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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

1,391 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 138 | 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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Smurf2055

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed Dec 2011

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Pours like a stout, with a nice tan head about a finger thick. Good lacing.

It’s got some coffee and licorice, but the pine and hops smell as well. Maybe a bit of caramel. An interesting mix.

Taste really confused me. It’s a light body, very smokey, almost ashy. Greets you with light coffee and finishes with a hop kick near the end. I couldn’t tell it was over 10%. Very powerful. Leaves a nice aftertaste.

Overall, it’s a very interesting beer to say the least. Very complex and very bold. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 20:11:28 | More by Smurf2055
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irish01980

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-18-2013 23:04:28 | More by irish01980
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-17-2013 05:06:20 | More by dailyminefield
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-11-2013 21:14:42 | More by DaPan
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Duvel

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-09-2013 19:15:22 | More by Duvel
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-24-2013 15:57:35 | More by t0rin0
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Danielr26

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-21-2013 00:50:44 | More by Danielr26
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Azrael


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-07-2013 05:37:48 | More by Azrael
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tswater

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.5%

01-31-2013 05:36:55 | More by tswater
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phishbone23

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23%

01-25-2013 14:22:09 | More by phishbone23
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-20-2013 05:03:38 | More by KiMiRaiK
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CanisMajor

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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SeaOfShells

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Charlie_Hoss

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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TBoneJones

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a black beauty. Thick deep black, great two finger-width off -white/ light caramel-colored head.
Smells like a liquory funky type of beverage, with some light mocha notes, and with some hop aroma as well. Interesting but not powerful.
This is an interesting take, I normally wouldn't go for a black IPA and don't recall ever having done so. But i feel Stone balanced this brew quite well. It's like a DIPA and an RIS seamlessly combined. It works somehow. It has burnt lingering bitterness with a smooth, thick creamy mouthfeel. Still not a favorite style of mine, but this one is a good sipper. But then this just feels very dry at the finish.
Overall I thought this was easy to drink for such a big beer, but the abrupt drying finish held this back for me. A good combo of big ipa and darkness, but the impression left is strong, and then a chalky, metallic taste. Looks much better than everything else about it. Worth a try nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 23:47:22 | More by TBoneJones
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sendbeer

Georgia

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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TheHopBuddha

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.9%

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New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-16-2012 00:26:10 | More by HeavyD
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-15-2012 18:50:17 | More by gshak
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.