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 tooâ€¦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!
Wombata (350) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Chocolate, pine, creamy
Flavor: bitter chocolate, black licorice, black currant, with piney hop, coffee and caramel on the finish.
Comment: Big yet balanced--very tasty.
b3shine (3474) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to snifter. Looks good; a dull black with foamy beige head. Smells and tastes of bitter hops and dark may with some toastiness. Nice on the palate. Enjoyable.
M82 (171) - Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh bottle when released. Outrageous ABA. Almost an imperial stout, but the balance leans just enough towards the hops to make it an Imperial ABA. An abundance of raw extreme ale complexities merge into one of the most exciting beers I’ve found. There’s definitely more developed, suave ales out there, but this is so much fun. Stone, please make this available year-round in 4pks.
8balls (12) - Winston-Salem, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this brew last year, but the memory of it held strong. I drank a bottle of this from the commerative glass that was available. This was unlike any IPA (much less black) that I had ever tasted. Maybe it was the overall aura of things, but this 1 blew me away. Actually didn’t even taste like IPA & hard 2 describe. It was 1 of those unique brews that required tasting 2 believe. Stone soared on their 15th!
thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of cascading foam finely sized very dark tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a very softly carbonated opaque black colored body. The mild aroma was dark malt. The sharp mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong biting roasted toasted malty hoppy aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of strong black malt and dark malt. A wonderful best in class brew.
bigguns22 (525) - Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GOAT best black ipa ever. This is hands down bar none best black IPA ever just delicious . Aroma full of hops and dark malts. Hoppy,bitter but with a sweet chocolate that blows your mind.full of pine notes and will stand up to any food or cigar you pick. Wow.!!!
twindog (244) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a large lasting beige head with lots off lacing. Aromas is fresh hops and dark roasted malt with coffee notes body is heavy. taste is pine, grapefruit peel, coffee and licorice. finish is strong and bitter sweet with lots hops. Another great stone beer. GOAT
AGAquino (655) - San Juan, PUERTO RICO - DEC 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Nikkys Liquors in Rhode Island. Strong beer, malty and hoppy, with a nice toasted grains and coffee character. Lingering bitter.
Nice warming alcohol.
dogfishho (557) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
There’s actually too much going on here. The aroma is typical of a Stone IPA with sticky huge grapefruit and some grass but the malts are very big as well with charred woods dominating. The taste is generally enjoyable, but it’s a mess... too disjointed with the malts and the hops seemingly at odds with each other. Meh
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle donate to our little beer club from members Mark and Pat.
This poured very black with a creamy head.
The nose was of hops and pine.Licquorice too as well as chocolate all coming together to make a very inviting aroma.
On tasting ,dark chocolate and roasted malts were immediately apparent with a citrus hoppiness in amongst the mix too.Coffee and alcohol also detected.A stout like taste in fact although more pine then turned our thoughts in a different direction again.Then,toffee flavours and licquorice were noted all adding to the complexity of this lovely tasting dark beer.
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