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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: 196 | Ratings: 1,126
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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Photo of utfiero
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color- soy sauce black with slight light brown head.

Aroma- fresh black bread, flowers, and background hint of dates.

Taste- Starts silky smooth with a deeply roasted malt, gently building in the mid-body with a hoppy, floral complexity then finishing long and slow with very mild hoppy dryness. The high ABV is well masked, making this as smooth and gentle as brushing against old suede.

Tasted on 11-23-2013. Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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Photo of SawDog505
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a slick almost completely black, with a two inch light tan head that leaves behind streaks of lace. Smell is chocolate, bread, caramel, honey, and coffee. Wow the nose doesn't do this justice, huge chocolate, roasted coffee, and a hint of spicyness really warms the insides. Body is medium, nice carbonation, a little dryness. This really nice, warming but the alcohol is hidden.

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Photo of Ryanteddy13
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer It was quite good! Maybe even great. Dark Flavorful little bit of hops and very enjoyable even when it's warmer I think you can have it about 40 degrees and be Great! Other t;houghts the other beer that I've tried from stone and not 10 barrel or blue jacket have been hoppy? I think that is a choice stone has made with it's brews?

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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 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 scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English nonick pint glass.

a: Black, clear ruby highlights around the periphery when seen through light. Two inch tall tan head receded to rocky surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Slight fruity aspect and alcohol.

t: Hops bitterness forward over dark malt and then hops bitterness at the sides of the tongue. Not getting much else despite the added ingredients mentioned. No throat burn to speak of despite nearly 10% ABV.

m: Silky smooth medium. Calling it "Suede" Porter is not inappropriate.

o: The Imperial feature is evident all the way through. Probably not the success the collaborators hoped for, the added spices do not make themselves very apparent, with the result that other than the hop bite, which is considerable, there isn't a whole lot of flavor here. Still the great mouthfeel and the hop bite not being unpleasant makes this a very good drinkable high ABV brew.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, almost black coloring with brown edgings and a frothy, foamy, dense, tall, light tan colored head with huge bubbles. The head leaves a very nice lacing as it recedes, as well as while you drink. Aromas of bitter roast coffee in the backbone, with dark chocolate highlights, and an overlay of flowers and rich, subtle, honey sweetness. The nose ends up being more flower heavy than anything, which is interesting on the bitter backbone. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with a solid bitter backbone of dark roast coffee supporting a subtle blend of honey sweetness, cocoa nibs, and floral highlights. The aftertaste has the coffee and cocoa characteristics, but the lingering of floral highlights imparts a slightly exotic characteristic to the beer. The body is smooth and velvety in mouth, but light enough to stay true to the style, while still providing the dry, slightly bitter finish you would expect. Solid beer, and a nice twist on one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of flyingpig
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1/3rd of a pint on-tap at Brewdog Glasgow as part of the Stone tap takeover event:
Black with a light tan head that leaves some very minor lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Dark fruits with a lot of alcohol coming through, although luckily it doesn't overpower the senses. There is some prunes and spice with a few other dark, sweet fruits and some roasted malts with a hint of lighter coffee and some chocolate.

Chocolate that's more prominent than the smell, this is quickly followed by some alcohol and a few roasted malts. There is a hint of coffee, some sweetness and a generally boozy flavour to this one.

Smooth & full bodied with subtle carbonation and a boozy feel to the beer, yet one that isn't all that hard to drink; very nice stuff indeed and one that strikes a good balance with less alcohol showing that I feared.

Another imperial porter than was great and exceptionally easy to drink into the bargain. This one was a beer that packed a fair punch but was thankfully loaded with flavour as well.

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Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nearly black, this beer is utterly dark with some crimson highlights. The head is enormous and long lasting...loads of lace and the foam is tan in color. The aroma is chocolatey, with roasted malts, underlying honey, and some hard to place floral scents. Nutty, rich, and intriguing. The taste is strong, with an immediately notable alcohol warmth. Strong malt, chocolate, and coffee favors. Hone is more present in the smell than the taste. Big,, rich, and substantial mouthfeel. Very interesting and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with ruby highlights, and an almost one finger tan head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt and cocoa. I am not picking up the other aromas listed on the bottle, which is fine by me.

Tastes much like the aroma, with dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some dark chocolate. There is a decent combination of sweetness and bitterness. I do not detect the flowers, honey, or jasmine in the taste either, which is certainly fine with me. There is no alcohol taste, which is surprising for a 9.60 % abv beer.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. Not much aftertaste. As it is, the aroma and taste aren't very strong either. A decent beer. I'm glad I got to try this, but I won't pick up another bottle.

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

A - Light cola body with broad highlights. Muddy khaki head settles quickly with ok lace.

S - Sweet medium roast grains, oats, molasses. Touch of chocolate.

T - Slightly burnt toast, dark roasted grain, sharp acidity. Nice charred, bitter cocoa finish.

M - Bright carbonation. Medium-light frame to style. A little thin on the finish, but with a nice lingering roast finish.

O - Straight forward profile on the roasty side of the style.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip- pours a dark black with a finger or two of beige head with little retention and some streaks of lacing.

Nose is a little boozy- chocolate dominates the nose as well as a smell that I can only describe as pollen or what flowers actual smell like. Very interesting.

Tastes more complex and balanced than the nose; not too much booze, tastes sweet and rich. Again, lots of chocolate, but also a decent malt backbone so it isn't watery. Sweet honey flavor, a little grass and I think a little buttery avocado.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- medium bodied, modestly carbonated. This is an interesting and good beer that is worth trying for $7. Nothing mind blowing but good.

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Photo of richj1970
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Very dark chocolate brown almost black with a nice one finger light tan head. Some nice sticky lacing.

S: Honey, jasmine, sweet malts, cocoa.

T: Some sweet roasted malts, cocoa, honey, and faints floral notes.

M: Full bodied with a nice creamy texture. Reminds me a bit of chocolate milk in texture.

O: An easy drinking porter. The creaminess is a nice touch, and the sweetness is nicely balanced. The alcohol in this one can sneak up on you in a hurry.

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

Pours a dark brown amber with an off white head and lace.
Smells chocolatey with a bit of wood.
In the taste, toasty, dark chocolates, some pine. Has a flowery aftertaste. Good bitterness. Caramel, toffee, vanilla and alcohol.
Medium bodied, well carbonated.
Overall, this is pretty good. Has unique flavors in a dark ale.

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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 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 clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brief summary of following review: great idea and concept, good beer, but not great beer.
Poured a dark brown with minor head and lace. I get some sweet honey on first sniff, and then that is followed by some roasted malts, light chocolate (possible caramel?) and touches of floral hops (or I guess the flowers that are mixed into the beer as it's not hoppy at all). Medium-bodied, or at least definitely not a heavy porter, honey sweetness first hits me, easy to drink, some roasted malts and touches of chocolate add balance and there is this floral taste thing going on and it finishes dry yet crisp. Will say that the alcohol in beer surprised me (didn't realize almost 10% until looked at label after started to drink beer) b/c it really doesn't bleed at all into beer and adds little to the finish (there's a touch of warmth as I near the end of the bottle). Enjoyed drinking it but overall my impressions of the beer are that it is hard to describe to someone who hasn't had it without saying "odd" or "different" and that it just seems a little offbalance at times.

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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 Pencible
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a translucent black garnet with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet tea spices and cinnamon, with some caramel and mocha.
T: It tasted like dry roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate, with some earthy spices and caramel. It had a somewhat clean, bitter aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was an interesting brew, but the scent and taste elements didn't seem very well integrated (like most of Stone's collaboration brews). The body was a little weak, and the finish was a little rough. So it wasn't super easy to drink. Maybe age would help. Fresh, I wasn't terribly impressed.

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

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. Stamp on the bottle states, "Bottled 09/10/13". Stone wins an award for most verbose labels. Need a magnifying glass for this novel.

A: Dark, essentially opaque brown with a ruby tint at the edges. 1/2 finger tan head w/ little retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Sugar, honey. Dark malty fruitiness. Vaguely floral notes, chocolate. Light alcohol.

T: Roasted malts up front bring a nice wave of dark chocolate, honey-like sweetness. A pleasant nuttiness arises late with a hop-backed bitterness to finish fairly dry. A little booze makes itself known, but not bad for almost 10% ABV. Nicely warming. Good balance.

M: Moderate carbonation with a touch of zing early on that seems a bit out of place. Moderate body. Nice, but not stand-out. Little sticky.

O: Nice porter with noticeable honey presence. Brings some floral elements and a unique sweetness that is well balanced. Can't say the jasmine breaks through. Wouldn't know calendula flowers if they round-house kicked me in the face, so can't say anything specifically about those. Drinks well and smoother than it's ABV might suggest. Not the most complex, but tasty.


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Photo of BeerManDan
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color when poured was a very dark brown with a fair amount of tan foam and a load of lace on the side of the glass. The smell had roasted malts, sweet chocolate and a hint of candied spice.
The taste was of the roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and a hint of caramel and othe spices.
Overall, this was a very pleasant and enjoyable Imperial Porter. This is one of the top imperial porters of this year.

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with a nice foamy 2 inch head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasty malts, chocolate, raisin, plum, grapes, sugary note from the honey. Has a herbal aroma, im guessing thats the calendula flowers and jasmine??

Taste - Immediate sweet bite of honey and chocolate. A herbal flavor is present, calendula flower im guessing since i have no idea what its suppost to taste like. Some roasty malts mixed with minor coffee. Some fruits come in near the finish to add some sweet bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets alot of honey, herbal flavors and chocolate. Palate gets more herbal flavors, roasty malts and dark fruits. Aftertaste is sweet, herbal and malty.

Overall - Tasty for sure. The mix of a silk porter with the herbal notes creates a special flavor. I wish i would have more knowledge of calendula because i can only guess thats what creating the nice herbal flavor. A nice colab effort and glad i got to try.

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

Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured dark brown and settles black with a thin layer of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Roast, sweet chocolate and floral aroma.

T - Sweet up front with chocolate and and roast flavours that immediately give way to a big floral/herbal presence (jasmine?). The finish is fill of sweet chocolate.

M - Medium, almost full body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in black color with a off white head.

The beer has a porter notes of roasty malt with lots of fruity and floral notes.

The flavor follows with that floral, lavender, jasmine in the front. Almost like eating a flower. It hits with a hint of honey and then onto a roasty creamy chocolate porter note and drying.

At first, the beer is a bit aggressive on the floral notes, but then the palate acclamates to it and it becomes more of a drinkable large porter.

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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,126 ratings.
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