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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: 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, 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Pours black as motor oil from an old tractor with a tall chocolaty creamy head that just sits there like a stubborn muledeer on a lazy morning. Smells of hops, chocolate and coffee bean. Full and rich on the tongue and cheek with a soft roundness like cold, melted bitter chocolate. This brew is amazing as they have created a monster with perfect balance. Not unlike a sasquatch in a velvet smoking jacket waltzing on the edge of a dark forest. This brew is mysterious and brooding, steeped with irrationality. Keep the faith and trust in the force Magnum.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Awesome beer! Tastes a lot like a hopped up imperial stout. Quite nice and would cellar nicely

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 bomber bottle. black opaque pour with some tan head. chocolate aroma. amazing flavour of roasty malts with a strong piney hop finish. by far the best black IPA I have had to date. need more of this stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2011
bomber. black pour with brown edges and 1+ finger tan frothy head. huge hop loaded nose with big pine and citrus notes.... like smelling a bag of hops... light chocolate and roasted malt try to seep through. thick, chewy body with a very assertive hop character surrounding layers of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and sweet malt tones. rich and bitter finish with tons of piney goodness along with more chocolate, spice and coffee. outstanding! drink this one fresh!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Without a doubt, one of the best if not the best impy CDA/black IPA Iíve ever had. Pours with a huge, rocky head that wafts with hop aromas. Texture is rich, smooth and very drinkable. Complex and loaded with flavor. Malt side has rich elements of chalky cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and soft-roasted dark grains with a rounded quality. Ocean of hop flavors and aromas. Like a savory hop juice with bold notes of pine, citrus, flowers and grass. Alcohol is warming but not hot. And even though itís a big beer, itís incredibly balanced in so many ways -- sweet / bitter, sticky up front / dry in the finish, malts vs. hops, etc. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BadAprilia1000 (404) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2011
This beer pours an (imagine that) black color letting through zero light with a thick cappuccino head. Aroma is of lovely hops with deep chocolate malts. Taste is out of this world. Hops up front followed by a deep dark chocolate finished with sweet american hops. I feel semi-guilty of a crime for describing this beerís flavor in one sentence, however its just three or four notes brewed to perfection. Fantastic beer Iíve already drank on multiple occasions

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Pitch black with thick, foamy, root beer float head that leaves intricate lacing webs. Aroma: Citrus, pine, roses, chocolate and charbroiled meat. Taste: Perfect integration of chocolatey roasted malts and citrusy hops. Elements of char, coffee and pine enhance the experience. Finish is bitter and spicy, with both a hop bite and a roasted malt bite. Becomes somewhat fruity as it warms. Palate: Exceedingly smooth and creamy with a massive warming sensation. Moderately low carbonation, fairly dry finish. Overall: Besides for the warming sensation, I canít tell that this is anywhere near 11% abv. Unbelievably smooth and tasty; the best American Black Ale / Black IPA / yada-yada I have had. Of course, one could argue that this is really a hoppy, citrusy Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mwhip (2) - - NOV 17, 2011 does not count
Poured from a keg in Dallas at the Common Table. Very nice head with a great aroma of chocolate. Finish was a little bitter which I love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigoldbo (3) - - FEB 18, 2012 does not count
Aroma is Figs/Rasins, Sticky, Pepper, Pine/Grapefruit shifting as it warms. Appearance, Black with a tan head. one finger with an agressive pour. Taste, sweet and slightly bitter with an aftertaste like a fresh brewed coffee. medium body, sticky, slick feel, I love this beer, I am finding that i am drawn to these black IPAs and this is at the top of my list, sadly, this was a one time release.

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