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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, itís 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 thereís 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 weíre talking only about the world of brewing, but weíre not. There is a myriad of products out there masquerading as cheeses, coffee, chocolates, breads...hell, there is stuff pretending to be ífoodí 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 canít 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 ínormsí 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‚Ķfooled. 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 childrenís children? As a hero, or as the oppressed? (Those that donít think they have been oppressed are already lost.) Ultimately, itís up to you to decide. We hope youíll 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 weíve accomplished together in the past fifteen years, and cheers to the adventure ahead!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Excellent outing from Stone. Pours black with a dark, tan head. Strong hops aroma. Taste is strong hops, but not overpowering. Bitter, but light aftertaste. Medium build on the palate. Smooth finish. One of the best black IPAs out there. Another great style from Stone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours a really true black colour with a nice creamy head. The nose is very íStoneí - aromatic hops with a floral character.The mouth feel is nice and creamy, and the carbonation is nice and appropriate. A fair amount of sweet toffee and nice caramel flavours, with a nice whack of aniseed and liquorice. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Awesome aroma. Black as midnight but with a brownish short head. This is like a smoked porter with an IPA kick and aroma. I really enjoyed the combination of mellow and hop. But hey, itís from Stone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours black with a creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass. Burnt malts, hoppy aroma, didnít taste the 10%+ alcohol Perfect Double Black IPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nj_BierMaven (123) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle pour. Not the hop-forward nose Iíve come to expect from Stone, but still a good aroma. I can appreciate where others have noted a "cabbage-like" scent, but really thatís mild and it doesnít ruin the taste. As it warms, a full malty flavor, hints of chocolate, coffee. Truly a brew to be savored over a 45-to-60 minute span. Had this immediately after a Sublimely Self Righteous Ale for comparison sake, and have to say this is enjoyable experience for the taste, palate-feel and overall artistic impression.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StormCoat (123) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Picked up a bomber bottle at Bevmo in San Diego, CA, and poured it into a snifter. Pours a dark brown/black with a soapy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves just a few light flecks of lacing. The aroma is full of resiny, piny hops, with a spicy hint of alcohol coming through. On drinking, the flavors introduce huge, rich coffee flavors that are backed by a dark fruit tanginess. I love the contrast between the aroma which makes me think so much of fresh hops and the flavor that I get with each sip, which reminds me of cherries covered in dark, bitter chocolate. The body seems a little over-medium, with an oily feel that coats my gums and leads to a very long, satisfying coffee aftertaste. This is a richly-flavored beer that you can take your time drinking. Itís really good; probably the best Stone beer Iíve had yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kchampagne (116) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Had it on tap, as well as out of the bottle. Pours pitch black with a thick dark brown head. Aroma is roasted and hoppy. The taste is floral and has slight chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is great with lingering bitterness. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Pours dark brown with a thick brown head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of caramel and malt. Tastes initially of caramel followed by lingering hops bitterness. Complex, dark, and rich. Reminds more of a hoppy stout than an IPA. 10/10/2011

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2011
I never rate beers near perfect, but this beer is as near perfection as it can get. Pours a dark rich color with a large brown head. Tastes of chocolate, oak, and hints of alcohol. Overall a terrific beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Bomber. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is citrusy hops, pine, some chocolatey sweetness. Itís quite bitter upon first sip, but melds into a more malty aftertaste. The piney/charred taste lasts throughout and in a way almost reminds me of some scotches. Itís thick and almost a little chewy. You donít really taste the alcohol but it does warm you up pretty quickly. Not amazing but a decent brew.

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