15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
12-08-2011 10:08:04 | More by laituegonflable
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
A- It pours very very very dark. Head is thick and cocoa-y brown. Quite a bit of lacing.
S- Aroma is chocolate and a bit of espresso, with a citrus kick.
T- More hoppy than the aroma indicated. The citrus-pine hop combination that Stone implements frequently is here. There is some sweetness to it, with a fairly assertive milk chocolate malt flavor.
M- I'd like a bit more body. The booziness in the finish is far more assertive than I'd like. Quite hot. Carbonation is good.
O- This is a well made big beer, apart from the over aggressive boozy finish. The flavor profile on it is quote pleasant though. It's certainly a sipper and the alcohol and taste fatigue make it hard to get through a whole bomber though.
12-07-2011 00:35:27 | More by jsprain1
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
On tap at Cloverleaf, Stone Tap Takeover.
Creamy brown head leaving foamy lace on the glass. Nice head retention. I would say opaque but the bar is kind of dark. Definitely a dark body.
The aroma is citrus, pine, caramel and chocolate.
Wow! Sweet right away with bitterness at the end. Pine, citrus, caramel, roasted coffee, dark fruits, some noticeable alcohol, bitter chocolate and a lingering metalic but tasty aftertaste.
Silky smooth medium body, light carbonation, it leaves with a dry feeling from the bitter hops. Feels very nice.
I can see this being a dangerous beer. A sipper but yet something that I can drink a lot of and not get sick of. This is one of my favorite beer styles and to have a Imperial version of it is amazing. Stone has done a fantastic job! I hope they make this a normal rotation of brews.
12-06-2011 19:52:22 | More by 9InchNails
3.68/5 rDev -12.8%
Pours coffee black (without the cream!) with a heaping of frothy brownish foam head. Smell is intense, as is everything with this imperial IPA.
Loads of roasted malts take to your nose, somewhat overpowering. Chocolate comes through, as does the high ABV alcohol.
While I enjoy a beer with character, I think the alcohol overpowers the taste here. Almost like liquor was just thrown in. Notes of oatmeal come through, as does dark chocolate and some citrus from the hops.
Beer grew on my as I drank my 8oz, but overall thought it was just a little too strong. Unnecessarily.
12-05-2011 18:37:10 | More by devinoconnor
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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