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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

1,409 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,409
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 55
Gots: 140 | 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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Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Kelp, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

fain12, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jak, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a bottle that was brewed in August of 2011 on 10/26/2013.

This is not an IPA to me because all of the hop flavor has long since gone. That's ok though, because this has morphed into a quite tasty imperial stout. So, strangely enough, that's how I will review it.

A - opaque dark black.

S - very sweet, with dark fruit, fig and licorice notes. There is a slight hopiness left to it, but it's faint. It smells like a Russian imperial stout.

T - Very deep flavor. I get a taste of milk chocolate right off the bat with a depth of flavor that develops into figs, and then a flavor of very bitter deep roasted coffee that fades quickly. It's smooth but leaves a taste of booze on the tongue. Overall, very smooth.

M - Great. Heavy and chewy. Great for the style.

O - I can't say what the black IPA would be like had I tried this beer within 6 months of the brewing date. BUT, what I will say is that this is a delicious beer and very well crafted.

Smooth-Hoperator, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

sunofneurot, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jpcarnegie, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

swetsastonic, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Bottled 8/1/11, so more than 2yrs old now. Bought for $5.99 at Total Wine Tustin (great value).

A - Pitch black, nothing even around the edges. Mocha colored head leaves decent lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, has a weird turpentine smell, I expect it is from the aged hops. Not off-putting. Weird, but nice.

T - Dark chocolate upfront, also dark fruits (prunes, raisins, figs). A little sweet on the front end. You get that same flavor (turpentine) and black tea from the aged hops. You can definitely tell this beer was massively hopped.

M - Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low side of medium.

O - I think this is definitely past it's age, but still a great drink. The fresh version was even better because of the hop notes. This is still better than the Sublimely Self Righteous (which is also a great beer).

jeff1973, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jegross2, Sep 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Stoutfan23DJ, Sep 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

tbone1384, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

user785335, Sep 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jakecattleco, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

st9647v3, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ROGUE16, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

RinZo, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Greasy, Aug 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

JTomczak, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of bmwats
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brownish head. Settles fairly quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles and a thick ring around the rim. Thick, persistent, beer ring lacing.

S: Char roasted malt, hops, and black licorice. A little peat, and dark unsweetened chocolate. Maybe a little molasses.

T: Roasted malt and hops. Well balanced.

M: Roasty and hoppy in the front. Licorice in the back. Dry, hoppy finish lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is great. Thick, tight head, with lots of sticky, persistent lacing. Nose is a full combination of roasted grains, hops, bitter licorice, sweet chocolate and molasses. Very roasty and very hoppy. Overall, this is a great quaff.

bmwats, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

falconxman, Jul 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ADTaber, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > PInt Glass

A - Poured a nice rich black, two finger brown head, lots of lacing.
S - Chocolate, roasted malt, and a lot of weird hop oil/resin smell.
T - Really thick and sweet toffee kinda malt, and too much of that oily hop flavor.
M - Too thick and overbearing.
O - Not enough qualities that could redeem this for me from disliking it, hate the oily hop flavors.

Omnium, Jul 20, 2013
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,409 ratings.