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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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3.6
BelgBeerGeek (1307) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2011
@ Stone fest , Chez moeder lambic

Head: dark brown, creamy
Colour: black
Smell: hops, candy, sweet, smokey, bitter, coffee anise ( a bit )
Taste: start is very veyr bitter, coffee, hops, black chocolat, boozy, herbs, hops x3 , end is dry , very bitter, herby and earthy anise

3.6
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle from Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of citrusy hops and dark malts. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of dark roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate- countered by a citrusy and peppery bitterness. Finish has some roast astringency and some heat. The problem I have with this beer, and with many other Black IPAs, is that the roast bitterness and hop bitterness fight each other. There is a very narrow window where these two can be harmonious, and this does not fit in it.

3.6
AirForceHops (7811) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 28, 2011
22 oz bottle got for $5.99 @ a Deli in South Berwick, ME. Black with off white, full head in a snifter Aromas of pine hops, light roast. Thick sheets of lace. Medium body gives roasted bitter chocolate with Earthy piney, resinous hops. More chocolate as it warms. Oily, slick feel in the mouth. A lasting, pine hop finish. I only got a trace of ABV when it was real warm. This is a solid brew, but after one glass I had had enough. I guess I have to take a break from Black IPA’s.

3.6
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Bottle pour from Jeff, Thanks! Eh. Pour me the double dry hopped self righteous instead. This beer was just ok. A lot like their normal BIA (or whatever the heck we call them), with a touch more floral hop aroma.

3.6
theisti (4206) - Kansas, USA - OCT 31, 2011
22 oz bomber courtesy of my friends Brent and Elena. Pour is a murky black brown, with a one inch khaki head. Head is quite solid and lasting. Aroma is fresh pine along with a bit of dark chocolate sweetness, finally, some roast malt is present. Taste is massive pine hops, just gets bigger as it warms - almost gin like. Roast char malt is present as well, though this beer is about the hops. Pretty harsh, though intentionally so, and since alcohol is well integrated and sweetness is managed it worked for me.

3.6
Bgarnreiter (53) - Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Pours jet black, with a carmel head with plenty of lacing. smells of malt with a nice hoppy aroma. as if you put an ipa and an imperial stout in the same glass. tastes roasty with the bitter ipa feeling. some citrus with a nice roasted malt. feels dry and lasting with the malty thickness. overall solid brew, with an interesting mix of stuff going on.

3.6
Nik925 (800) - USA - DEC 6, 2011
So Stone is trying to make Aniv. #11 magic strike again. Think tripple porter with a bunch of hops dumped in and you will be pretty close to this. Not that it is a bad thing...but that is a ton of roasted malt to try to over power with hops to keep this as an IPA. I guess they invented the style so why not play with it. Def. worth a bottle...but at the end, I would take ’selfish bastard’ or whatever they call aniv. #11 now over this one.

3.6
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: September 03, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Sherlocks, GA
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, sticky lace
Aroma: heavy roasted aroma with lots of citrus, touch of sweet pine
Flavor: bitter dark chocolate flavor, well roasted, hops balance the dark malts with sweet peppery pine and a heaping helping of citrus, peppery spicyness, long bitter dark chocolate and roasted finish

Date: September 06, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: tmac Kennesaw
draft follows the bottle very closely, citrus may be even bigger on draft,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.6
cggipa (7) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2011 does not count
Pours black with a tan head that holds and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is dark strong malt and heavy hops - citrus. Medium to heavy body has full mouthfeel. Dark malt, roasty toasty, coffee notes and faint dark chocolate with heavy hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is in the background, but the tastes are very heavy, almost plodding. Great technical brew, just not something you can drink on your own. Too much work in finishing the bottle.

3.6
BillWyce (1104) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2012
From notes: Poured opaque black with a 2-finger caramel-colored head. Mild, roasty grain aroma, with a slight note of malt sweetness and maybe a touch of coffee. Deep, medium-thickness. Long finish with a light dryness. Roasted malt flavor with a strong wood note in the back that becomes more prominent in the finish.


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