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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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Softestdog

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-29-2012 19:38:11 | More by Softestdog
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured inky black, absorbing all light but for a faint glimmer of translucent dark brown around the edges of the glass. Tan head, very persistent with copious lace. So much lace in fact that it totally obscures the glass. Easily a 5/5. Smell is grapefruit, raisins, dark chocolate, nice. Taste is the same dark chocolate and raisins, adding some almost lactic sweetness, but all awash in grapefruit and citric hop. Effect is sweet bitter smooth and refreshing. Very nice transition from appearance to smell to taste. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, smooth with a very nice level of carbonation to tickle the tongue. Delicious. Finish is moderately bitter. Overall, this is an excellent black IPA, almost more of a hoppy stout. Something. No problem by me.

10-31-2011 02:04:29 | More by JackieTH
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-04-2011 03:58:21 | More by bigred89
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Azrael


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-20-2012 13:39:26 | More by yergermeister
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jakecattleco

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-01-2013 16:49:04 | More by jakecattleco
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robieobie1

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-15-2012 22:45:34 | More by robieobie1
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rptrumpet


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-14-2012 03:49:20 | More by rptrumpet
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PaulMc

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-28-2012 04:58:05 | More by PaulMc
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cjohns73

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-08-2014 20:31:44 | More by cjohns73
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-13-2013 15:54:17 | More by csfcmitchell
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zachary80

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

Great tannish-brown head, thick and creamy. Leaves lots of dark lacing on the glass. Body is black with just a hint of light getting through at the edges

Aroma has both the hops and dark malt mingling together nicely. Tons of hop aroma, a blend of citrus and pine that seems to work to a nice singular note. Smell has a light sweetness to it.

Opens with the hops then the flavor is toasty and choclatey. More dry then sweet. Lingering bitterness is nice and does not overwhelm.

Mouthfeel is dry, a little thinner than expected from the strong aroma and flavor. Since this is on the IPA side I think it works well. Alcohol is present but expected.

I'm very impressed with this beer. Definitely the best American Black Ale that I've had

11-03-2011 00:05:15 | More by zachary80
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Tried this a couple weeks ago with friends at Ebenezer's, now enjoying a bomber to myself after my first day of classes.

Pour is pitch black, not even highlights show through. Awesome dark mocha foam head retains easily at a finger leaving some good lace.

Scent starts off a bit weak but opens quickly with some warmth. Mostly getting the malts, chocolate and roasted, but the hops have decent strength, herbal/pine mostly with some citrus there too.

Powerful and palate smacking, the taste is an explosion from all sides, piny/resiny/grapefruit hops assault your taste buds, super-roasted malt and black coffee almost just as big. Some licorice. Nice lemon+citrus coming out later on.

Good mouthfeel overall, great balance between hoppy and roasty, a bit boozy but not bad.

Stone definitely holds onto the 'Godfather of the Black IPA' title with this one. A really huge beer, great balance, a bomber may be best to split but very enjoyable.

09-07-2011 00:48:31 | More by Chico1985
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Gtg642

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-21-2011 23:41:49 | More by Gtg642
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SheboyganJake


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-16-2012 00:08:01 | More by SheboyganJake
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ShakaShakaShaka

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-11-2012 18:08:17 | More by ShakaShakaShaka
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-21-2012 00:37:03 | More by Stockfan42
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nealbert

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-27-2012 23:46:06 | More by nealbert
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CorneliusBunker

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-17-2012 17:45:20 | More by CorneliusBunker
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-02-2011 22:16:15 | More by kjkinsey
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-27-2012 02:28:25 | More by sprucetip
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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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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

22 oz bomber. Excellent painted gargoyle art and a long story, as always. Love it when it's anniversary time!

Pours a super-dark brown. A huge, fine, tan head forms at first, then withdraws to a nice ring after a bit. Streaks the glass every time. Smell is a piney hop cone, with heavy malts lurking behind. Also, a bit of heat. Taste is a generous, well-blended amount of evergreen & citrusy hops, and smoky & peaty malts. Decent amount of alcohol burn as well. At almost 11%, its expected. A sipper, for sure. Dense, grapefruit finish too. A very good beer, glad to have one of these brews for #15.

10-17-2011 01:19:40 | More by sixerofelixir
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beerpadawan

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-27-2012 14:28:32 | More by beerpadawan
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-15-2011 18:31:08 | More by brycevolk
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.