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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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herchick (17) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Pours from the bottle with a brown head that invites you to take a sip. Very chocolaty, roasted coffee flavors but not as heavy as a stout. A huge hop presence makes this a great black IPA. This is one of the better BIPA’s that I’ve had, as most are either one dimensional or not hopped heavily enough. This is an excellent beer from Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBishopco (15) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Received in trade from the magnificent Meatloaf. This is the first beer to really surprise me in a very long time. Maybe because it’s the first Black IPA I have had. A huge, over the top beer! Smells of hoppy goodness, citrusy and a bit dank. There is also a strong maltiness in the smell, a hint of coffee/chocolate, but it is overpowered by the hops. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a great medium brown head. Tastes like a great DIPA should, with the surprising stout-like characteristics. This is certainly not just an overly hoppy stout. This beer offers a little bit of everything: great hops, great dark malts and chocolatiness, and overall a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrcoffee (13) - Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
22 oz. bomber. Bottled 8/11, consumed 6/14. Pours black with a medium, tan head and a thick, sticky lacing. It smells of strong roasted malts, chocolate, and piney hops. Tastes like dark chocolate with spicy, very bitter hops. Roasted up front and in the long, bitter finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MiamiRedhawk (12) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
antoher great beer by stone, i had this on tap at Ballydoyle Aurora, IL served in a snifter, very nice beer. Trying to get a couple bottles to add to my cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
greengoblincc (12) - Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Just when you think Stone could not come out with another amazing Anniversary Beer... Stone 15th hits the market. Delicious both in bottle and draft form enough good things cannot be said about this beer. So good that all the draft in the surrounding area was drank up in nearly the opening weekend of its release. I had to travel nearly an hour to find a place who still had it....and it was worth it! Smooth, Rich in flavor, Balanced, and a Great Hop taste. 10.5% Abv you would never guess it. This beer is amazing and recommend it to any IPA lover!

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