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RATINGS: 751   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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, its 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 theres 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 were talking only about the world of brewing, but were 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 cant 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 childrens children? As a hero, or as the oppressed? (Those that dont think they have been oppressed are already lost.) Ultimately, its up to you to decide. We hope youll 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 weve 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (5062) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
From a 22 oz bottle this poured black with very attractive tan head and exceptional lacing rings. Nose of roasted malts and floral hops. Bold body and and an exceptionally smooth creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is very rich with chocolate along with everything in the aroma. The finish is bitter and shows some ripe fruit nuances. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden. An exceptionally crafted beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 bomber bottle. black opaque pour with some tan head. chocolate aroma. amazing flavour of roasty malts with a strong piney hop finish. by far the best black IPA I have had to date. need more of this stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (23681) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2011
2nd August 2011
GBBF Cask. Opaque black beer, tidy tan head, Smooth dark malt with just a whisper of roast, very mild. Piney hops, quite strong. Light red fruits bring up the rear. Bitterish piney finish. Good stuff, smooth and effortlessly drinkable. A stand out beer from GBBF 2011.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chibuck (3511) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6766) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2011
22oz Bottle Pours out black with a little red on the ends topped with a long lasting tan head. Aroma is nice fresh hops, plenty of tropical fruit, and some sweetness. Taste is a nice hit of hops then the sweet malts and then a little abv on the end. I really like this one. So they say Double Black IPA so are we going to need to make another Style???

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Appearance is muddy brown with 1 finger of tight brown head and great retetion. Aroma is piney, resiny, highly roasted. Taste is chocolate, booze, resin, pine, and citrus. Body is full, sludgy, average carbonation, dry roasty finish. Overall, not as balanced as Sublimely Self-Righteous but still awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2011 Pour is a beautiful dark dark black with a beautiful dark tan lacy head. Smell is a perfect combination of roast malt and citrusy hops. Wow its like teryaki beef jerky. Taste is a great IPA balanced by a lasting roast on the end. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4668) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2011
on tap at proof. roasty malts and minty hops in the aroma. taste is dominated by vegetal herb hop quality. roasty dark malt in the background. also get orange peel and coffee. fantastic creamy medium texture. one of the better black ipas ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle; pour is murky dark brown with a khaki head that retains fairly well in this glass. The nose is dank, resinous, piney hops, chocolate, and and a general roastiness. This one is a bit more hop forward than I was expecting; it has a nice, bitter bite, with a slightly sweet, chocolate note, and a roasted coffee bean element, rounding out with a bit of bitterness on the tongue. This is clearly a nice black IPA. And I still dont care about the sty.e

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a black brown with a thin head. Awesome pacific northwest hop nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit abundant and delicious blend of of hops. Their is a hint of roasted malts in there. Piney and grapefruity bright flavors with a roasted chocolate flavor coming through after the initial burst of hoppiness. Bitter finish biting at the edges of my tongue. Really good stuff. I wish that there was no black and it could be just a regular IPA, but the hops in this rock. So Ill take it as is. 9/4/8/4/16

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