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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 700   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35220) - 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]
8-4-8-3-16

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]
8-4-8-4-16

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
From tap at Three Penny Taproom. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty, caramelish, liqourice and crisp hoppy. Toasted dark malty, caramel and bitter hoppy. Herbal, bitter and dry hoppy. Bitter and dark roasted malty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29477) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2012
Bottled. A black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of hops, malt, and citrus fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of hops, caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, and lemons, leading to a dry, bitter, and roasted finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle 65. Courtesy of joergen. Pours pitch black with a beige head. Rather bad, intense greasy hop aroma with a licorice touch. Rich body, heavy licorice, a very herbal and medicinal hop character. Dark charcoal roast. Seems unbalanced to me in both malt and hop character. 160612

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21072) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20618) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2012
Bottled@Beer Hunters, Pori. Pitch black colour, medium beige head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol and fruity notes. Flavour is liquorice, fruits, floral notes, raisins and mild alcohol.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (19659) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2012
Bottled. Black, rich beige head. Rich aroma of grapefruit. Very sweet with oily moithfeel and medium-full body. Burning alcohol completely dominates, despite all the syrupy sweetness. Heavily roasty licorice and coffee. Slightly inky finish with massive bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty hoppy licorice aroma. Roasted malty hoppy bitter licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter licorice finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2011
2nd August 2011
GBBF Cask. Opaque black beer, tidy tan head, Smooth dark malt with just a whisper of roast, very mild. Piney hops, quite strong. Light red fruits bring up the rear. Bitterish piney finish. Good stuff, smooth and effortlessly drinkable. A stand out beer from GBBF 2011.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2012
Tasting at Papsø’s
Black color, with large beige head, compact. Aroma of roasted malts and resiny hops, strong. Good mouthfeel, full bodied, with strong and very good flavor of roasted malts, some dark chocolate, compounded by a sharp bitterness, with piney edges, and light liquorice and coffee.
A classic way of brewing, very good.


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