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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: 724   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2011
On tap at Dutch’s. Black IPAs can be very hit or miss but this one from Stone is certainly one of the better examples out there at the moment. Appearance is opaque black, almost as dark as a stout. Smells like one might expect with a significant hop profile and moderate roasted malts. The taste is like a very smooth but very hoppy stout with the best of both worlds. Easy to drink but complex. Alcohol is well balanced. Overall another fine anniversary offering from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
The appearance is a dark black color with a brown head. The aroma is full of coffee and vanilla notes that is balanced by the hops. The taste is very similar to the nose. It has bitter notes, but it is tough to tell whether it is from the hops or the coffee taste. I know its from the hops but I mean this beer is dark and the malt is almost overwhelming.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Very dark espresso with brown head. Pine and citrus in nose, but, what’s this?...Bacon? Garlic? Yeah....pretty sure this isn’t supposed to be a rauch black IPA... Medium body, good carbonation. I’m not really sure what defect could lead to these flavors, but I don’t like it. drain pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2011
On tap at the Black Sparrow. Pours black with a dark tan head (friend though it was an imperial stout). Floral aroma with bright fruits. Taste of sweet pineapple, dark chocolate, warm malt, and slight hop bitterness. Good carbonation, but silky, with a warm, slightly bitter finish. I thought I would taste more hops, but this was better than anything I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
22oz bottle. Pour is viscous and completely opaque; nice thick and frothy brown head. Aroma is hop-first, pine and subtle citrus, eventually the malt flavors make their way through with mocha and some burnt notes. Flavor is predominately sweet with roasted malt, chocolate, but with lots of resinous hops to offset. Very sticky with a slight lingering bitterness. Alcohol taste is all but absent but its presence is certainly felt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2012
From notes. Pours dark and thick, strait up black with two fingers of light mocha head that hangs around for about 3 minutes and leaves great lacing. Nose hits me with fruit, pineapple, chocolate, and a little coffee. First sip I am hit by alcohol, I get some dark fruit, lots of coffee, chocolate, and a slightly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is really smooth, a little more alcohol presents than id expect from a 10.8% ABV brew, medium carbonation, it has a pretty big body, the head was super frothy and one of my favorite parts of the brew, it reminded me of something served on nitro-tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teamsale (193) - Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2016
On tap. Pours black with a thin brown head and good lacing. Aroma is of coffee, burnt toast, and grain. Taste is similar to aroma but also has a strong alcohol flavor along with unsweetened chocolate. Bitterness level is mild to medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bomber poured into pint glass...jet black color with magnificent billowy cream head, relentless attack of resin, floral and citrus hops which overwhelms the chocolate, caramel and coffee and malt profile, alcohol well hidden, a hop bomb for sure and a beautiful one at that

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Poured exactly like a stout; black like coffee and a brown creamy head. Smells piney and has a few hints of chocolate. Tastes exceptionally well balanced. The hops aren’t overpowering and you can taste the black patent malt. It has more body than most black ipa’s and it’s one of my favorites already

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2011
This was nice. Looked like a stout, felt like a stout, and had some nice stout-type notes. Overall, the hops were just too much for me in the end. I almost really enjoyed an IPA. Almost.

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