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RATINGS: 752   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
JStax (6113) - 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 (16401) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4597) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bomber from Whole Foods in SOMA. So this is the beer from "Trouble Brewing" - something hoppy. Pours black in color and somewhat viscous with a lasting two finger brown head. The aroma is very nice and hoppy, but the hops are a bit more minty than anything else, which makes me not really the biggest fan. Good roast and rich dark chocolate. The flavor has an intense malt base. I mean were getting into imperial stout territory here. Dark chocolate, roast, and anise with some sweetness. A hoppy finish, piney with intense menthol notes. Again, Id like a little less mint. Still good though, with a big hoppy bitter finish. Body is fairly full with soft carbonation and slight booziness. Overall a good beer but didnt quite live up to the billing, as it had some shortcomings.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 6, 2011
651mL. Though not as bad as DaSilky1 thinks, I cant help but see his review still in my head as I review this. The pour is a little deeper actually than Sublimely Self Righteous (SSR) with more of a menacing, deep mocha head generating. Suddy, big bubbled retention. Spotty lace. Nose is quite fresher in the aromatic hop department with tropical melons, grapefruit pith, cinnamon, durian, squash, and even something like zucchini bread (nuts, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, zucchini/squash). Taste is all over the place- hard to figure out what the hell is going on here. Some salt water, some earthy bitterness, lots of nut skins and shells. Palate at first is silky and rich but then goes very neutral and clean. Feels like stout in the body, which is nice over something weak and thin. But not a lot of roast, chocolate, or richness comes forth. Nothing that I can perceive as the "backbone" to this stout that was then hopped to death. It was better than the not fresh SSR I had alongside, but there is something wrong here. Maybe too powerful for its own good? Not focused very well and Stone keeps using more and more of these weird squashy hops in the nose that remind me of...gasp....Stone 14th. Please no.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Bomber. Strong, rich, malt aroma. Deep black, tan head that clings. Pretty thick, but not like a stout. High alcohol, strong. A strong beer to drink slowly and an alternate to an imp stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8305) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Tap @ The Avenue Pub, NOLA .. . Pours a dark brown black. .. lots of foam, really good lacing .. . lots of roast, good dose of bitters .. more of an aggressive hoppy roasty porter than the stupid black ipa tag, .. a pretty good brew, kills the tongue though .. . . Its always best to shake hands. Unless you sneezed into it, or they have a stump... that could weird..

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Draft at Dutchs. If it were labeled a "hoppy stout," I think my rating would differ. In my mind this is a complex imperial stout that has a strong hop pressence. The initial aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and some piney hops. As it warms, the chocolate really comes out. Bitter coffee notes stick out with a bit of vanilla. Palate is chewey and thick. Flavor is bitter, finishing dry. Again, the rating would be higher if they were not calling it an ipa.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2011
pours a very dark viscus. Almost like an imperial stout. Aroma very similar to SSR right out of the bottle. Almost no head to speak of. Rich chocolatey, malted roastey flavor, hops are subdued but present.an amazing beer well worthy of being Stones 15th anniversary brew

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SCP (53) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
Pitch black with a fine moka head. Palate is oily, you can almost feel fat on your tongue. Floral, chocolate, coffee, alcohol and sugar. A very tasting and intense brew. Would have rated it higher if I had only a sample but the very low drinkability makes the overall drop.


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