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