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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 710   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
twindog (267) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours black with a large lasting beige head with lots off lacing. Aromas is fresh hops and dark roasted malt with coffee notes body is heavy. taste is pine, grapefruit peel, coffee and licorice. finish is strong and bitter sweet with lots hops. Another great stone beer. GOAT

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigguns22 (728) - Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2012
GOAT best black ipa ever. This is hands down bar none best black IPA ever just delicious . Aroma full of hops and dark malts. Hoppy,bitter but with a sweet chocolate that blows your mind.full of pine notes and will stand up to any food or cigar you pick. Wow.!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
[Bottle] Dark opaque body, thick creamy head formation that lasts long. Initially strong hop nose, lots of pine and citrus, a touch of pineapple before some dry roasted nutty chocolate. Agrressive hop palate, bitter grapefruit and spice jumps in right at the start running through the finish and lingering long into the aftertaste. Toffee predominant in the malt, ovaltine like chocolate and some nutty dryness. Malts are quite pleasant but hops definitely kick their ass in this one. Love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brenn79 (1744) - Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2011
22 oz. bottle- Pours black as black with a thick mocha colored head, nice looking beer. The aroma is chocolate and hops, sweet and malty, good. The taste is all chocolate and hops like the aroma, very nice. A little coffee pops up as well. Body is full, carbonation is medium high, finish is sticky and lingers. I absolutely loved this beer, one of the best IBA’s I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gachupines (1091) - USA - SEP 12, 2011
Black beer with a dark tan, almost brown head. Aroma is roasted malt with vague coffee. Some grapefruit like hops noticeable in the nose. Flavor is similar to the aroma. Big roasted malt comes out at first with noticeable coffee and toffee taste. A bit of sweetness comes through and then the hops come out. Big hops almost overwhelm the balance but not quite. Overall flavor is like a slightly sweet stout with a strong hop component. Love this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2011
22oz bomber from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful, deep black, with ruby hues around the edges, topped by a full, creamy, dark khaki head with amazing retention that leaves thick, dripping sheets of lace on the glass. aroma is absolutely outstanding, like 11th anniversary on steroids, with massive notes of resinous pine esters, white grapefruit, green grapes, and subtle pineapple backed by burnt almonds, cocoa powder, and toasted pumpernickle with hints of coffee, honey, and leafy earth as it opens up in the glass. flavor is simply amazing as well with bold, stout-like notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and black coffee up front backed by ridiculously fresh, resinous pine esters, orange peel, and grapefruit with notes of smoked wood, almonds, and bittersweet licorice emerging just ahead of subtle notes of caraway seeds and trail mix ushering in the dry, herbal finish. palate is smooth and on the fuller side of medium bodied with perfect carbonation and not a trace of the heavy alcohol content. overall, yet another winner in the long line of bold, over-the-top, and of course, arrogant as hell stone anniversary beers that truly is the epitome of the black ipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2011 Aroma - I get some definite chocolate and roasted coffee notes with the haunty hops following closely behind. Appearance - Ebony like a moonless night with a nice dark tan foam head. Taste - Not what I was expecting! I was thinking this would be a bigger version of the 11th/Self Righteous, but I was in for a shock. This is a full on stout when it comes to dark malt. Rich coffee and chocolate flavors up front. But wait for that awesome wave of hops at the end. Amazing. Palate - Full on assault of dark malts and piney hops weaving together. Thick and juciy. Overall - Pretty much a Russian stout with an insane hop profile. This is awesome. My favorite stone anniv. release since the 10th. Buy a few, drink one, and age the rest!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1541) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2012 Bottle from Beers of the World. Pours jet black with a huge dark tan head. Super floral in the nose with a lot of roast, some coffee notes. Bitter, bitter on the tip of the tongue. As it slides towards the back of my mouth I get hit with loads of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Wow. I know many people hate on Stone, but I defy you to not like this beer. This is amazing. The dark liquid in the glass masks the floral beatdown that this beer lays upon your palate. Drinking this beer is like banging your wife’s younger, hotter sister. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (797) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 20, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 It’s really weird (although getting less weird these days) to smell strong hops *and* strong dark roast malt, but that’s what’s coming out of this bottle. Piney, rubbery hop aroma and charred, dark chocolate malt. Absolutely opaque black with just the slightest corona of ruby tint at the thinnest edge of the glass under bright halogen light, all topped with a brown head that starts off thick and strong and recedes to a small ring. The flavor matches the aroma with an upper cut of strong, peppery, earthy hops hitting first followed by a right hook of dark chocolate, cocoa, charred wood, molasses and brown sugar. Leaves a pungent, vegetal taste on the tongue with whiffs of that chocolate and wood in the aftertaste. 15 years after they started brewing great beer in San Diego, Stone continues to kick it up a notch with a great anniversary ale, and makes no apologies for it. Happy Anniversary Stone! **********New note*********** Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 3 years already! The hops have definitely faded and there’s a more pronounced molasses and prune flavor now. Still loads of chocolate but the vegetal component has increased (probably the hops getting old). I think this was probably better in it’s prime, but it’s still a very tasty beer.

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