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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: 13.03%
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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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ale+Witch. The brew pours with a look reminiscent of 10w-40 at 25k miles; cappuccino-colored froth clings to the glass' side. The nose offers piney and herbal hop notes, evoking the aroma of fresh Cascade. There is also a chocolate-y note underlying, revealing roasty bitterness. The flavor is essentially the aroma transposed upon the palate, but it is greatly aided by the mouthfeel, which seems to amplify the quality and depth of flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy and silky all at once, and really I cannot imagine it being any better. Overall, this is one of the best examples of a Black IPA I've seen. And it has dark flavor, not just color, which is not always the case with this style.

ktrillionaire, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of roodie
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Flying Saucer, Houston

~8 oz pour into a snifter

A: pours a dark coffee black, with 2 fingers of espresso head. Low retention, light lacing. dark coloring belies the hoppy potential

S: mild citrus with a hoppy, bitter, pungent backbone like a spicerack. odd, but working for me

T: bitter and piney; roasty malts give off a muted sweetness, very good.

M: a bit chalky with lingering bitterness. leaves a velvety coating blending the best qualities of a stout and heavily hopped beer

O: A great beer, better than most Black IPAs, I think Stone does this style well. A strong beer for sure, but hides it's punch till the end!

roodie, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Softestdog
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Softestdog, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JackieTH, Oct 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Azrael, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

yergermeister, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jakecattleco, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

robieobie1, Mar 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

rptrumpet, Mar 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

PaulMc, Jul 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

cjohns73, Apr 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

csfcmitchell, May 13, 2013
Photo of zachary80
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

zachary80, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Chico1985, Sep 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Gtg642, Dec 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

SheboyganJake, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ShakaShakaShaka, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Stockfan42, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

nealbert, Jun 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

CorneliusBunker, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

sprucetip, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

denimdemon, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sixerofelixir, Oct 17, 2011
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.