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RATINGS: 751   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2011
(On draught at taste of taste). Pours black with coffee color head. Aroma has green hops, pine and coffee. Taste is roasty and has some nice bitterness. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Roasty, hoppy finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14214) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of charcoal, roastiness, grapefruit, earthiness and pine. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of charcoal, roastiness, grapefruit, earthiness and pine with a smooth dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2634) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2011
pretty awesome and from the tap@ R & H NYC. Pine cone and citrus hop with cocoa, chocolate and heavy malt with an earwax earthy dankness. on the thick side as the carbonation lends to make me think it pudding like. Dark with brown head and some sweetness. 12 oz banana type glass helped appearance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Awesome beer! Tastes a lot like a hopped up imperial stout. Quite nice and would cellar nicely

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours black with a creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass. Burnt malts, hoppy aroma, didnt taste the 10%+ alcohol Perfect Double Black IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9929) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep jet black with a huge dense tan head, looks like an awesome imperial stout. Huge roast, chocolate, light citrus, big earthy hops, caramel. Medium to thick bodied, loads of roast, big chocolate, touches of anise. Bakers chocolate, pudding, earthy gritty hops. Long quinine and earthy grapefruit. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (7715) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours black as night, thick and viscous with a sticky khaki colored head that leaves plenty of lacing. Pungent aroma with some earthy accents, some rye, bourbon and raw dough. Flavor is bold with some licorice, mint, heavy citrus, hints of unsweetened chocolate, vanilla and marshmallows - a regular flavorfest. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Best from Stone in quite a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 7, 2011
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brownish black with a one finger tan chocolate head that sticks around for a while and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass in a bunch of small spots. The aroma is roasted coffee, some tobacco, mango, oranges, and peaches. There is definitely some citra hops in there. The initial taste is a strong roastiness that goes into tobacco, coffee, and hints of orange peel. The fruit in not nearly as prominent in the taste as it was in the nose. Bitter coffee on the finish. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. This beer was much closer to a heavily hopped imperial stout than an IPA with a bit of roastiness, which is how I usually like my black IPAs. While it certainly was not a bad beer, I felt some of the flavors didnt work together all that well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1746) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a frothy creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts with piney hops and a little fruit.

The flavor is a some sweet fruity malt followed by a big roast bitterness with a lot of char in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, pretty similar to other black IPAs that just dont do it for me. Too much roast and char bitterness rather than hop flavors. There is some sweetness and a little fruit and pine, but it just doesnt seem to go well with the roasted char.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2011
On tap. The pour look like a coffee/oatmeal stout but the taste surely is not. Certainly a different hop and malt blend, but it worked very well and went down way too easily for something at this level of ABV. I didnt take good enough notes and need to track it down again to do a better job reviewing. I definitely recall my enjoyment.

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