15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22-oz bomber into a beer snifter. This beer is as black as its namesake with a nice puffy tan head. It looks like a stout, but the nose is that of a punchy IPA with citrus, pine, and also a light cedar-like smell.
How does it taste? Like most black IPAs, it's very complex and NOT for craft beer newbies. I read somewhere that beer can deliver something like 400 different flavors. I think they're all in this one. I get flavors of toast, cookies, citrus, allspice, fresh bread, and licorice. It is nicely balanced with toasted malt and an extremely dry hoppy bite. The finish is long-lasting and the taste just doesn't go away. As the beer warms a bit, the strength of the hops subsides just a bit and the beer becomes smoother and more mellow.
This is one of those ``bomber beers'' that I wish came in smaller bottles. I'd like to enjoy 12 oz of this once per evening for about a week to really get acquainted. Unfortunately, it's so potent and has such strong flavor, I don't think I'd like to try this in its present 22-oz incantation. Still, it's highly recommended. If you have access to this beer, get it and drink it quickly while it's still fresh.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2011 16:34:25 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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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