Smooth as Suede: 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter Released Today

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (13,172) Aug 23, 1996 Finland
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    ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 7, 2013) – Suede evokes a sense of smooth, sexy coolness and, for some, perhaps the ‘70s. But when used to describe the latest Stone Brewing Co.collaboration, 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter, it’s just groovy. The beer was created in collaboration with Tonya Cornett of Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing Co. and Megan O’Leary Parisi of Bluejacket in Washington, D.C. Starting today, the imperial porter will be available in bottles and on draft at select retailers, restaurants and bars across the U.S.

    The trio of brewers met each other in typical fashion (at beer events, obviously) and began conversations that eventually led to invites from Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele to Cornett and O’Leary Parisi to come out and brew. From there, recipe formulation began. The trio envisioned using ingredients indigenous to Southern California, which was accomplished by including avocado honey, dried jasmine, and calendula flowers plucked from the fertile grounds at Stone’s North County San Diego farmstead, Stone Farms.

    The result is a luscious, smooth and flavorful beer that incorporates the deep cocoa and coffee notes of an imperial porter with a delicate but discernible bouquet of herbs and floral sweetness. “I have always enjoyed the subtleties of ingredients – botanicals, spices, sugars and other things like that, which can enhance the flavors of a base beer,” said O’Leary Parisi. “There is a certain joy to finding that balance of making your additional ingredients perfectly complementary and not overwhelming.”

    At 9.6 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), the beer is ready to enjoy now, or may be properly cellared for months or years. Over time, the jasmine and calendula flowers will take a back seat to rich java and chocolate aromas and flavors. Whether enjoyed now or in the future, this beer is a brilliant example of the spectacular things that can happen when masterful brewing minds converge.

    Name: 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter
    Stats: 9.6% ABV, 50 IBUs
    Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning October 7
    Hops Bill: Magnum and Sterling
    Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WA

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  2. badbrew

    badbrew Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2013 Georgia

    Anyone in the ATL area find this yet? I know Savannah wont have it for another week and I'm in the area looking to get a head start on this one.
  3. gcamparone

    gcamparone Maven (1,352) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island

    Just picked mine up!
  4. Shalashaska90

    Shalashaska90 Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Ohio

    I got mine too, and reluctantly I might add. One one hand, I'm a sucker for anything new from Stone. On the other hand, this sounds like it could be a textbook example of a "perfumey mess." I guess I'll find out when I open it up.
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  5. Jarpo

    Jarpo Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2011 Missouri

    Picked up a bottle in southern Illinois this weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly. Can't wait until it hits MO so I can stock up on a few bottles. Definitely seek this one out if you like imp porters.
  6. Preluderl

    Preluderl Pooh-Bah (1,710) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Picked one up but I've not cracked it yet.
  7. listentodave

    listentodave Initiate (0) Aug 22, 2013 New Jersey

    Picked up 2 near me. Place around the corner says they're getting a case on wednesday
  8. BradenMK

    BradenMK Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2012 Alaska

    I am unfortunately recently unemployed and in a state of potential financial crisis. Otherwise, I would have picked up two of these badboys. A couple local shops around here have them. :slight_frown:
  9. BradStokley

    BradStokley Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2013 Maryland

    I picked up a bottle yesterday in OH and popped it open today. The jasmine is pretty strong and it just didn't seem to come together right. I was pretty disappointed.
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  10. Buzzardsuds

    Buzzardsuds Initiate (0) May 27, 2013 Ohio

    Shared w/the Mrs. the other night! We both loved it! I'll pick up another!
  11. JGam115

    JGam115 Pundit (960) Apr 8, 2013 New York

    Saw it at one of my local bottle shops. Couldn't pull the trigger. The mix of jasmine and spices was a bit much for me as a porter enthusiast. There aren't many brewers putting out quality porters any more. The style speaks for itself, no need to add much to it.
  12. GuinnessAtRogerWilco

    GuinnessAtRogerWilco Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2013 New Jersey

    It started shipping to NJ retailers today, though I was told by my rep that no account in the state was getting more than 1cs of it. So if that is true info then it's going to be hard to find in NJ.
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  13. stncttr908

    stncttr908 Aspirant (281) May 14, 2009 New Jersey

    Thanks, I'll keep my eyes open for this.
  14. Terrapin8

    Terrapin8 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2008 Georgia

    Just hit Athens today, so should be in ATL area as well.
  15. CaptainQ

    CaptainQ Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2013 Washington

    Loved the honey in this one. Very unique Porter. I'm going to buy some more.
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  16. Tidesox28

    Tidesox28 Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2013 Maine

    It took some getting used to, but fairly enjoyable.
  17. Jugs_McGhee

    Jugs_McGhee Grand Pooh-Bah (5,894) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    Stone...oh, isn't this that marketing company that also makes beer?
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  18. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2012 Illinois

    Dogfish is not Stone, Stone is not Dogfish. Stone actually makes good tasting beer in a variety of styles. The marketing team that also makes beer is DFH.
    Stone has beers that people actually trade for and seek out.
    Stone also creates new beers with quality ingredients that are not moonrocks or some random recipe 'written on a stone tablet from thousands of years ago'.... Stone actually comes up with new products that are good, regularly.
    Stone has come out with Enjoy-By, Coconut IPA, Daymann coffee IPA, W00tstout, and this Suede porter all in the last year. (I know I'm forgetting some other new releases) (all were SOLID beers)...DFH, however, has come out with nothing new except a moon rock beer. That is not crappy marketing, not at all. All their IPA's taste like malt bombs.

    I realize you said nothing about DFH, but they are the ones that simply focus on marketing vs. making a good beer.

    It's apparent that Stone is around to put out the best beers in new styles and new directions. Not to create a "marketing company"".

    I know everybody wants what they dont/cant have...But, lets be honest. NOBODY would like to see a new beer from a brewery only once a year or less. What would we do with ourselves? Stone is trying to push the envelope and get creative and try new stuff. I guess you just want every brewery to simply make the same ól beer and quietly place it on the shelves with the up-most modesty (maybe even sporting a thick beard and sweatpants when they distribute it, to fit in the crowd, so as to not seem pretentious or ""overly-marketed"" ??)

    And it's funny you say that, because just a couple hours ago, in the Great Lakes forum, somebody commented how GI seems to not want to push new information on people for upcoming beers anymore than they absolutely have to in order to stay in business. They were obviously not commenting that it was a positive. So you want new beers, but you don't want them marketed at all, and you also want them in large quantities, so that when the release happens silently, there will still be plenty on shelves when you find it yourself... Seems pretty straightforward and simple, lets open a brewery tomorrow and start doing that!
  19. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Maven (1,477) Feb 14, 2012 Ohio

    It was a decent beer and I enjoyed it, but I think it will really improve with age. The floral and honey aspects were overwhelming the chocolate, coffee and roast of the Porter to a certain extent instead of being accents. The ABV was dangerously hidden though.
  20. Lerxst

    Lerxst Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2005 Florida

    I've had 4 bottles so far and enjoyed them all. I will also pick up a few more to lay down.

    Stone may not hit every one out of the park (11.11.11 comes to mind) but I applaud the effort coming up with new stuff on a regular basis and pushing the boundaries.
  21. brother_kenneth

    brother_kenneth Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Virginia

    Well, lucky for you, I have an extra. BM me your address and I will send it to you.
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  22. wrw5031

    wrw5031 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2011 Georgia

    TLDR: Stone good, DFH gimmicky
  23. corby112

    corby112 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Finally got to try this tonight and really enjoyed it. I haven't been a fan of most of the Stone collaboration beers but I thought that this one was really good. Would love to see it become part of their regular lineup.
  24. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey

    Stone Collabs in 2013 have been at least solid in the least. This is no different. I'd say the worst has been the coconut IPA, while a good IPA, no coconut to be found.
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  25. Theniz

    Theniz Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2012 Indiana

    Picked up 2 bottles today, drinking one this weekend, and bringing the other down to Nashville next month to visit a friend with. I missed out on the coconut IPA, but w00tstout was fantastic.
  26. Halluxone

    Halluxone Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 Georgia

    It's at Hop City, got it yesterday. Also scored some Jai Alai there...God I love that place.
  27. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2012 Georgia

    Greens in Atlanta has had it since earlier in the week, there was plenty on the shelves when I grabbed a bottle to try.
  28. tobelerone

    tobelerone Grand Pooh-Bah (4,054) Dec 1, 2010 New Jersey
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    I drank this last night and enjoyed it. I actually thought the honey was a very nice addition, it's noticeable and adds an appealing but not overwhelming sweetness, and the flowers were quite subdued in my opinion. I was concerned they'd be a little off-putting but they really weren't very discernible. Solid stuff.
  29. RangnaR

    RangnaR Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 California

    When I first poured mine, fresh from the fridge, it had a potpourri-like scent, and some of the flower aspect was in the taste, as well, but as it warmed up, it faded. So for some that don't like the floral part of it, just warm it up...
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  30. ceeg

    ceeg Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2010 New York

    I await the arrival of this, sounds delicious!
  31. Mongrel

    Mongrel Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Maryland

    Where did you find the stuff? I'm assuming it's available at some of the Neighborhodd Restaurant Group's spots.
  32. WillemHC

    WillemHC Zealot (568) Jun 21, 2013 Utah

    Picked up a bottle recently and won't have access to another. Thinking I may age it for at least a little while though because Id like the honey and flower to get drowned out just a little bit.
  33. BeerAssassin

    BeerAssassin Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2012 Antarctica

    Dogfish makes better and more interesting beers than Stone. Almost everything Stone makes is over hopped, second they are also making a Scandinavian ale, and lastly there's more to life than new beer releases. What's with people bashing Dogfish, they're one of the best breweries out there, only complaint is I wish they'd make Fort more often.
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  34. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    In Tonya We Trust!
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  35. brother_kenneth

    brother_kenneth Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Virginia

    I am in Roanoke. There was a ton of it at a local Kroger. Also had it on draft at Blue 5. I am sure it is/was all over NoVA as well.
  36. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,489) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    First, name three beers from DFH that have been released in the past two years that are better than RuinTen, Enjoy By, Suede, WootStout, Dayman and Coconut IPA which have all been released in the past ten months. Next, of course Dogfish is making a Scandinavian ale. That's what they do: pick an obscure style that originated in another country thousands of years ago and make an imperialized, bastardized version of it that will probably end up just tasting like white wine with spices just like Pangaea, Chateau Jiahu and Midas Touch. Finally, chances are Dogfish will never make Fort again, which I too am sad about because I really did like that beer.
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  37. RacerX5k

    RacerX5k Pundit (980) Feb 11, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Not to mention the 17th anniversary was incredible and the collab with Smuttynose, Clusters Last Stand was also great. Tough to beat Stone for quality and price.
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  38. Mongrel

    Mongrel Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Maryland

    Gotcha. I just snuck out during lunch and found it on tap in DC. Good stuff, but not phenomenal. I found it much brighter than your typical imperial porter, with the herbs and floral notes really shining through. I could see how this would benefit with age.
  39. jcos

    jcos Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2009 Maryland

    Really want to try this, as I've only had small samples of Bluejacket so far and two were at Snallygaster last year which led to not remembering much.
  40. BeerAssassin

    BeerAssassin Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2012 Antarctica

    There are people that like things imperialized count me as one of them. I'm not a huge fan of IPAs, so you might as well not even consider Ruinten, Enjoy By, or the coconut IPA. I'll take Immortale, Bitches Brew, Black and Blue, Punkin, Bierra Estrusca, Black and Red, and Palo Santo Marron, Fort not sure when they have all been released but every beer listed is available to me from a store, with the exception of Immortale. Many of the Stone beers you listed aren't available even if I wanted them. Yes I'm a huge fan of Dogfish Head. I will be buying the Scandinavian ale when it comes out, assuming my store gets it, which I think they will. The one thing I wish Dogfish would do differently is use 12oz bottles for these great beers, it really limits when I can enjoy them, since many are above 10% and I prefer to actually be able to taste my beer, not just get drunk. So if your going to complain about them complain about that, hopefully their listening, because they would sell me so much more if they made smaller bottles.
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