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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

1,406 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 139 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

sunofneurot, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jpcarnegie, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

swetsastonic, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
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).

jeff1973, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jegross2, Sep 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Stoutfan23DJ, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

tbone1384, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

user785335, Sep 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jakecattleco, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

st9647v3, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ROGUE16, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

RinZo, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Greasy, Aug 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

JTomczak, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of bmwats
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brownish head. Settles fairly quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles and a thick ring around the rim. Thick, persistent, beer ring lacing.

S: Char roasted malt, hops, and black licorice. A little peat, and dark unsweetened chocolate. Maybe a little molasses.

T: Roasted malt and hops. Well balanced.

M: Roasty and hoppy in the front. Licorice in the back. Dry, hoppy finish lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is great. Thick, tight head, with lots of sticky, persistent lacing. Nose is a full combination of roasted grains, hops, bitter licorice, sweet chocolate and molasses. Very roasty and very hoppy. Overall, this is a great quaff.

bmwats, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

falconxman, Jul 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ADTaber, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > PInt Glass

A - Poured a nice rich black, two finger brown head, lots of lacing.
S - Chocolate, roasted malt, and a lot of weird hop oil/resin smell.
T - Really thick and sweet toffee kinda malt, and too much of that oily hop flavor.
M - Too thick and overbearing.
O - Not enough qualities that could redeem this for me from disliking it, hate the oily hop flavors.

Omnium, Jul 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

XXVII, Jul 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

pathman, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

illidurit, Jul 05, 2013
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.