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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 708   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Goodgrief (1838) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Jet black pour, nice frothy head and outstanding lacing. Rich and thick mouth feel. Rich roast flavor with some chocolate. This would have been excellent...BUT...a huge vegetal/garlic like presence. I have tasted this flavor before in beer, and itís god awful. Yuck.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
riseagainstme (48) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2011
22oz into snifter...pours almost black with a tan head...Tastes not so good to me, I was really excited about this one but it is not that good. Tastes very bitter from the hops and from something else I get more bitter. When it warmed up a little all I could taste was alcohol. Just not impressed, was hoping for a stronger sublimely self righteous or something, but this isnít it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoePeesie (909) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Pours black (loses points for any "pale" ale) strong hop nose and taste. For an anniversary beer it was kinda Meh to me...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lorenasa (154) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Fresh 22 oz bottle purchase at the brewery. The aroma is of hops. The tast is of chocolate and coffee bu is overpowered by grapefruity hops. Extreme bitterness ruins what coul have been a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HonkeyBra (3643) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
22 oz. bomber. Pours a deep, thick black with a thick tan head that dissipates in a rocky mess. Lots of lacing smears down the glass as the head fades. Aroma of roast, some chocolate, some fresh asphalt. Mild pine hops notes creep through in the aroma. The flavor is just . . . wow. Iím not sure how to describe whatís going on here. It just tastes like a generic, hot bitterness. Itís vaguely piney but more like spruce and fir trees. Very odd, seems almost chemical. Harsh and unpleasant. Iím hop head. I love bitterness. But this has no character at all other than chemical and alcohol bitterness. Thinnish body. This is not a beer Iíd recommend.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
bottle... dark brown almost black with a nice medium tan head, great retention and good lacing... weak nose, a bit of grapefruit with pine, boring... tastes super harsh on the finish, extreme bitter pine alcohol, a bit of grapefruit tries to turn this around but this is really bad overall... pass

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Very dark espresso with brown head. Pine and citrus in nose, but, whatís this?...Bacon? Garlic? Yeah....pretty sure this isnít supposed to be a rauch black IPA... Medium body, good carbonation. Iím not really sure what defect could lead to these flavors, but I donít like it. drain pour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (20564) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2012
Bottled. Black, rich beige head. Rich aroma of grapefruit. Very sweet with oily moithfeel and medium-full body. Burning alcohol completely dominates, despite all the syrupy sweetness. Heavily roasty licorice and coffee. Slightly inky finish with massive bitterness.

   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 (3741) - 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!

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