15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,417 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,417
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 58
Gots: 137 | FT: 2
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Merkur
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured, fittingly enough, into a Stone 15th Anniv snifter.

Beer pours an extremely dark black with a good amount of brown head (about a fingers worth) that persists throughout. Great amount of lacing throughout. Looks almost exactly like an Imperial Stout.

The beer smells very much of pine and hops, but also slightly roasty.

The beer tastes very hoppy initially, followed by a nice mellow bitterness with a taste of cocoa. Finsih is suprisingly smooth, especially after such a blast on the front end.

Very nice beer. High quality.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone already holds the title for best available Black IPA out there, and they've gone and made another one of the best! I've had this on-tap and in the bottle, and both experiences were fantastic. Pours a thick opaque black with moderate chocolate milk-colored head, that forms some nice lacing and sticks around for a while. Nose is pretty good, some strong coffee and dark chocolate notes with a bit of piney hops. Flavor is exceptional--big roasted character with a huge hop presence. More on the hoppy stout side of things, whereas I think SSR is more toward the dark IPA side of things. Thick and oily, this is a great beer. Loved it.

Photo of duckrabbitfan
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark with appreciable head and nice lacing. This was a beauty to just look at.

Surprised by my first smell. More sweetness to it than I thought.

Incredibly balanced taste. Incredibly delicious. For something so dark and hoppy I was amazed at its personality.

If i could capture the aftertaste I would keep it forever. Made me say outloud to my drinking buddy, "hahahaha,... wow. this. this is good."

Had the pleasure of trying this black IPA a few months ago and I still talk about it with friends. The taste is just wonderful. Would try it again and again, for sure!

Photo of CampusCrew
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: big citus, smells like a strong IPA

taste: very complex and comlicated beer. which makes it interesting. It's drinks like an IPA on the front, citrus, grapefruit, and a stout on the back, bitter and coffee flavors.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: superb.... a new fav of mine

Photo of kennylopez
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

Appearance: dark black, with a fingers worth of brown head that settled with scattered but beautiful looking lacing as I drink it.

Smells: roasted and hop aroma send my senses into a spiral with other hints of toffee and barley being a playing a main part.

Tastes: really a imperial, yet the satisfying burn is amazingly balanced with the big presences of a great use in the hops. great coffee and toffee notes that tie in with a roasted nutty taste.

Mouthfeel: tingly at first with a full of flavor burn

Overall: 9 out of 10 only thing I personally would like to try is a batch that has been barrel aged.

Photo of anyhoodle
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like my dark beers thick and chewy, and boy does this one come through. Beyond a basic dislike for the use of the "Black IPA" label, I was anxious to try this years brew. Prop's to the guys @ D's II for saving this one for me!!

22 oz. bomber poured into a standard "pint" glass, so I actually got to try it twice.

A - Pours a deep opaque black, like many a RIS. I've had my share of Black Ales, but this is the first one that is actually pitch black! 2 finger dark tan head, leaves nice rings of lace as the level of the brew diminishes in the glass.

S - Citrus, pine, grass notes. Delivers all the good aromas expected from an imperial IPA.

T - This was the biggest surprise. The malt forward profile was totally unexpected, but VERY pleasant. Lots of unsweetened chocolate on the tongue, followed by a well balanced hop bitterness. Surprised by the ABV because I don't think it's boozy at all. Bottle conditioning helps blend the wealth of flavors into a complex yet tasty brew.

M - mmm...Creamy and chewy. I know of no other Black Ale that is this viscous. I tend to think "heavy" beers are improved on nitro, but this one is already so creamy that it might be too much. I'd love to try it tho.

O - Very much like this beer. Like others have said... this is the bar against which ALL other Black Ales/IPA's should be measured. Complex hop and malt mixture, yet well balanced and presented. Definitely worth seeking out. Since it's the anniversary release, I highly doubt we'll see it again, and that's too bad. I don't think I could ever get tired of this one.

Photo of woosterbill
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. I bought this one unrefrigerated, threw it in my freezer to chill, and then forgot about it for a day. Now that it's thawed, I find that it's too delicious not to review. Hops are stored frozen anyway, right?

A: A fairly rough pour yields a solid two fingers of dense light-brown foam atop a body as dark as the blackest stout. No highlights, no glints, no light penetration at all. My only complaint is that, while the head demonstrates impeccable retention, it only leaves moderate lace; I was expecting some serious stickiness out of such a hoppy beer. Still, it's intimidating and inviting simultaneously. Excellent.

S: Wow. It smells like someone packed a pound of dank piney/sprucy hops into a French press loaded with fresh espresso. Bitter coffee and even more bitter hops are the only aromas, and they're both amazingly fresh, clean, sharp, and scintillating. I really can't imagine a more successful smell for the style.

T: Follows the nose at first, but as it warms a bit more sweetness creeps in ahead of the supremely bitter, spicy finish. It's delicious through and through, but the sheer size of the beer makes it a bit heavy and overbearing (there's definitely some booze on the aftertaste, but it's pretty well outweighed by the palate-destroying bitterness). Minor quibbles, though, since as it tastes less perfect for its style it arguable tastes more like a great RIS, a style I like even more.

M: Even with a fairly harsh pour it's got a solid dose of carbonation to add some life to the full, somewhat sticky body. It feels more like a stout than a black IPA, which is fine with me. Not the beer's strongest suit, though.

O: I'll definitely be buying another bottle so I can see if it's any different without having been frozen and thawed. I really can't imagine it being much better, as the hops are absolutely amazingly vibrant - more so than I've encountered in any other beer of this style. This may well be the most brash, arrogant beer Stone has ever put out, and while I'm not the biggest fan of their marketing/image, I can't help but love this brew.

Cheers!

Photo of nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of medium-brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head fades slowly and leaves a thin layer of lace on the glass.

S - Lots of pungent hops up front, fruity and floral with a distinct pine note that blends nicely with the caramel and dark bread malt character.

T - Bitterness hits first, both from hops and malt, with some dark caramel and a hint of chocolate. Pine and grapefruit come out in the middle along with more dark sugar. It finishes with a dark, baker's chocolate note and more pine hops as well as a strong, but smooth bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Damn, and I though Sublimely Self Righteous was a nice black IPA! The malt is much darker than in most other examples I have had with a distinct dark chocolate note that dominates the finish. I am particularly impressed by the way that the hop character manages to stay bright and pungent rather than blending in with the dark malt. This is a masterpiece and it proves, to me at least, that this is something worthy of being considered a distinct style of its own.

Photo of dannydetox
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try the latest Stone anniversary ale when I heard it was a black IPA. This one delivered the goods quite well. Dark, dark body with a tan/dun colored head that dissipated quickly. Strong resiny hop aromas abound, touch of citrus but not as much as the SSR. The taste was wonderfully balanced between the roasted malts and the bitter hops. I experienced a blend of dark chocolate and toastiness that faded into a typically dry, bitter Stone finish. Alcohol (10.8!) was completely hidden in this offering; did not get any heat off this brew. Reckon I could have knocked back a few before realizing I was getting ripped. Excellent mouthfeel, too. Rounded and full without being heavy.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
August 2011, Bottle conditioned, Enjoy Fresh. 10.8% ABV.

A - Blacker than used motor oil, Stone's 15th Anniversary floods the glass with sinfully roasted malt as the dense head shrouds the glass with a veil of dark tan foam.

S - Notes of cold coffee and bittersweet chocolate from roasted malt blend surprisingly well with the over-the-top bitter hop resin found in the aroma. This takes me back a week to my hop (specifically Chinook) harvest; bitter grapefruit, sticky resin, and pine needle. An American-hop head's dream. Bold and unrelenting, the aroma has very little alcohol heat to it.

T - A hop smack in the teeth, this supremely bitter beer carries with it abounding pine resin, juicy grapefruit bitterness, and a splash of mango sweetness. The load of hops is generously offset by caramel and roasted malt. Hoppiness pushes forward but the chocolate and coffee-infused roasted malt pulls through the finish nicely.

M - Bitter as sin, Stone's 15th Anniversary displays a supreme level of balance throughout the mouthfeel. Hoppy and dry at first, it changes to acrid roast and then to a balancing sweetness before finally resolving itself at a dry, resiny bitter finish. Full-bodied and smooth, an inherent warming from alcohol is active in the stomach and retro-nasal breathing.

O - Aaah, fresh Stone. They're at the forefront of extreme hop usage, but this beer remains balanced regardless. Quality roast character works very well with the chosen American hops to give the Escondidian Imperial Black IPA one hell of a delicious punch to the face.

Photo of Cavery
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on CASK @ schmidy's Tavern for a Beer School/Homebrew club event. I had a great time and met a lot of great homebrewers, seriously I was so impressed. Big shout out to all those Coachella Valley Homebrewers in attendance.

Review from written notes last night

poured into 15th Anniversary glass.

A: Octopus ink in a glass with some slightly brown bubbly foam. Head is a pretty fine microfiber top that goes into lighter browns. A dauntingly black void body, deep and dark enough to fall into. This thing does look like a BA stout. A solid Two finger foam head.

S: Thick greenery with some lighter florals. Hearty deep veggie notes that really put this nose deep in the garden. A bit of aged citrus rind comes through in light lemony and grapefruit notes. A nice background of kale and crisp stewed celery. A very filling nose.

T: Tons of veggies and crunchy hops that gives into a deep liquid syrup of bitter bakers chocolates. The chocolate notes are complex in that they taste like a blend of bitter chocolates and carob chips. Some really amazing bitter flavors that play off each other between the hops and savory chocolates. Coffee bitters in the back to add just another level of great bitterness.

M: This is so velvety smooth. It's like one of those perfect warm sauces on a dessert. Feels of warmed evaporated milk with buttery imperfections adding some texture. It's so bizarre to get such a feel given the flavor profile. What was simply veggies and hops in the nose has becomes creamed veggies in the flavor. Incredible mouth, big ups to the cask on this one.

O: Cask certainly can be hit or miss, but this was truly sensational. The mouth feel on this thing really put the whole thing over the top for me. The layers of bitter savory from hops, chocolates, veggies, and later coffees made this a deep thinking brew. I don't smoke, but this was like having a fine cigar of a beer. A great way to cap the night off. Big cheers to Schmidy's in Palm Desert for making this cask happen.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz into a giant snifter...purty dang awesome brew from the looks of it...deep almost fuligin body with a big head for how big the alcohol is on this puppy...nose has a hop profile that reminds me of other stone ipas, although it's not as aggressive as Ruination, for example (although it's not apples to apples and Ruination doesn't have the incredible dark malt backbone in the aroma that this one has). By the third of fourth sip, the head has subsided quite a bit but is still lacing well. I've had a number of black IPAs that weren't amazing on the tongue, despite being great attempts. This one is. It's definitely better than Stone's regular black IPA, with a malt core balanced by major hop bitterness (overbalanced in an excellent way). Mouthfeel is perfect. I'm divided between giving this a 4.5 or 5 overall and increased the taste to 5 from 4.5 after it warmed up just a little bit.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pour is, well black with a cream and coffee finger of head that fell to a thin layer.
S: a blend of pine, citrus, tropical fruit, and dark malt sweetness.
T: great mix of flavors, hops are a blend of the aroma, pine, citrus and tropical fruits. The tropical flavors arre somewhere between pineapple and cantaloupe in my opinion. Malt is lightly roasty and some chocolate but that is more noticeable the closer the beer gets to room temp.
M: has good carbonation, more towards the lighter side. This is lightly coating and smooth.
O: when will this be a regular beer? I like this much more than SSRA. A balanced yet more hoppy version, and even stronger that isn't even noticeable.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pitch black in color with a thick dark brown head.

S - smells of piney hops. And then a little more hops.

T - taste is hoppy up front with a subtley sweet after taste. It doesn't linger long.

M - mouth feel is thin and carbonated.

O - good beer but sublimely self righteous is much better

Photo of alkemy
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bomber…

A- To call it dark brown would be a misnomer. It’s so dark, let’s just call it black. There is some ruby highlighting around the edges of the glass when held to light. More than an inch of smoky taupe head that shrinks to about a quarter inch and then has plenty of staying power.

S- Very strong pine in the nose. Has a wet, swampy quality to it. There’s also a faint smoky molasses in the background.

T- Taste is complex. A bit like a barleywine right off the bat. Then some dark fruit quickly followed by the strong hop character. Smokiness intermingles, but really lingers in the finish. This sh*t’s good. It’s got a hint of the taste characteristics of a barleywine, with the strong pine goodness and some smokiness.

M- It’s silky smooth, but also has quite a bit of bite from the carbonation…silk at first and pine needles directly thereafter.

D- High. Smoky, pine finish leaves me wanting drink after drink. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Photo of Ego
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

crazy windy night here in jersey...
22oz bomber pulled from my cellar, august 2011 dated

eyes...
on a quick glimpse I thought I was pouring dimetap.. but then as it gathers it becomes more pitch, black with perhaps a little light shining through, head settles down to a tarp cover barely treading water above the blackness, plenty of legs on this one alright, the lacing is nice and consistent, a nice blanket of bubbles washing up and down the sides of the glass on a gentle swirl, a nice looking brew.

nose...
really hard to explain at first schnozz, vanilla glazed dark chocolate, molasses and faint coffee, brown sugar, darts of alcohol stab at the olfactory as well, really interesting mix, there is a clean consistency to it.

taste etc...
it is funny how you almost expect a black/dark beer to be hefty sometimes. I had to remind myself what style is afoot here... This drinks very smooth and leaves a rich flavor in its considerable wake. What looks like really used motor oil winds up as light as an IPA, perhaps with a shade less carbonation than the usual 'bright' american IPAs. Light molasses and vanilla on the front end of things with a nice deep bitter chocolate/ash back end that lingers (insert joke about people who linger here). The ABV is surprisingly mild in the mouth but definitely is letting my stomach (and soon my head I suppose) aware. This is consistent throughout the bomber. Just every sip is a wonderful experience, full of flavor and character delivering flavor upon every step of the sipping experience.

verdict?
One helluva beer. I tend to think Stone is over rated here sometimes but then they go and stick this in my craw... touche, well played my lads (hey, you watch game of thrones and try not to get all 'thee' and 'thus' my lady...)

in the player: Left Lane Cruiser - All You Can Eat

Photo of shortbus7
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is definitely black. Much darker than I anticipated. Looks excellent and has a small head with great lacing.

S: Dark malts, very hoppy, and some bitterness (unsweetened cocoa?)

T: Again, very hoppy with loads of malt, much more than expected, but very welcomed. Some molases and dark chocolate.

M: Excellent. Very creamy and very smooth.

O: I could drink this everyday. One of the best representations of this style that I have had. Not happy that it won't last long.

Photo of weedchild
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large snifter from a 22oz bottle

Pours black as a witch's...disposition. Leather colored head stays around for a good minute - impressive for a 10.8% beer.

At first I got a strong hop aroma - cat box and citrus. As it is warming up I get dank, almost Belgian funk in the background of fruit and chocolate and strong alcohol.

The flavor is almost indescribable. It starts sweet and chocolaty and quickly evolves into bittersweet chocolate, pine needle, wild/tropical fruit, and finally cigar. As I write this I feel like I just took a puff on a very well made cigar.

The mouthfeel is viscous, but the carbonation is just enough to cut it. The residue lasts in your mouth for a while.

Overall, this is one of the most complex beers I have ever tasted. After pouring and sniffing I felt like it was an imperial IPA that happened to be black - and it is - but there is so much more that I can't find the words to do it justice. I'm going to run out an buy another one (when I sober up) to share with my homebrew buddies this weekend.

Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in an oversized Dogfish Head Snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Amazing looking black stout-like characteristics- thick, thick, thick foamy 2-finger tan head with good retention. It faded very nicely to lots of sticky lace.

Smells are an interesting mix of sharp hope notes (pine jumps forward), with slight hints of sweet malt. The taste follows suit- this is like drinking "Russian Imperial Ruination"- sharp hoppy bite, with a background of sweet-malt creamy finish.

Mouthfeel is full, robust, and solid- bubbly enough and silky viscosity. This is a brew that I need to go out and find a few more bottles of! One is just not going to cut it. If you like IPAs, and also like the cold-weather stouts, this is a MUST have experience. Excellent work, Stone! Bastards!!

Photo of emcohen
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, almost black with a dark tan, thick head. The head was about two fingers and held up well.

A: Overwhelmingly fresh herbal hop aroma.

T: Roasted nuts and chocolate up front, citrus hops take over as it transitions to a more traditional IPA taste.

M: Light carbonation keeps tingling in the finish. Hop bitterness prevails throughout.

O: I'm usually not a fan of IPAs but I've been coming around on the black IPA style. This is definitely the best one I've had so far.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled Aug 16, 2011. Served at around 50F.

Pours black with a large thick brown head that leaves a nice pattern of sticky lacing and holds one of the best caps I’ve seen. She sho’ is purty!

Aroma is pine, spruce, grapefruit rind and citrus, dank, along with some of that delicious cat spray, also some coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, but the hops really take center stage in the aroma. Excellent strength.

Flavor is intense to say the least. A ton of pine, juicy citrus and resinous, dank hops up front intertwined with strong chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, anise and molasses as well as a bit of caramel and dark fruits, nice bitterness and some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium plus bodied, sticky, good carbonation.

And I thought Sublimely Self Righteous was the most intense Black IPA out there... Not anymore! A new king has been crowned! Holy hell is this some good stuff. Ridiculously hoppy and the great roasted malt component holds its own. Gonna be enjoying this some more for sure while it’s around.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This looks great. A dark body, big tan head. I love this style to look like a good stout, and this definitely does.

S - Despite the color, the smell is mostly hops, bitter and citrusy. Some smoke too.

T - Nice bitter hop profile, some citrus, light chocolate malt profile. Really good flavors that work well together. Nice beer.

M - Real smooth and creamy. This is pretty good feeling. Probably one of the best mouthfeeling beers I've ever had, and those tend to be stouts. Pretty impressive, I think.

O - I've been waiting to try this beer for a long time, and maybe my expectations have inflated my experience, but this is basically everything I could ask for in this sort of beer. I think this is exceptional.

Photo of hoplover82
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was hard not to give this beer a perfect score.
A-Pours pitch black with a huge 2 fingers worth of super creamy and persistant espresso colored head that does not every leave you or forsake you. Absolutely beautiful in appearance.
S-The aroma... WOW! TUNS of herbal, potporti-like hops with some roasted barley notes in the back. And some warmth from the alcohol. Glad to get this so fresh. After a swirl in my sniffer, I also pick up a huge floral hop note as well. There are faint notes of coffee and chocolate and toffee, but in this way that totally lets the hops shine. Not in a way like it's a huge stout with overwhelming hops, it's not like that at all, it's like an Imperial IPA with a touch of a stout, but in an IPA way.. kinda confusing I know, you just have to try it.
T-The flavor is exceptional with tuns of herbal/potporri like hops with a touch of roastiness, bitter dark chocolate, toffee and a little dark fruits as well, like candied prunes. The alcohol is very well hidden for almost 11 percent. Very hop foward beer indeed.
M-The body is huge and creamy with a loooong bitter hoppy finish.
O-Overall I really really like this beer, and glad to have tried it so fresh. Thanks Donny

Photo of vonnegut21
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black, with a thick, tan head. Smells of sharp roasted malts and chocolate with tons of hop spice. Taste is a beautiful mix of charred malts, chocolate, and hop bitterness. I've never had a beer balance roasted malt and hops this well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth. Overall, an amazing beer. Please, Stone. Add this to your year-round line-up. This is a masterpiece.

Photo of ryanonline
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thick and black with an enormous rocky foamy dark tan head.

the smell is thoroughly earthy and hoppy, lots of resinous pine with some grapefruit lingering behind it as well as light cocoa notes.

wooo! that is one hoppy black ale. lots of roast and sweetness with a pretty strong hop profile, though the individual flavors are a bit difficult to pin down. lots of pine and grapefruit, more roasty flavor than cocoa almost like an espresso. very complex very good.

mouthfeel is somewhat dry and creamy, light carbonation has a slightly prickly feel to it. very dry finish.

dangerous drinkability, though it is a bit flavorful.

overall this is quite a wonderful beer, flavorful and nuanced yet very much fits within the style profile. yum!

15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.