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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 699   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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In the 15 years since we entered the craft brewing world, change has come not in a straight line, but as an exponential curve. The craft brewing movement has long been called a "revolution." But today the air is so thick with revolution, it’s palpable. No longer is it only an awareness among the faithful; the unconverted are beginning to feel it as well. Denial and ignorance are disappearing in favor of opened eyes, curiosity and the sense that there’s something larger out there. For far too long we have been lied to. For far too long we have been oppressed by the notion that dumbed-down-lowest-common-denominator-mediocrity was all that we could, and should, expect. You might think we’re talking only about the world of brewing, but we’re not. There is a myriad of products out there masquerading as cheeses, coffee, chocolates, breads...hell, there is stuff pretending to be ’food’ that our great grandmothers would not recognize as such. Yet the craft brewing movement, together with the artisanal food movement, is making much progress. Where the industrial companies can’t dismiss or bury us, they are attempting to copy us with cheap facsimiles. Yes, chances are if you are holding this bottle, you understand these things to be true about the world of brewing. You also likely understand the importance of our fight at Stone against accepted ’norms’ over the last 15 years. We believed that America was ready to embrace things made with artistry and passion. You have spoken. Your response has been clear. We are not merely consumers to be spoon-fed whatever commodities need to be unloaded for a profit. We have only just begun to move the needle of this revolution, & mediocrity still reigns. Consider that when you reject dumbed down, industrialized food and drink, you also support craft brewing. The line is nearly seamless; we are fighting the same battle. We will not win in our lifetime, as the powers are too entrenched, and the masses too…fooled. And shackled. However, this is a revolution of ideas and of taste, and we will win. How do you want to be viewed by your children, and your children’s children? As a hero, or as the oppressed? (Those that don’t think they have been oppressed are already lost.) Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide. We hope you’ll stand with us. Strong and unyielding. You are needed. This bottle and its glorious contents are a celebration of you, brothers and sisters, and your importance in this fight. Cheers to all we’ve accomplished together in the past fifteen years, and cheers to the adventure ahead!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (703) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2014
Pours jet black with a large brown head and good lacing. Smell is of cocoa, vanilla, malt, and hops. Taste is of dark chocolate, malt, hops, a touch of licorice, bitter, coffee and bourbon. Ends a little bitter. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2014
Backlog, bottle purchased at Systembolaget a limited release. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate some bitterness that lingers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6137) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
(Bottle) Black colour with lasting, frothy, pale brown head. Roasted, hoppy nose with notes of pine needles, black rye bread, strong black coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, liquorice and ashes. Malty, roasted, hoppy taste with strong black coffee/espresso, liquorice, cocoa, dark chocolate, black rye bread, pine needles, resin and a generous coffee/piney bitterness in a finish with a slight alcohol glow. Full body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Starts off quite dry and gets sweeter towards the end. Quite impressive, loads of taste and quite powerful. Still well balanced and highly enjoyable. Lovely beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has strong dark grains with bitter roasted malts and a bit of underlying earthy pine. Flavor has strong dark grains and musty pine with a bit of roast towards the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (909) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Really good and just a notch below the Sublimely Self-Righteous. Dark malt and hoppy aroma. Very dark with a brown head. Great blend of flavors with toasted notes and strong hops. The feel is velvety with an average weight. Well balanced and a great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1001) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Poured a wonderful black color with an offwhite head into a snifter at the Syb Pig. Beautiful lacing. Powerful aroma of malts, hops, rye and cocoa nibs. Taste was well balanced between the heavy roasted malts and the bitter hops. Some pine, but bitter profile won out. Medium body and carbonation. Finished strong with solid hops and dark roasted malts.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrymel (1502) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
August 2011 Was looking for something to tear me up this morning to expedite nocturne. A: Heavy pour produces two fingers of dark mocha head atop a black ale. The head falls rather slowly to a firm quilt of the same. Sheet lacing. Damn good looking beer. S: Pine cones, grapefruit, cinnamon, coffee grounds, marzipan (?), hints of smoked oak. Really thoughtful as a ABA (much less Impy). When I smell this, I keep expected some molasses to come through, but much to my satisfaction, it does not - it would have tipped the scale too much one way. Right now, this beer is exceptionally balanced in my olfactory. T: Sharp, dull, sweet and bitter all at once. Very complex flavor here. Coffee grounds, bitter cocoa, roasted almonds, hints of licorice, resin and piny hops, grapefruit rinds. Really nice battle for attention going on over the palate. M: Creamy and heavy with velveteen carbonation. Finish is long and viscous. Really pleasant. O: Greg and the boys are firing on all cylinders with this one. Damn fine beer which pushes the limits of a still young genre. They have had one of the longest running in the style, it’s not surprising that they would spearhead the movement to imperialize on a national scale. Good shit. Seek out. Serving type: bottle 09-01-2011

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2776) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours like black motor oil with a tan head. Aroma of citrus, pine, roasted malt, and chocolate. Chocolate, fruit flavor with roasted malt, pine, and a well-balanced bitterness. Great beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1779) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2262) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
10/27/2011. 22 oz. bottle. Poured black with a tan head. Malty aromas with citrus and pine. The dark roasted malt flavors combined with the hops gives a long dry finish. Very good.


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