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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 696   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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
icculus801 (39) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Draft from Avenue Pub in New Orleans. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Big aroma of chocolate with a bit of hops. Initial roasted malt flavor gives way to a hoppy finish. A hint of warmness from the alcohol is present but by no means overpowering. Very solid offering from Stone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
richiesd (31) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
This is truly a wonderful black ipa. I like this profoundly more than sublimely self righteous... it’s essentially like an extra-hopped stone 11th. wonderful! Jet black with good carbonation, great fresh hops on the nose and an as expected flavor profile. Overall, a solid beer. Dark IPAs are not necessarily my favorite style, but this one is very tasty.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aveclaudenum (31) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Pours pitch black with a beautiful brown head. Aroma of grapes and citrus. Comes in smooth and leaves with a hard kick of alcohol. Incredible beer. Stone once again can do no wrong.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsled (28) - South Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 3, 2011
P: 4/5. Perfectly opaque black, good tan head, well supported with lacing. A: 4/5. luxurious hops. some citrus, but a piney, resiny wonderfulness. no real perceived alcohol. F: 6/10. sweet, roasty, alcohol. roast finishes in an astringent twang. unpleasant balance on the back of the tongue. M: 2/5. not overly coating, but much residual bitterness, and no residual sweetness to balance. O: 6/10. Not quite what I’d like in a BIPA.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kranin (23) - - MAR 7, 2012
Beautiful brew. Roasty, hoppy, alcohol rich goodness. (22oz bottle / Blue Max / 03/2012)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobbo16 (22) - Copley, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Bottle. Black. Not just dark. no light passes through. Nice amber head. hops aroma and taste envelope this brew in spite of the solid maltiness. Very enjoyable. Share it with a friend or you may be done after one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MechanicalMind (22) - Crawley, West Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle. 1pint (US) 6 Fl oz. Pours thick, unctuous, like treacle, with a puffy, pillow-like mocha head, settles to a covering, and naturally leaves a ring of lacing around the outside. Aroma is pineapple, roasted coffee beans, black treacle toffee. Taste is molasses, dark chocolate bitterness, roasted malt, candied sweets, pineapple, mango, which all follow through in a massive crescendo. All bold as hell. Carbonation is tight, alcohol not especially hidden, finishes with an extremely long bitter squeeze. Particularly outside of the taste buds. Bottled in Aug 2011, so hops could be fresher with this, alcohol has perhaps taken hold a little. But it’s all definitely still there. Big beer. Definitely one to snaffle up regardless of it being a hop driven style and 6 months old. Marked down a little due to age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Climber77 (21) - SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle, 650 ml. Pours with a thick coffee/hazelnut colored head. Malty, fruity, toffee and a bit perfumy to the nose. The taste toffee ,coffee some burnt flavours and loads of hops. Surprisingly fresh. Best black IPA I’ve had.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danbierman (20) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours jet black with a finger of mocha colored head. Smells of hops, chocolate, and roasted malts. Big nose. Tastes of a perfect balance between the hops and the roasted malts. Chocolate flavors linger in the background. Medium bodied with a slightly bitter finish, very "chewy". Overall a very well done Black IPA, not much of a Stone fan, but this beer is very well done.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jglanton (18) - Yorba Linda, CA, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
22 oz bottles from a strip mall liquor store that specializes in King Cobra, cigarettes, and porn. This was like drinking a rich double espresso with fresh creme and a piece of 100% chocolate dropped in and perfect squirt of soda fountain carbonation. I could drink that rich creamy body through a straw. Not sure why this isn’t a stout. Until now, my favorite stout was Surly Darkness. Surly a little smoother, while 15th has fuller flavor and more bitter. This makes for long lasting finish. I lean towards the flavor and bitter.


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