15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zeledonia:
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Been sitting on this one for a little while, excited to finally try it. My favorite beer of this style, whatever you want to call it, is Sublimely Self-Righteous. So curious what Stone can do when they turn up the volume to 11 (in honor of Nigel Tufnel Day).
Pours very dark, essentially black, with no light coming through, even at the edges. Massive mocha-colored head, long retention and great lacing. This looks like an amazing stout, and if I were just looking at it, that's what I'd think it was.
Smell is a super-smooth blend of dark roasted malts and resiny, citrusy hops. The malts bring dark roasted coffee. The hops bring a hint of pine and a touch of grapefruit. Fantastic.
Taste is dark, rich, with a bit of char and a bit of hop bite. A nice combination, though not as smooth as the smell. Coffee comes through. Finishes bitter, slightly sharp.
Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, but smooth and silky on the tongue. Fades out right when I want it to, with only a bit of lingering bitterness. Carbonation is on the low end, but surges late, mixing the flavors up right when I want it to. Alcohol comes through late, but barely. I can hardly believe this is nearly 11% ABV.
A fantastic black ale. Heavier on the malts than many examples, and with a thick mouthfeel more typical of a stout. This beer really blurs the boundaries, even moreso than this style typically does. Drinks more like a hopped-up stout to me, but has those nice aromatic hops to brighten things up. Wonderful beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2011 03:07:16 | More by zeledonia
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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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