Beer Review: Stone / 10 Barrel / Bluejacket Suede Imperial Porter

Beer Review: Stone / 10 Barrel / Bluejacket Suede Imperial Porter, 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings
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Beer Review: Stone / 10 Barrel / Bluejacket Suede Imperial Porter

brewed with Calendula suedeFlowers, Jasmine and Honey.

As soon as I saw this beer, I was excited to try and review it. I have been toying with the idea of using Jasmine in a homebrew, but I was worried that the delicate aroma and flavor would be overpowered by certain styles…especially an Imperial Porter. My curiosity was piqued and it killed me to have this sitting in my fridge for three days before I had the time to really devote to experiencing it, but I think it was worth it.

I had a 22 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass. At 9.6%, this was a beer to share.

Aroma: This beer’s aroma changed quite a bit from cold to warm. When it was cold, it had a sweet, roasty aroma with honey and floral notes, and a good amount of alcohol. As it warmed up, I was able to pick up the Jasmine quite a bit and it was really nice with the honey and malt. It also had hints of chocolate and molasses.

Appearance: This beer pours a deep, dark brown with an inch of creamy tan head. In the light, this beer has a gorgeous ruby tint. The head dissipated quickly to a thin layer with lovely lacing.

Taste: Right away I got honey, pleasant bitterness and an earthy flavor. I could definitely taste the alcohol, there was no mistaking that this was a big beer. As it warmed up the flowers started coming through more and more and the bitterness from the calendula was a great balance to the sweetness from the honey. I was able to taste the jasmine and when I exhaled after a sip, the flavors really came alive. This beer changed the whole way through, making me want to constantly take another sip to see what I would get next. It’s not often that a beer keeps me this interested from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: The name is right on the mark! This is a smooth, velvety beer. It was a little high in carbonation when it was cold, but as it warmed, that mellowed a lot and it was really nice.

Overall: This is a fun beer. It was perfect for a warm fall night, the only downside was that I drank more of it faster than I should have because it was such an adventure in my mouth.

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Rating: 4.5/5 (4 votes cast)

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