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!
boxofrane (1847) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at railroad. Pours pitch black with a small white head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with minor pine. Taste is a lot sweeter than expected but interesting.
rmussman (1671) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled in a bomber. Poured jet black. One of the better black ipa brews around.
fraternie (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted caramel dominates an intensely heavy malt body, showing undertones of chocolate and coffee. Creamy body, with moderate hops notes through the slightly overheated, spicy finish.
JPDurden24 (1460) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is really close to the Sublimey, but with more chocolate and coffee type flavors. I prefer Sublimey, but this is still a really good Black IPA. There is hoppy citrus to augment the flavors, but just not as strong.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black small head. Tastes smells booze hops caramel burnt roasty. Coffee. Nice an smooth bit of a bite. Really nice black ipa.
bconch (260) - - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taken from old notes. Black pour with nose of bright hops. Taste is initial bitter with a nice malt backbone. Finish is very bitter. Probably the best black IPA I’ve tried.
horto008 (154) - Alabama, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft in Las Vegas. Terrific stuff that tastes much like a more typical IPA than its color would make you think. Think regular IPA with more smokey, leathery overtones. I felt the alcohol was up front and detracted from it overall.
omhper (18757) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Black, rich beige head. Rich aroma of grapefruit. Very sweet with oily moithfeel and medium-full body. Burning alcohol completely dominates, despite all the syrupy sweetness. Heavily roasty licorice and coffee. Slightly inky finish with massive bitterness.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with pine and citrus hops, and some coffee, black licorice, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of orange and citrus hops, roasted chocolate malts, some bitterness, and some black licorice. Through the middle, some pine hops and bitterness comes through with some coffee and a touch of dark fruit. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate, pine and citrus hops, bitterness, coffee, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, roasty, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice big Black IPA. Lots of hops and enough roastiness for a good balance.
mnurda (1077) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the public house in las Vegas. Black in colour. Great coiffed and hop flavour. Awesome beer
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