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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: 724   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 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 (1462) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3271) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2011
pint@ tylers apex. good aroma. strong. big roast/burnt malt scent. with a sweet streak, pine, little candied yeast scent. brownish black color. good head and lace . bitter sweet flavor. thick body heavy mothfeelbiiter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Pours black as motor oil from an old tractor with a tall chocolaty creamy head that just sits there like a stubborn muledeer on a lazy morning. Smells of hops, chocolate and coffee bean. Full and rich on the tongue and cheek with a soft roundness like cold, melted bitter chocolate. This brew is amazing as they have created a monster with perfect balance. Not unlike a sasquatch in a velvet smoking jacket waltzing on the edge of a dark forest. This brew is mysterious and brooding, steeped with irrationality. Keep the faith and trust in the force Magnum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2386) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2011
650 ml bottle. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that soon recedes to something that looks like pond scum. The aroma is kind of odd with coffee-ish and hoppy notes. The flavor gives me big blasts of chocolate, mocha, coffee; and lastly, resinous piney hops. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter coffee. Overall: This is a big bold beer and I loved this take on the black IPA, well done Stone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Pours a deep, opaque black with a medium, tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, with dark chocolate and nuts. The hop aroma is less dominant, mostly pineapple and fruit. Flavor is an odd mix of chocolate, coffee, and very bitter, dank, fruity hops. A broad spectrum of flavors are present here, but not exactly in harmony. Feels fairly heavy due to the stout flavor, not the high ABV. Bizarre but enjoyable enough. Points for taking the questionable CDA trend to an interesting place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (635) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bomber. Pours dark black. Minimal red-tan head... Quick to fade and lace. Nose of rich dark malts, touches of orange zest. It’s like a stout, with a light quality that speaks to it being an "IPA". Complex dark bitterness, sweet citrus qualties, a mild anise and coffee blend all make up the body and taste of this brew. Good slick and oily mouthfeel, but nothing too cloying. Smooth and subtle, the way so many Stone brews are not. Good anniversary brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Pours dark black with deep chestnut brown edges and one finger of chestnut brown head. I enjoyed the nose on this one, rich and bittersweet chocolatey notes. Lots of citrusy notes with sweet coffee. Very bitter and astringent. Lots of grain acidity and bitter citrus rind. Full bodied and not so great on the tongue and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Yet another big anniversary beer from stone. Jet black pour with a solid brown head that just lingers and lingers. Nose is some chocolate but really big sweet orange and grapefruit and floral hop characteristic. Flavor is extremely roasted and slightly charred astringency but not in a bad way along with stones signature intense bitterness. Full bodied but not sweet. Silky feel. Good but different than what one used to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2011
bomber. Midnight brown stouty w/ tan head. Muddled nose (??i am a bit stuffy??) but oranges, roast, & scotch. Silky smooth body that pricks w/ citrus yet finishes hinting at smoke but definitely roast. Boozy end. IPA? Meh. Stupid complex? All F’n Day.

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