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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,397 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 138 | FT: 2
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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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

Appearance - pours black. Looks opaque at first but if held right up to a light, it has some deep and intense ruby hues. Two fingers of chocolatey mocha foam with nice stick as it melts down.

Aroma - spicy grapefruit, almost juniper-like. Some char to the roasty grain aroma.

Taste - the sweet malty grain has a roasty element to it, but you better find it and enjoy quickly. The hops hit heavy, hard, and with intent. Wow, a rush of pine and grapefruit rind, a total alpha wash but little if any medicinal factor for a hoppy brew that could easily go there. The swallow brings in some balancing roasty malt and some abv heat. Not much indication that this is double-digit strength. The finish is a palate scraping bitterness, dryness occurring from the hops and the black malts. Lots of lingering flavor here, no need to rush the bottle.

Mouthfeel - my first impression was smooth like a milk stout or RIS but this got modified as I progressed to a lighter but still smooth feel. The carbonation is about as big as it can be and still be complementary.

Drinkability - top notch, a special entry for the style.

01-17-2012 03:13:31 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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josssmith

Arizona

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Geno78

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-14-2011 17:07:46 | More by seanwhite
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California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Texas

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Missouri

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California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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wyatt

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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goalie33

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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BigJarv79

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-23-2011 04:13:57 | More by iguana1010
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.