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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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, its 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 theres 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 were talking only about the world of brewing, but were 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 cant 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 childrens children? As a hero, or as the oppressed? (Those that dont think they have been oppressed are already lost.) Ultimately, its up to you to decide. We hope youll 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 weve accomplished together in the past fifteen years, and cheers to the adventure ahead!


4.6
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
twindog (260) - 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

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigguns22 (660) - 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.!!!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (10842) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2011
Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, dark chocolate and rather hoppy - spicy and grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Smooth and soft. 271211

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisv10 (10875) - DENMARK - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Black with medium light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hops, citrus, and pine. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, little coffee, hops, citrus, pine, grass and bitter.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superflyguy (427) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
a marvellous concoction. inky blacknuss in the glass with a gentle dark head. amazing aroma capturing all the wonderful aromas of a great IPA and the complexities of a porter. flavour is at the same time powerful yet subdued, each element is detectable yet the whole melange sings in the mouth. a great feel in the mouth too, super smooth with a fully flavoured bitterness. a little of the alchohol is detected but it really just adds yet another flavour to the mix! cracking but pricey!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TronnyJenkins (92) - Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2012
On draft at petrol station. Very nice color, aroma, mouthfeel. Smells like molasses and chocolate roasted barley come to mind. Tastes like extremely dark chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee. I love it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamJackson (2524) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
"-Purchased at Hunger Mountain Co-Op in Vermont. Paid $7 -Poured into a ""Perfect Pint"" glass -Bottled on August 2011 -Purchased January 6th -Served at 48 Degrees F A - Pours dark brown like light coffee. Completely dark letting no light through the pint glass. I poured it pretty aggressively and got 6 fingers head out of it. After 3 minutes, the head subsided to 1 finger and remained. This looks a lot like instant chocolate milk stirred into water. Very dark but not creamy at all. S - Smells a lot like Stone / Alchemists ""More Black than Brown"". I smell Heath bar and half & half. There are some nuts in here.. maybe pecan? Its a very hearty looking beer but smells really great. Lots of nice brown ale notes with the bite of an IPA. T - It tastes a lot like the ""More Black than Brown IPA"" but with a lot more IPA. More hop with great Stone bite of coffee and candy corns. I love the sweet aftertaste and smooth finish. After swallowing, I almost get a slight menthol note. M - If you hold this in your mouth, the center of your tongue will tingle a bit. Its a great feeling. The mouthfeel is right next to what a IPA should feel like. Loads of flavor but this isnt too bitter its nice, creamy carbonation but not a lot. Swishing it around doesnt do too much to it. O - This i a fantastic beer. The label says to drink fresh and brewed in August, consumed in January is certainly not ""fresh"" but I never would have had this had it not been the last bottle on a dusty shelf in a grocery store. Id love to have this bottle again. Delicious, perfect and it would be great knowing what this tasted like right after bottling. --- I wanted to transcribe the label on the back of the bottle. Its hard to read and very long but, for posterity, its nice having it here because I really enjoyed straining my eyes to read it: . . ""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!"""

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2012
dark black, aroma is pine hops with roasted chocolate malt, flavor is strong pine hops, toffee chocolate with a slight bite from alcohol in the finish, very balanced, really good my favorite CDA to date

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EvanFriend (303) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2012
This is Stones Sublimely Self Righteous, except heavier on the malt and less heavy on the hops. Lots of coffee, chocolate, and dried fruit, lots of citrus and pine. Great beer, if the Mets hit as many home runs as Stone theyd be perpetual Worl Series champions.


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