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RATINGS: 749   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Big dark brown near black pour with good dense brown head. Thick and viscous. Nice clean pineapple and citra hop nose. But the underlying roastiness on the flavor adds a nice backbone. Residual sweetness is lingering. I did enjoy this quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bomber. Pitch black in appearance with a thick layer of creamy cappuccino foam. The aroma is a sharp and pungent mix of hop oils, tropical fruit, pine and malt thats rounded out with a little bit of bittersweet chocolate. The flavor starts with loads of resiny hops followed by ripe mango, ruby red grapefruit, caramel, dark chocolate, rum and pine resin. The malt backbone has a slightly roasted quality to it but is more like an IPA than a Stout. The body is creamy with mild carbonation and a finish thats all hops bitterness, sweet citrus and booze at the end. The overall flavor is a sweet, bitter and roasty blend that overloads the taste buds in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Black, with de dolle like mutant carbonation. Holy shit its alive. Aroma is roast, malt, and a good dose of hops. Flavor is hop forward and roasty malts. Tickles the tongue, hop forward with a nice roast in the finish. Good stuff, maybe you should share some of this foam with Tomme! Coz its out of control.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bomber pours dark mahogany with dark amber edges and mocha head. The aroma offers up resiny bitter pine and grassy tree sap, grapefruit and tangelo like hops as well as nearly burnt malts, a sliver of milk chocolate and some dark roasted coffee beans. The taste is rich bold yumminess with dark roasted malts, nearly burnt malts, dark roasted coffee and a bit of chocolate all mixing seamlessly with robust notes of bitter pine hops, some grapefruit and an orange citrus hop note that seems to be struggling to be less bitter and more sweet flavor hops. It stays pleasingly bitter and dark roasted maltiness right into the finish. Love this stuff and I really dont get much booziness out of this 10%+ ABV brew. This is still pretty fresh and Im not sure at this moment if aging can improve upon it. I think Ill put one or two aside just to see. Well done Stone. You seem to know my tastes perfectly and have proven it over and over again from ABA back in the late 90s to this one here today. This is right up there with the 10th Anniv. in insanely yummy bold rich sticky bitter hoppy glory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsled (28) - South Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 3, 2011
P: 4/5. Perfectly opaque black, good tan head, well supported with lacing. A: 4/5. luxurious hops. some citrus, but a piney, resiny wonderfulness. no real perceived alcohol. F: 6/10. sweet, roasty, alcohol. roast finishes in an astringent twang. unpleasant balance on the back of the tongue. M: 2/5. not overly coating, but much residual bitterness, and no residual sweetness to balance. O: 6/10. Not quite what Id like in a BIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (4153) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Pour is a black with a large tan head. Aroma is a very nice roasted chocolate malt with a nice hoppy backbone and a little booze. Flavor is again a heavy roasted malt with a decent hop profile. Finish leaves a nice roasted/burnt malt on the tounge. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 22oz bottle. Thanks to curt for purchasing this at south loop binnys... Pours a deeper shade of stout with a deeper consistenc. And topped with a thin to medium light beige head... Aroma consists of a little char and roasted malt, cocoa, as well to go alongside a piney citrus quality... Flavors are much of the same with a heavy roast and citrus/piney hop profile. Smooth at first but becomes pretty phenolic and has quite the boozy bite. Smooth bodied with carbonation on the lighter side. Bitterness is very big on the backend. Wow this is one bruiser of a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick, foamy tan head. Somewhat subdued aroma of citrus and pine resin with hints of bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. Flavor is lots of hop bitterness from start to finish with some bittersweet chocolate and a light alcohol warming. Medium body with average carbonation and a thick, chalky mouth feel. This is a good beer but not as drinkable and balanced as SSRA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bomber dated August 2011. Drank 9/2/11.

AROMA: Hops (primarily grassy hops, some pine and citrus notes), roasted malt, coffee, earthy character. Light creamy sweetness from the malt. Faint vegetation.

TASTE: Similar to aroma. Earthy character behind the coffee notes more pronounced than on nose. Malt sweetness also more pronounced on palate than aroma, albeit behind the big bitterness from the hops and roast.

MOUTH FEEL: Quite carbonated. A bit sweet. Slight alcohol warmth. Hop oils seem to linger on back of palate. The sweetness mixing with the hop (and roast) bitterness and the resulting awkwardness on the palate is why I believe I generally prefer IPAs over DIPAs - regardless of black or pale or in between.

OVERALL: The faint earthy character, especially on palate, in the background reminds me of Rogues Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager - except on steroids and heavily hopped.

Body like Great Divide Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA meets Stone Russian Imperial Stout; then add a plethora of hop oil and subtract the wood notes. Thankfully not as sweet at Averys Maharaja.

Despite the faint off-note on the nose, a great and complex brew.

Couple weeks ago had Uintas Dubhe Imperial Black IPA on tap, and though never took notes or even fully analyzed it, I feel I enjoyed that one more than this Stone 15th.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2012 Nice beer. Awesome tropical fruit flavor, but with a strong bitter edge. The dark malt is nice but I cant help but feel that a regular IPA with these hop flavors would be better. Good stuff. Drink fresh or dont bother. I heard this beer varies greatly. This beer needs to be part of the regular lineup, drop the overrated Ruination.

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