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!
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
stout like color with a thick tan head. very rich malty and piney aroma. Very resinous and grassy hop flavor with a nice malty backing to it. alcohol present on the finish with a nice lingering hop bitterness. Quite tasty.
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick and black with a dark bown head. Aroma is moderately hoppy. Some pine. Somewhat subdued for a double ipa. Flavor is monstrous. Big pine hops. Lots of stouty chocolate flavors. I’d classify this more of a really hoppy imperial stout. Very stout. Everything in balance but over the top everywhere.
JoeTheYounger (1136) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone. Dark black pour with very nice tan head. Very citrus and bitter with a nice mild roast finish. Not as intense on tap with more roastiness than bottle. Great brew.
poisoneddwarf (1676) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours imperial stout opaque black with a medium tan head with decent retention and lace. Aroma is roasty pine trees, raisins. Taste is definitely the best black IPA I’ve ever had. It combines the best of both worlds--the nice roasted flavor of a great stout with the piney flavor of the IPA all rolled into one. Too many times with this style it leans one way or the other. This is perfectly balanced. Big body with medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Very good.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Black Sparrow. Pours black with a dark tan head (friend though it was an imperial stout). Floral aroma with bright fruits. Taste of sweet pineapple, dark chocolate, warm malt, and slight hop bitterness. Good carbonation, but silky, with a warm, slightly bitter finish. I thought I would taste more hops, but this was better than anything I was expecting.
baraciisch (1675) - USA - AUG 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black in color with tan head... Aroma is malts and grassy hops.... Flavor is initially roasted malts, but finishes with a shockingly grassy bitterness.... Totally unique, nothing like the sublimely self-righteous, but good in its own right.... Still prefer the latter,but a good beer nonetheless...
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome aroma. Black as midnight but with a brownish short head. This is like a smoked porter with an IPA kick and aroma. I really enjoyed the combination of mellow and hop. But hey, it’s from Stone!
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Get STONE’d weekend. Black pour with thin off white head. Roasted hop (Is there such a thing) aroma. Floral hop flavour with a roast malt backbone. Alcohol is well balanced; Wonderful finish.
brenn79 (1471) - Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours black as black with a thick mocha colored head, nice looking beer. The aroma is chocolate and hops, sweet and malty, good. The taste is all chocolate and hops like the aroma, very nice. A little coffee pops up as well. Body is full, carbonation is medium high, finish is sticky and lingers. I absolutely loved this beer, one of the best IBA’s I have ever had.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma at first is fruity hops with some pine hops amongst it. Taste initially is citrus hops and pine. Second sip revealed some burnt roasted malt. It is nicely balanced. You notice a little chocolate malt also. The hops are sticky sweetness which balance nicely with the roasted malt/. Nice lacing.
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