15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.93/5 rDev -30.6%
Pours thick and milky and black with a pellicle of a tan head. Lasts a really long time, with great lacing. Looks like Left Hand Milk Stout on nitrogen.
Very conflicting but alluring aroma. Bitter grapefruit and marmalade on a backdrop of cocoa and coffee.
This tastes like an over hopped imperial stout, nothing more. As in, something went wrong. Aggressive, medicinal, bitter. Roast + bitter hops = Meh. A little cloying too, but points for hiding the alcohol well.
Rich, full body; creamy.
Everything about this beer is good except the taste. This doesn't cross a line, push the envelope, break barriers, or redefine anything. It is just an unusual mix of ingredients that does not work very well.
09-13-2011 02:42:28 | More by 7ways
2.95/5 rDev -30.1%
Served at Acre's stone tap takeover
Pours black with large tan head that laces up nicely and sticks around for a while.
Whew. I'm not sure what happened on the nose - smell is not to my liking. I get soy sauce and fermented broccoli. Blech. As I get used to it I can tell that it's a combination of piney hops mixed with roasty malts. The combo ends up pungent and not so tasty.
Tastes better than it smells. Very hoppy, with lots of roasty malts. Bitter and boozy with some of that unusual soy sauce flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is quite nice - creamy and smooth. Medium bodied, and a bit sticky.
Overall, the nose just kills this one for me.
08-31-2011 18:41:16 | More by readbaron
3/5 rDev -28.9%
Pours near black, complety opaque. Thick and foamy mocha head. Boozy nose, vodka and coffee beans. Hops come through quite well.
Taste reminds me of an over hopped stout. Chocolatey flavors are surprisingly present. Juicy hops just plopped right down, offering some weird contrast. Sort of harsh all around. Fusel alcohol, roast, hoppy finish. Pretty much unpleasant.
11-06-2011 18:18:27 | More by zoolzoo
3.05/5 rDev -27.7%
Consumed at Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub and Cafe on Sunday, August 21st, 2011. Beer served in a small stemmed goblet.
Extremely dark brown (might as well just call it black) with a one finger cocoa-colored head composed of EXTREMELY fine and uniform bubbles.
Nose: hoppy as heck. Pine and grapefruit. Pleasing.
Up front, there is a nice malt chocolate flavor which is followed by resiny grapefruit. Not as bitter an affair as the hopping might have led one to believe, but the two flavors do not work well with each other. Noticeable alcohol as both flavor and heat.
Finish is unexpectedly clean; the palate is spared a stripping. Mouthfeel is creamy and a little thick.
This is like a black and tan made with a stout that gets overpowered by a double IPA. It just doesn't work for me. Chalk it up as an interesting failure; chocolate and grapefruit flavors do not complement each other here.
I'm going to age a couple of bottles of this to see what happens.
08-22-2011 23:09:00 | More by charlzm
3.05/5 rDev -27.7%
I purchased this beer only because the store limited its sale to one per customer ... I thought that meant it was something special.
While good, I can't see what all the fuss is about. Nothing special, really.
I taste coffee, chocolate, and a bitterness which ruins everything for me.
02-04-2012 23:19:38 | More by Vierenner
3.08/5 rDev -27%
Poured out of a fun bomber.
Into the glass, it looks like oil. Dark, viscous, with a big head that leaves tons of lacing. Smell brings pine hops at first, with an odd finish. Burnt? Earthy? There's a lot going on here, and I'm not sure I love it. Taste is almost like a stout at first, and then you taste the piney hops. Chocolatey, a little smoky, and it's really overwhelming. I can't totally sort it out. The alcohol is definitely present--it's a very warming beer. Carbonation is good.
I liked alright, but it never really came together for me. Maybe I'm not ready for something this complex. I like Yakima Glory a little better.
10-08-2011 20:51:32 | More by cneville
3.1/5 rDev -26.5%
From notes, 08/30/11
Pours jet black with a large, light brown head and moderate retention. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is thick like an imperial stout, not an easy drink. Taste is mostly charred, roasted notes followed by hint of chocolate and coffee. Earthy, resinous hops finish it off. Pretty boozy, and I don't consider myself too sensitive to that kind of quality. I really like Sublimely Self-Righteous but I was not a big fan of this one. I'm admittedly not a big Black IPA drinker but I have had ones that I thought balanced the flavors better (Deschutes' Hop in the Dark in particular). I thought there was too much stout and not enough hop presence. A good beer, but not one I'd be likely to buy again.
09-08-2011 18:27:47 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
3.13/5 rDev -25.8%
Thanks to wishuwerebeer for the share. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This brew appears black in color with a rich frothy cap of brown that is 2 fingers strong. A thick wall of webby lacing completely covers the glassware everywhere it touches.
The smell of this brew initially is fruity with hops, some citrus and a bit of veggie to earthy aspect. A little bit pine included as well as a catty aspect across the back. Roasty grain becomes more bold across the back with a hint of alcohol as the brew warms.
The taste is bold with a roasty bitterness of the grain that immediately gives way to a hoppy bitterness that is oily and includes catty and veggie hop flavoring. Alcohol has a hint of fruit like pear or cantaloupe and a warmth down the back of the throat. The taste of this brew really clashes for me and seems a bit dirty.
This is a medium bodied brew, somewhat smooth in the feel with a creamy texture and modest level of carbonation. It is quite bold and roasty but the flavor and aroma really clashes for me. Pear/cantaloupe meets bitter roasted grain and catty/veggies is just so strange. I wanted to like this brew but had a really hard time finishing my glass. If black ipas are your thing, you might love this but there are better offerings for the style.
10-24-2011 18:34:23 | More by stakem
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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