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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 710   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, 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!


502Che's rating

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
502Che (999) - @, - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (1008) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Aroma of malt, and molasses, pours a dark black with a lasting brown well laced head. Full bodied, thick feel taste of malt and molasses with a trace of hops and a phenolic finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (753) - SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2015
From old notes. Deep black roasted tar nose which is intense and penetrating. Jet black and at least a half inch of light brown glossy head. interesting how it pours seemingly headless only to form something big and beautiful in just a few seconds. Taste is intense of dark liquorice, dark 100% cocoa chocolate, some silky earth which is superbly earthy dry and yet supported by deep pine. A vibrant TCP monster of measured intensity. Some slight fizzy gas as the end does not distract from this potent glass of superb lethal jet fuel. Bit of a predator. with large talons.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (12569) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Keg at Wicked Weed Funkatorium, Asheville, 17/02/15. Black with a decent tan covering. Nose is bitter roast, spice, charr, earthy bitter streak, dirt, earthy hop presence. Taste comprises dank hop tones, charr, spice, pine needle, booze tunes, light cocoa strains. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. So so for style and ABV in terms of depth of character. Glad to have tried this one but me thinks it’s sat around way too long!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Loved this one. Dark black pour. Nice mixture of piney fresh tasting hops and spiced licorice flavored coffee. Big body and big taste

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (791) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a medium brown head. Aroma is a nice burnt roasted malts, dark fruits, licorice, balanced out with a nice piney citrusy hop character. Flavor focuses a bit more on the burnt malts, licorice, chocolate character than I would expect from Stone, but not in a bad way. Very tasty beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6168) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, liquorice, pine, taste is similar, light coffee.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krej (158) - USA - FEB 24, 2015
Very good. Smells like chocolate a little and is very malty. Not very happy which is great for an imperial black ale. I love it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (2172) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
February 7, 2015. Bottle at Man in the Moon.
Black with a tan brown head. Aroma is toasted malt, sweet licorice, cheese, grass and chocolate. Taste us light to medium sweet licorice and caramel, medium grassy bitterness along with some sweaty cheese notes. Finish has sweet licorice, green pepper, cheese and grass. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Besides some cheesy notes it has aged quite well with the light roasted notes and licorice making up for the lack in hop character.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Pours dark brown with a thick brown head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of caramel and malt. Tastes initially of caramel followed by lingering hops bitterness. Complex, dark, and rich. Reminds more of a hoppy stout than an IPA. 10/10/2011

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cobaink2 (171) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Wow I wasnt sure how this was going to hold up after 3 years. Its got great chocolate, espresso, and a heavy handed dose of piny hops. Fantastic ipa that really stands the test of time.


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