15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by brystmar:
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
I'm not an IPA fan overall, so I generally dislike Stone. I do love the Black IPA style, however, and Stone is perfectly suited to brew a top-notch batch of this beer. Let's see how it goes...
A: pours a viscous jet black into my snifter. Generous mocha head fizzes atop the surface, leaving behind plenty of lace. Great retention. A quick swirl of the glass summons the bubbles from their slumber. Rivals the best imperial stouts in appearance!
S: pine, hops, grapefruit, richly roasted malts.
T: deep, roasty flavor right up front. Hop presence isn't far behind but isn't overpoweringly bitter (Stone is [in]famous for this). Great balance of malt and hops with tiny hints of caramel & bitter chocolate midway through. Finishes super dry with lingering bitterness and boozy warmth. Easily the best Black IPA I've consumed to date.
M: incredibly thick and creamy for the style. More carbonation than I expected, but it's absolutely perfect. All beers should be this big & creamy!
D: wow, I could drink the whole 22oz if nobody stopped me. Shared this bottle with my brother, and after only a few we looked at each other in agreement that we needed to buy more. Hope they add this one to their regular production schedule.
A fantastic brew overall. All Black IPAs should be this thick and creamy. The bar has been set, now who will surpass Stone 15?
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2011 00:19:59 | More by brystmar
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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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