15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bosox941827:
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
22oz, elaborately designed bomb bottle poured into an oversized "Ayinger" 0.5L glass. You MUST read the manifesto on the back; great insight to what inspires Stone to create these beers. Served cold but warmed as tasted over a period of an hour or so.
A - The blackest beer I've ever seen; even holding this up to a bright fluorescent light, NOTHING gets through. See perhaps the *slightest* hint of brown/ruby on the edge, but I'm not sure about that. Pours as thick as motor oil; foamy dark beige head off a rough pour that settles down quickly.
S - Hops and a bit of roastiness; the hops are not overpowering really, but there's not much else there besides them - the roastiness definitely takes a back seat.
T - Sweeter than I was expecting for sure; the bitterness is pervasive, but well-balanced and not "in your face". In fact, on a pure hop-forward basis comparison, I think Stone's Self-Righteous is more overpowering. The sweet roastiness is balanced by the bitterness, but the lingering flavor after a good sip is of pleasant bitterness. I found my tongue unconsciously scrubbing the roof of my mouth between sips. The alcohol really only reveals itself after the beer has warmed quite a bit, and of course in how you feel as the contents of your glass diminish. Pretty amazing that almost 11% ABV can be well-hidden, but that's the case here.
M - Doesn't feel as thick as it pours, probably because of the thinning effect of the alcohol in the mouth and the hops, which dry your mouth out considerably. Again, for me, the hop effect is more insidious than in your face. Of course, with the amount of malt and alcohol in here, the hops have an uphill battle in here.
Overall this is a pretty amazing beer that will really challenge your preconceptions of what beer is, and I think that's kinda what they're trying to get at in the manifesto on the back of the bottle. Given the choice, I think I would lean towards Stone's "standard" Black IPA, the Supremely Self-Righteous Ale, but this one must be tried as well.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2011 21:33:09 | More by bosox941827
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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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