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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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

HollyHops, Mar 28, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Congregation Ale House's Stone week on 3/26/2014. Poured into an 8oz tulip.

A: Black with half a finger of tan head, looks like a stout. Good staying power on the head.

S: the aromas are pretty faint, but I can somewhat pick out some hoppy bitterness.

T: wow, this IPA is how old? It's not super hoppy as expected and I never had the original fresh but it's still super tasty. Taste like bitter chocolate with liquorice. I don't usually like liquorice, but I'm really digging this beer. And by that I mean I love it. Taste is very richand creamy, decently sweet too.

M: This is a stout right? No... Oh, because it feels like motor oil. Has wonderful mouth feel like surprisingly thick and full. From mouth feel alone I would think thisisa stout.

O: I really wish I had the beer fresh to compare it to, but I don't. However, it's still fantastic. It's almost like a stout now, this beer had probably changed allot fromit's days as an IPA but it had become something still fantastic..

Sumdeus, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jaymo18, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

pisano, Feb 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

Charliechu, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

MrLacinak, Dec 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

thegrimone, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

SnatchyMcPants, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Kelp, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

fain12, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jak, Nov 05, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Smooth-Hoperator, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

sunofneurot, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jpcarnegie, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

swetsastonic, Oct 07, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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).

jeff1973, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jegross2, Sep 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Stoutfan23DJ, Sep 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

tbone1384, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

user785335, Sep 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jakecattleco, Sep 01, 2013
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.