Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Well, at least Monday is over. I didn’t go to the gym today because I was absolutely exhausted. For some reason or another, my girlfriend (who is older than me) thinks that we’re 17 and can be on the phone until 1 in the morning and I can function at work. She’s lucky she’s cute and can get away with this. Anyways, tonight’s selection is one that has been sitting in the fridge for awhile.

ABV: 10.8%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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!”

Random: I’m a little obsessed with the new Ingrid Michaelson single, Ghost. And by a little, I mean a lot. I’m also obsessed with her cover of “Somebody That I Used To Know.”

This brew poured with a one finger tan head that took awhile to dissipate and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was almost black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose presented first with roasted malts and then transitioned into grapefruit. This had the best nose of any black IPA I’ve ever had. The taste was spot on. It started with roasted malts, but didn’t have the coffee or chocolate that usually comes along with that. The hops follow up and last until the finish. The sticky hops lasted for awhile on my tongue. The body of the beer was a medium thickness with low carbonation. The high ABV is not at all detectable, making this a dangerous brew. Honestly, probably the best black IPA I’ve ever had. I would have this over and over again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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