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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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1,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 139 | 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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5/5  rDev +18.5%

ROBSTARR, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

EROCK75, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

brealbg, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Rckmo10, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

ChoppedHeads, Dec 10, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours to style it is a black ale. There is also amconsiderable tan head produced while pouring. The smell is roasty hoppy and almost a little sweetness and dark chocolate all in one. The flavor is a little sweet and hoppy at the same time. There is definitiel a lot of roasted character and a little dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little thick and I would almOst classify this as an American double stout based on the body abv and appearance. The beer is delicious but I don't think this is a black ale

rowingbrewer, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Britton, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

eddiechilton, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

tonyclifton36, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

WarnerJC8, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

CGMLS3, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Yabev15, Dec 08, 2011
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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.

laituegonflable, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

enelson, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Reswald, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

VncentLIFE, Dec 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

baybassboy, Dec 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Mark000, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

tclapper, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

bonbini26, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

fergster75, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

01Ryan10, Dec 07, 2011
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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.

jsprain1, Dec 07, 2011
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.