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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 700   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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9760) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9247) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle @ home. Thick used car engine oil pour with a black appearance and a big, dark brown head. Extremely potent piney, resiny hoppy, dark roasty chocolate malty nose with some booze. Huge resiny, highly piney hoppy, deep roasty, burnt, chocolate malty with a bitter, resiny finish. Resiny aftertaste. Very potent flavor but overall smooth and pretty tasty. A bomber of this is giving me quite a buzzz.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Draft… Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head. The aroma is just… Wow!… really bad. Hits me in all the wrong places. Big-time armpit and old, stale bong water. Full-bodied and oily with soft carbonation. The flavor is bitter, burnt and acrid – gunsmoke and fresh weed. Bitter, grassy, roasty finish. Not a bad beer overall, but I hate the smell.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9142) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9018) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
First time: on-tap at Cole’s. A story in licorice and well integrated chocolate. good though understated roasting. Dry finish. Black as night with a little head. High a.b.v. well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8617) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8571) - , 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8530) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Pitch black, opaque color, nice medium brown head. Smell nice: hops, bitter, fruits, dark fruits, some roastyness. Taste roasty, hops, bitter. Sublime mix between an IPA and a stout! Great carbonation, medium to full body. Superb!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2011
Pitch black pour into my RBSG 2010 glass. Thick, sticky dark brown had. The aroma is realy great. loads of pine and dank resin with a fairly pronounced roasty character. There is a slight touch of salty/savoury character as well. Fresh and a little bit of earthy muskiness. It’s big and brash, but it certainly doesn’t taste like a 10% ABV brew. Heavy bitterness though, even for the style. Slick and slightly oily, but it doesn’t come across as overtly sweet either. Warming alcohol mouthfeel and a touch of pine as well. It’s got a lot of lingering bitterness and a not quite roasty dark cocoa character. It’s damn solid.


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