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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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bookman10 (1152) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Pours a deep, dark coffee brown with a thick, mid-sized head. Roasted malt is particularly strong in the aroma, along with some coffee, chocolate. Flavor is a mixture of anise, chocolate, coffee, some citrus, some banana. The alcohol is noticeable. Finishes quite sweet. Like an imperial stout crossed with an IPA, with the stout side in the forefront. This one is really good.
Earlier Rating: 12/20/2011 Total Score: 4
Pours a deep, dark coffee brown with a thick, mid-sized head. Roasted malt is particularly strong in the aroma, along with some coffee, chocolate. Flavor is a mixture of anise, chocolate, coffee, some citrus, some banana. The alcohol is noticeable. Finishes quite sweet. Like an imperial stout crossed with an IPA, with the stout side in the forefront. This one is really good.

4.3
superspak (5787) - Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2016
22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/17/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit, peach, papaya, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light char, herbal, and floral/grassy/roasted earthiness. Incredible complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit, peach, papaya, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light char, herbal, and floral/grassy/roasted earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit, peach, papaya, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, herbal, and floral/grassy/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky/resinous, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible black DIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.7
beerplace (1801) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2016
On tap at Elizabeth Station on Stone 20th Anniversary event. Pours an almsot black with with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and some veggie and meaty notes. Taste is pretty the same with high level bitterness aftertaste. Meaty/veggie notes, really? :-/ Despite that quite good.

3.5
Fatehunter (2582) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Pours two fingers of tan head on a black body. Aroma is pine and roasted malt. Some coffee. Taste is smoky, dark coffee and pine bitterness. Texture is softer.

3.5
ABUSEDGOAT (2788) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2016
I know I had this 5 years ago, but here we go with a fresh bottle. Black pour, tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma is grapefruit, darker fruit, licorice, chocolate, alcohol. Medium bodied, moderate to high bitterness, moderate to high alcohol. Looking back, it’s an interesting take on the style. It’s focused more on dried and darker fruits and less on hop bitterness/flavor while being quite alcoholic.

3.6
Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2016
On tap at World of Beer (Charlottesville, VA). Dark woodsy, earthy aromas, some blueberry, light roast. Almost black with a fairly lasting tan head. Mostly dry, some sweet fruity grapey flavors, very roasty. Medium-full bodied.

3.8
Ericular (1032) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with chocolate brown head that is lasting and leaves good lacing. Aroma is coffee and caramel, with some overripe dark fruit. Muted, since this is right from the fridge, so we’ll let it warm a little. Taste is roasty all around, with some coffee and toffee up front, some chocolate in the middle, then a more bitter hop finish. The palate dries out at the end and what’s left is a nice rich roasted aftertaste with a little heat from the high alcohol content. Not bad! Not sure I could do the whole 22oz; this one is better shared with a friend.

3.7
teamsale (282) - Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2016
On tap. Pours black with a thin brown head and good lacing. Aroma is of coffee, burnt toast, and grain. Taste is similar to aroma but also has a strong alcohol flavor along with unsweetened chocolate. Bitterness level is mild to medium.

4.2
Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle to a tulip. The beer is an opaque black with a thick mocha head that retains beautifully and leaves outstanding lacing. Aroma is citrus, chocolate, vanilla, roasted dark malts, pine, oak, and floral hops. Taste is bitter citrus fruit, roasted dark malts, cocoa, soy sauce, oak, pine, and dark coffee grounds. A bit thicker and complex with a lingering dry finish. Outstanding beer.

4
UncleKorm (1330) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Bomber poured a black hue w/ large lasting tan head. Mild to moderate roasty aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are dark toast, soy sauce, dark breads, piney hops, and peppery rye. Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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