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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 706   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pchristi (4) - - OCT 6, 2012 does not count
Nice flavor, would like to have had it last year. All around good beet. Alot better than the 16th

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (2862) - FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Bottled. Poured dark brown in colour with a small tan head. Chocolate, coffee, malt and some floral notes in aroma. Coffee and dark fruit in flavour. Roasted malts in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Nose is chocolate malt - reminded me of World Wide Stout . Not too heavy in hops, but heavy in dark malt. Tastes heavy on the palate, and leaves a nice bitter flavor, not unlike bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Growler from Greenville Beer Exchange A: Pours and looks like a stout...opaque pitch black color with a beautiful dark brown head. Retention is awesome S: Wow...seriously was not expecting this. Super west coast hop profile- resinous and piney, but really bright and fresh. All this accompanied by chocolatey malt. Really impressive considering that I am not a huge black IPA guy T: Again, big time west coast bitterness, resin, and pine. Real big. Slightly bready and chocolatey as well. I like the balance. Why so much alcohol though??? It really cuts into the flavor and drinkability- a big flaw in an otherwise worldclass beer MF/O: pretty rough on the palate but honestly I don’t mind. Strong resinous and bitter finish-palate wrecker Notes: honestly, I thought these ratings would be a little inflated, considering I’m not a big fan of black IPAs, but this sets the benchmark for the style. Very impressive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2829) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2012
On tap at The Old Toad. Pitch black - brown head. Nice medium to high hoppy, ok bitterness, nice burned, chocolate, coffee, light piney, licorice, light berries, smooth body. ABV stands out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (1637) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Black pour. Aroma is hoppy. Traditional IPA charecteristics with just a touch more malt backbone. Great hop flavor throughout, as this beer does shine as a true IPA. Smooth a mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3807) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown-black pour with brown head. Aroma is rich, lots of imperial stout like characteristics like molasses, roasted grain and bittering hops. Taste is bitter but not overly so. Generally reminds me more of an imperial stout than a black ipa. Delicious though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2012
Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear dark black colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, light heavy hoppy, pine, grapefruit, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, hoppy bitter, chocolate - roasted, caramel, tobacco notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120616]

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ Courtesy of omhper ]. Clear dark black colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, grapefruit, orange - citrus, light licorice. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, grapefruit, dark malt, chocolate, hoppy, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120728]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2319) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Draft sample at railroad. Pours pitch black with a small white head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with minor pine. Taste is a lot sweeter than expected but interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Sampled in a bomber. Poured jet black. One of the better black ipa brews around.

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