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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

 (RETIRED)
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100
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Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing Co.
Style: Black IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnurda (1085) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 20, 2012
On tap at the public house in las Vegas. Black in colour. Great coiffed and hop flavour. Awesome beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2012
like a dark chocolate liqueur with some carbonation. porter like in mouthfeel. slight alcohol aftertaste. overall, a nice tasting black. complex, hoppy, slight citrusy. it’s a Stone.

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EvanFriend (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2012
This is Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous, except heavier on the malt and less heavy on the hops. Lots of coffee, chocolate, and dried fruit, lots of citrus and pine. Great beer, if the Mets hit as many home runs as Stone they’d be perpetual Worl Series champions.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Powertrip (998) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2012
Single bottle purchased from a mom & pop store in Redondo Beach, California on 07/11/2012. Colour: Black, nothing more. Medium dark head. Nose: Dominant with dark cocoa and heavily roasted malt. Taste: Medium sweet, medium bitter, medium sour. Milk chocolate forward, then moves to Starbucks bitter and oily coffee. The alcohol is quite apparent and there is long bitterness with a meshing of sour on the finish. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (2847) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle with some bro’s. Poured a dark black with small head and lacing. Aromas and taste of sour funky cheese, chocolate, poop, nelson, and some roasty malt. Well done black ipa. Somewhat drinkable for the 10.8.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2069) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUL 8, 2012
Draft at Urban Family. Black with tan head. Bold fresh hops and rich black malts. Terrific imperial black ipa. Clean, roasty, big and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Bomber from Windy City. Highly hopped nose with a bit of roastiness. Full bodied with a nice hop flavor. The roast seems to mellow the hops a little bit. Very easy to drink. Alcohol is very well hidden.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerheart65 (894) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2012 Aroma is strong, sweet with malts: licorice, bit roasted. Dark fruits underneath. Medical herbs. Looks expressoblack, bit beige head. Taste has same elements as aroma balanced with citrus and softwood. Dries to finish. Lively and nuanced flavor. Oily palate is fullbodied. Sweet and tart. Beer that has personality and lots of it, recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19647) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Light roasted aroma of hops and grapefruits. Roasted flavour of licorice, hops and grapefruits. Roasted and hoppy finish.


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