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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 691   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13397) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (13196) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 5, 2011
cask at GBBF 2011 ... black ... tan head ... soft sweet chocolate roast ... deep dark malts ... lots of chocolate nose ... deep sweet malts ... big roast ... ligth hop linger ... juicy and niced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (12778) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle in Hotel Room, Brooklyn. Pitch black - brown head. Nice medium to high hoppy, ok bitterness, nice burned, chocolate, grassy, coffee, light piney, licorice, light berries, smooth body. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11932) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 12, 2012
Bottled 0,65l (Beer Hunters)
Dark black color, good brown head, lace. American hoppy aroma, grass, some toasted notes. Full-bodied! Roasted malts, American hops, pine needles, resin, some sweet notes. Quite a lot alcohol. Lingering sweet pine needly aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with dense long lasting brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, citrus, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, earth, and pine with a dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Draft. Black body with brown edge, tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, cocoa, some roast/coffee, lactose, light licorice. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, grapefruit, cocoa, lactose, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, light acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: September 03, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Sherlocks, GA
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, sticky lace
Aroma: heavy roasted aroma with lots of citrus, touch of sweet pine
Flavor: bitter dark chocolate flavor, well roasted, hops balance the dark malts with sweet peppery pine and a heaping helping of citrus, peppery spicyness, long bitter dark chocolate and roasted finish

Date: September 06, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: tmac Kennesaw
draft follows the bottle very closely, citrus may be even bigger on draft,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (10786) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Mybrewerytap.com.
Pours clear opaque black with a small, staying, creamy, light-beige head. Great duration. Aroma is lovely piney, grassy, roasted, some dark chocolate. Light vinious. Medium carbonation, lovely dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is bitter, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, pine, apricot, peach, grass. Lovely lingering bitterness with a soft vinious touch. Lovely, elegant and super well-balanced beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (10610) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2012
pitch dark, small yellow to light brown head. mild roasted malty aroma. flavor is roasted malty, licorice, wood, very very nice,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10359) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bomber from Taylor’s Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours black or a dark ruddy brown (the stream) with a creamy 3 finger darkish tan head. Aromas of floral and resin. Lush and mellow. Full bodied with creamy carb. It is soft and lush, but the flavor adds a little citrus. Then the malt comes in mildly chocolate and very dark and bitter on its own. I’m not finding a trace of heat. This is just brilliantly put together. Did I mention it has a lush aroma and feel?

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