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RATINGS: 751   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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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2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Very dark espresso with brown head. Pine and citrus in nose, but, whats this?...Bacon? Garlic? Yeah....pretty sure this isnt supposed to be a rauch black IPA... Medium body, good carbonation. Im not really sure what defect could lead to these flavors, but I dont like it. drain pour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2011
On tap at the Black Sparrow. Pours black with a dark tan head (friend though it was an imperial stout). Floral aroma with bright fruits. Taste of sweet pineapple, dark chocolate, warm malt, and slight hop bitterness. Good carbonation, but silky, with a warm, slightly bitter finish. I thought I would taste more hops, but this was better than anything I was expecting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
22oz bottle. Pour is viscous and completely opaque; nice thick and frothy brown head. Aroma is hop-first, pine and subtle citrus, eventually the malt flavors make their way through with mocha and some burnt notes. Flavor is predominately sweet with roasted malt, chocolate, but with lots of resinous hops to offset. Very sticky with a slight lingering bitterness. Alcohol taste is all but absent but its presence is certainly felt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2012
From notes. Pours dark and thick, strait up black with two fingers of light mocha head that hangs around for about 3 minutes and leaves great lacing. Nose hits me with fruit, pineapple, chocolate, and a little coffee. First sip I am hit by alcohol, I get some dark fruit, lots of coffee, chocolate, and a slightly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is really smooth, a little more alcohol presents than id expect from a 10.8% ABV brew, medium carbonation, it has a pretty big body, the head was super frothy and one of my favorite parts of the brew, it reminded me of something served on nitro-tap.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bomber poured into pint glass...jet black color with magnificent billowy cream head, relentless attack of resin, floral and citrus hops which overwhelms the chocolate, caramel and coffee and malt profile, alcohol well hidden, a hop bomb for sure and a beautiful one at that

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Poured exactly like a stout; black like coffee and a brown creamy head. Smells piney and has a few hints of chocolate. Tastes exceptionally well balanced. The hops arent overpowering and you can taste the black patent malt. It has more body than most black ipas and its one of my favorites already

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2011
This was nice. Looked like a stout, felt like a stout, and had some nice stout-type notes. Overall, the hops were just too much for me in the end. I almost really enjoyed an IPA. Almost.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
horto008 (185) - Alabama, USA - JUL 29, 2012
On draft in Las Vegas. Terrific stuff that tastes much like a more typical IPA than its color would make you think. Think regular IPA with more smokey, leathery overtones. I felt the alcohol was up front and detracted from it overall.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2011
A dense black brown pour with a thick brown creamy head. Wonderful aroma! Strong hop nose of citrus and pine layered upon earthy and chocolate hints from the malt. Flavor of chocolate and coffee with a faint hint of grapefruit. Sharp lasting bitterness at the finish. Thick viscous mouthfeel with a nice creamy carbonation underneath. Outstanding beer! Blending styles like this often comes off poorly but the brewers at Stone are obvious masters. Very well done!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2011
22 oz bottle in a frosty glass. Holy cow this is a strong beer. The immediate stand out flavors are coffee and chocolate with a strong bitter punch. Aroma is dominated by malt. Appearance is thick and syrupy black with a dark brown glass lacing head. Mouth feel is as it looks: very thick. Excellent beer.


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