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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 710   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisv10 (13131) - DENMARK - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Black with medium light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hops, citrus, and pine. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, little coffee, hops, citrus, pine, grass and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12750) - 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12440) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12363) - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Draft. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer and hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11589) - 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 (11586) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11512) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of charcoal, roastiness, grapefruit, earthiness and pine. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of charcoal, roastiness, grapefruit, earthiness and pine with a smooth dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
A dark brown head with a thin brown head. In aroma, meaty chocolate with piney hops, iodin, meaty character, very nice. In mouth, a smooth chocolate with herbal piney hops, licorice and alcohol warmth, very nice. When did the ticker the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11246) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle thanks to Tim, then traded by me to Jcwattsrugger and then shared by him. Pours oily black with big brown head. Nose/taste of dry cocoa, wet grass, chocolate malt and piney hops. Very smooth for the ABV. Dryish light pine dipped in cocoa finish. Medium body.

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