15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by busterthecat:
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottled August 2011. Poured into a large tulip chalice.
A- Pours a velvety rich brown from the bottle. Sits very dark, almost black in the glass. A great foamy mocha head forms and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing. Head stays around for a while.
S- Smells like a christmas tree lot after some rain. Fresh crisp pine needles, pine sap from newly cut trunks with some muddy earthiness. A touch of sweet chocolate comes through. Almost a mint quality detectable. Very good.
T- Lots of pine again upfront, definitely a hop forward beer. Some mild citrus is also in the hoppy mix. The initial hop burst slowly blends into more of a bittersweet chocolate in the middle of the taste. More of the darker roasted malt side comes out. The flavor profile really evolves through each taste and through the entire tasting session. Very tasty.
M- Robust, yet not to overwhelming. At a very good level for an Imperial Black Ale. Stays pretty wet through taste. Lingering hop zest and tingle on palate. Bitterness is prominent but not overly intense. Some light alcohol burn on throat after a large gulp.
O- A great Imperial Black Ale. Possibly the best I have tasted since the style has become more popular. Everything was well within the appropriate range for this style. Crisp fresh hops powered the taste, while darker malt/ choc set the stage. Would definitely get this again. Very well done.
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2011 16:52:11 | More by busterthecat
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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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