15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -10%
On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.
Poured a deep black hue with a two finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a molasses, dark chocolate and caramel.
The taste consisted of elements of dry dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and a healthy dose of booze.
The mouthfeel was certainly full for the style with a dry finish.
If this isn't an RIS, then I'm the Queen of England.
11-26-2011 22:10:16 | More by plaid75
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Bomber purchased in California, brought back to Sydney, Australia and opened with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.
Pours a heavily dark black-brown, with an exceptional head of crackling yellow brown coffee crema. Lacing is intricate, solid, honeycombed. Really solid legs to it, too, staying sticky on the edge of the glass when tilted. Body is surprisingly light, but extremely suitable for the style. Very fine carbonation. Looks genuinely exceptional.
Nose is heavily hoppy, with earthy, rusty hops giving the main event. There's no bright, citric fruitiness here—more of a tea tannin, earth, bracken character. It melds very pleasantly with the dark notes from the malt, in a way that makes some sense in a weird style; instead of the bright, citric, whimsical hoppiness creating an amusing contrast to the darkness, this blends together into some odd symbiosis.
Taste is smooth and clean and bright. The roast gives a nice basis, more of a dark biscuity sweetness, but the hops really lift the palate, and here they do have a touch of the crisp, bright citric quality to them, more than the tannic earthiness suggested on the nose. Finish has lingering bitterness, partially due to the hops, partially due to the roast. It's a nice finish, and sums up what the beer is about.
Really nice beer. It's a very odd thing that Stone have seemed to make sense of this style in a way that's quite orthogonal to the regular interpretation. The darker, more earthy hops match it really nicely with the roast malt, giving a beer that is different, but in all the right ways.
11-26-2011 05:14:46 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured from a bomber into a true pint, and the beer presents with a jet black coloring and a towering, thick, frothy, foamy light chocolate-tan colored head. The beer absolutely clings to every part of the glass it touches. The nose is deep and rich, with a strong showing of wet, fresh hops, both resiny and spicy. Dark roasted coffee and a hint of citrus highlights also in the nose. Flavors are dark roast coffee and dark chocolate bittersweet, and this flavor combination helps to balance the wet, resiny, slick hops flavors that power throughout the entire beer. Very well balanced. Roasted characteristics on the initial palate, as well as the aftertaste, with a hint of the bitter chocolate and the hops presence throughout. The finish is oily and resiny, with a slick finish. Very tasty brew...another masterful concoction from Stone.
11-24-2011 03:06:06 | More by GarthDanielson
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
Tasted aug 18th 2011 (from notes)
A - deep dark gluggy black/brown, half finger dark tan head and nice lacing
S - grapefruit, sweet malts, nice yeast, pine, alcohol, citrus, tons of hops, sugar, wood, earth and island fruits
T - hops, resin, tons of toasted malt, sweet oak, sweet hickory molasses, flowers, pine, alcohol, grapefruit, more hops and some slight island fruit
M - full bodied, nice complexity, medium minus acidity, well balanced and long finish
D - for the style and genre, this is easy to drink. Outside of that, it's huge. Tons of hops, toastiness, alcohol and awesomeness
Final thought - if you have had knuckle sandwich from bootleggers, you cant tell me this doesn't taste like an overly malted and toasted version of that
11-22-2011 04:24:08 | More by whatthehull
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
Stone 15th in the bomber; this is my second time around on this one. One clean snifter; clean and ready to receive this beer. I think I got this one up above 40 degrees Fahrenheit already.
This brew looks slick on the pour. Very glossy warm shade of almost black; two-fingered beige head that is still almost a centimeter high after two minutes of settling. Almost soapy looking lacing around the glass--speckled where big bubbles have popped.
The aromas are incredible. Tangy piney hops, anise, sweet bread, rye, coriander, solvent (almost like floor cleaner), and huge evidence of booze.
Getting ready for my first sip here. First time around, I treated this beer like the Imperial Black IPA that the label suggests; BA calls it an American Black Ale first and foremost. Here goes:
Sprucey hops, slightly muddled. Decent malt presence here. Tons of spiciness from the hops and roasted flavors from the malt. The alcohol is the elephant in the room. Burnt sugar up front; alcohol and bitterness in the finish. Back of the tongue is working overtime. Picking up nuances of wet cloth, grapefruit, espresso, and maybe a little dried fig.
Mild carbonation; mellow mouthfeel is smooth and a little sticky. Very expansive in the mouth.
Great character. First "Imperial Black IPA" I've ever had.
11-22-2011 03:38:08 | More by thecheapies
4.65/5 rDev +10.2%
A - A beautiful cascading pour that yeilds three plus fingers worth of densly packed medium brown colored froth with lots of big chunky bubbles mixed within... Excellent retention... Gobs of lacing clings to the glass...
S - A slightly muted but rather diverse hop profile... Mostly piney... A touch of grapefruit... Lots of roasted malts mixed in... Delicate, but rather complex...
T - Absolutely exquisite... The hops are at the forefront and are quite complex... Againt, mostly piney with some light citrus notes mixed in... Some chocolate notes... Cocoa... Roasted malts... A touch of licorice... An excellent brew that I didn't hesitate to give a "5" in the flavor category to (something that I rarely do)...
M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly syrupy... Dense... Sticky... Stick remarkably clean... A bit sludgy...
D - Having had many Stone offerings, this one stands at the forefront as the best Stone brew that I have ever had... Excels in every facet... I'll be making a trip tomorrow to see if I can get a couple more bottles or even a case... This is a must try for all self respecting BAs...
11-22-2011 02:15:33 | More by philbe311
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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