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RATINGS: 753   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, it’s 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 there’s 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 we’re talking only about the world of brewing, but we’re 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 can’t 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 children’s children? As a hero, or as the oppressed? (Those that don’t think they have been oppressed are already lost.) Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide. We hope you’ll 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 we’ve 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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3.9
jredmond (8285) - 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
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.

3.4
nickd717 (4683) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bomber from Whole Foods in SOMA. So this is the beer from "Trouble Brewing" - something hoppy. Pours black in color and somewhat viscous with a lasting two finger brown head. The aroma is very nice and hoppy, but the hops are a bit more minty than anything else, which makes me not really the biggest fan. Good roast and rich dark chocolate. The flavor has an intense malt base. I mean we’re getting into imperial stout territory here. Dark chocolate, roast, and anise with some sweetness. A hoppy finish, piney with intense menthol notes. Again, I’d like a little less mint. Still good though, with a big hoppy bitter finish. Body is fairly full with soft carbonation and slight booziness. Overall a good beer but didn’t quite live up to the billing, as it had some shortcomings.

4.3
BroSpud (2188) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 On tap at Armsby Abbey served in a snifter glass. Pours black with a thick creamy tan head. Excellent flavors including coffee and chocolate. Nice hop bite underneath. Very tasty stuff. 9/21/11 - Just drank another bomber of this. Upping my rating a bit.

4.1
Butters (4059) - 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.

4.1
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 that’s 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 that’s 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.

4
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Black, with de dolle like mutant carbonation. Holy shit it’s 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 it’s out of control.

4.4
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - 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 don’t get much booziness out of this 10%+ ABV brew. This is still pretty fresh and I’m not sure at this moment if aging can improve upon it. I think I’ll 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 90’s to this one here today. This is right up there with the 10th Anniv. in insanely yummy bold rich sticky bitter hoppy glory.

2.9
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 I’d like in a BIPA.

3.8
thegreenrooster (4402) - 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.


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