15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TechTriumph:
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From notes on 12/02/11:
Bottled: Aug 2011; Poured in a pint glass.
A - Half inch thick creamy tan head; Very close to black - just a hint of dark brown along the edges when held to the light; Some lacing around the glass
S - Grapefruit smelling hops; Sweet chocolate with some roasted coffee beans; Dark fruits as well; Loving the smell of this
T - Some bitterness hits up front with some pine and grapefruit hops; Roasted coffee beans follow accompanied by biscuity and slight chocolate qualities; Some alcohol is present in the beginning; A good dose of bitterness stays throughout the taste
M - Lots of carbonation; Higher side of medium bodied; Pretty smooth feel that leaves a slight citrus oily coat on the tongue; A little warmth from the alcohol is also detected
O - This beer has really broadened my horizons in mixing the stout and IPA styles...and it's awesome. At first, the flavors in this beer didn't mesh like I had hoped. However, after having a chance to warm, it really reached a nice balance of hops and malt flavors. Stone really did a nice job on this beer, and I'm pleased I had the chance to enjoy this. I am excited to see what direction other breweries take with this new and growing style.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2011 02:53:34 | More by TechTriumph
More User Reviews:
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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