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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

1,397 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 53
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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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-07-2012 00:56:48 | More by LotsofLupulin
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suncrust

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Notes from both draft and 22oz bomber. Poured to a tulip glass on both occassions.

L- Beautiful beer to pour. Vivid thick black color, with great activity as the frothy, dark brown mocha head forms. Head has an intensely creamy texture with a super sticky lace. Color reminds me of a perfectly roasted marshmallow.

A- Sticky, resinous hops smell. I adore the dank hop aroma in this beer. Add in some wood chips, oak, and mild earthy notes with a hint of smokiness. A light touch of dark plum and dark chocolates. Complex and intriguing.

T- Very roasty, burnt/dark roasted coffee and espresso. Lots of whiskey and dark flavors. A bit boozy in the finish, and the warming effect from the alcohol is quickly felt.

Some smokey ash, oak, & light vanilla notes- especially as it warms. Some tobacco in there for good measure.

Dark chocolate kicks in on the aftertaste. Hops add a tingly presence and zest that really adds enjoyability and texture. The hops are bitter, earthy, and create harmony to the bold roasted flavors and heavy, oak aged booze tones.

MF- Slightly soapy, creamy and thick. Easy to drink, despite the high ABV. Has this great lingering roasted hops texture. My tongue almost dries up a bit as the alcohol evaporates off it when I breathe. Similar tongue feeling when drinking coffee. Really reminds me of espresso / coffee in it's texture, while still being rich and creamy in a way that coffee is not.

O- Overall, this is a bold beer, with strong characteristics throughout. Solid choice for a Black IPA. The whiskey, woody characteristics mixed with espresso and dark chocolate notes, topped off with a sticky, resiny hop character, gives this beer an intensity that I thoroughly enjoy.

Prost!

11-05-2011 03:23:15 | More by suncrust
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RISky

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from bomber to pint glass, with 2 finger head, body is absolutely black as night. Heavy lacing followed from top to bottom.

Smells very strong of piney hops, close to burnt. Touch of coffee, malts and slight sweetness.

Very strong taste of hops up front into a roasted flavor followed by coffee and minor chocolate taste. Seems to finish with a tart fruity flavor. 10% is noticeable but not imposing.

Bitter fruity flavor medium body average carbonation.

Overall very nice beer great hop heavy flavor, accompanied by roasted fruit and small amounts of chocolate. 10% is nice bonus to a good tasting beer.

11-09-2011 05:54:20 | More by RISky
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tln13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-22-2012 19:13:17 | More by tln13
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-15-2011 05:34:14 | More by hyuga
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user785335

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-04-2013 15:33:37 | More by user785335
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andthevolcano

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-07-2012 02:29:48 | More by andthevolcano
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-08-2012 20:44:48 | More by mendvicdog
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xdtfx

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-27-2012 03:14:39 | More by xdtfx
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-11-2012 00:52:37 | More by Tyrawlings
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CHickman

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours motor oil black with a humongous 2-3 finger light brown foamy head that faded slowly and crept down the class leaving great sticky lacing clinging to the sides, leaving rings; there were tons of bubbles of all sizes in this impressive head and just looking at this in the glass let me know I was in for another winner from Stone. That and the fact that I could smell the chocolate malts and hops from 6 inches away.

The smell was aggressive with floral and piney hops up front mixed with roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, caramel, roasted grains or coffee grinds and earthy tones like peat moss or dirt; citrus hops, burnt wood and light vanilla came in the second wave, along with a little booze. To me this smelled perfect for the style and really great, with a roasted malt and hoppy balance that made the aroma seem like a hopped up chocolate stout or porter. The booze peeked through but was not overpowering or offensive.

Tastes a lot more complicated than it smells, with roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, caramel, raisin, dark fruit like a date or fig, roasted grains, coffee, peat moss, burnt wood, vanilla, floral hops, herbs, light citrus hops, orange peel, cocoa powder, light booze and a Starbucks coffee bitterness. The malts and roasted flavor are more pronounced than the hops in the nose, and this tastes more malty and sweet than hoppy. This was less of an IPA and more like a stout or very dark ale where the bourbon like booze sweetness kicked in after each sip.

Mouthfeel was think and creamy, with mild carbonation that was almost thin and flat, a heavy body and a slick feel as it slides across the tongue, leaving a charcoal dry bitter coating along with a roasted chocolate flavor finish. After the swallow my mouth was dry and it seemed like I just had a sip of coffee as my belly warmed.

A great beer that went down easy considering the ABV and overall roasted essence. Don’t expect an IPA with this one as the classification is off, but it’s still a very tasty brew. This is an over-the-top experimental beer, and in line with what Stone does and produces; any Stone fan will enjoy this and the experiment, but this is not a hopheads Black IPA…this is a bastard beer that will smack your palate and give you a great buzz. Enjoy!

11-04-2011 03:44:01 | More by CHickman
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jadler16

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-02-2014 17:23:39 | More by jadler16
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-01-2012 22:35:15 | More by fehrminator
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-13-2012 00:40:20 | More by Goldfishman
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joewsorenson


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-13-2012 01:40:10 | More by joewsorenson
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-05-2013 14:53:58 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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crob3888

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-20-2011 00:02:52 | More by crob3888
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Listers

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-19-2012 01:34:56 | More by Listers
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mixed_master7

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-31-2012 19:49:35 | More by mixed_master7
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-19-2012 04:45:59 | More by 57md
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-01-2011 21:09:58 | More by JRod1969
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Black as night with a brown lasting head and good lacing.

Piney hops is evident as soon as you open the bottle, even before the pour. Dark roasty malts come next, with an earthy woody aroma following, kind of like being in a Colorado pine forest almost. Pungent as hell and very inviting.

Strong tasting stuff, lots of great IPA qualities are balanced with smoky and roasted malt flavors, very complex and delicious.

Feel is so thick, full bodied and almost chewy, alcohol is evidenced by the warming but almost completely covered up.

Quite similar to sublimely self-righteous, but a bit thicker and heavier.

How could Stone ever make something that I wouldn't like? I don't know if that's possible. Certainly an A quality beer and once again highly recommended by me.

09-05-2011 00:58:21 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

On-tap at Ale+Witch. The brew pours with a look reminiscent of 10w-40 at 25k miles; cappuccino-colored froth clings to the glass' side. The nose offers piney and herbal hop notes, evoking the aroma of fresh Cascade. There is also a chocolate-y note underlying, revealing roasty bitterness. The flavor is essentially the aroma transposed upon the palate, but it is greatly aided by the mouthfeel, which seems to amplify the quality and depth of flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy and silky all at once, and really I cannot imagine it being any better. Overall, this is one of the best examples of a Black IPA I've seen. And it has dark flavor, not just color, which is not always the case with this style.

09-16-2011 23:41:32 | More by ktrillionaire
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roodie

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Enjoyed on tap at the Flying Saucer, Houston

~8 oz pour into a snifter

A: pours a dark coffee black, with 2 fingers of espresso head. Low retention, light lacing. dark coloring belies the hoppy potential

S: mild citrus with a hoppy, bitter, pungent backbone like a spicerack. odd, but working for me

T: bitter and piney; roasty malts give off a muted sweetness, very good.

M: a bit chalky with lingering bitterness. leaves a velvety coating blending the best qualities of a stout and heavily hopped beer

O: A great beer, better than most Black IPAs, I think Stone does this style well. A strong beer for sure, but hides it's punch till the end!

09-25-2011 05:49:47 | More by roodie
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Softestdog

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-29-2012 19:38:11 | More by Softestdog
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.