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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: 716   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #35. Pitch black pour with a big tan head. Light malty aroma, very light on the hops really, kind of smells like fish, weird. Mild flavor as well, more muted hops with a light roastiness. (1869)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monkeychugg55 (1026) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Coffee color with a small light brown head that lasts and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is very hoppy, with all kinds of citrus, pine resin, and a vegetal quality. Some toasty malt with coca and brown sugar. The flavor has a lot of coffee and burnt malts, that clash with the hops. Lingering bitter coffee finish with a lot of residual sweetness and a bit of alcohol warming. Not my cup of tea persay, a little too much in opposite directions.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2011
A decent black IPA, nothing to be excited about. Aroma was alright. Roasted malt with plenty of green citrusy hops. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with a one finger tan head. Taste was pretty good, but a little basic. The hops take center stage and don’t let go. I like this because I’m not a big fan of the style. Very vinous and soapy in the front. A little thin. After the swallow, the bitter citrus hops remain with not much else. There isn’t enough roasted malt flavor to make this different. Decent carbonation. Typical Stone beer, which isn’t a bad thing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (5068) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Potent, dark barleywine sort of aroma - a bit acidic. Good painted label bottle. This was disappointing, and a chore to drink. Acidic, astringent beer with bitter coffee aftertaste. A chore to drink. Medium body. Fermentation Lounge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 19, 2011
Bomber. Wow this stuff is over the top. Super fresh hops--tastes like swallowing frech cones. The hops go horribly with the obver the top roasted-soyish malts. The score on this one is a huge shocker. This over-the-top trend is really getting old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle. Opens with a hefty hop aroma, pours a pitch black with decent head. Taste is rich and thick with a hint of hops. Interesting beer, a bit overdone in all respects imo and not sure how well the hops would age.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 21, 2011
22oz bottle. Black pour with a tan head, this beer has a hoppy, sticky flavor with some maltiness. The aroma is a bit dusty, and the finish was warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
750ml bottle poured into snifter. Dark chocolate color with a brown bubbly head. Aroma has hints of chocolate, malt and hops. Flavor is a little dry with mostly the chocolate playing a nice part on the back end. It didn’t blow me away but it’s still a good solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
22oz bottle, this might be too complex for my simple palate but the hop flavors are greatly subdued with only a touch of hops the finish is roasty and bitter with a massive boozy feel coupled with the huge 3 finger head it’s just a bit overbearing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hirigalzkar (2910) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Citrus, mint, coffee and clove notes in the aroma. The taste is very (too) bitter, and therefore quite dry. Notes of coffee beans, dark chocoalte, and bitter herbs.

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