10 Barrel/Stone Suede Imperial Porter Release Parties & Review


As reported last week, this Monday bottles of the new Suede Imperial Porter a Stone Brewing collaboration with 10 Barrel Brewing and BlueJacket hit store shelves and 10 Barrel has planned a whole week of release party events in it's honor. Starting on Monday (Today) at the brewery and Tuesday in Portland they have 6 chances to try the beer with Brewmaster Tonya Cornett and/or Stone's Erin Grey Kemplin. I just got a bottle of this beer in the mail (thanks Stone) and have a brief review below as well as the rundown of all the events.


I poured the Suede straight down a goblet glass to get a moderate controlled foamy tan head that resisted frothing over. Sadly no aroma on first whiff, perhaps too cold. I gotta say I was expecting something boozy and a bit syrupy but this is not so, after the first sip I find a rich but not heavy mouthful of soft but not bitter roasted malt. The flavor washes over the tongue and away leaving barely a trace. That makes this beer surprisingly drinkable from the start for the style. It has a low bitterness compared to many examples of the style. The Calendula or the Jasmine comes out in the back of the tongue as a mildly herbal and floral potpourrri as the most lingering aspect of the beer. The honey flavor is nearly nonexistent with the only traces being a slightly slick mouthfeel as this beer goes down. As I suspected some of the delicate aromas of Suede do begin to develop as it warms up and the closest description I can come up with is that of freshly cut weeds, imagine ripping dandelions out of your yard.


10 Barrel/BlueJacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter Release Parties:

Monday, October 7
10 Barrel Brewing Co. beginning at 5:30 p.m.
1135 NW Galveston, Bend, OR 97701
Join 10 Barrel Brewing Co. R&D brewmaster and Stone collaborator Tonya Cornett as she celebrates the release of 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter. A version of the beer that 10 Barrel brewed will be on draft. Bottles of the official Stone-distributed beer will also be available.

10 Barrel Brewing Co. Boise beginning at 5:30 p.m. 830 West Bannock Street, Boise, ID 83702
Join 10 Barrel Brewing Co. brewmaster Sean Kelso and Stone’s Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin at the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Boise Brew Pub as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter. A version of the beer that 10 Barrel brewed will be on draft. Bottles of the original Stone-distributed beer will also be available.

Tuesday, October 15
Belmont Station from 5 to 8 p.m.
4500 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215
Join the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. team, Stone’s Western regional sales manager John Kevo and Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter in Portland. The beer will be offered on draft and in bottles.

Wednesday, October 16
Roscoe’s beginning at 5 p.m.
8150 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215
Join the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. team, Stone’s Western regional sales manager John Kevo and Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter with a tap takeover event featuring beers from both breweries on tap.

Thursday, October 17
The Mountain Jug Beer Shop from 5 to 7 p.m.
56805 Venture Lane, Sunriver, OR 97707
Join 10 Barrel Brewing Co. R&D brewmaster and Stone collaborator Tonya Cornett and Stone’s Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter. The beer will be available on draft and in bottles.

Friday, October 18
Broken Top Bottle Shop and Ale Café from 5 to 7 p.m.
1740 NW Pence Lane #1, Bend, OR 97701
Join the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. team and Stone’s Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they host a tap takeover event in celebration of their collaboration beer: 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter, which will be available on draft and in bottles.

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