Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 15th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA

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RATINGS: 745   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   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!

Re-released as part of the 20th anniversary encore series in 2016

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3.7
jjgmd (2220) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2017
With Audrie at Brass Tap on the patio, Coral Springs, pours a deep black pour with a beige head. Nose is roasted malt with citrus . Taste is roasted malt with citrus and softer pine and resin....silky and smooth on the palate. Finishes on the same tasting notes . Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.5
v8powered (157) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Jag har så många öl att betygsätta avyer en stor åldrig öldrinkning med min goda vän Jesse, att jag inte har tid att betygsätta alla dessa och i många fall hade för öl att minnas storheten i dessa öl. Till ära för mitt svenska arv, jag skickar detta på svenska för alla recensioner från den dagen. Tack Gud för god öl !! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Bomber. Aroma of caramel, cocoa, earth, oats and booze. Heavily roasted and caramel, with a lot of earthy hops. Bittersweet.

4.3
varanid99 (1315) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2017
Black pour with a thick, caramel coloured head. Looks the business. Roasty, dark chocolate, toffee, pine aromas. Taste is smooth, a little creamy, dark chocolate, dark malt, a little roasty and coffee bitterness at first, with a bit of pine as well. This was easily my favourite of the IPA reissues

4
alkolord (543) - - DEC 26, 2016
Sehr dunkelbraun, hellbrauner Schaum, Schokoladig in der Nase, erstaunlich leicht im antrunk, schöner Körper, röstaromen, kaffee Schokolade, krass, sehr lecker

4
csaso (2328) - Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle - big foamy tan head, black color, big citrus and pine hop aroma and flavor, maybe just a hint of mild roastiness, smooth finish, excellent overall as expected

4.2
wlajwl (7011) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Aroma is dark/earthy malts, pine and a hint of tangy. The flavor is dark malts, grapefruit, citrus/fruit and a long and acidic/bitter/slightly earthy finish.

4
akoeninger (770) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2016
On tap at Tipsy Cow. Dark body frothy tan head. Aromatic hops and roasted malt. Piney hops with a stout like finish and a hint of booze. Big beer. Very well done

3.3
DenverLogan (1241) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Poured from a 22oz into a tulip glass. Pours near black with brown head and lace. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, straw, herbs. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, burnt caramel, bitter herbs, straw hops, grains, bitter chocolate. Overall big, bold, bitter and sweet with a dry bitting finish.

4
GenDV138 (7579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2016
2-3 ounces on draft at Spacebar. Dark brownish black. Aromas of citrus, floral, tropical fruit. Tastes of citrus, floral, pine, tropical fruit, roasty notes. Medium body with a dry finish.


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