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RATINGS: 749   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, 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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Pours thick and black with a very nice tan head. Smell: dark roasted chocolate malts, coffee, a raw edge hoppiness, pine, grapefruit, cooked vegetables, a touch of vanilla and butterscotch. Taste: like a big impy stout that has been super hopped. Milk chocolate coffee, then the hops take over, pine, grapefruit, mango and nice tabacco note. Mouthfeel is thick and the finish is a nice burnt coffee bitterness and a well rounded fresh blast from a hop cone. Wonderful!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
One2remeber (247) - Bucktown, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle. Reviewed 09.12.11. Black as could be, thin dark mocha head quickly dissipates, leaving a ring on the side. Slightly bubbly in carbonation. "Fruity pepples" fruity aroma with light undertones of smoked malts. The more I smell the more the smoke comes out of the beer. Dominant, heavy chocolate notes on the back end, bitter than most black IPAs, yet still not reaching the stout bitterness level. High acidic taste in the middle of the gulp as it hits the roof of the mouth, then turns to a fruity bubbly on the way down. Soft on the side of the mouth, almost warming sensation. Chocolate coats your entire mouth with bubbles in the center. Feels more like a stout for the style than most. Would not guess over 10% abv. For style, it is leading the way for Black IPAs. I have not had SSR in a month or two but from memory Escondidian seems even lighter with more of a bubbly malt sensation to cure any over powering alcohol presence.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
avantdagare (245) - Malm, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pours a dark black color with a super dense foamy cap. Foamy cap lingers for a long while leaving tons of lacing. Aroma is a good balance of bright citrusy hops and sutle roasted malts. Hints of anise at ending. Taste has some powerful flavors like the intensely medicinal and herbal hops. Malts are complex with a well roasted bill with some coffee and dark chocolate to boot. Some alcohol warming also. This beer is quite thick and chewy slick even. Carbonation is just enough. Not a bad beer, takes some getting used to being a pretty powerful ale

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
22oz. Bottle. Jet black in color with a persistent tan head that gives it an imperial stout type look. Nose is a nice combination of roast and hops with heavy notes of pine resin and a subtle kick of citrus. The flavor is big and bold with a strong bitterness and some prominent roasted grain. Piney hop flavors are noticeable and set off by notes of coffee grinds. Feels like there is a touch of chocolate malt in the back end. The palate is appreciably slick and oily with a lively carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitter hop bite accented by a hint of ash. Feels like they succeeded in building a bigger version of the Sublimely Self-Righteous/11 Anniversary, but I cant say that bigger is always better here. This one is not bad, maybe a little over the top and not as impressive as the double dry hopped Self Righteous.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2012
I love Black IPAs. Thus far this is the best that I have had. It satifies my need for tasty dark malts and refreshing hops.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
pours black with a tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate and pine. Flavor is a bit to malty. More of a imperial stout on hops!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleph (231) - - APR 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dale. Poured blackish brown, tan head. Hops, strong malts, fresh pine, high citrus notes, hardly any roast, alcohol well hidden, dry and bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teamsale (227) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a small thick tan head, much darker than I expected for a black IPA. Smells of fresh citrus, hops, some malt, andd more citrus. It smells like an IPA, looks like a stout (confusing beer so far). Taste is full of citrus, hops, but adds in stout like characteristics with some roasted coffee, nuts, and chocolate. Decent body to it too, with a pleasant aftertaste. Very impressive beer, wish it would be around more often!


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