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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: 712   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
22 oz. bottle - Pours a dark brown color with a two finger thick tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma is resin pine hops. Flavor is light chocolate and pine hops. There is actually a nice balance. Hops linger in the finish. Medium to full body. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4832) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bomber. Deep ebony with a small, thin head that tries to last. Big nose of orange creamsicle and ozone, with some light resin and chocolate-caramel. Hints of iodine and coffee. Taste is similarly sweet on the front; then progresses to dark fruit, roasted coffee, soy, and cocoa. Finally some prickly resin and citrus hop make for a dry finish. Heavy body has a nice little abv warmth, and the super smooth, nitro-like carbonation provides a velvety mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
richiesd (31) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
This is truly a wonderful black ipa. I like this profoundly more than sublimely self righteous... it’s essentially like an extra-hopped stone 11th. wonderful! Jet black with good carbonation, great fresh hops on the nose and an as expected flavor profile. Overall, a solid beer. Dark IPAs are not necessarily my favorite style, but this one is very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Bomber. This is alright by me. It’s like two of the greatest things on earth, an Imperial Stout and an IPA. Sometimes I like mixing Dr Pepper with Coke. That has nothing to do with this beer, but I thought you should know.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1459) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2011
22 oz bottle for rating #650. Pours black with a tan head. Cocoa aroma with citrus and pine hops. Nice thick palate with bitter pine and citrus hops, cocoa, dark fruit, light coffee, occasional anise. This is the kind of (imperial) black IPA I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1615) - Newport Beach, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Deep black pour with a thick, tan head. Strong, licorice notes with a hint of dark hops. Seems roasted as well. Very complex aroma. Roasted hoppy taste with a nice kick at the end. Dry finish. Complex but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Pours solid black with a huge creamy light brown head that lasts a long time. Aroma has lots of noticeable roasted malts and citrus and piney hops. Taste is well balanced with roast and hops, this is definitely one of the best I have had in this style. The alcohol is hidden very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #35. Pitch black pour with a big tan head. Light malty aroma, very light on the hops really, kind of smells like fish, weird. Mild flavor as well, more muted hops with a light roastiness. (1869)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2011
pours black with a lasting beige head an some lacing. aroma is fresh hops and dark roasted malt. body is heavy. taste is pine, grapefruit peel, coffee and licorice. finish is strong and bitter sweet. a formidable beer with stone’s signature strength and arrogance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
On tap at the source. Dark stout-like appearance in the glass with minimal tan foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is sharp pine, medium-grade bitterness from the hops, and an ambiguous chocolate/roasted malt backbone. Taste is dominated by the pine and nearly astringent bitterness of the hops. Strong and rough beer - almost medicinal in some aspects. Enjoyable but a bit too over the top. Perhaps it’s my own faulty memory but it seems like the anniversary series has been a slight reiteration of the same beer since the 10th.

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