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RATINGS: 745   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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4.2
jtclockwork (17353) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle thanks to Tim, then traded by me to Jcwattsrugger and then shared by him. Pours oily black with big brown head. Nose/taste of dry cocoa, wet grass, chocolate malt and piney hops. Very smooth for the ABV. Dryish light pine dipped in cocoa finish. Medium body.

4.2
Benzai (16751) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Pitch black, opaque color, nice medium brown head. Smell nice: hops, bitter, fruits, dark fruits, some roastyness. Taste roasty, hops, bitter. Sublime mix between an IPA and a stout! Great carbonation, medium to full body. Superb!

3.4
brokensail (16660) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 20, 2011
A: The beer pours almost black in color with two fingers of tan head that has great retention and lacing.

S: Smells like a classic hoppy Stone beer. Tons of grapefruit peel and pine with some intense herbal and woody hop notes. There is a fair amount of roast to it. A hint of fruit on the finish.

T: The roast flavor is a bit more powerful than I expected. There is a touch of chocolate followed by lots of grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. Herbal and piney hops on the back end with a lot of bitterness.

M: The body is quite full with a medium carbonation with a lingering bitterness.

O: Not as good as Stone 11 or SoCal Hop Salute, but not bad. A bit boozy as it warms in the glass.

4
Scopey (15862) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle from Brewdog Aberdeen. It pours jet black, with a big, foamy tan head. The nose is pine, treacle, liquorice, molasses and varnish. The taste is pine, resin, treacle, toffee, tar, ash, burnt sugar, liquorice, roasted malt, salted caramel and alcohol warmth, with a bitter, dry-roasted finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and great balance. Delicious.

4.2
bhensonb (15838) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bomber from Taylor’s Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours black or a dark ruddy brown (the stream) with a creamy 3 finger darkish tan head. Aromas of floral and resin. Lush and mellow. Full bodied with creamy carb. It is soft and lush, but the flavor adds a little citrus. Then the malt comes in mildly chocolate and very dark and bitter on its own. I’m not finding a trace of heat. This is just brilliantly put together. Did I mention it has a lush aroma and feel?

4.1
djd07 (15651) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bomber. Pours a very dark brown almost black with a small creamy light tan head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong floral hop with pine and hemp. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter roast and dark chocolate flavor. Alcohol present with a lingering bitter finish. A very impressive black IPA from Stone.

4
Ratman197 (15448) - 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.

3.5
DSG (15301) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle sample at a tasting at Porter & Sons. Thanks beerandbeyond. Black with a light brown head. Hoppy aroma of citrus, some tropical fruits notes and some subdued roastiness. Flavor has some malt with a bit of sweetness, some roastiness, a bit of chocolate and a roasty, citric, hoppy finish. Medium to full-bodied. Nice and pretty easy-drinking for its strength.

4.2
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle in Hotel Room, Brooklyn. Pitch black - brown head. Nice medium to high hoppy, ok bitterness, nice burned, chocolate, grassy, coffee, light piney, licorice, light berries, smooth body. Nice.

3.9
Stuu666 (15056) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, liquorice, pine, taste is similar, light coffee.


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