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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Pours near-black with the deepest brown head Ive ever seen a beer, and quite foamy as well. Nose is enormously potent, dominated by bitter hops and supercharged sour fruit, with a touch of coffee and dare I say bubblegum. Flavor is all business; the front is tame but the backside is strong and multi-layered. Very bitter (who didnt see that coming) and has a burned (but not bad) quality. Finish is intense and lingering with a more tenacious bitterness than any other IPA Ive had before. Im more into a more standard IPA/DIPA but this is an experience worth having.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours a thick opaque black with frothy deep brown foam. Smells sweet and hippy. Tastes initially hippy with hints of chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10936) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Nearly black pour. Chewy and resinous hop aromas dominate with some roast and chocolate notes. Lots of hops, some residual sweetness and dark toffee. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1845) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2011
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours black, not dark brown, but a thick-as-motor oil black with a rich khaki head. The aroma is almost equal parts smoky, roasted malt and piney hops with neither overwhelming the nose. Smoky malts are the dominant flavor with burnt espresso, smoke, and bitter chocolate leading the way and are balanced by enough hops that you realize this is indeed a black IPA. The mouthfeel is almost creamy from the smokiness in the malt. This is dangerously drinkable at this ABV but there is moderate alcohol warming. A top notch black IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeneugs (6314) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
From the bottle. It pours very dark brown with a tall but slowly shrinking tan/orange head. The aroma is kind of weird at first with some strong pine, peach, cotton candy, cooked vegetables and cocoa. Not real good, but the dense hoppiness saves it from being downright bad. The flavor is a bit better, but very sticky sweet up front and painfully bitter/alcoholic on the back end. Flavors of peach and pine to start and then straight to a punishing bitterness with hints of dirty roasted malt. The palate is creamy, but I find this one hard to drink. Not really complex or well integrated, just another assault on the senses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Bottle pours a thick black with a creamy brown head. Scent of pine and very floral. Taste is citrus, some dark chocolate, lightly roasted malts. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2011
22oz bottled Aug 16, 2011. Served at around 50F.

Pours black with a large thick brown head that leaves a nice pattern of sticky lacing and holds one of the best caps Ive seen. She sho is purty!

Aroma is pine, spruce, grapefruit rind and citrus, dank, along with some of that delicious cat spray, also some coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, but the hops really take center stage in the aroma. Excellent strength.

Flavor is intense to say the least. A ton of pine, juicy citrus and resinous, dank hops up front intertwined with strong chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, anise and molasses as well as a bit of caramel and dark fruits, nice bitterness and some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium plus bodied, sticky, good carbonation.

And I thought Sublimely Self Righteous was the most intense Black IPA out there... Not anymore! A new king has been crowned! Holy hell is this some good stuff. Ridiculously hoppy and the great roasted malt component holds its own. Gonna be enjoying this some more for sure while its around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Pours the darkest of browns with a medium brown head. Not beautiful, but a nice cascading effect in the head makes the pour worth watching. Nose is hops with notes of wood and spices, along with an alcohol undercurrent. Flavors are similar, but really pack a punch, as the hops take centerstage, initially, fading into a roasty, hoppy, dark spicy afterglow. The hops character is very similar to Stones Arrogant Bastard, but the complementary flavors are different...smoother, richer, a bit sweeter. Flavors linger on the palate forever...youll have taken your next sip well before the previous is gone from the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bomber. Pitch black colored beer with a big tan head that leaves attractive lace and has medium-to-good retention. The aroma is all piney and resinous hops mingling with soft roasted malt. And the funny part is that the roast is almost completely absent from the flavor. There is so much piney and resinous hop flavor and bitterness form start to finish that I think no one would be the wiser if this was a golden colored beer. Ok so now Im freaking out and think Im imagining that coffee in the aroma. But it really could be there in the flavor as well but is just very well integrated with all the hop bitterness. A little rough and brash, especially in the finish, but I kind of expect that from Stone. Not a smooth or balanced beer by any means. But its fresh and pretty low in alcohol character for a 10%+ beer, so I think I can finish a bottle without much of a struggle. I can see some interesting character developing with some time in the bottle. This has the dark malt and bitterness to age for some time, if the oxidized hop oils dont turn it to shit. Might be a fun experiment. 11th anni was great after half a year in the bottle to come together and still had good hop aroma. Im still not sure why they decided to do basically the same beer again, just turned up a bit (and I dont think this is as good either), but maybe theyve painted themselves into a corner in the last few years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8930) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bomber thanks to robertjm. Pours a totally black color with a large brown head, looks awesome. The aroma is a rich fresh hop burst with some chocolate and dry roast. The flavor is an interesting mix: certainly initial bitter fresh hops and chocolate along with roasted malts. Also, this beer has a distinct peppery, spicy flavor that seems like peppers and almost reminds me of that great Mexican dish Mole. Very interesting. This is very similar to Uintas Dubhe, but a lot warmer. Both are damn good.

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