Collaboration brews are nothing new to the San Diego-based Stone Brewing Company, and this imperial porter is a three-way effort between Stone’s brewmaster Mitch Steele, Tonya Cornett of 10 Barrel Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon, and Megan O’Leary Parisi of Washington D.C.’s Bluejacket Brewery.
Its deep brown appearance is joined with an aroma of floral notes with suggestions of cocoa and coffee. Ingredients indigenous to Southern California are infused into the beer, including avocado honey, dried jasmine and calendula flowers, which were sourced from Stone’s farmstead, Stone Farms. The avocado honey adds a nuttiness, depth and richness, and the botanicals are woven in with the cocoa flavors that are typical of a porter. The overall flavor fits the name, as it’s smooth as suede and velvety, with a rich and luscious aftertaste that allows you to enjoy this beer for several seconds after swallowing. Allow it to warm as you sip, to appreciate the richness and complexity of flavors that will intensify as it warms.