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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Black IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 724   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (5736) - 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 (3513) - 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 (4181) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2014
Rated on 12-27-2011 (Bottle) This beer has a small smooth light brown head that is mostly lasting, opaque dark brown body, fizzy carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, citrus, pine hops, and spicy. The flavor is heavily bitter, citrus fruits, pine hops and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is aggressive and lively. This beer is medium bodied. The hops are upfront in this beer but not over-the-top. There is a lingering roasty aftertaste to this beer. This beer is very, very good and is more than worthy of trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (3041) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2014
Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is chocolate, honey, coffee, muscovado sugar, vanilla, some oaked notes. Taste is chocolate, honey, coffee, muscovado sugar, vanilla. Aftertaste is vanilla, chocolate, espresso, slight chili. Great! (Cellared two years, bottle at Man in the Moon, Stockholm). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (1920) - Stockholm, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7932) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

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