15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,369 | Reviews: 710 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ahalloin:
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the aptly and amusingly decorated bottle with the words of revolution printed on the back. I'll admit, I have a man-crush on Greg Koch.
Pours an absolutely black fluid. It's so black, it practically sucks light from the room. Nothing gets through this bad boy. Tall elegant light espresso head forms with reverse cascade head from a moderate pour. Head recedes to a large amount of lacing clinging to the glass and thin cap. Truly a beautiful looking beer!
The smell is pungent aggressive hops with notes of pine, onion, and slight citrus. I have a nose for picking out Summit hops, and I do believe I smell them here. It isn't my favorite hop when overdone, but in small doses, as it is here, it adds a nice complexity to the bouquet. Slight toffee and roasty backbone, but the hops are king here.
This beer creates some pretty incredibly complex flavors. The sweet malt backbone resides in the background while my taste buds get attacked with various levels of citric hops and roasty notes. This ain't for the faint of heart! Hops seem to win the battle against the roasty quality, which is as it should be for a "Escondidian" Imperial Black IPA. The finish is problematic for me. It is EXTREMELY bitter (for context: I like bitterness) and lingers in the aftertaste for, oh, I'd say...28 minutes! I'd guess this comes in well over 100 IBUs. It may be the marriage of roast and hop in the finish, but it distracts a bit from an otherwise very tasty beer.
The mouthfeel is very creamy and satisfying with a lowish carbonation. You'd never know you were drinking an almost 11% ABV beer.
Overall I really like this beer aside from the finish in the taste. I need something to cut it like a strong blue cheese.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2011 00:34:11 | More by ahalloin
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I am drinking a bottle that was brewed in August of 2011 on 10/26/2013.
This is not an IPA to me because all of the hop flavor has long since gone. That's ok though, because this has morphed into a quite tasty imperial stout. So, strangely enough, that's how I will review it.
A - opaque dark black.
S - very sweet, with dark fruit, fig and licorice notes. There is a slight hopiness left to it, but it's faint. It smells like a Russian imperial stout.
T - Very deep flavor. I get a taste of milk chocolate right off the bat with a depth of flavor that develops into figs, and then a flavor of very bitter deep roasted coffee that fades quickly. It's smooth but leaves a taste of booze on the tongue. Overall, very smooth.
M - Great. Heavy and chewy. Great for the style.
O - I can't say what the black IPA would be like had I tried this beer within 6 months of the brewing date. BUT, what I will say is that this is a delicious beer and very well crafted.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 02:38:01 | More by Smooth-Hoperator
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Bottled 8/1/11, so more than 2yrs old now. Bought for $5.99 at Total Wine Tustin (great value).
A - Pitch black, nothing even around the edges. Mocha colored head leaves decent lacing.
S - Dark chocolate, has a weird turpentine smell, I expect it is from the aged hops. Not off-putting. Weird, but nice.
T - Dark chocolate upfront, also dark fruits (prunes, raisins, figs). A little sweet on the front end. You get that same flavor (turpentine) and black tea from the aged hops. You can definitely tell this beer was massively hopped.
M - Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low side of medium.
O - I think this is definitely past it's age, but still a great drink. The fresh version was even better because of the hop notes. This is still better than the Sublimely Self Righteous (which is also a great beer).
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2013 03:28:31 | More by jeff1973
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,369 ratings.