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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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seplo

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-30-2012 18:46:57 | More by seplo
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Bradbury

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-24-2012 04:05:28 | More by Bradbury
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-16-2011 04:47:35 | More by jrohrbacher
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DoubleJ

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Looks like Stone is going back to the well of its 11th Anniversary Ale and has formulated a stronger version with Citra hops. Excitement is in the air once again. On to the beer:

It's as rich black as an imperial stout. The head on top is a mix of bubbly suds and milky lace, whipping up strings to the glasss. That's the Stone I know about...the aroma is filled with Citra hops. It's very juicy and filled with passionfruit. Metallic at times, but in a good way. There's that underlying note of roasted malt I was hoping to find.

Normally with a color so black, your brain tells you to wait for an espersso assult. In this case, it's a tropical fruit assult. Rest assured, it is tasty. Passionfruit and tangerine galore with a little layer of roast. I do like this, though a little more with the malt bill wouldn't hurt. The 10.8% ABV listed seems like a misprint, because the alcohol is disguised extremely well, it feels lighter than anticipated (closer to medium-heavy than heavy), and its drinkability is very high for its size.

Much more delightful than I was expecting. It's approachable and not over the top. Behold the power of the Citra hop, and Stone's ability to hop beers.

10-25-2011 04:33:11 | More by DoubleJ
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Bomber purchased in California, brought back to Sydney, Australia and opened with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a heavily dark black-brown, with an exceptional head of crackling yellow brown coffee crema. Lacing is intricate, solid, honeycombed. Really solid legs to it, too, staying sticky on the edge of the glass when tilted. Body is surprisingly light, but extremely suitable for the style. Very fine carbonation. Looks genuinely exceptional.

Nose is heavily hoppy, with earthy, rusty hops giving the main event. There's no bright, citric fruitiness here—more of a tea tannin, earth, bracken character. It melds very pleasantly with the dark notes from the malt, in a way that makes some sense in a weird style; instead of the bright, citric, whimsical hoppiness creating an amusing contrast to the darkness, this blends together into some odd symbiosis.

Taste is smooth and clean and bright. The roast gives a nice basis, more of a dark biscuity sweetness, but the hops really lift the palate, and here they do have a touch of the crisp, bright citric quality to them, more than the tannic earthiness suggested on the nose. Finish has lingering bitterness, partially due to the hops, partially due to the roast. It's a nice finish, and sums up what the beer is about.

Really nice beer. It's a very odd thing that Stone have seemed to make sense of this style in a way that's quite orthogonal to the regular interpretation. The darker, more earthy hops match it really nicely with the roast malt, giving a beer that is different, but in all the right ways.

11-26-2011 05:14:46 | More by lacqueredmouse
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Black as night, though there may have been an smidgeon of a dark brown edge when held up to the light. Thick mocha cap of fine bubbles, clumpy sheets of lacing. I expected the aroma to be citrusy, and I wasn't disappointed - grapefruit pith was dominent at first, but gave way to some malty chocolate character as it warmed. Notes of cocoa and pine resin, alcohol and herbal hops, plus roasted malts, all floated in and out of focus. Big bittersweet chocolate flavour, more citrusy grapefruit and tangerine, peppery alcohol, bready and roasted malts. Full bodied with a silky texture, carbonation was a bit creamy. Mild warmth and astringency. Overall, quite enjoyable. It's a big beer packing a lot of flavour and I thought the brewers at Stone did a good job getting everything to work together.

08-21-2011 21:09:30 | More by DrJay
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jag21

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-16-2011 22:36:59 | More by jag21
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mconz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-12-2012 12:59:01 | More by mconz
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-14-2012 01:38:53 | More by smcnulty1981
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-19-2014 06:02:00 | More by zestar
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-08-2013 17:19:02 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-14-2011 18:08:45 | More by Jspriest
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Greasy

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-20-2013 20:13:26 | More by Greasy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

This brew was poured at the Tavern on Liberty St. during their Stone Tap Takeover. The beer comes out solid black with a nice sticky brown head that laced the glass really well. The smell of the beer is bold and hoppy. The taste of the beer is big and citrusy with a delicate chocolate coffee like balance to it. The mouthfeel of the beer has a really nice thickness, a bit oily and creamy. Overall it s a really good brew. Stone strikes again with another winner.

09-16-2011 01:06:35 | More by Knapp85
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-26-2012 04:52:18 | More by rolltide8425
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messrock

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-03-2012 12:06:46 | More by messrock
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-12-2011 20:47:13 | More by drummermattie02
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-07-2012 22:19:41 | More by PeteRiz
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IlludiumQ36

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-06-2012 18:51:56 | More by IlludiumQ36
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JimmyTango

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours like an imperial stout-black and thick with a big dark brown head. Smells like hops, lots of very tasty hops. Licorice, toast, and carmel malts are also there in the nose, but the main impression is hops and black. The taste follows the smell, but with more of a toast malt than the carmel smell suggested, more grassy hops than anticipated, but accompanied by the oily, piney, soapy hops that the nose promised. A touch of citrus rind, but nothing like in Sublimely Self Righteous. Pretty chewy and sugary, but without much sweetness. Bitterness is gnar, but not unchecked by the big black malts. This was great, hella great. Very different from SSR in a more deep and complex way. I’d say this is for sure gnarlier, but not any less drinkable. Big. Huge! I love that it still manages to come across as something completely different from a hoppy stout… I loved it, but will probably reach for the SSR when I’m in an IPA mood. This is more overwhelming.

05-02-2012 21:58:24 | More by JimmyTango
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-22-2012 00:46:38 | More by DrFunkenstein
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TheSteak22

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-17-2012 19:51:24 | More by TheSteak22
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emaciated

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-17-2011 03:32:41 | More by emaciated
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-18-2011 20:28:12 | More by Rochefort10nh
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-09-2014 17:29:34 | More by afsdan
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.