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

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1,409 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,409
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 55
Gots: 140 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

MKanaga, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

sparx1100, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

mikemoeller112, Feb 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

jk3, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

stageseven, Jan 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Mark000, Dec 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ncstateplaya, May 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

FXRGuy, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Kanine, Aug 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

kruthy, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

dunix, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

fox227, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

WDJersey, Aug 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

halo913, May 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Fitzmke, Feb 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

joshwalt, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter at the Stone Tap Takeover at Acre.

Appearance: The appearance of every Stone beer shows their care and devotion to the craft. Black in color with brown edges and a tan cap, this big American Black Ale retains remarkably well for the ABV and leaves some nice lace down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, soy sauce, and some piney hops with a touch of ethyl alcohol.

Taste: Unfortunately, the taste cannot shed the soy sauce aroma that I got in the nose. Roast coffee and malt go well together with some light sweetness, with a mostly pine hop bill at the end. The salty soy sauce flavor just throws this off too much to give it a good score though. The booze is there the whole time, but it manifests itself in its purest form at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Moderately creamy and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. Fuller than medium bodied, with an ABV that warms the throat and stomach. Not too sticky or resiny, although both sensations are there.

Overall: Not the best I have had. Where that soy sauce flavor came from, I don't know, but it really distracts from what would otherwise be a pretty good beer.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

eerbayman, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

sponger, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

mmmIPAs, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ef88, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of gregb13
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a fluffy, mocha-tinted head of varying bubble structure. Sort of like a thick root beer float. Moderate alcohol legs.

Nose is dominated by bitter hop and citrus fruit, and some sharp citrus rind. Not much else present.

Taste follows the nose. Very bitter up front, in the middle and on the back of the palate. Hops and bitter citrus galore. There is a mild alcohol warming sensation in the finish, and possibly some espresso notes throughout. Some dark roasted character as well.

Mouthfeel is medium, very effervescent. Moderate carbonation, bitter aftertaste.

Overall a solid brew. A little bitter for my palate, but if you are a fan of huge west coast IPAs you would probably enjoy this.

gregb13, Oct 31, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light brown head. In the aroma, chocolate roast and a citrus hop. In the taste, a small citrus and a dry coffee and chocolate roast. A small hop and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry chocolate and coffee like aftertaste. More a hoppy porter, nice, but porter like.

OWSLEY069, Oct 18, 2011
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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