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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11876) - 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 (11809) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11728) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle shared bt sonnycheeba. Pours opaque with an average, frothy brown head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast and dark chocolate, raisins, plums, licorice and light smoke with pines and floral hops. Flavor is dark chocolate and roast malt with dark fruits and moderate hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (11530) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle from Brewdog Aberdeen. It pours jet black, with a big, foamy tan head. The nose is pine, treacle, liquorice, molasses and varnish. The taste is pine, resin, treacle, toffee, tar, ash, burnt sugar, liquorice, roasted malt, salted caramel and alcohol warmth, with a bitter, dry-roasted finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and great balance. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Bomber from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a pitch black color with a large frothy brown head. Good head retention. Big hoppy aroma. Bitter and herbal. Some roasted malts and a bit of sweet malts. The taste is big floral, resin, pine and herbal hop notes. Strong roasted malts and caramel. Full bodied. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2012
Bottled. Pitch Black coloured. Dense Brown head. Aroma of herbs, flowers, roast, chocolate, medicin. Flavour of roast, herbs, grass, liqourice, Spice, light perfume. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a herbal bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Black color, with brown edges, and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, pine, chocolate, and floral. Tastes of the same with lighter caramel.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10879) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Pours brownish-black with a medium thick and lasting tan head. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with notes of malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, coffee, herbal hops and a bit of dark fruit. The finish is burnt malt up front with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10800) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Nearly black pour. Chewy and resinous hop aromas dominate with some roast and chocolate notes. Lots of hops, some residual sweetness and dark toffee. Nice.

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