15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A&S - Pours an opaque black with a huge brown and bubbly head. Tons of lacing on this one. Up front a lot of juicy citrus hops, then towards the end you get the oats, smokiness and bread chocolate, but not too much, this beer has a very hop dominant aroma that reminds me of a fresh bottle of Pliny.
T&M - Hits your mouth sweet and sticky that initially has sort of a bready dark malt flavor that gets covered up by tons of fruity hops. Lots of booze which at this point doesn't seem bad but then everything gets covered up by a blend of bitterness. Most of it the hops followed by smokiness then destroyed by oats, coffee and dark chocolate, this is where it took me by surprise. The bitterness has not been an issue everything was blending amazingly, it just ending up being a little too complex. I don't know if Stone overthinked this one and added a little too much character, but it definitely kept me from giving it a 4.5 across the board.
O - Overall a fantastic brew with a little blemishes. I'm very open minded about Black IPAs unlike a lot of BAs, some will tend to taste a few then drop them all together, this beer is definitely one for the lovers and haters of the style. Its a whole other look on the style with that huge juicy hop presence. Go pick up a few bottles of this, despite the "Drink Fresh" I plan on doing a vertical of this. I think with a little time the booziness with balance out the bitterness. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2011 06:32:54 | More by NickRivers
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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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