Suede Stone, 10 Barrel & Bluejacket
Tasting: December 2, 2013
Style: Imperial Porter
Beer #: 504
Another Stone collaboration – this time they’ve partnered with two female brewmasters – Tonya Cornett of Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing and Megan O’Leary Parisi of Bluejacket Brewing of Washington DC. Described as an ale brewed with calendula flowers, jasmine and avocado flower honey this “flower power” project fits their description of a cross pollination. Also mentioned by Stone is The Pink Boots Society (PBS) and reading more about the group, it’s worth mentioning here as well. PBS is an organization that aims to empower women in advancing their careers in the beer industry. Stone and other notable breweries like Bell’s, Sierra Nevada and Rogue have sponsored the cause. I love the cause and hope we see more successes down the road.
I’m behind the cause no matter the opinion of this beer. I’ve never heard of calendula flowers but a quick web search tells me that they are marigolds. The plant’s oil is purported to have medicinal benefits that include: treating acne; reducing inflammation; controlling bleeding; soothing irritated tissue; abdominal cramps and constipation. Oddly, calendula is known to cause allergic reactions and should be avoided during pregnancy.
Very mellow with initial pop of roasted grain which presents in coffee and cocoa. There is underlying sweetness presumably from the residual honey. Some lingering bitterness and some sticky mouthfeel. Suede teases with some interesting sweetness – but it lack complexity and comes up a bit fizzy and watery. It wears out its welcome about a third of the way through this bomber. I’ll pluck this one at 84 points.