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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 700   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, 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Deep brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is pine resin and some dark malt. Maybe a hint of coffee. Flavor is almost to bitter for words. Iíd rather chew on an asprin. Iíve yet to find a black IPA that I like and I knew this would be a stretch, but I wanted to give Stone the benefit of the doubt, but this beer was fairly undrinkable. Bitter bitter, burned coffee pine resin hop juice. Not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Its the darkest brown. The head is alcoholic and dark and stays around. The aroma is like fruit thatís overripe. The taste is funky foody. Ewwwww. Go try the clown shoes version instead. Going against the grain on this one you may think I got a bad tap line... or you may think, Stoneís book didnít work this time, in which case youíd be correct. I mean, who takes the time to read these dissertations. Either way one thing ia clear.... fanatics are fanatics whether they have a gay multi-million dollar marketing campaigns to gawk at or pretentious essays to wane over on their 22oz bombers. Love you California!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Draft at Fountainhead. Iím wondering if this is better from the bottle, because I did not like my pour. Pours a thick black with a brown head. Looks thick in the glass even. Nose is weird. Pine resin and then a meaty soy sauce note. Seems like autolysis. Also some booze alcohol as well. On tasting, it is very bitter but really lacks the fresh hopping that 11/SSR have that made that one sing. More of that meaty umami note that is just disagreeable. I didnít like this one much at all and found it hard to finish. Too much body and too muddy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
sloth (2529) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2011
My god, Dasilky is right. What a boozy fuckin mess. The few redeeming qualitys are just overshadowed by the over the top boozyness of this beer. Rough. Bless those of you who enjoyed it. May try again at a later date but i dont think i,ll be able to do it.Nice label. Bomber from statelineliquors.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Escondidian? Yeah, thatís something to be proud of. For those of you that donít know, Escondido is one of the most ghetto North County Suburbs in San Diego. Actually, it is THE most ghetto North County Suburb. So, as you will see, this is quite fitting for a name for this beer. Furthermore, Imperial Black IPA? Yeah, just what the world needs and practically the most predictable thing that stone could have done. Pours the dark brown color most Black IPAs do and sports a tan head that starts rather thick but settles fairly thin. The nose smells like old coffee, rotting vegetable matter, and driveway black top. The flavors, if you can call them that, are down right putrid. Weíll start with the bitterness...itís retardedly faceless, brash, harsh, cloying, and not anything anyone with a sense of taste would find enjoyable. The "Flavors", hidden behind this bitter, bitter nonsense, are just as off-putting...abrasive roasted malt that tastes more like burnt rubber than anything else, bitter licorice that tastes like itís been run through a used 10-day old coffee grinds Randall, and a finish reminiscent of spoiled lettuce. Then thereís the boozy alcoholic nature that looms around the whole experience, making each sip more painful than the next not to mention that indescribable stone house character is ever so present in this beer.

So let me be frank. This beer is absolutely awful. Yes, Iím known to often bash Stone, but I do give them praise when they deserve it, it just happens that that doesnít happen too often...but this beer here, this is seriously one of the worst beers stone has ever made...which is sad, because I have actually enjoyed a few of their newer beers the past few years and I was starting to let up on my hatred, but this beer is so god damned bad...fuck.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4198) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2011
What a description, RB should have limits on the length of the description. On tap at the vintage estate and listed simply as stoneís double black ipa. Big and black fronm the tap with thicjk choco moose head that fades rapidly. Smells like pine tar. No cos in this bitter dregg. Roasty bitter nand rude, not much here for a lager lover. Mouth coating flat soapy over all finsh. Being on tap is the only thing that saved this brew. werw

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rubbishystuff (1870) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012 I am going to side with those who werenít that fond of this beer. I enjoy Black IPAs and enjoy Imperial IPAs but combining the two doesnít work for me. Weird herbal medicine aroma. The hops both compete with and get lost in the malt. Flavors that are good in other beers boozy.dried fruit. coffee, anise maybe but put together all wrong. This beer was trying to be too much.A imperial Baltic porter that got a truck of hops spilled in it. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Just a retarded idea imo to have a black ipa as your 15th anniversary brew. I bought this cause I found it for 6 bucks which isnít a bad deal on a brew of this "rarity" i guess. It pours a nice color, a thick, inky blackish brown with a creamy tan head that leaves a thick coating of lacing. It smells like a package of the tropical starburst mixed with tootsie rolls. Some might like it but i think it reeks of a poorly thought out recipe. The flavor is really well, all over the place. There is some coffee notes, some indecipherable hop notes, odd sweetness, moderate bitterness. This beer is just a mish mash of junk really. Re-do you recipe and actually think before you brew.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours jet black with a very large and dense head of dark tan foam. The nose is herbal hops and a slightly off vegetal note. Kind of cooked cabbage like. The flavor starts off with that off cooked cabbage note and goes straight to hot rubbing alcohol. There is some roasted malt on the back end. This crap is dreadful! A total drainpour. I can only hop this was an off bottle.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
acsilver877 (10) - Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Unless you just want to get drunk without drinking a lot, stay away from this beer. The only thing it has going for it is the high alcohol...if you are into that.

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