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!
illidurit (2168) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Taps. Black with a tan head. Aroma of candied pineapple, caramel and cheap chocolate. Rich caramel flavor with sweet citric accents. Sort of barleywine-esque really, not much chocolate or coffee overall.
pushkinwow (2062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber sent by Dany for the ticker Luc. Dark mahogany pour with a light brown head. Smoked malt, chocolate, coffee, some booze, strong resin presence. Moderate+ body with decent carbonation, some anise and chocolate along with a bitter resinous on the finish, smooth.
AndySnow (3947) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol. Flavour is heavy alcohol, strong liquorice, and a bit of dark fruits hidden behind it all.
Lubiere (10285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown head with a thin brown head. In aroma, meaty chocolate with piney hops, iodin, meaty character, very nice. In mouth, a smooth chocolate with herbal piney hops, licorice and alcohol warmth, very nice. When did the ticker the beer.
Bule (826) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark black with lots of foamy head. Roasted malt and lots of hops.
shrevis (10) - Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Was not a particular fan of black IPAs until I tried this beer. This definitely changed my mind. Living three miles away from Stone's brewery has opened my mind and palate to a whole new world of delicious and not 'fizzy yellow' beer.
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jookos (2530) - FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(1/2012) bottle. Black. Roasted coffee, chocolate, quite thick. I remember this feeling more like an ipa than stout.
Mora2000 (5834) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown to black pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt with some cocoa and pine thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get some bitter pine notes that are complimented by the roasted malt and chocolate. The alcohol is also quite present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Wombata (467) - 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 (5724) - Indiana, 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.
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