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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


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RATINGS: 711   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16924) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
saxo (15393) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Huge creamy head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, caramel, roast malt, chocolate and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at Ekstedts tasting 2011-12-02. Black beer with a nice brown head. Hoppy aroma, licorice, roasted, some fruits, some pine needles notes. Hoppy licorice flavor, grassy, metallic, some hay, some fruits. Hoppy finish. Very nice and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (15280) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle at Camdern BrewDog, thanks to Ken. Pours thick brown with a foamy, beige head. Chocolatey roasted malt aroma with some pine. Very sweet flavor, some booze, pine, light cocoa and earth. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warm finish, moderate roast linger, piney bitters, dark sugars, booze, huge sweetness, mild brownies, faint burnt wood. Big, big beer. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (14810) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2011
Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, dark chocolate and rather hoppy - spicy and grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Smooth and soft. 271211

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14780) - 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 17/20
Theis (14655) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (14283) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Keg at Wicked Weed Funkatorium, Asheville, 17/02/15. Black with a decent tan covering. Nose is bitter roast, spice, charr, earthy bitter streak, dirt, earthy hop presence. Taste comprises dank hop tones, charr, spice, pine needle, booze tunes, light cocoa strains. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. So so for style and ABV in terms of depth of character. Glad to have tried this one but me thinks it’s sat around way too long!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (14073) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 13, 2011
Angenehmer Hopfenantrunk, blumig aber hier bereits trocken. Sehr würzig und grasig, ausgewogen, gelungen. Zum Ende Citrus, zu trocken, wenig schokoladig. /11/12/12//12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (14038) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 20, 2011
A: The beer pours almost black in color with two fingers of tan head that has great retention and lacing. S: Smells like a classic hoppy Stone beer. Tons of grapefruit peel and pine with some intense herbal and woody hop notes. There is a fair amount of roast to it. A hint of fruit on the finish. T: The roast flavor is a bit more powerful than I expected. There is a touch of chocolate followed by lots of grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. Herbal and piney hops on the back end with a lot of bitterness. M: The body is quite full with a medium carbonation with a lingering bitterness. O: Not as good as Stone 11 or SoCal Hop Salute, but not bad. A bit boozy as it warms in the glass.

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