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RATINGS: 752   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, itís 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 thereís 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 weíre talking only about the world of brewing, but weíre not. There is a myriad of products out there masquerading as cheeses, coffee, chocolates, breads...hell, there is stuff pretending to be ífoodí 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 canít 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 ínormsí 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‚Ķfooled. 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 childrenís children? As a hero, or as the oppressed? (Those that donít think they have been oppressed are already lost.) Ultimately, itís up to you to decide. We hope youíll 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 weíve 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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4.1
holdenn (2116) - 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 Iíll take it as is. 9/4/8/4/16

3.8
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.

4
Ratman197 (14698) - 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.

4.4
BREWMUSKCLES (2673) - 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.

4.6
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

3.7
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, didnít taste the 10%+ alcohol Perfect Double Black IPA

4
j12601 (11162) - 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.

4.2
PorterPounder (7898) - 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.

3.6
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 didnít work together all that well.

3.2
Beaver (1791) - 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 donít 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 doesnít seem to go well with the roasted char.


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