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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

1,397 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 138 | 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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Gavage

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: black in color with a huge tan colored head that lasts a long time. Thick lace shows up on the glass during the session.

Smell: nice pine, grapefruit, and earthy hop tones are nice with the roasted malt aromas.

Taste: follows the nose as a great roasted malt flavor is nicely balanced by some strong citrus and pine hop flavors. Some molasses and some soft earthy tones rounds this out. Alcohol is mildly detectable here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and dry at the finish. Long aftertaste here as the flavors last on the tongue.

Overall: this was a very enjoyable beer on tap as it was very fresh and full of nice flavors. This is an enjoyable black ale that hits the spot when you want the style.

11-22-2011 00:43:42 | More by Gavage
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rrryanc

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-21-2011 23:30:15 | More by rrryanc
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-21-2011 22:48:13 | More by CSQ1111
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minterro

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%

A present to myself from Spartan Spirits

A & S: smell hops: dank piney and citrusy hops. Malts: Sweet and roasty malts. Also a bit of woody tones in this one, even though I don’t think it barrel aged. Smell is very powerful after uncapping but dies at a high rate. Pours about 1 and a half fingers of foamy light brown head. Inky black. Great lacing and the bubbles have an interesting cling to glass as well. Head falls till about a quarter fingernail of a head is left on top this amount is retained.

T & M: Very rich and robust. More smokey in the taste then in the nose. Other major tastes include dark chocolate, piney hops, roasted malts, and citrus. Great after taste: super piney and bitter, semi dry. A bit boozy in the breath out. Full bodied, moderately low carbonation (right were you want the mouthfeel at for the style)

O: this beer was great idk what to say it was perfect for the style. Very powerful beer I would recommend sharing this bottle with a beer friend.

11-21-2011 19:42:18 | More by minterro
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Tpsauer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 20:31:39 | More by Tpsauer
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beerman999999

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 19:43:48 | More by beerman999999
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-20-2011 14:36:11 | More by denimdemon
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rwilde

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-20-2011 13:24:29 | More by rwilde
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-20-2011 12:40:28 | More by mmcnaughton
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mfield14

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 09:15:13 | More by mfield14
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despond

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-20-2011 03:29:00 | More by despond
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-20-2011 03:17:10 | More by brandoman63
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cfinch2

Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 01:22:17 | More by cfinch2
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Nightrain87

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 00:22:23 | More by Nightrain87
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hpthebull

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-20-2011 00:11:16 | More by hpthebull
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crob3888

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-20-2011 00:02:52 | More by crob3888
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wpreynolds

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-19-2011 23:53:35 | More by wpreynolds
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peacehammer

California

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

pours a very dark viscus. Almost like an imperial stout. Aroma very similar to SSR right out of the bottle. Almost no head to speak of. Rich chocolatey, malted roastey flavor, hops are subdued but present.an amazing beer well worthy of being Stone's 15th anniversary brew.

Overall I'd call this a beer with an identity crisis. It certainly can and probably should be called a black IPA, but it has so many roast, chocolate and coffee notes that it may as well also be a porter.

11-19-2011 20:18:39 | More by peacehammer
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DeezGunz14

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-19-2011 20:10:52 | More by DeezGunz14
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harleybella

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-19-2011 16:39:54 | More by harleybella
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Compared to the previous black IPA I reviewed this is twice the beer. Poured a slow to emerge 2" deep mocha colored head with pretty good lasting power. Body is clear but black as coffee. There wasn't as much smell as I expected but it does express hops and malt. The taste is a winner with gobs of coffee, cocoa, malt, and a robust hoppiness fitting of an IPA. Rich body and long finish, and although it's high alcohol it's not boozy.

11-19-2011 11:49:03 | More by MoreThanWine
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Geno78

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-19-2011 09:20:11 | More by Geno78
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Jstark5150

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-19-2011 06:49:59 | More by Jstark5150
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TheBronze

Washington

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-19-2011 06:31:35 | More by TheBronze
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spicelab

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -24.2%

Bomber thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor.

Tarry black with a large dense mocha head. Leaves a nicely raised ring but little additional lacing. Reforms to half a finger or so on swirling.

Initial hit of resinous pine, before the hops are swamped by sweet cocoa, booze-soaked raisins, tobacco, liquorice, coffee and barleywine-like treacle notes. Slightly sickly actually - I'd like a lot more hops.

Thankfully less cloying. Burnt coffee, liquorice, molasses and both sweet and bitter dark chocolate, backed by a moderate piney and minty bitterness. Occasionally get bizarre notes of scorched vegemite and ashy soy sauce.

Thick and viscous with a bit much carbonation. Not a big bitter presence and booze is impressively well hidden.

Generally full-frontal onslaught that leaves little to the imagination. Seems a bit gratuitous though - restraint in any number of areas would have made for a better beer. Have doubts that my bottle was in the best condition though - a re-review might be in order.

11-19-2011 06:20:08 | More by spicelab
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.