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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 708   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisv10 (11991) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (11987) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11898) - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11590) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11566) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11349) - 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 (11055) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10767) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10684) - 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.

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