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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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4.1
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2012
I love Black IPA’s. Thus far this is the best that I have had. It satifies my need for tasty dark malts and refreshing hops.

3.7
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
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.

4
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!

4.5
Krej (224) - USA - FEB 24, 2015
Very good. Smells like chocolate a little and is very malty. Not very happy which is great for an imperial black ale. I love it.

3.9
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours black, with a fairly thick dark brown head. Aroma is fairly malty - toasted notes, coffee, and a bit of chocolate, with a hint of hops. The flavor is much more hop-forward. A lot of strong flavors - the beer has the body of a strong porter or imperial stout (coffee, chocolate, cereal), but balanced nicely with floral and grassy hops. It works pretty well all together, making for an intriguing and tasty beer.

3.6
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
perhaps not quite what I was expecting. Pours black with moderate head. Nose is nice (floral from the hops, perhaps a hint of chocolate/tobacco). I found the taste be nice with more of the roastiness and chocolate coming through to battle with the hops The mouthfeel was more watery than I was expecting. For A 10% plus beer it didn’t quite live up to a sipper beer but I would still say it was a good beer and would not be opposed to trying it again.

4.3
Jlo7399 (218) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 Rating this one before my boy juice just to say I did before he could. Pours black with thick tan head. Aroma is hoppy with some chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is roasty with some nice chocolate notes that moves into a more hoppy zip that is expected due to what it is. Very balanced and delicious...take that juicy boy.

4.8
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Absolutely beautiful beer. Thick, rich, oily - frothy brown head. Initial smell didn't give me much, but that first sip spoke volumes.....and once you get that first taste, the aroma opens up and becomes wonderfully fragrant with an abundance of hops and yeast. Insanely rich, with massive hop flavor. Not like the black IPAs that are hoppy for a dark beer...this beer is hoppy for an imperial IPA....but with that full body and rich roastiness you get from a darker beer...even finishing with some coffee and maybe a little bit of cocoa. I'm so angry this is an anniversary beer. I want to have one every day.

4
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2011
On tap at Dutch’s. Black IPAs can be very hit or miss but this one from Stone is certainly one of the better examples out there at the moment. Appearance is opaque black, almost as dark as a stout. Smells like one might expect with a significant hop profile and moderate roasted malts. The taste is like a very smooth but very hoppy stout with the best of both worlds. Easy to drink but complex. Alcohol is well balanced. Overall another fine anniversary offering from Stone.


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