15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into snifter first and later a perfect pint glass. The perfect pint glass was a better serving option.
I’m reviewing this beer on October 4th when it was bottled and released in mid-August. I have a feeling the hop character has changed somewhat. It is suggested that this one be enjoyed fresh.
A: almost jet black. I got 1 inch of creamy, tan head on an average strength pour. It dissipated quite a bit in a minute but left a generous cap that stayed as I drank the beer down. A good amount of lacing was left on the glass.
S: At first smell I got fresh, piney hops. This was followed by a roasted, smoky malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The alcohol is very present.
T: I get a lot of roasted malt with very dark, bitter chocolate and strong coffee. A bit of anise as well. The hops are there as well, but I think the roasted malt is currently dominating. Surprisingly, based on the smell, the alcohol fits in quite well. I was afraid it might be overpowering.
M: I find the beer to have a medium mouthfeel. It seems a bit light on the carbonation, but I recall this character in other beers of similar styles.
O: Heavy duty. I wish I could have tried it extremely fresh. It is an interesting brew that reminds me of the year-round Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale. I think I prefer the 15th over the aforementioned year-round. The strong alcohol smell while drinking it out of the snifter distracted me a lot. This smell was not nearly as present in the perfect pint glass. I will try it on tap if I get the chance.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2011 00:52:27 | More by BJA
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3.76/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Hamilton's Tavern. Received in a pub chalice, pitch black but likely cola brown, with nearly no head on it. Excellent coating of spotty lacing follows down the glass.
Roasted malt but overall rather bready and has some nutty nuances. Yeast adds some red fruity esters and the hops are vegetative and piney.
Milk chocolate with some coffee grounds and dark fruit like figs and prunes get muddled up in the herbal and piney hops. Notes of licorice and peat. Finish is piney but also very earthy and vegetative. Decent drying with a residue of charred malt.
Smooth carbonation and an easy to down body. Alcohol is well managed and masked by the malt and it presents a good amount of drying with roasted malt lingering.
Reminds me of a hoppy porter as opposed to an IPA, not unlike Stone's Smoked porter with less char. Hops are a touch earthy like tubers with a dose of pine, I would like this one brightened up.
Serving type: on-tap
05-12-2014 00:05:07 | More by rawfish
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Had on tap at Congregation Ale House's Stone week on 3/26/2014. Poured into an 8oz tulip.
A: Black with half a finger of tan head, looks like a stout. Good staying power on the head.
S: the aromas are pretty faint, but I can somewhat pick out some hoppy bitterness.
T: wow, this IPA is how old? It's not super hoppy as expected and I never had the original fresh but it's still super tasty. Taste like bitter chocolate with liquorice. I don't usually like liquorice, but I'm really digging this beer. And by that I mean I love it. Taste is very richand creamy, decently sweet too.
M: This is a stout right? No... Oh, because it feels like motor oil. Has wonderful mouth feel like surprisingly thick and full. From mouth feel alone I would think thisisa stout.
O: I really wish I had the beer fresh to compare it to, but I don't. However, it's still fantastic. It's almost like a stout now, this beer had probably changed allot fromit's days as an IPA but it had become something still fantastic..
Serving type: on-tap
03-27-2014 00:52:20 | More by Sumdeus
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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