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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,393 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 139 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-16-2011)
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an Otter Creek World Tour tumbler.

A - Pours a pitch black color. Pours with a thickness and viscosity I wasn't really expecting. Two thick fingers of dense cappuccino colored creamy head with intense staying power. Falls slowly leaving behind an even sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - Roasty, burnt, coffee-ish base with some earthy aromas and some grassy and citrusy hops. Somewhat on the light side in intensity...surprised how subtle this is.

T - Where the aroma was lacking in intensity, the flavor certainly is not. Boozy on the inhale. Intensely bitter with hops and more than anything burnt malts, charcoal, coffee, bakers chocolate. At the same time there is a corresponding sweetness, like an infusion of simple syrup in a black coffee. Hops are grassy and citrusy as in the aroma. This has a definite acrid, smokey, burnt character to it.

M - Pretty full bodied, oily and almost syrupy in feel. Carbonation is noticeable but lowish in intensity giving a creaminess that further fills in the body of this beer.

O - Pretty intense bottle to have on a warm, end of summer afternoon. Turning into a bit of a sipper - probably better suited for a cool night, maybe with a dark chocolate based dessert...just skip the coffee and go with this. Way more intense than any other black IPA I've experienced, a rather unique offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 18:15:41 | More by portia99
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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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