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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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Draft at Local Habit. This was one big beer! Pours a viscous deep coffee brown with a thick tan head leaving behind some nice lacing. Big nose of fresh piny hops followed by toffee, cocoa dust and deep roasted malts. Heavy on the palate with sweet chocolate and a medium bitter hop finish. The 10.5 % is very well hidden.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkolord (450) - - DEC 26, 2016
Sehr dunkelbraun, hellbrauner Schaum, Schokoladig in der Nase, erstaunlich leicht im antrunk, schner Krper, rstaromen, kaffee Schokolade, krass, sehr lecker

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (2179) - Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle - big foamy tan head, black color, big citrus and pine hop aroma and flavor, maybe just a hint of mild roastiness, smooth finish, excellent overall as expected

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6072) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Aroma is dark/earthy malts, pine and a hint of tangy. The flavor is dark malts, grapefruit, citrus/fruit and a long and acidic/bitter/slightly earthy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
akoeninger (714) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2016
On tap at Tipsy Cow. Dark body frothy tan head. Aromatic hops and roasted malt. Piney hops with a stout like finish and a hint of booze. Big beer. Very well done

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DenverLogan (1138) - LA, California, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Poured from a 22oz into a tulip glass. Pours near black with brown head and lace. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, straw, herbs. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, burnt caramel, bitter herbs, straw hops, grains, bitter chocolate. Overall big, bold, bitter and sweet with a dry bitting finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (6445) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2016
2-3 ounces on draft at Spacebar. Dark brownish black. Aromas of citrus, floral, tropical fruit. Tastes of citrus, floral, pine, tropical fruit, roasty notes. Medium body with a dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5424) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2016
241116. I had this on tap at Brewski, leftover from a Stone Brewing tap takeover. What a cracker of a beer. Black as night with a light coffee coloured head and a strong bitter aroma. Full bodied and it nearly sticks to the roof of your mouth. It is almost a combination IPA, porter and stout with a big boozy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (529) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2016
If I hadnt just had a Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Imperial Black Rye IPA, I might have rated this even higher! A nice dense rindy hop and roasted malt nose. The taste profile features a heady grassy, fruit rind and pine hop signature backed by a well roasted, almost blackened malt. a touch of coffee and chocolate lurk in the background. Maybe the best of the Stone 4-imperial anniversary box set

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (553) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Best Black IPA I've had. Just a touch of sweet coffe malt aroma with some tropical. Taste is the bomb. Smooth and balanced. The malt is mild but comes in a sweet ending undercurrent. Outstanding beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidezdonz (393) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - NOV 25, 2016
A 22 oz bomber, bottled on 17th August 2016, to be enjoyed by 23rd November 2016 (drank on 24th, so Im a day late). Poured into an oversized wine glass. It poured a dark brown near black colour with a one finger tanned head that had pretty decent retention and eventually fades to a thin cap, leaving nice lacing. Aromas are roasty malt and light chocolate with nice tropical pineapple, peach and apricot. Theres also a touch of citrus orange and lemon zest, pine and a light char at the end. Tastes bittersweet chocolate, light char smoke, followed by strong bitter grapefruit, orange zest and pine. The roastiness comes back and the bitterness lingers on the finish. Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Overall a nice roasty and hoppy Black IPA. Im glad that they re-released this.


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