Saturday, November 30, 2013
10 Barrel Brewing Company - Bluejacket - Stone Brewing Company Suede Imperial Porter
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is 10 Barrel Brewing Company - Bluejacket - Stone Brewing Company Suede Imperial Porter.
From the Stone Brewing Company website: “When 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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a thin tan head with nice rings of lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, floral and earthy. The jasmine really stands out in the nose.
Taste: Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate combined with jasmine and other floral notes, honey and dark fruits.
Overall: At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like the 10 Barrel Brewing Company - Bluejacket - Stone Brewing Company Suede Imperial Porter collaboration, but I did. This 9.6% ABV offering is unique for sure and since I knew of Stone and 10 Barrel’s quality beers it was easy to pick up. The ABV is well hidden. I’d certainly recommend this one for fans of the style and for those looking for a unique beer for the holiday season.
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