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RATINGS: 742   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Aroma is citrus and pine hops, some roast and caramel sweetness. Flavor is good, soft and fruity at first. Then the strength if the hops and roast take over in a bitter finish.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (500) - 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 (543) - 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

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidezdonz (360) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1482) - - NOV 19, 2016
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate, licorice, grapefruit and piney hops. Pours pitch black with a large light brown head that has excellent retention and good lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt and sweet chocolate and licorice flavors. Finishes dry but quite smooth with grapefruit citrus hoppiness as well as some bitter pine hops. Excellent, well-balanced black IPA!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Black with a frothy light brown head. An initially strong piney bitterness that gets balanced out really well. Big but not oversized.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (832) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Awesome head. Hoppy and chocolate. Very well balanced, so much so, hard to pick particular flavors out. I enjoy the lightness of it yet at the same time deep flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1460) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: Hardwood Artisans shaker pint glass From: Costco in Fashion Valley (San Diego), Calif. Price: $19.99 (for a variety 4-pack) Purchased: Oct. 20, 2016 Consumed: Oct. 26, 2016 Reviewed as: American Black Ale Misc.: Bottled Aug. 17, 2016; 2016 release, 2001 label Had been wanting to pick up this Stone 20th Anniversary 4-pack and finally saw it for the first time at Costco for $19.99. Done. Kind of looking forward to this Black IPA, which I have a kind of an affinity for. Poured a pitch black color with khaki tan frothy head. Serene setting underneath. Excellent uneven foamy lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.25) Smelled a nice mix of roasted malts and hops. Got chocolate, cocoa, espresso, caramel, toast, mandarin orange, mango, papaya and other tropical notes. Really getting Orange Chocolate Sees Candy. Nice. (Smell - 4.00) More malty on the tongue than the nose. Got chocolate, dark cocoa powder, roasty coffee beans, bitter char wood, dark fruits, purple grape, mandarin orange (not as potent as the nose), red grapefruit, stone fruit, hints of bitter mango rind, papaya and some other tropical notes. And 10.8 pct. ABV, are you serious Clark? (Taste - 4.25) Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25) Really liked this one, even growing on me as it went down. This was my favorite of the 5th-10th-15th series, and only trailing Citracado out of the four. Lovely. (Overall - 4.25) 4.19 93 A-

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ngejo (976) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - NOV 9, 2016
Tap. Black, frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (5102) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle. Black with one finger tan head. Malty with a ton of roasty notes. Coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of dark fruit. Hops seem a bit swallowed up by the base, though its plenty hoppy. Some boozy warmth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1365) - New York, USA - NOV 1, 2016
Bottled. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is pine, orange, grapefruit, roasted malt, dark chocolate, nice balance, slightly hop forward for a black ipa. Still retains that ipa character which is awesome. Flavor is very roasted, lots of bitter coffee, pine, very long bitter chocolate finish, grapefruit rind, citrus is nice. Great mouthfeel. Silky smooth. All around a great black ipa. Actually one of the best Ive had.


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