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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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laituegonflable

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 10:08:04 | More by laituegonflable
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kornkid8600

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-08-2011 06:55:53 | More by kornkid8600
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-08-2011 05:20:50 | More by enelson
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Reswald

Alaska

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-08-2011 01:19:00 | More by Reswald
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-08-2011 01:03:26 | More by VncentLIFE
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baybassboy

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-08-2011 00:43:08 | More by baybassboy
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Mark000

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

12-07-2011 23:21:39 | More by Mark000
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-07-2011 20:53:20 | More by tclapper
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-07-2011 15:00:36 | More by bonbini26
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fergster75

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-07-2011 05:07:55 | More by fergster75
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01Ryan10

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-07-2011 01:49:26 | More by 01Ryan10
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 00:35:27 | More by jsprain1
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imyourhero21

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-07-2011 00:00:29 | More by imyourhero21
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9InchNails

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 19:52:22 | More by 9InchNails
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thedamnscott

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-06-2011 04:14:58 | More by thedamnscott
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-05-2011 23:29:49 | More by JohneHoodlum
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-05-2011 21:29:03 | More by brendaniel
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ryendavid

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

12-05-2011 20:56:08 | More by ryendavid
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 18:37:10 | More by devinoconnor
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TGS

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-05-2011 17:44:29 | More by TGS
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asparkoflife

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-05-2011 17:11:44 | More by asparkoflife
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Sicem99

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-05-2011 04:49:31 | More by Sicem99
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ThirdEyePA

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-05-2011 04:02:45 | More by ThirdEyePA
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking beer with a solid three plus figners of dense head that leaves lots and lots of lacing. Dark looking beer with brown head.

S - Lots of roasted malts but not too overpowering, some nice sweet grapefruit scents with nice piney hops.

T - The hops hit up fron and are piney with a little bit of citrus, not the burnt taste to may be expecting but some nice subtle chocolate sweet notes. Nice and sweet not to heavy

M - Medium to full bodied as it was a little surupy. Was really smoth and clean though, doesn't feel heavy

O - Really a great beer, Stone has some great beers so if you have not had any... GET THEM!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:00:10 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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Ty82884

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-04-2011 20:52:20 | More by Ty82884
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.