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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: 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
A bit dissapointed with this brew. The roasted malts dominates this beer while the citrus hops are in the background. Theres is also a bit of a chocolate hop mix. Kinda weird and sometimes thats a good thing but not in this brew. An ok brew overall thoughit would be better tho.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtd6628 (361) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Really good beer. I found its aroma very nice hoppiness with a hint of awkwardness. The flavor is hoppy and Chocolate malt and that awkwardness in the aroma it not a bad thing just something I have not taste a lot or before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
This is a solid 4 beer if not higher. Such a big bright pine aroma, not too green, bit of alcohol, well more than a bit, some light roast, well balanced big beer. Balanced chocolate and espresso, lots of pine and resin, thats really it... big flavors in balance, some abrasive alcohol though. Medium body with tight fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bomber thanks to 17thfloor. Pours nearly black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is super fresh hops, very piney and citric, awesome hop presence. Just so fresh on the hops, lightly citric, floral and herbal. Flavor is supremely balanced, lots of roast along with such a great hop citric and pine presence. Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1484) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Surprisingly I thought this would be all about the hops, but it was actually a really dark and roasty beer. Hops were there to be sure, but I’d almost call this an imperial stout, not a black IPA. Dark black beer with a brown head, lots of hop aroma and a faint bitterness. Plenty of smoke and roasted flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6098) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Starts with tropical fruity hop notes on the nose, moves to dark chocolate and roast, followed with floral, danky, and piney notes. Pours more or less black with a tan head. The flavor is chocolatey and roasty up front followed by soft fruity hops, more floral bitterness, a good deal of herbal notes and dank, as well as more dark roast. Big full body - leans more toward hoppy stout than black IPA in my opinion, but solid nonetheless. Some alcohol shows up in the finish. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danbierman (20) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours jet black with a finger of mocha colored head. Smells of hops, chocolate, and roasted malts. Big nose. Tastes of a perfect balance between the hops and the roasted malts. Chocolate flavors linger in the background. Medium bodied with a slightly bitter finish, very "chewy". Overall a very well done Black IPA, not much of a Stone fan, but this beer is very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (5632) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Pours very dark brown with dense dark tan head. The aroma has lots of smooth roasty malt, chocolate, tropical fruit, green onion, hop funk and bits of grapefruit. Medium / full body with a bit of light semi-sharp carbonation at the end. Starts with more bitterness to the roasty malt than on the aroma. The hoppiness has more grapefruit zest and pine traits than on the aroma. There is some of the tropical fruit and funk that is still there. All of the flavors are very bold, but nothing overpowers; it is quite well balanced. On the finish there is a bit of alcohol heat, but it is a pleasing taste blended with the other flavors. A really nice Anniversary beer from Stone. The brewery that made a lot of its reputation from the use of hops once again makes a delicious hop forward beer,.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with creamy tan head. A big hoppy and dark chocolate aroma, resin, pine, tropical fruit, while a nice roasty, dark chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon malt base brings in further complexity. Really great aroma. Flavors continue with big hop profile and a matching dark chocolate malt backing, nice juicy resiny, piney, and grapefruity hops all around a huge dark chocolate bar with coffee, vanilla, and a ancho pepper kick to it. Huge bitterness in this one. Big body, good amount of booze and bitterness adds depth nicely on the finish but some sips it’s more of a burn. Really reminds me of batch 1 Darkness although this is clearly more bitter. Excellent hop profile and and an even more impressive malt complexity. Lots of delicious depth. Easily the best black iipa I’ve had (sorta redeeming the style for me as of late), and a true one, great dark malt flavor but huge hop flavor and ibus. A huge surprising home run from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (6632) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tadting. Black pour! Smallish tan head. Cocoa aroma is subtle. Chocolate flavor, onions (!), espresso, This is almost very very good but it falls short because of the hop selection.

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