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RATINGS: 741   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, 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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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monkeychugg55 (1041) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Coffee color with a small light brown head that lasts and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is very hoppy, with all kinds of citrus, pine resin, and a vegetal quality. Some toasty malt with coca and brown sugar. The flavor has a lot of coffee and burnt malts, that clash with the hops. Lingering bitter coffee finish with a lot of residual sweetness and a bit of alcohol warming. Not my cup of tea persay, a little too much in opposite directions.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Bomber labeled August 2011. Pours oily dark brown, black in my glass, with a 2-finger creamy brown head. The head is extremely long-lasting, and leaves pretty blebs and rings of lacing as it falls. The aromas are rich bitter cocoa, fudge, and earthy malt with some vanilla and chocolate sweetness. Some floral hops are present. The flavor is sweet chocolate and vanilla, bitter bark and earthy malt, and a bitter cocoa/citrus rind finish with lingering bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel, nearly creamy, and slightly warming with a dry finish. Really tasty; put together very nicely, with some nice bitterness. [790]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 6, 2011
651mL. Though not as bad as DaSilky1 thinks, I cant help but see his review still in my head as I review this. The pour is a little deeper actually than Sublimely Self Righteous (SSR) with more of a menacing, deep mocha head generating. Suddy, big bubbled retention. Spotty lace. Nose is quite fresher in the aromatic hop department with tropical melons, grapefruit pith, cinnamon, durian, squash, and even something like zucchini bread (nuts, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, zucchini/squash). Taste is all over the place- hard to figure out what the hell is going on here. Some salt water, some earthy bitterness, lots of nut skins and shells. Palate at first is silky and rich but then goes very neutral and clean. Feels like stout in the body, which is nice over something weak and thin. But not a lot of roast, chocolate, or richness comes forth. Nothing that I can perceive as the "backbone" to this stout that was then hopped to death. It was better than the not fresh SSR I had alongside, but there is something wrong here. Maybe too powerful for its own good? Not focused very well and Stone keeps using more and more of these weird squashy hops in the nose that remind me of...gasp....Stone 14th. Please no.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2011
from bomber into sniffer bought at holiday wine celler. Looks pitch black with brown thick creamy head. smells like coffee vanilla rich chocolate and a sharpish crisp bitterness. tastes at first creamy rich and thick. Some citrus bitterness on top with deep roasty chocolate. massive quantities of both malts and hops that is balanced. a perfect example of the Double black IPA style in my opinion. Overall 9.5 of 10.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13752) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Draft. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer and hides the alcohol well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a viscous black with a lingering head. Very sharp resinous pine nose with just a malt touch. Aroma is in your face. Good toasty, malt touch with some anise to complement the big citrus/pine/hop oil flavors. The bitterness lingers on the tongue almost like pop rocks. This is a big beer and may be the best black ipa I will ever have, but it a bit too pine forward for my tastes to throw it in the over 4 category. Still, great effort.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hophouse (5) - - SEP 5, 2011 does not count
I guess my rating is unfair in this regard. I have unrealistically high expectations for stone. This is nothing more than the grain bill for their Russian imperial less the anise and hopped like an American IPA. I expected something more unique. It pours a deep black. Nice piney, floral aroma but the flavor while solid is lacking that punch you expect from stone. In a way it is a bit unfair if this were from someone else I would rave, but its not its from Stone and I expect better

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3322) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Bomber from Vintner Wines. Now, this is a deliciously hoppy black beer. Aroma is complex, balanced, strong and very American. Pine and grapefruit are right up front but just underneath is silky vanilla, fresh roasted coffee and cacao. Everything is harmonious in the flavor as well. Roasty, ashy malts and bright, zesty piney hops. The finish is dry and lingering. The alcohol is completely hidden by the robust flavor. Really excellent take on a style I tend to prefer anyway.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7785) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Draft at rnh with streets and baron. Pours a black body with thick, creamy beige head. Aroma is super fresh pine. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with notes of fresh hops, bitter pine, sweet chocolate maybe. Great black ipa.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
The appearance is a dark black color with a brown head. The aroma is full of coffee and vanilla notes that is balanced by the hops. The taste is very similar to the nose. It has bitter notes, but it is tough to tell whether it is from the hops or the coffee taste. I know its from the hops but I mean this beer is dark and the malt is almost overwhelming.


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