15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 9/21/11
August 2011. Enjoy fresh.
About. Freaking. Time.
Dear Ohio Department of Commerce, you are assholes and shitbags. Kick rocks.
Pours and inky, scorched brown and settles near black. Whoa there; didn't seem like it was pouring much of a head so I aggravated it. This resulted in a billowy three finger head that nearly took from the glass. The head reduces slowly; the toasty brown foam becoming thicker as it collapses. Already it's leaving thick patches of lace; nice webs of lace throughout.
While still confined in the bottle, the beer had pleasant aromas of cocoa and pine hops. Once in the glass the aroma is much more potent, showcasing piney hop notes that still smell fresh, in spite of Ohio's attempt to prevent it, as well as a very-well suited malt backdrop of dusty cocoa and roasted semi-sweet chocolate and burnt notions singing the fringes. Over time, the hops take a dive toward earthiness and the pine becomes scarce. Alcohol is absent.
Ooh... as if Buckeye football wasn't enough reason to loathe the nonsense in Ohio. Here we have the Department of Commerce keeping me from absolutely loving this beer. Remnants of green pine hops taunt me with the ghost of their full caliber. Not that the hops are unenjoyably faded, but man, I get them impression they were cranking. Hop kick is only at a moderate level, at this point. The malt profile is tasty, though. Lots of the same roasted chocolate and cocoa as is had in the aroma. Maybe once or twice I caught a slight hint of coffee beans.
The feel leans more toward full than medium. Carbonation is pretty low, perfectly accenting a mild undercurrent of grittiness. Other than that the feel is rather slick and smooth, though, as with the nose, booze is noticeably absent. Finishes with a touch of bitterness and a low, residual bitterness.
No matter how you slice it, this is a pretty solid beer. As it stands now, it's totally enjoyable on Stone's end; they did a good job with this one and, thankfully, it has held up well. I just wish I could have tried a fresh bottle. The quality is such that it would behoove Stone to put this into a rotating release, preferably in six packs.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2011 06:13:03 | More by Ryan011235
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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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