15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.75/5 rDev +12.6%
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
09-14-2012 01:30:30 | More by bjohn84
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
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!
09-12-2012 01:20:47 | More by motorhed
2.2/5 rDev -47.9%
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.
09-07-2012 01:07:04 | More by dmatsui
4.48/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
08-31-2012 01:43:37 | More by abrand
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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