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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

 
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99
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Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Black IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 719   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


pchristi's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pchristi (4) - - OCT 6, 2012
Nice flavor, would like to have had it last year. All around good beet. Alot better than the 16th


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teamsale (179) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thechasm442 (775) - Chicago heights, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle to a tulip. The beer is an opaque black with a thick mocha head that retains beautifully and leaves outstanding lacing. Aroma is citrus, chocolate, vanilla, roasted dark malts, pine, oak, and floral hops. Taste is bitter citrus fruit, roasted dark malts, cocoa, soy sauce, oak, pine, and dark coffee grounds. A bit thicker and complex with a lingering dry finish. Outstanding beer.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UncleKorm (1225) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Bomber poured a black hue w/ large lasting tan head. Mild to moderate roasty aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are dark toast, soy sauce, dark breads, piney hops, and peppery rye. Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (6205) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2016
On draft at the brewery. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of dark stone fruits. Flavors of toasted grains and citrus. Intense bitter finish. Best of this style I’ve had.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2535) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2016
650ml bottle from Ray’s in Tosa as part of the anniversary pack, shared with bananabi11. 8/17/2016 bottle date is less than one month old. Aroma has chocolate, dark malts, and citrus. Maybe licorice Taste is of black malts, chocolate, tangy pine. Nice solid blend. Medium to full bodied. Little alcohol presence. Finishes tangy bittersweet, not leaning strongly either direction. Very tasty for style. Not quite to the level of self righteous, but quite good. 14.6

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andriesradu (681) - ROMANIA - SEP 17, 2016
Pours dark brown. Citrus, pine and some roasted malt in the aroma. Flavor is heavy bitter followed by a strong hoppy taste combine with a roasted touch, also some light dark chocolate notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3802) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2016
On Tap at BitterCreek, Boise Very deep dark brown, with a massive and dense mocha head. Very bitter and hoppy, resinous and roasty. Thick viscous and sticky. Very big bitter chocolate and roast. Truly obnoxious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2016
nice looking 1" brown head... nice lacing and retention. The brew is not quite black, but close.... pretty highlites appear when held to a nearby light. Swirling stains the glass brown. Nose is bright pine and pithy grapefruit zest.... slight roastiness reminds us of the dark malt... a bit of EtOH in the aroma. Big and bitter up front.... the hops come out swinging almost immediately... grapefruit and pine needles.. a minor blast of roasty malt .. even hints of bittersweet chocolate come out with a little warmth... a bit boozy, but I’m not really complaining. Seems thicker than I was expecting, but smooth with a good small bubble carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Like a very bitter porter. Hoppy, dark chocolate. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (1652) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Aroma of malt, and molasses, pours a dark black with a lasting brown well laced head. Full bodied, thick feel taste of malt and molasses with a trace of hops and a phenolic finish.


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