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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
LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
22 oz. bottle

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a cap of tan cream that retains throughout the session. Leaves behind spotty lace.

Aroma: Grape fruit, roast, celery, alcohol. More of 10th hop nose than 11th.

Taste: Huge bitter danky hops, alcohol, dark roast coffee. Becomes more ipa-ish as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied moderately carbed.

Overall: Another good Black IPA from Stone. Tastes a little bit different than SSSRA. With SSSR, you see the dark malt, but don’t taste it so much, but with this beer, you do get a layer of chocolatey roast. I would definitely take the recommendation to drink this fresh.

3.7
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Making this beer official. Nose is grassy and resinous, some floral and citrus, definitely dominated by the hops. Roast, cocoa, booze, some heavy hop bitterness in the flavor. Finishes a tad astringent.

3.7
crackedmachine (536) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Pours a deep, opaque black with a medium, tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, with dark chocolate and nuts. The hop aroma is less dominant, mostly pineapple and fruit. Flavor is an odd mix of chocolate, coffee, and very bitter, dank, fruity hops. A broad spectrum of flavors are present here, but not exactly in harmony. Feels fairly heavy due to the stout flavor, not the high ABV. Bizarre but enjoyable enough. Points for taking the questionable CDA trend to an interesting place.

3.7
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2011
[email protected] tylers apex. good aroma. strong. big roast/burnt malt scent. with a sweet streak, pine, little candied yeast scent. brownish black color. good head and lace . bitter sweet flavor. thick body heavy mothfeelbiiter finish.

3.7
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle from Sam’s, festooned with the trademark homoerotic Stone demon. Woot. Pours dark, black with a one-finger beige head. Looks like a stout, if a tad thin. Smells like an IPA... at first. Then the roast and chocolate appear, struggling to get out from behind the sticky, resiny hops. Lovely nose, and taste starts off well; too bad it ends with a grainy, metallic finish. Bitter and dry. We had a good thing going, but it went downhill...

3.7
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Pours completely black with a small tan head and a little bit of lacing. Aroma is chocolate malts and citrus hops. The taste is strong and bitter, you can taste the alcohol here. There’s some raisin, burnt malts and strong hops bitterness on the tongue. The aftertaste is strong on the alcohol. A bit over the top like everything stone makes but I wish they would have toned down the ABV on this one and made a hoppy black 7% IPA instead. I’m not crazy about it. I strongly prefer the Sublimely Self Righteous Ale from Stone instead.

3.7
robertjm (902) - Albany, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Initial pour is frothy dark tan. Aroma Hoppy aroma. Initial flavor is of hops, which quickly morphs into toffee and brown sugars and then once again into bitterness from roasted malts. Reminds me sort of like dried sugar snap peas. Quick warming in the back of the throat. Bitter aftertaste. Another good example of why black IPAs are going to be the next generation of IPAs coming out.

3.7
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Starts with tropical fruity hop notes on the nose, moves to dark chocolate and roast, followed with floral, danky, and piney notes. Pours more or less black with a tan head. The flavor is chocolatey and roasty up front followed by soft fruity hops, more floral bitterness, a good deal of herbal notes and dank, as well as more dark roast. Big full body - leans more toward hoppy stout than black IPA in my opinion, but solid nonetheless. Some alcohol shows up in the finish. Solid.

3.7
can8ianben (1601) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Surprisingly I thought this would be all about the hops, but it was actually a really dark and roasty beer. Hops were there to be sure, but I’d almost call this an imperial stout, not a black IPA. Dark black beer with a brown head, lots of hop aroma and a faint bitterness. Plenty of smoke and roasted flavor.

3.7
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick and foamy tan head. Nose is catty, sweaty, pine and toffee; hints of mocha. Medium to full body, resiny with a buzz and a tingle. Taste is pine, tar, Baker’s chocolate and bitter orange. Not a fan of the style but this is OK.


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