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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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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-08-2013 05:18:25 | More by BillRoth
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SnatchyMcPants

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

12-02-2013 02:13:59 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-30-2013 10:33:29 | More by Kelp
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fain12

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-28-2013 08:08:44 | More by fain12
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-05-2013 03:57:58 | More by jak
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Smooth-Hoperator

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

I am drinking a bottle that was brewed in August of 2011 on 10/26/2013.

This is not an IPA to me because all of the hop flavor has long since gone. That's ok though, because this has morphed into a quite tasty imperial stout. So, strangely enough, that's how I will review it.

A - opaque dark black.

S - very sweet, with dark fruit, fig and licorice notes. There is a slight hopiness left to it, but it's faint. It smells like a Russian imperial stout.

T - Very deep flavor. I get a taste of milk chocolate right off the bat with a depth of flavor that develops into figs, and then a flavor of very bitter deep roasted coffee that fades quickly. It's smooth but leaves a taste of booze on the tongue. Overall, very smooth.

M - Great. Heavy and chewy. Great for the style.

O - I can't say what the black IPA would be like had I tried this beer within 6 months of the brewing date. BUT, what I will say is that this is a delicious beer and very well crafted.

10-27-2013 02:38:01 | More by Smooth-Hoperator
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sunofneurot

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-13-2013 19:11:18 | More by sunofneurot
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jpcarnegie

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-11-2013 02:07:26 | More by jpcarnegie
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-07-2013 00:10:31 | More by swetsastonic
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jeff1973

California

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Bottled 8/1/11, so more than 2yrs old now. Bought for $5.99 at Total Wine Tustin (great value).

A - Pitch black, nothing even around the edges. Mocha colored head leaves decent lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, has a weird turpentine smell, I expect it is from the aged hops. Not off-putting. Weird, but nice.

T - Dark chocolate upfront, also dark fruits (prunes, raisins, figs). A little sweet on the front end. You get that same flavor (turpentine) and black tea from the aged hops. You can definitely tell this beer was massively hopped.

M - Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low side of medium.

O - I think this is definitely past it's age, but still a great drink. The fresh version was even better because of the hop notes. This is still better than the Sublimely Self Righteous (which is also a great beer).

09-28-2013 03:28:31 | More by jeff1973
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-22-2013 06:19:39 | More by jegross2
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.9%

09-12-2013 19:02:40 | More by CityofBals
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-07-2013 06:18:57 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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tbone1384

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-06-2013 23:51:51 | More by tbone1384
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user785335

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-04-2013 15:33:37 | More by user785335
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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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st9647v3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-28-2013 01:26:25 | More by st9647v3
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-28-2013 00:40:56 | More by ROGUE16
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RinZo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-25-2013 00:38:29 | More by RinZo
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Greasy

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-20-2013 20:13:26 | More by Greasy
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-13-2013 18:45:57 | More by JTomczak
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-05-2013 14:53:58 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brownish head. Settles fairly quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles and a thick ring around the rim. Thick, persistent, beer ring lacing.

S: Char roasted malt, hops, and black licorice. A little peat, and dark unsweetened chocolate. Maybe a little molasses.

T: Roasted malt and hops. Well balanced.

M: Roasty and hoppy in the front. Licorice in the back. Dry, hoppy finish lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is great. Thick, tight head, with lots of sticky, persistent lacing. Nose is a full combination of roasted grains, hops, bitter licorice, sweet chocolate and molasses. Very roasty and very hoppy. Overall, this is a great quaff.

07-28-2013 05:16:48 | More by bmwats
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moonknight31

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-24-2013 05:49:19 | More by moonknight31
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falconxman

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-23-2013 02:53:02 | More by falconxman
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.