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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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3.7
teamsale (317) - 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.

4.3
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 can’t help but feel that a regular IPA with these hop flavors would be better. Good stuff. Drink fresh or don’t bother. I heard this beer varies greatly. This beer needs to be part of the regular lineup, drop the overrated Ruination.

4.4
quiznoaz (310) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Arizona Strong Beer Festival. Beautiful poor, some great head on it. Starts with toasted malt, then caramel, and finishes with hops. There is a bit of chocolate underlying it as well. Best beer I tried at the festival.

4.1
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Poured a very dark color with a finger’s worth of tan foam which dissipated into a thin line. The aroma aroma is an interesting mixture of very resin-like hops and some coffee as well. The taste is a strong hop resin, where there is a good bit of toffee and dark chocolate on the palate after the initial hop bitterness seems to wear off just a little. Very enjoyable with the malts keeping this from being too hoppy.

4.5
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Awesome, epic hop and chocolate aroma (like hershey chocolate, not fancy chocolate), with some maple. Solid black, opaque, tan head. The first sip is intensely sweet without astringency, some smoke, some tobacco. There is also a biscuity aftertaste that reminds That being said, this beer will put hair on your chest. The bitterness is not to be taken lightly and the hop flavor is prominent. Still, this beer is absolutely delicious and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next.

3.9
Newk (299) - - OCT 3, 2011
had this from tap and it poured a good black color with a small and foamy head nice aromas of coffee, hops, toffee, and caramel. Something lacks a little on the nose though fuller bodied with a lot of roast coffee and hops. Good feel as well and it doesn’t come off as boozy. this is on the big side without being too big. Nice complexity and good richness to it as well

4
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2011
On tap. The pour look like a coffee/oatmeal stout but the taste surely is not. Certainly a different hop and malt blend, but it worked very well and went down way too easily for something at this level of ABV. I didn’t take good enough notes and need to track it down again to do a better job reviewing. I definitely recall my enjoyment.

4.5
fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2016
I had trouble finding this one to rate it. Drank it a couple weeks ago so details will be troublesome to recall but I noted 5 stars to help me. I found it very flavorful and full bodies with a great aroma which pulled me straight in. I remember thinking wow, I sure didn’t expect this!

4
avantdagare (294) - 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.

3.9
nittanytide (289) - 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.


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