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!
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown/black with frothy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and piney resinous hops. Taste is moderately bitter and a bit sweet. Creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation and a dry finish. Very nice combination of smooth roasty/chocolate with a healthy dose of hops. Hides the alcohol well. Good!
aveclaudenum (31) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a beautiful brown head. Aroma of grapes and citrus. Comes in smooth and leaves with a hard kick of alcohol. Incredible beer. Stone once again can do no wrong.
jzzbassman (1578) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep almost-black with a tan bubbly head that fades with dripping lace. Aroma of caramelized sugar, alcohol, chocolate, and wood. Flavor is huge, piney hops against heavy roast character , but the resinous hops make sure you know this is definitely an IPA and not a hoppy stout. Despite the alcohol burn, ridiculously easy to drink. Masterpiece of a beer!
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. black with large, creamy brown head. purple grape and mandarin orange aroma. the body is full and somewhat creamy. warming finish from the alcohol. the flavors are mostly big juicy hops. lots of citrusy orange hop resins and the dark malt must add a grapey note. the dark malts are not very noticeable through the big bad hop addition. little peppery in the finish.
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-08-19. Black with a nice tan head and lace. 4+ Flavour is fairly intense, lots of hops, green leafy hop character, and a fair bit of bitterness along with it. Mild dark malt core, modest alcohol is noticeable but restrained considering how strong it is. Lots of green hops in the aroma as well, mild notes of alcohol. Average to medium bodied palate. Simple, but quite flavourful. On tap Coles, Buffalo
Sledutah (6897) - Utah, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared by doug, thanks
Appearance: Black with a big tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate and peppers
Taste: Roasted malts, peppers, chocolate with a pine resin finish
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 (1627) - 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 (1181) - 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 (2249) - 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.
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