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

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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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Stone/10 Barrels/Blue Jacket's collaboration: Suede Imperial Porter, brewed with calendula flowers, jasmine, and avocado honey. 9.6% ABV.

Appearance: About a finger's head, which is slightly pancake-y in color and a little fluffy. Black, but deep red against the light.

Smell: The smell is pretty light. Very light roasted coffee smell. It literally took a minute to be sure that's what it was. There's a floral note, but nothing familiar. Maybe a bit of over-ripe avocado?

Taste/Mouthfeel:It is very bitter up front, but gives way to a sickly sweetness that sits on middle of the tongue, while the bitterness rides just behind the tip. The bitterness is hard to identify. There is a cocoa element. The sweetness is even more so. It's kind of like artificial sweetner, in a way. The ending bitterness has a sort of ash tray taste to it. Oh! There's the jasmine! After taking a pull, some splashed back on the tip of my tongue, giving that sweeter floral taste that I associate with jasmine/potpourri air fresheners. The potpourri lingers, faintly, afterwards.

I must say, I'm not nuts about the flavor, but it is nicely complex, if a little hard to discover. Though, I'd take something more standard, like a Zywiec, anyday! Still, for a special release, it is fairly inexpensive, so I'd say go for it, if you haven't already.

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

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3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Overall we were expecting a lot more, especially with a name like suede. Bouquet of deep, dark malts, with little hints of unknown florality. The beer becomes pretty one note after that, alcohol and malt, balanced with a bitter and roasty finish. Its a decent porter, curious to see how it would age, but nothing to go out of the way for.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Chimes in Covington, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black with two fingers of frothy brown head that fades to a nice chunky lace.

Smell: Sweet chocolate malt, some roast, and a bit of a floral scent. Maybe a bit of honey as well, interesting and not overpowering.

Taste: Chocolate, light coffee and a bit of citrus and floral character, slight taste of alcohol but pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with light carbonation and smooth creamy texture and little burn from the alcohol. A nice sipper for sure.

Overall: A very good beer, not my favorite from Stone, but I liked it more than I thought I might. Worth a try for sure.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/13/13.

A: Pours black...or close to it. Perhaps a very very dark brown. Small fizzy light brown head. Head fades out quickly but sticks around quite well, oddly enough. Small smattering of lacing.

S: Flowery, very much so. Smells like lavender and jasmine. Some sweet chocolate in there.

T: Again with the flowers up front. Spicy and floral. Very floral. Borderline lavender soap at times. Luckily there is a decent chocolatey roasted malt backing it up and keeps it from being too floral. More spiciness (jasmine I assume) and flowers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-heavy and smooth.

O: A flowery porter. Certainly a unique brew, can't say I've ever had anything like this before. Not a big fan of flowers in my beer but it's certainly a pretty good brew overall. Not too overpowering but definitely strong and spicy. Not something I'd pick up again but a worthwhile experiment to try.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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10 Barrel / Blue Jacket / Stone - Suede Imperial Porter from Stone Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,127 ratings.
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