15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
08-23-2012 21:17:50 | More by beergoot
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
08-23-2012 07:06:17 | More by Trueant1
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
Has the look of a classic dark stout. Opaque black pour with two fingers of very dark mocha head. Excellent head retention and lace. One of the best glasses of beer I've seen.
Nose is strong with roast malt and citrus hops. Very strong, if possible even too strong. Notes of chocolate under the roast and citrus, but you really have to hunt for it.
Chocolate, coffee, roast malt, dry hops all come in up front followed by a strong coffee, bitter chocolate, dry citric finish. Alcohol hides well, but you can feel the burn. Lots of complex flavors, but they seem to lack enough coherency to make this great. Pretty darn good, though.
Feel is a bout right. The hops give it a bit of a slippery, oily feel.
Overall, a very nice sipper.
08-07-2012 01:14:22 | More by beer2day
4/5 rDev -5.2%
This is a good beer, but doesn't really mesh with the style that well. Seems a bit thick on the character for a black ale; almost porter like. Has some nice hop characeristics, but doesn't really bring all that I would hope it would. Especially for an anniversary ale. Nice beer. An "okay" black ale.
08-05-2012 21:26:23 | More by RblWthACoz
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
A: Intensely black with an inch and a half of a frothy mocha head from an aggressive pour that does not slowly diminish but rather hangs about like a root beer float. I noticed an apparent viscosity during the pour of this thick black libation.
S: A thorough blast of aged hops that mellows into a cappuccino like aroma with serious notes of strong black coffee and a mild hinting layer of dark chocolate. There is hardly a trace of alcohol in the nose or urgent pungency of fresh hops.
T: My initial impression was rather torn, as it splits the difference between an Imperial IPA and an Imperial Stout. The first sip brings the tongue the heavy caramelized malts of an Imperial IPA, tiny amounts of hop bitterness alert ones sense of taste of something that never truly arrives: a full Imperial IPA. Instead this initial confusion eases into thick dark chocolate malt and mild coffee like bitterness of a proper stout. This warm rich taste lingers enduringly with pleasant stale citrus like hoppy taste much to my delight. Reminiscent of orange chocolate.
M: Thick!!! Just a slight presence of effervescence remains and the really truly brings this beer into the stout real with a full-bodied heavy mouthfeel thick, sticky and rich.
O: This brew has most effectively descended into the realm of the stouts after a solid year of aging. Almost all hop presence has faded into the background minus a surprisingly stale aged hop aroma. I never thought aging such creation would lead to such a pleasantly drinkable behemoth but it definitely has me intrigued as to what aging similar brews will lead to. Definitely a success in experimentation!
08-02-2012 05:43:37 | More by paytonpowell
2.45/5 rDev -41.9%
This is so sharply alcoholic. With the bitterness, it tastes like a Chinese medicinal wine. It also wins the prize for the weirdest, most unpleasant aroma for a non-spoiled beer. It's like a wet felt hat filled with the parsley silage from the back of the vegetable bin.
The stuff looks nice enough in the glass, though it's just black with a thin beige head. Not very drinkable overall. It just seems like some kind of hop joke. Mouthfeel is hard to tell. It makes my lips hurt.
Personally, I think they are toying with us. Or else it's a chemistry experiment from the Escondido High School science fair. At least Stone doesn't don't overcharge, so I sometimes lapse from better judgement to try one of their loopy brews. From the 22 oz bottle. Add a case of Olde English 800 for an excellent frat party. "Dude, see if you can keep this down!"
08-02-2012 05:42:15 | More by mactrail
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-28-2012 03:56:27 | More by ngeunit1
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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