15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by coastiefish:
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Love the play on with "Escondidian". Up here in Cascadia, we love our "CDA's", but this b***h is black!
A - Great Pour. Thick, black, velvety right from the bottle into a tulip. Got a eye opening reaction accompanied with a outloud "Wow!" Poured a cream coffee colored 2 inch head that dwindled down to a nice quarter inch layer.
S- Dark molasses, rich, tobacco and birch. Briney (oyster shell?). This is one amazing nose. Buy it, try it if not for anything else.
T- Complex; the finish is very well rounded black coffee. With a lingering black coffee finish, a bit bitter (some may say very bitter?) I find layers of flavors in each taste. I pick up a tiny bit of saltiness in the middle of a taste. Note: Im leaving the 22 out to get to more room temp as I get through the bottle, as I believe this will get better as I go along).
Warming alcohol, but not distinctly detected upon initial tasting.
Tobacco starts to come to the forefront in the taste.
Alcohol starts to come to the forefront after warming a bit.
-After pouring the rest of the 22 into the tulip, the brew starts to mellow out some, which is nice as the 10% kicks in, so overall that experience is nice.
M-Smooth, velvety, the very slightest bit slick and oily. Body is full. Leaves a bit of sticky on the lips. Lip licking is in store.
O-This beer is something that I would call an experience; it is chock full of complexities, and as you work your way through it, it will open up for you even more. Try it, and suggest it.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2011 07:57:29 | More by coastiefish
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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.
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