15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ManuelHerrera:
4.43/5 rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Let me open this review by saying, happy birthday Stone! I remember that first Arrogant Bastard punching me in the mouth back in college, and you've been challenging my palate ever since.
Stone 15 comes in a typically badass bottle with a celebratory ripped gargoyle threatening all who think they're worthy of this beer. It pours dark black with a lovely burnt chocolate head. Looks like a stout, but don't be fooled, the Escondidians don't let the drinker off that easy.
The hops tingle the nose from the very first whiff, and that's when you know, you're in for a special night. The aroma blossoms with mild floral alongside creamy malt that had behind the wall of hops. The flavor lays on thick on the palate like a chocolate stout, yet quickly opens up to a vibrant hoppy dream. Creamy chocolate notes are cut in my bitter tangy hop flavor in order to create a truly challenging flavor. The beer has that wonderful chew of a thick stout, yet doesn't rest too heavily.
Thanks again Stone, here's to the next 15 years.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2011 04:58:04 | More by ManuelHerrera
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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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