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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is a dry-bodied ale that’s powerfully spicy with an earthy aroma. On the palate, peppery hops assert themselves early and often, with malt sweetness and a light biscuit flavor making a brief appearance before a long, complex and decisively bitter finish. There is one thing decidedly San Diego about this beer, and that’s its aggressive dose of hops. 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is brewed to enjoy fresh but true to its origin, ages especially well on a six-month long ocean voyage.

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3.4
jcr (2785) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bomber. Hazy, golden body with a frothy, white head, slowly diminishing. The aroma is surprisingly quiet considering this is a double IPA. Notes of caramel, herbs, grass, floral hops, cheese, dirty feet and earthiness. The flavor is lightly to moderately bitter and lightly to moderately sweet. It finishes moderately to heavily bitter and lightly sweet. The bitter is lasting. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Alcoholic, bitter finish. Interesting approach to a double IPA, but the flavors are not in sync, and not just because there are no strong grapefruit, resin tastes. The earthy, cheesy flavor behind the other flavors imparts a slight chunky feel. My first impression was that this recipe doesn’t work. But I liked the second half of the bottle better perhaps because I became attuned to the different flavors. Who says first impressions are everything?

3.4
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Light and hazy orange in color, with a small white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of orange citrus. Flavor is bitter with sweet caramel malt, too, that leads to a long bitter finish. Sticky beer that leaves your tongue tingling long after each sip. I really enjoyed the aroma, but found the flavor to be too bitter with not enough to balance it out.

3.4
Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Gold with a thick white head. Aroma is a nice hoppiness’ light sweetness to it, lightly soapy with beets. Taste is hoppy with an odd fruit complex to it mixed with licorice and light alcohol.

3.4
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle and served in my GI IPA tulip: Hazy golden hue with a fading small head but left very good lacework. Wow, the aroma is exactly as advertised, big pungent British hops, EKG on roids! Heavy herbal and earthy qualities followed by moderate peppery and distinct "cat pissed on a mineral deposit cave a few days ago" vapour I can honestly say is not quite like anything I have smelled before. Uniquely strange but I somehow like it?!?!

Anyway, then the taste, bitter but moderately balanced by the biscuity and bready malts. Some depth of palate provided by the spicy notes and the earthy tones. As it warms the Burton salt undertone comes about as does the almost slightly funky (but NOT soured, ahem... New Glarus) yeast strain that is part wild and part standard ale. Honestly, this gives me the same uneasiness that Imperial Pilsners do... I know that, like that in proper moderation, but not really digging that much of it... kind of feeling. U get dat 2?

The mouth feel while lively and sprite does suffer from overdoing the whole Burton mineral thing and lack the tannic oak barrels that I expected to be there. In the end I really, really wanted to love this brew for it is something I thought about homebrewing (A truly English DIPA with an heavy but clean tannic oak overtone and sea saltiness, a Ballantine Oak Aged IPA sort of thing)... but alas I truly feel that the Boadicea hops and weird yeast strain made this a tad too strange to truly enjoy. Should have kept the San Diego touch hands off.

3.4
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - SEP 3, 2010
Something different about this one from Stone. Even the colour and the smell seems to veer from their usual extremities. A kinder gentler Stone brew perhaps? Colour is a hazy pissy dark gold with a clear, yet milky murk haze. Almost looks like it could be a Weizen. Smell is hoppy, sure...but with more of a sweet oaky tone. Just taking another sip now now...hold on. .......Taste on this beer leans more n clove, banana, wheat, some bubblegum, and peach. Yea...certainly more of a fruity taste than would be expected from this brewer. The mouthfeel wins this over with a smooth rounded turn on the tongue and a slightly peppery finish that lasts...but doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. For someone like myself who has (to some extent) gotten past the "1000 ibu’s = hop to the max" stage, I found this to be pleasant and refreshing and highly drinkable. However, those drinkers who are expecting an unholy hop bomb will be a little disappointed.

3.4
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Date: 10/12/2010 Source:Other 22 oz bottle. Resiny earthy hop nose with hint of caramel. Cloudy orange golden with a fluffy white head. Earthy resiny hop flavor with a touch of woodiness. Touch of raisin fruit. Medium body and medium to full mouthfeel. Intensely bitter finish.

3.4
Nisse666 (8153) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2011
Shared bottle thx to larsniclas cons 2011-02-04 Billdal AR: dressing room, socks AP: hazy appel juice, white head F: perfumed hoppiness, pinapple

3.4
rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle, thanks to larsniclas. Hazy yellow/orange color, white head. Fruity, creamy, grassy aroma with citrus and pine apple. Grassy, citrus, flavor, fruity and hoppy. I was hoping for a more powerful flavor.

3.4
PapaSkeetSkeet (1011) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 21, 2011
On tap at Al’s. Very cloudy gold with thin white head. Floral hops with considerable sweet apricot and a nice lingering bitterness on the finish. Not as clean and attenuated as the bottled version (if I remember correctly).

3.4
vyvvy (6857) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2011
At iTap Chesterfield. Thanksfully some was left after the Stone night last night. I’m sure this would have been much hoppier to balance the maltiness when it first came out, but didn’t have a chance to have it then. Still glad Stone brought this on tap for their kickoff. Pours golden/yellow tihe white head. The aroma is very sweet and fruity with an emphasis on nectar fruits and is very rich. The hops seems to almost fallen completely out of the beer. Medium / thick body that is slick and cloying with light carbonation. The flavor starts very sweet and syrupy like a blonde barleywine with all of the hops minimized and minimally toasted malt. The finish has light spice and a hint of hops. Chance are I would have liked this significantly more fresh.


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