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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


on tap

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RATINGS: 717   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sickboy79 (66) - USA - SEP 23, 2011
My first "Imperial" Black IPA. I’ve been getting into Black IPAs recently and this one is amazing! Thick as molasses on the poor. Taste has big chocolate and coffee notes, some big floral hops, and a nice touch of alcohol. Not too boozey, not too sweet, not too bitter. Super example of an Imperial Black IPA. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1179) - Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Pours pitch black with a fluffy mocha head. Smells roasted and of coffee and also a strong hoppy presence, a bit pine and a bit resin. Tastes incredibly roasty but also strongly bitter; something like a super hoppy imperial stout. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and decent mouth-carbonation, Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA finishes with a lingering bitterness that is reminiscent of coffee.

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jstraw (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Bomber at Jerry’s. Black with big, foamy, brown head / Bright nose of weed, hops, roast barley, and molasses / Full body, chewy and malty, hint of sweetness, offset by delightfully, long and dry, finish / Winey flavors of molasses, licorice, dark roast coffee, and dry hops / What a great beer. (It’s an imperial stout.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pras (577) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Rating from memory. This is my first black IPA, and it is possibly my favorite beer of all time. Perfectly in balance hip an assertive hop presence. Alcohol is well hidden. I wish this was a year round brew. Picked up a bottle and when I went back for more it was gone. Oh well, hope this comes out again next year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2011
from bomber into sniffer bought at holiday wine celler. Looks pitch black with brown thick creamy head. smells like coffee vanilla rich chocolate and a sharpish crisp bitterness. tastes at first creamy rich and thick. Some citrus bitterness on top with deep roasty chocolate. massive quantities of both malts and hops that is balanced. a perfect example of the Double black IPA style in my opinion. Overall 9.5 of 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dwyerpg (5640) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Honestly, other than a surprisingly pale aroma, in terms of intensity and identifiability, this is one top notch beer. Looks and tastes more like an Imperial stout to me than an IPA. Really really awesome. Thick and a bit hoppy, this is really quite great. One of the best beers I’ve had in awhile.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Huge creamy head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, caramel, roast malt, chocolate and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Absolutely beautiful beer. Thick, rich, oily - frothy brown head. Initial smell didn't give me much, but that first sip spoke volumes.....and once you get that first taste, the aroma opens up and becomes wonderfully fragrant with an abundance of hops and yeast. Insanely rich, with massive hop flavor. Not like the black IPAs that are hoppy for a dark beer...this beer is hoppy for an imperial IPA....but with that full body and rich roastiness you get from a darker beer...even finishing with some coffee and maybe a little bit of cocoa. I'm so angry this is an anniversary beer. I want to have one every day.

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