15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Emerson1310:
4.43/5 rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I am NOT a fan of Stone beers...way too bitter, all of them. However, I like this one!! Unusual smell/taste combinations make this unique and enjoyable!!
A: Total, complete, opaque-black, like over-used motor-oil. Head is very thick, an entire hand, almost spilled over the lip of my Bell's glass. Plenty of lacing as the head slowly dwindles. Head is light brown.
S: A combination of hops, citrus, coffee & chocolate.
T: Not bad!!! Of course, like any Stone beer, the bitterness hits you like a baseball bat...But there is wonderful grapefruit, orange and mango there too, mixed with some pine and pine-resin. Add to this mix, some chocolate and bitter-coffee and you have it!! Smooth finish that gets more smooth the more you sip.
MF: Thick and creamy.
O: I will buy this again, there are plenty of huge 22oz bombers left at TW. A GREAT light-sipping beer, and best to sip LIGHTLY, as this is a high ABV craft at almost 11% ABV. The alcohol hides itself very nicely!!
Serving type: bottle
10-25-2011 20:10:25 | More by Emerson1310
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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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