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

15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,373 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1373
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%


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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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Very dark body, but not pitch black. Some transparency at the edges. It has a nice chocolate head to start, but it's gone in a flash and it diminishes to lacing. Spots of lacing remain and some sticks to the glass.

Smell - Strong citrus flavors and a plentiful roasted malt character behind it. These black ales always throw me off. The aromas just don't seem like they would complement each other, but they seem to work out in the end.

Taste - Hops at the front, much like the aroma. It fades very smoothly into the chocolate and coffee flavors in the end, but finishes just so slightly bitter. It never seems to fully materialize the chocolate and coffee flavors. They are muted by the hops, which dominate throughout.

Mouthfeel - There's a lot of booze in the flavor, it has to be said. It's heavy for an IPA and light for a stout. It's in between. I like it, but it leaves me questioning which it would like to be. Clearly more the IPA, but heavy and boozy for the style.

Overall - I like how the flavors meld in the taste, but I still feel like it wants to be either an IPA or a stout, but not both. It's surprisingly drinkable, though, just not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:20:08 | More by Alieniloquium
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and opaque, even in bright sun light.

Lots of dark malt and some hops, but too much alcohol in the nose

Rich flavor featuring dark malt over the hops, despite the IPA designation. Huge malt flavor yet plenty of hops show thru. Extremely long finish and aftertaste.

M: full body; good if rather aggressive carbonation.

O - very bold; a bit challenging and extreme; highly flavored. If you are seeking a rich and flavorful beer with plenty of hops and dark malt, don't miss this offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 19:46:09 | More by chinchill
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FosterJM

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

721st Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip
22 oz bottle

App- A new point in the black IPA zone has been reached. To me they really dressed up a RIS with a bigger head and scaled back the lacing. Black squid ink liquid and a giant three finger head. Khaki in color and very very slow to recede.

Smell- A very nice blend of a lot of things. I get damp citrus with some orange and some tropical. At the same time its a bit malty with a creamy note. No trace of the ABV or bitterness.

Taste- This is very different from other black IPAs I have had including the 11th anny or SSR. This one is more malt driven with a balanced malt/citrus combo. Its unique in flavors with it being so split down the middle and very balanced. Black IPAs arent my favorite but 11th and 15th take the cake.

Mouth- A very well done medium bodied beer with a paired and equally balanced medium carbonation. A bunch of bubbles and a lot of malt with a touch of citrus and coffee. Maybe just maybe a little coffee on the finish.

Drink- Well I hope after all these years Stone will always push boundries and continue to push boundries. A newer style but very balanced, tasty and unique. I probably wont age one as it states but I saw the 3L and said mmm...

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:51:10 | More by FosterJM
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Bristol Farms Palm Desert CA for 6.99

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size frothy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, chocolate, grapefruit/oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops mixed with malts, chocolate, and hops. There is also quite a bit of a roasted/burnt nut flavour. It ends with a hoppy bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

Overall - Lots of imperial stout qualities mixed with a good dose of hops. For an black ale I think I preferred the The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA, but this is still a fantastic beer. The alcohol is very well hidden and to me it's a beefed up Self Righteous.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 02:15:36 | More by spinrsx
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Very dark oily brown-black body. Viscous pour. A good inch of creamy, satiny, dirty khaki head. Very good lacing up the sides of the tulip. Lots of hoppy goodness on the nose. Piny, herbal, minty, and resinous. Boozy dark chocolate and roasted coffee mix with caramel sweetness to represent the malt side of the aroma.

Bitter roasted coffee flavors up front and stay throughout. Dark fruits and singed caramel build, with the building sweetness tempered by herbal, piny hop bitterness. Dark chocolate and some peaty flavors chime in before a big rush of tannic, herbal bitterness in the finish. Almost dries out this big boy, but there is some roasted sweet malt lingering in the end. Oh, and there is a bit or warmth generated from the alcohol. Full-bodied, with a smooth, almost creamy feel. A little more RIStouty than I was expecting, but still a very good beer. Happy 15th!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:51:02 | More by alexgash
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Licorice black beer with a fine bubble foam tan head that had great retention. Some nice fine lacing and sheets left on the sides. Not really sure how you could make this beer look better.

S - Nice pine and floral hop notes. Its a very resinous IPA with a little bit of chocolate and crystal malt, but its very hop forward.

T - Taste is initially not as good as the smell. Some big resin and bitter herbal hops. There is a lot of dark and burnt malts in here that leave their own kind of bitterness. Leaves a distinctive cocoa taste on the tongue after swallowing. Actually a little bit of orange that comes through mid-palate. I really started to like this a lot the more I drank it, as some of the more subtle flavors became more noticeable. Little bit of alcohol burn, and very warming on the stomach.

M - Very creamy, soft carbonation, pretty full bodied.

O - Great look and smell, taste grows on you. It's a very filling and big beer, one was plenty, but not hard to get through, although its pretty burnt and bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 18:02:18 | More by AgentZero
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Brent

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow. Pour this and you will say, "are you sure this isn't a Russian Imperial Stout?" Black-hole-light-can't-escape dark. Minimal creamy mocha head. Sweet malt in the nose. Big hopping up front, closely followed by moderate roasted grain notes. Schwarzbier on steroids. ETOH is the barest touch hot at the finish. Certainly my favorite of Stone's anniversary editions to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 13:32:04 | More by Brent
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, yeah...it's black. A very dark pour with rich brown edges, but they are hard to see because the off-brown head collars around. Soft lacing, somewhat splotchy. Looks really nice

Mostly hoppy aroma, but a nice foundation of roasted malt lingers. Pine, some citrus. Overall it's good, but a hint of fingernail polish remover is detected. I think it's from the combination of ingredients rather than a defect.

Tasting it, the polish stuff is just a by-product, but still off-putting a touch. It's not bad, but I keep focusing on it. Still, the hops and roastiness are quite nice. Soft baked caramel and smooth cocoa are topped with pineapple and pine. Lots more pine than pineapple though. Hints of tobacco, leather and almond.

Feels smooth, and that's quite an accomplishment since it does have a hell of bite.

Overall a good beer. A bit much to solo a bomber, but I managed quite well

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 08:22:30 | More by Mebuzzard
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich black with a cappuccino head that hangs around. Smells of roasted, chocolate malts with earthy, piny, citrusy hops. Taste is deep, rich, roasted malts with spicy, piny, earthy hops. Nice hop bitterness that lingers. Medium to full bodied, rich, and unbelievably drinkable for the hop character and ABV.

This beer is really solid. The hop character isn't my favorite, but its not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 22:04:05 | More by tdm168
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, I always look forward to the Stone anniversary beers. Dark black color, tan head, looks slick and oily. Aroma is pinecones, pine needles, hops, a bit of chocolate. The flavor is very resinous pine, super hoppy and yet unmistakably not an IPA due to a hint of roast and chocolate from the dark malts. This was a beast though, kind of heavy. It almost felt like an amped up 11th anniversary or SSR.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 19:11:33 | More by ArrogantB
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - pitch black with a creamy tan head that left a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - roasted hops? - it really is a mix of roasted malt and some citrus hops.

T - rich, roasted malt taste upfront with the citrus bitterness popping in briefly returning to roasted coffee beans and then espresso coffee bitterness finishes the drink off.

F - medium/full bodied with a creamy feel.

O - a very good beer, although it is unlike any Black IPA I have had before.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 23:47:34 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's Stone Night. Reviewed from notes

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a wonderous midnight black that had a one finger mocha head resulting in massive, massive side lacing. Excepetional.

S - A bit lower here than I'd like. Still nice roasted malts and chocolate with a light hop profile.

T - Wow. Big big big. Great roast malts, chocolate, rich coffee to start. This gives way to a nice piney hop bitterness. Wow, this stuff is delicious.

M - Very smooth and creamy, good carbonation for this style.

O - This is a great imperial black ale. Such great rich chocolate and coffee with a nice balanced hop profile.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 19:22:22 | More by rudzud
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was black, really black, with a tan head and a little bit of lace.

Aroma of roasted malt and herbal hops.

Things came through more in the taste. Chocolate, a lot of chocolate. Pronounced espresso taste. Resinous, piney hops.

Full-bodied, filling. Very enjoyable.

I'm still not sure what to make of the proliferation of black ales. This one was very good, but tasted like a hoppy stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 12:25:57 | More by lordofthewiens
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very, very dark brown. Colour is perceptible but it may just be an optical illusion. No illusion about the head which is lovely, dense mocha foam, sunk slowly to a thin film with uneven lace. Looks great.

Smell is hoppy like a mofo, just smells like hop pellets - grass clippings, thyme and taragon on there with lots of citrus and some polished brass. It's all hops, and could use some more dark roasty aroma from the malt. Don't mind it, but it's a bit simplistic.

Taste is better; more of the darker notes. In fact the hops seem almost to be missing here. Nice roasty malt notes, with by-and-by characters of chocolate, star anise, natural licorice and pepper, and then still that big grassy hop note comes through - fresh grass clippings and a touch of pepperberry. Slightly floral but yeah, grass is the big note. It's kind of a sidenote to the majority of the palate though and the flavours don't quite mesh, but it's a bit flavour brew that manages to be enjoyable in spite of its slightly slapdash nature.

A bit sharp and dry on the back, but otherwise smooth and a bit sticky. Not bad.

Seems a little more like a garage home-brewed IBA than something I'd expect from Stone. Seems like the flavour isn't as expertly woven together as previous beers of theirs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 10:08:04 | More by laituegonflable
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I expected an aggressive, powerful, expressive beer, and I got one here. Utterly black, with no hint of light penetration. The head is dark tan, with small dense bubbles. The aroma is richly hoppy, with a backdrop of highly roasted grain. Light on the malt scent...the smell is all about hops. The taste is very intense...strong alcohol (which isn't really present in the smell...at least to the same degree), hop bitterness, earthy, herbal, citric, and roasted malt. Mmmmm. Good. The the body is heavy, with a no-nonsense warming that transitions into a lingering bitter finish. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 18:52:01 | More by Suds
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Durge

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep, dark brown-black color with a muscular light brown head and gobs of lacing. The aroma is a pleasant chocolate malt with a bit of pissy citrus hop, a tad musty in a nice, herbal way. The flavor brings a hefty coffee-chocolate malt mixed tastefully with pronounced evergreen hops and citrus highlights. This is a medium-full bodied brew with a luscious feel and mid-range carbonation. This stuff is awesome. Thick but drinkable, tasty hop malt bomb. Big hit for me, love it!

Serving type: growler

11-14-2011 05:04:05 | More by Durge
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ehammond1


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Appears black as night; I don't see much light passing through and I'm holding it up directly against the afternoon sun. A sticky chocolate milk colored head slowly grows to over an inch and stays unmoving for quite some time. Splotches and patches of sticky lacing coat the glass. A head turner!

Powerfully pungent grapefruit, orange, and mango aromas with a roasted malt presence hiding in the background.

Some initial hop bitterness with a pungent punch of grapefruit, stinging orange, and floral hops. The hops are so incredibly powerful it's almost staggering. An always present, underlying chocolate and roasted malt presence helps balance it just a touch, but this is super hop-forward, and delicious.
The smaller the sip I take, the more roasted malt and coffee flavors are present. With larger sips (or gulps), the powerful hops are dominant.

Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very little alcohol presence.

This is a fantastic black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 02:22:22 | More by ehammond1
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured jet black, completely opaque, with two fingers of thick, foamy espresso coloured head.

S - Citrus and pine come through initially from the hops with some sweet chocolate and roasted malt notes present as well.

T - Bitterness up front with some pine and muted citrus notes. The roasted malts are a nice compliment, providing chocolate, a hint of coffee and some nutty flavours to balance out the bitter hops. The overall balance is very good. The finish is somewhat dry and bitter.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 13:00:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber split with oglmcdgl, poured into some glaases.

A- 15th was split between black liquid and a frothy tan foam, each taking up about half of the glass. It took over five minutes for the head to die down before becoming a nice sturdy cap. The liquid is black except with light some brownish red spots pop up, good lacing.

S- Very hoppy, almost reminded me of a Storm King nose when cold. Big pine and citrus. Maltier as it warms with roasted malt and some minimal coffee. Some dark fruit appeal as it warms even more. This has the nose of a black IPA.

T- And as expected the hops come forth strong and piney. Getting some citrus grapefruit as well. A bit too hoppy so with some time I let the malts come up more which made for a better balance. The malts give off some fruit such as plum with some roast and sweet candy on the low side. The coffee i was getting actually is more of a burnt roast. This is a strong ale though with hops ruling.

M- Bitter, bordering on being bitter but this strong is built with a nice malt base. This provides for an easier and smoother drink when it warms. This is not a hot beer but it is a strong beer with legs. A medium body with perfect carbonation.

D- A bit off putting at first and then I remind myself im drinking a fresh west coast strong so the hops dont bother me as much now. I could not finish a bomber now but back when I was a youngbuck, hell ya.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 22:13:54 | More by BARFLYB
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours black. Looks opaque at first but if held right up to a light, it has some deep and intense ruby hues. Two fingers of chocolatey mocha foam with nice stick as it melts down.

Aroma - spicy grapefruit, almost juniper-like. Some char to the roasty grain aroma.

Taste - the sweet malty grain has a roasty element to it, but you better find it and enjoy quickly. The hops hit heavy, hard, and with intent. Wow, a rush of pine and grapefruit rind, a total alpha wash but little if any medicinal factor for a hoppy brew that could easily go there. The swallow brings in some balancing roasty malt and some abv heat. Not much indication that this is double-digit strength. The finish is a palate scraping bitterness, dryness occurring from the hops and the black malts. Lots of lingering flavor here, no need to rush the bottle.

Mouthfeel - my first impression was smooth like a milk stout or RIS but this got modified as I progressed to a lighter but still smooth feel. The carbonation is about as big as it can be and still be complementary.

Drinkability - top notch, a special entry for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 03:13:31 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with pine and citrus hops, and some coffee, black licorice, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of orange and citrus hops, roasted chocolate malts, some bitterness, and some black licorice. Through the middle, some pine hops and bitterness comes through with some coffee and a touch of dark fruit. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate, pine and citrus hops, bitterness, coffee, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, roasty, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big Black IPA. Lots of hops and enough roastiness for a good balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:56:27 | More by ngeunit1
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My third try of this bad boy, and each time it has delivered the goods.

It starts off really strong right outta the gate: ultra-creamy head has a surface the looks like puffed rice and is a fawn shade of brown. The color of the liquid makes sure this label does not lie: it is black, black and more black. Imperially Black. Okay, they nailed that part.

Big bold hops are ultra-breezy and mega-bright, yet the big burly dark malt is able to push in and give a roasty but far from burnt edge (and that "burnt" thing is what puts a lot of people off to this style. None of that here). There's chocolate embedded deep in the malt side of the aroma, with a prominent but not overbearing alcohol element coming through. Everything co-mingles pleasingly, in a way that I haven't smelled in any other Black IPA.

Oh wow, more chocolate on the tongue, which, again, is much more desirable than burnt popcorn. You definitely get a deeply roasty flavor, but that bittersweet baking chocolate essence is more prominent on the malt side of the equation. Something acidic wants to come through, but the sweeter malt/chocolate elements win out over it. Bright, super-citrusy hops play along nicely, both malt and hop being pretty huge, and the alcohol is detected, but yet again, it all works. Very juicy dark fruit emerges (especially black cherry), despite a fairly dry finish, and my oh my, this feels INCREDIBLE. The caress on the tongue is velvety soft and smooth as glass, very slick, yet with ample carbonation to bring it all alive.

Emerging as a pretty contentious new beer style, or maybe just a simple "love it or hate it" sort of thing, this Black IPA is up there with Southern Tier's Iniquity, BrewDog/Stone collaboration Bashah, and Stone's own Sublimely Self-Righteous when it comes to the truly great ones. Geez, am I surprised this is yet another above-average beer from Stone? Not really.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 22:11:49 | More by Metalmonk
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srandycarter

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black body, small tan head that leaves fast. Ring develops and some very disperse spotty lacing. Smell brings malt up front and not much else. Taste is malt, with nice bitter end. Nothing special. Mouth good carb, fair balance, yada yada. Drink...well it's good, but for the price and the brand, there is more out there..

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 04:46:53 | More by srandycarter
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oline73

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with two fingers of thick tan head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Smell: Fresh grassy hops are the dominant smell with some roast and dark chocolate in the background. Some citrus in there as well.

Taste: Bitter hops are present throughout the whole sip. Roast creeps up on you, but doesn't clash too much with the hops. A bit sweet, but not too much considering the abv. Bitter finish but not a ton of alcohol. A bit peppery in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the thicker side with very smooth carbonation. The finish is mildly dry.

Overall: One of my favorite American Black Ales. Way too easy to drink given the abv. I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 21:46:44 | More by oline73
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argock

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 10oz clear glass snifter at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with light brown cap of had with a few bits of lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted and hoppy aromas are both pretty light and a dense maltiness dominates.

T: This is a black IPA that manages to showcase both the orange, fruity citrus hoppiness and the coffee and chocolate roasted notes and making them work together rather than having both of them stick out like two sore thumbs. The hoppiness is restrained along with a very significant dark malt breadiness that fades to some roast, chocolate, coffee, and lighter licorice notes. A very well-crafted beer that I wish had a little more character.

M: The thick maltiness leaves a full-bodied feel with no acrid character but a wonderful smoothness with very little blatant alcohol.

O: I really liked this beer a lot more than I though I would, mainly because I have not had very good luck with black IPAs generally. This one doesn't really fit that category too well, but it doesn't fit any category very well all-around. Instead, this beer balances the roast and citrus hops notes very artfully rather than hitting you over the head with them both.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 02:19:59 | More by argock
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.