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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: 711   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Swillbur (62) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2012
Everyone of these i drank which was at least 6 had crazy long lasting overflowing head. You can pour 2OZ in a chalice and it will bubble up to the top and even over but never spill down the sides. Pretty nice malty hoppy flavors going on for a style i donít care for its done well. I just donít get the crazy head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2011
22 oz bomber.
Pour looks like a good imp stout. Black with a thick, long lasting, tan head, and loads of sticky lace.
Initial aroma is typical Stone with tons of hops. Citrus and pine are more aggressive with subtle notes of resin. Some roasty grain joins the mix as it warms.
Flavor is all about the grapefruit. here is a little bit of creamy chocolate that flirts with the tounge but it gets overpowered by the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeneugs (5355) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
From the bottle. It pours very dark brown with a tall but slowly shrinking tan/orange head. The aroma is kind of weird at first with some strong pine, peach, cotton candy, cooked vegetables and cocoa. Not real good, but the dense hoppiness saves it from being downright bad. The flavor is a bit better, but very sticky sweet up front and painfully bitter/alcoholic on the back end. Flavors of peach and pine to start and then straight to a punishing bitterness with hints of dirty roasted malt. The palate is creamy, but I find this one hard to drink. Not really complex or well integrated, just another assault on the senses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Picked this up at Rickís in Alexandria. Served in a Stone IRS tulip. Pours black with a large, creamy tan head that lasts for a long time before falling into a thin cap with excellent lacing. The nose brings forward plenty of chocolate and roast, backed up with some earthy hops and pine resin. A bit of booze in the nose, which becomes more prevalent in the flavor. Hops are fairly light compared to the malt, though neither is particularly heavy. Moderate-to-strong bitterness with average carbonation. Medium body. Decent enough, but not what I expected given the rave reviews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sailracer (479) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2011
On tap. Had a thick mocha head that lingered for quite awhile. Aroma was of roasted malt. Initial taste was heavy with malt sweetness balanced by the bitterness from the hops. I didnít taste the high alcohol in this one. This was my first black IPA so I donít know how it compares to others, but it reminded me a lot of impreial stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demitriustown (1177) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bomber: Aroma has got a big hop presence, piney, grapefruit, light to minimal malt scent. Appearance is an almost porter like deep dark black with a tan head that lingers. Taste has got a nice hop characteristic, some alcohol sting going down the throat, and light chocolate malt note. (Very light) Palate is carbonated on the lips, and the aftertaste of lingering hops. Overall, Average. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle from my mommy. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is mostly pine with a little fruit and roast. Taste is lots of roast, bitter, pine, and a citrus/coffee finish. Finish is somehow enjoyable, yet confusing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
[3891-20110819] Tap. Mild celery grain aroma. Dark brown black body with a quick foamy off-white head. Toasted grainy flavour has a lingering burnt note. Medium-full body. Tasty. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
(@ Coleís, Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle. Deep opaque brown-black body, medium light brown head with obscene lacing. Nose of charred, piny hops and dark chocolate. Bitter, pungent body, with big alcohol notes bordering on Band-aids, charcoal, and soy, also some sweet plummy dark fruit notes that attempt to ease the brutality of the hops. Oily and leathery. Coarse, aggressive, and difficult to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Black color with a thick tan head on top. Good retention yields some relatively heavy lacing. The aroma is roasty with toasted caramel and grains and a lot of pine hops. Light notes of tree bark, licorice, wet leaves mix in but this is definitely all about the hops. This is bitter but perhaps not quite as sharp as expected. The flavor adds some burnt ashy notes with a lot of pine hops, toasted caramel and bitter unsweetened chocolate. Thereís a lot of heft to this, right from the get go, so itís not the easiest beer to consume. Then again, Iím not really into the Black IPAs. Overall Stone does what they do best in providing tons of hops in a big beer but this one didnít quite do it for me.

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