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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5457) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Poured from the fermentor at Fresh! Dark dark brown, slightly muddy, with creamy tan head. Grapefruit, bitter dank hops, sweet chocolate as it warms, lots of roast, very bitter-sweet stoutish. A nice big beer, but not quite as big as the NHC black IIPA. I need to try a bottle and update my rating. On cask. Heavy black pour, small tan head, almost disappears. Lots of sweet milk chocolate, slight roasted malt, grapefruit, bitter hops, and quite a bit of astringent alcohol coming through. Got a lot more milk chocolate and alcohol on this try. Creamy cask mouthfeel, on the heavy side like an imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Yet another big anniversary beer from stone. Jet black pour with a solid brown head that just lingers and lingers. Nose is some chocolate but really big sweet orange and grapefruit and floral hop characteristic. Flavor is extremely roasted and slightly charred astringency but not in a bad way along with stones signature intense bitterness. Full bodied but not sweet. Silky feel. Good but different than what one used to.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4652) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Pours dark black with deep chestnut brown edges and one finger of chestnut brown head. I enjoyed the nose on this one, rich and bittersweet chocolatey notes. Lots of citrusy notes with sweet coffee. Very bitter and astringent. Lots of grain acidity and bitter citrus rind. Full bodied and not so great on the tongue and finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 28, 2011
22oz bottle. black with large, creamy brown head. purple grape and mandarin orange aroma. the body is full and somewhat creamy. warming finish from the alcohol. the flavors are mostly big juicy hops. lots of citrusy orange hop resins and the dark malt must add a grapey note. the dark malts are not very noticeable through the big bad hop addition. little peppery in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10573) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle @ home. Thick used car engine oil pour with a black appearance and a big, dark brown head. Extremely potent piney, resiny hoppy, dark roasty chocolate malty nose with some booze. Huge resiny, highly piney hoppy, deep roasty, burnt, chocolate malty with a bitter, resiny finish. Resiny aftertaste. Very potent flavor but overall smooth and pretty tasty. A bomber of this is giving me quite a buzzz.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2011
20110912 Bomber from 3rd Base. Dark, sticky, thick, and hugely hoppy. I spilled some when I tripped in the kitchen and everything is still sticky. Seems like a good representation of a lot of the stone philosophy captured in a single beer... insanely hopped, sweet malts, boozier than seems necessary, fairly priced. No idea what possesses a brewer to make so many crazy, high abv brews, but it definitely keeps me from buying more than once.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13580) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Draft. Black body with brown edge, tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, cocoa, some roast/coffee, lactose, light licorice. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, grapefruit, cocoa, lactose, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, light acidity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5749) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Appearance is black with a tan head of thick, dense foam. Aroma is earthy, herbal hop notes with an allusion to coffee beans and smoke. Taste is an herbal bitterness tied together with an espresso note at the very end of the long, dry finish. Aftertaste of wood and baking chocolate remains for quite awhile.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 20, 2011
A: The beer pours almost black in color with two fingers of tan head that has great retention and lacing. S: Smells like a classic hoppy Stone beer. Tons of grapefruit peel and pine with some intense herbal and woody hop notes. There is a fair amount of roast to it. A hint of fruit on the finish. T: The roast flavor is a bit more powerful than I expected. There is a touch of chocolate followed by lots of grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. Herbal and piney hops on the back end with a lot of bitterness. M: The body is quite full with a medium carbonation with a lingering bitterness. O: Not as good as Stone 11 or SoCal Hop Salute, but not bad. A bit boozy as it warms in the glass.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
A bit dissapointed with this brew. The roasted malts dominates this beer while the citrus hops are in the background. Theres is also a bit of a chocolate hop mix. Kinda weird and sometimes thats a good thing but not in this brew. An ok brew overall thoughit would be better tho.


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