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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

1,393 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 139 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 1,393 | Reviews: 712 | Display Reviews Only:
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Softestdog

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-29-2012 19:38:11 | More by Softestdog
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-24-2012 04:20:35 | More by josephwa
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Davit

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-17-2012 15:27:43 | More by Davit
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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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bjohn84

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber that I accidentally forgot about in the back of the fridge

A - Black coffee with a thin layer of toffee brown head

S - Roasted notes with some small citrus

T - Numbing alcohol up front, but taste of it is well hidden. intense bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. Also a bittering hop comes through on the back end

M - Intense and def a full bodied sipper. Leaves a nice coating in the mouth

O - Intense to say the least. Because of the age on this one it comes across as much more of a RIS than IPA, but the bitterness is still there and it is still great stuff. Sad I can't try it fresh again to do a side to side with age

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 01:30:30 | More by bjohn84
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mgironta

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-13-2012 22:13:48 | More by mgironta
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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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bassist286

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-12-2012 01:26:08 | More by bassist286
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motorhed

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber that has been in the cellar for about 6 months.

A: Jet black in color with about two inches of dark brown head from an aggressive pour that dissipates slowly and leaves noticeable layers of lacing throughout the glass.

S: First thing i smell is an older hop smell, followed by sweet sugars, some roasty malts, and coffee.

T: It's like a beautifully balanced mix of a stout and an imperial IPA without the massive hop bomb bitterness. This brew also doesn't have any hint of alcohol heat.

M: The mouthfeel reminds me of a stout, full of sweetness, and smooth. Fair amount of carbonation, perfect for the style. Overall, very thick but expected of the style.

O: I love this brew. Overall, it's one of the best black IPA's i've ever had and it's an imperial none-the-less. One of the most solid brews from Stone i've had in a while. Hats off to Stone on this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:20:47 | More by motorhed
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MrTana

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-07-2012 03:52:10 | More by MrTana
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dmatsui

California

2.2/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pitch black. 2 finger sticky, mud brown head. Lots of lacing.

Muddled blend of bitter hops, burnt cocoa, hazelnut and coffee. Not particularly inviting, an odd, unbalanced aroma that I found to be really off-putting.

Big hit of bittering hops forward, followed by dark roasty stout characteristics.

I really don't have much to say about this one. To me there's way too much going on, the hoppiness does not pair up well with the stout backbone, and it tastes like a mess. Stone always seems to want to take on huge hybrid beers, sometimes very successfully sometimes over-executed. This was honestly one of the worst beers I've had in a while.

Didn't finish the bottle.

I'm still scratching my head about this one; I thought I would've liked it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 01:07:04 | More by dmatsui
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-06-2012 13:47:46 | More by bradfordjohnson
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alecvdpoel


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-05-2012 19:40:31 | More by alecvdpoel
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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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abrand

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

23 ounce bottled August 2011 poured into pint glass

This pours a deep brown to almost black color with a tan 1 finger head that quickly fades. Smell is fairly sweet with chocolate with a nice malt backbone. Plenty of espresso and raisins on the nose as well. Taste is still pretty hot for being bottled for 1 year. Some caramel and sweet fruits with a very bitter roasted malt backbone. Hoppy finish. Quite complex. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Overall this is amazing. Full of complexity and still holding well after a year.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:43:37 | More by abrand
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Kanine


3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

08-30-2012 22:31:42 | More by Kanine
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thegrifter

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-27-2012 23:36:19 | More by thegrifter
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-27-2012 16:06:47 | More by phingdong
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beerpadawan

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-27-2012 14:28:32 | More by beerpadawan
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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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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-26-2012 00:20:19 | More by sliverX
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beergoot

Colorado

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

Opaque black body with a rich, creamy tan head. Smell includes licorice, molasses, caramel, cocoa with a nice floral hop scent peaking through. Taste is toasty with a buttery feel. Bitter chocolate and slightly charred bread. A stiff bitterness pops up midway through the tasting and lingers through the finish. Alcohol warmth hits you along with the bitterness. Medium-heavy body, smooth and dextrous.

Rich, malty, and unforgettable. A must for heavy-hitting dark beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 21:17:50 | More by beergoot
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Trueant1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is not exactly true to style it seems. However, it is an excellent brew!

Pours like a stout. Black with a dark tan head. Thick lacing.

Cat urine like smells (many dipas have this), spice, alcohol and cat litter smells in the background.

Taste is heaven to me. Bitter/oily hops up front. Chocolate porters tastes abound. Alcohol booziness, oil, and extremely sweet malts come through as well. A nice "fresh hop" aftertaste surprise is what sets this brew apart. Wonderfully layered tastes!
Mouth-feel consists of fine carbonation, oil like slickness, and bitter aftertaste.

Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 07:06:17 | More by Trueant1
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-21-2012 23:24:58 | More by thinwhiteduke
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-21-2012 20:55:04 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.