that had some very nice flavor components making it very complex on the palette. There was a bit of booziness in the nose and on the tongue Overall this was very good and I would recommend trying it if you run across it. Consumed 12/19/2013. Classified as an American Porter @ 9.6% ABV.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber bottle into a "balloon" glass.
Black/cola color, with a nice two-inch cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted malt
Taste-Lightly roasted malt, coffee and cream, foral notes, honey. Very smooth with a subtle roastiness throughout. Interesting flavor and character.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep dark brown color with ruby edges. The finger of tan head dissipates rather quickly. The nose had mildly roasted notes. This is a rich and full-bodied porter, but it tastes pretty basic considering all the fancy ingredients that were added in the brewing process.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is pretty black. It doesn't seem to allow any light through it. It is topped with an inch of tan head.

S - It has a little floral scent before the roasted malt comes through. I get some dark chocolate and cocoa.

T - The taste is pretty much the same. I notice a little floral taste. Then the malt rushes in to cover my palate with roasted malt and cocoa flavor.

M - Full

O - It taste like a run of the mill porter not that that is a bad thing. I love porters, but there are so many better choices.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Stone pairing glass.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a light mocha colored head that reduces slowly. Leaves little lacing.

S- Interesting.. not very strong but what I get is light coffee, chocolate, and a fruity, nearly bubblegum note.

T- Coffee, milk chocolate, slightly sweet honey, leaves a roasty note on the finish.

M- Medium-heavy, smooth, rich body. Low carbonation.

Overall an average porter. I don't think the spices or honey did much. Good body and solid flavors. Somewhat one dimensional.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Dark cola brown pour with a pocked coffee ice cream colored head. Smells like sugary black jelly bean exterior and honey. Tastes chock full o'heavy honey. Much sweeter than roasty.

Sweet and eh. Reminds me of DFH, not sure if it's because it's similar a messier, monotone Bitch's Brew (the dark malt and sweet honey really makes it comparable in my mind) or because it's overly sweet, blah and expensive - which is DFH to me.

Other than this I can't remember the last time I had a Stone I didn't like.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown appearance with some clarity at the edges. Not much head, some lacing. Nose is deep with roasted malts, roasted barley, chocolate, and honey. The nose is pretty tame. Taste features robust chocolate notes with light sweetness throughout. The finish has mildly bitter chocolate. Smooth flavors... Like suede I guess, but not sure if that is entirely desirable. Mouthfeel mildly carbonated and somewhat light on the body for style. Overall, the additional ingredients don't really elevate the style.

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Photo of TheBigE5
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - minimal creamy brown head. Dark brown nearly black and completely opaque.

S - roasted smells take over. Notes of chocolate and coffee.

T - not up to expectations. The roasted flavors really take over and drown out the malty ones I enjoy

M - although there was not much head when pouring this beer it seems more carbonated in the mouth and takes away from the smoothness.

O - I have to give it some props for being a drinkable high gravity beer but there are many others I would choose over this specific one

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Photo of arizcards
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from BevMo back in mid-October for $6.59. Bottle on 9/10/13.

Beer poured dark brown with a tan head that was small and dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of roasted malts. Not catching anything floral.

Taste has hints of floral hops, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Sweetness from the honey complements well.

Mouthfeel is viscous and smooth, full bodied and very satisfying.

Overall this is a well crafted brew that is an easy drinker. Interesting twist with the flower angle.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Without a doubt, the most interesting beer I've ever tried.

This is not to say that this beer is the best beer I've ever tried, or even close to it. However, if you want to try a beer that represents the best of brewer's ingenuity, this is it - and if unique is the benchmark, then this beer succeeds.

A: there's something truly beautiful about this beer. Dark, but with a creamy, caramel has that evokes the image of honey and Jasmine tea. I may have been influenced by the bottle's description of the beer, but I couldn't help but feel that this beer had a touch more presence than your average dark beer.

S: smells like what it says on the bottle. I can't tell you what calendula flowers even are, but this beer smells like honey and Jasmine - sweetness on the nose with a strong malt backbone on the end. Yes, here there be flowers.

T: upon my first sip, I was awash with the feeling that this was as much a mead as it was a porter. The honey flavor is dominant (overwhelming?) The Jasmine is clear and the floral quality reminds me of lavender (probably from the calendula). Malts provide a solid foundation and draw all the flavors of this beer together.

M: creamy, smooth, nicely carbonated

O: this beer has a lot going on, but it is not a mess of disjointed flavors. One can tell that this beer was planned and well-executed. I think this beer was perfectly brewed, and I imagine it accomplishes everything it set out to do. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) this beer forces you to ask some questions about how you want your beer to taste: is there too much honey in this, or is this exactly what the brewer was going for? Is the beer too sweet, or is it perfectly sweet enough to accent this beer's floral essence? Do I like this, or is the beer just too adventurous. At the end of the day, my answers to each of these questions fall in the middle of the response spectrum.

This beer, more than any other I've tried, will be rated based on each user's personal palate. That makes it highly subject to divisive or mediocre scoring. All I can say objectively is that this beer is flavorful, well-brewed, and unique. In that, it is an absolute success.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is one of the oddest collabs I have tried out of Stone. The floral and honey dominate this beer too much and caught me off guard in a bad way. Not what I want out of this style of beer but to be honest this could've been a ton worse looking at how this beer was created. I see this as more of the brewers flexing what they can combine rather than creating another amazing beer that I look to Stone for. Will not try this again but that is not to say because it was bad; just not to the caliber Stone can do.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Almost pitch black, some brown on edges.
S- Dark fruits, caramel, floral.
T- Unbalanced here. The booze is apparent, the bitterness is a little out of control, and the additional ingredients are hidden from taste.
M- Perhaps the honey makes it so hot, but the body is overwhelmingly heavy for a porter.
O- A nice sippable beer, but slightly overwhelming.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Pours an opaque dark-brown with a massive four finger khaki colored head with amazing retention. Ringlets of sticky lacing. A looker.

S - Mild aroma of flowers (not hop flower but more like roses or daisies) and some dark roasted grains.

T - Very flowery upfront; and the jasmine is strong to the point of being overwhelming. Honey sweetness in the mid-palate, slightly odd when compared to the usual chocolate/caramel sweetness of other porters. Some roasted bitterness from the base beer in the finish but make no mistake, the flavorings are center stage here (for better or for worse) ABV nicely hidden.

M - This beer excels here, as the feel is somewhat light like a porter should be, but also very velvety and smooth. Low carbonation. Wet finish. Overall the feel is great.

O - Hmm...flowers and porter? Ok, props for trying to make this work, and it could have been an unmitigated disaster drain pour of a beer, which it certainly is NOT. That said, a little too much jasmine/petal flavor and the honey didn't really compliment the beer in my opinion. Not a rebuy.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone "pairing glass," this beer appeared like your normal yet attractive-looking porter, deep black with dark brown around the edges, and a small cap of tan head; good retention and nice lacing. Very nice aroma, mostly dark roasty malts, with a creamy smoothness, chocolate, light herbal notes. The taste was actually quite different than the nose led me to believe. Very tea-like, with the jasmine really coming to the forefront, honey, herbal spice, even a touch of citrus, with the dark malts taking a major step into the background. Really strange and interesting: roasty porter aroma, yet almost like drinking a honey-jasmine tea. Neat. Medium body, easily drinkable, higher alcohol was pretty much unnoticeable. Definitely not what I'd call a prime example of the style, but it was good for what it was.

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Photo of DJScroggins
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with berry red hues. Nice mocha head that dissipates quickly. Thin lacing.

Nose is powerful fruity florals (i can smell the florals from several inches away), sticky sweet honey notes over more traditional chocolate malts of Imperial Porter. The nose is the most prominent and striking part of this beer.

Porter flavors more dominant here. Malty chocolates. Some tang and spice from the Calendulas. Slightly bitter. A little flat on the back end. It just sort of dies. Though I may have poured this a tad cool. Chocolate and roasted malts emerging as beer cools.

Mouthfeel is pretty light on the tongue. Medium carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

I'm on the fence with this one. I think this collab brew is very interesting, but it's just not entirely working for me. The nose is very interesting, but the taste leaves a bit to be desired.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$7.99 for a 22oz bomber @ BevCo.
9.6% ABV, 50 IBU's (per the website). Brewed with avocado honey, calendula flowers and jasmine.

Pours out to a clear near black, forming a tall, growing whipped cream light tan head with superior retention and excellent lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is pretty interesting...definite honey notes, subtle floral notes on top of some roasted grains, some fruity esters, and herbal hops. The mouthfeel is a little prickly with carbonation, and dense bodied. The taste is very interesting and pretty unique. It starts with the nice honey flavor, followed by definite jasmine floral notes, then is obliterated with roasted grains, french roast coffee, some burnt sugar, roast grain acidity, medium herbal hops in both flavor and bitterness, then some definite alcohol bite in the finish and a touch of yeast and lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Very multi-layered. Not much in the way of dark fruits like date, raisin, or fig...just a little bit of prune in the middle.

This is an interesting beer, but not something I would buy again or really recommend strongly. I think it would be better with less roasted malt (black patent and roasted barley) with C80-120/Special B instead, and just bittering hops (no late additions) so as to not interfere with the jasmine and honey notes that I want more of.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a mug.

Appearance: A very dark brown coming off close to opaque, it kind of resembles some imperial stouts but is much thinner in body with a thing head that rose to roughly a finger's length. Settles with even lacing.

Smell: Light malt and light chocolate scent. Comes in and out, you would need to inhale this to get that little more that you ask for.

Taste: Might lack complexity to some, this might be due to the mouthfeel of the brew, slight honey with the right mixtr of raisin and "light" dark chocolate that gives it that slight bitterness. Feels hoppy as well, in the end you get a little bit of everything.

Mouth: Medium bodied carbonation with light stickiness, light bitter finish.

Overall: Not a bad brew at all, There is definitely room for some tweaking but you will get your money's worth I can pretty much promise that. Salud!

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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 PorterLambic
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours close enough to black as to not bother arguing. The head develops well, waterfalls a wee bit, then dissipates to a chunky film within two minutes. Some very scattered lace.
Smell is weak, not easy to discern the notes. Roasted malt, some sweetness, toffee and a touch of floral are eventually found but only after a full scale investigation. Balance is quite good.
Taste is nicely roasted malt, some coffee, a touch of alcohol in the back of the throat, a slight sweetness as well. A good balance. Some toastiness and jasmine in the aftertaste. Nice.
Medium bodied, barely. Lighter effervescence. Smooth with a bit of richness that could benefit from some added body.
Waiting to let it warm is definitely a must. The nose becomes more noticeable, the flavors more pronounced, the body even improves with a warming aspect and an increase in the richness. The floral and toast notes become more dominant in the aftertaste, almost becoming ashy(that would be bad). Having taken those items into consideration, I've bumped the smell, mouthfeel and overall scores up.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent dark brown with a thin brown head that fades quickly. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Richly toasted malts, spices, and a bit of sweetness.

T: Roasted maltiness up front that fades into jasmine, honey sweetness, and a flowery and green vegetal flavor that lasts into the hang.

M: The body is on thin side for a porter. Moderate carbonation sensation and alcohol presence.

O: This really didn't do it for me. It's not awful, but nothing that I'd repeat. Tick and move on.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a large guinness glass. Bottled: 9/13/13.

Appearance: Deep brown, not quite black. One finger tan head that settles into a thin layer but provides thick lacing as it goes down.

Smell: Nose is an interesting mix of roasted chocolate malts, wild flowers & honey.

Taste: Flavors kind of follow that same aroma. Really deep dark roasted malts provide a burnt coffee flavor. Surprisingly they really got across the floral aspects in the flavor. Herbal & floral thanks to the jasmine and a honey sweetness, Finishes with some a slight hops bitterness that even comes across as a dark semi-sweet chocolate bitterness. Dig.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth roastiness and sweetness pairs together well for a unique porter that I originally wasn't all that keen on.But have since revisited and really have an admiration for now. The carb is soft and it's full bodied. It's a slow sipper but the flavors have developed nicely and it's just got a truly unique flavor for a porter.

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Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/4" head. The head slowly falls to a surface foam.

Smell: light roasted malt tones and a hint of floral tones are all you can detect.

Taste: roasted malt, dark fruits, floral tones, some honey sweetness, and a hearty bitterness create a porter that is different in flavor - floral and sweeter.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout, with an aftertaste that lasts a bit.

Overall: slower sipping beer, but has a nice flavor and is satisfying. The bitterness defintely balances the sweetness.

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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing
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