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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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4.3
blomster (289) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Dark, black, with a pretty big brown head, looks really good. Aroma of piney hops, coffee, molasses and licuorice. Medium bodied, taste is pine, licuorice, chocolate, coffee. Bitter. Long, creamy, bitter finish. I like. The licuorice gets a bit more subdued as the beer warms up. One of the best "black ipas" I´ve had, and one that keeps me thinking it´s still an underestimated style of beer.

4.3
adavis234 (287) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a thick, milk chocolate colored head. Aroma is hoppy with a strong roasted coffee and caramel background. Delicious - strong, citrus hop flavor melts into an equally strong malty finish. Caramel, roasted pine, licorice, and coffee notes finish off this phenomenal beer. Great job balancing multiple flavors for a fantastic overall character.

3.9
nittanytide (286) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Poured black with a large, tan, frothy head. Aroma is toast and licorice. Taste is toast and fine dark chocolate. Finishes clean. Excellent to sip on a cold night.

4
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Pours beautiful black with thick white head. Clings to the glass with sticky lace. Nose is sweet with raisin and honey. Smooth and heavy with blast of molasses, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Ripe grape and spicy burn to finish. Great beer.

4.6
twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours black with a large lasting beige head with lots off lacing. Aromas is fresh hops and dark roasted malt with coffee notes body is heavy. taste is pine, grapefruit peel, coffee and licorice. finish is strong and bitter sweet with lots hops. Another great stone beer. GOAT

3.7
teamsale (273) - Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2016
On tap. Pours black with a thin brown head and good lacing. Aroma is of coffee, burnt toast, and grain. Taste is similar to aroma but also has a strong alcohol flavor along with unsweetened chocolate. Bitterness level is mild to medium.

3.9
iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2012
like a dark chocolate liqueur with some carbonation. porter like in mouthfeel. slight alcohol aftertaste. overall, a nice tasting black. complex, hoppy, slight citrusy. it’s a Stone.

4
avantdagare (264) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2011
650 ml bottle. 2 finger mocca-colored head that reduces to 1/2 finger, black body. Nose: figs, licorice, grass, orange, lichi. Taste: licorice, coffe, licorice-root, orange, bitter chocolate, muscavado-sugar and ash. Slight alcohol-sting. Long and very dry and bitter ending, complex and a lot more stout than IPA.

4.3
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Pours a jet black with a dark brown creamy head.The aroma is of roasted coffee and pine hops.The flavor is a creamy robust pine hop taste.The body is full and thick with a bitter hop aftertaste.Overall Stone dose it again.

3.9
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - SEP 11, 2011
A black beer with a brown head that leaves lace. Aroma is crazy sweet juicy fruit - strawberry, grape, cherry, a bit of citrus. Smells like fruit candy or bubblegum! The flavor is sort of odd atop that smell - it’s bitter, with serious roasty/burnt notes. Mouthfeel’s chewy with a long bitter finish.


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