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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 711   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cobaink2 (278) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Wow I wasnt sure how this was going to hold up after 3 years. Its got great chocolate, espresso, and a heavy handed dose of piny hops. Fantastic ipa that really stands the test of time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (8389) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
"holy hell this is good stuff. a hopheads delight. a dark, black bastard child of Stone 13 and all it’s dark spicy goodness and Sublimely Self Righteous, the best black IPA out there. Bigger in body, with a huge roasted malt, and spicy grapefruity hop assault in the aroma followed by more of the same in the flavor. big beer all around, skip it if you’re in the mood for subtle. this may hold for a bit, but the fresher the better."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (986) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Served on-tap at the Brewhouse Grille during the Troegs / Stone Total Tap Takeover.

A - Pours nearly pitch black with a nice two finger tall tan head leaving small streaks of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of rich dark roasted chocolate malt, molasses sweetness, bright citric hops, tropical fruits, and some light pine needles.

T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roasted chocolate malt slowly giving way to a mix of pungent citric hops, light hints of tropical fruits; most notably grapefruit; pine, molasses, and the faintest hint of booze. The finish is a mix of hop bitterness and dark roast, lingering for some time.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel has lots of hop bitterness and dark roast, lingering for some time after consumption.

O - Not too bad. The mix of dark roast and hops was fairly well balanced and it tasted pretty good. I have never been the biggest fan of Black IPA’s but Stone really knows how to make them the right way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (2007) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a pretty much opaque dark brown color. There was about a finger of a tan head that lingers and leaves some lacing. The aroma was not quite as strong as i thought it would be. Some pine and earthy hops and chocolate are predominant. The taste is very good. Big malt body. Just a hint of sweetness up front. Not too bitter. Hints of chocolate, pine, nuttiness, perhaps some fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vignale (2852) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2014
Tidigare felaktigt inlagd: Mörkbrun med stort skum. Stor grapebesk doft. Stor närmast brutal smak. Massor av grapebeska. Rund kropp med choklad och kaffe som också känns massiv men beskan slår hela tiden igenom och skapar en riktigt torr eftersmak. Maffig Imperial IPA som har allt och ändå är välbalanserad. Skulle jag få önska skulle jag nog ändå vridigt ned beskan något.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a dense brown head. Aroma was hoppy with sweet pine, roasted malts, grapefruit, citrus, chocolate and licorice. Flavor was sweet and bitter with dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, coffee, pine and subtle grapefruit. Oily texture, full body, soft carbonation. An excellent black ipa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (4510) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 31122011. Colour is almost black with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, hops and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (3101) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle shared by tectactoe I think. Last bottle of the night so my notes are very short. Pours black with very little head. Aromas are chocolate syrup, burnt wood, brown sugar, and mild pine/floral hops. Tastes very good. Surprising sweet/bitter balance. Tastes kinda like cocoa puffs mixed with burnt wood. I enjoyed this very much and glad I got to try it. I bet this was amazing when fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle: A few years old, we’ll see how this goes. Jet black body with a surprisingly long-lasting, creamy cappuccino head that advertises the nice carbonation preservation over the years. Aroma still has a nice piny bitterness to it with lightly herbaceous, botanical, & floral notes playing over a roasted malt & burnt brown sugar underlayer. Slight ashy char. Taste is also bitter but not over the top. Bitter from the heavily roasted malt bill as well as the piny hop leaves. Mild floral essence balancing with scorched caramel malt. Hops fade towards the finish, leaving a black coffee bean & bitter cocoa lingering on the palate from the malt. Zesty, medium bodied mouth feel with nice carbonation. This was shockingly good, especially given the age. Bravo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3604) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2014
On tap @ Rattle N Hum. This is a deep dark brown - as good as black in the glass really - one and it has a nice medium sized light chocolate brown top. Really nice roasted and hoppy nose with some good sweetness to it. Yeah, there is even a little bit of fruity raspberries and candy here. Quite delicate. It has a above average carbonation level and a good thick oily mouthfeel. Grassy hoppy with that black dark roasted flavor. I get more if those raspberries - almost as if they a incorporated in some soft of chocolate? It’s a really really tasty one this. I’d gladly have this any day. 13.06.2013

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