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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,402 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,402
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 140 | 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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5/5  rDev +18.5%

603BeerMe, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

IamC0lin, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

chcfan, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BeerThursdays, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

ledzeped503, Nov 17, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Black .. not even a shade of ruby or brown here. Excellent head retention. Mocha colored foam, lacing.

S: Citrus, mainly grapefruit and misc. tropical fruits. Not much roasted malts here aside from a hint of coffee.

T: Mild roasted malts, light coffee w/cream, milk chocolate followed by a nice mix of dried pineapple, pine, woodsy hop flavors.

M: Creamy, the roasted malts are more pronounced as the beer warms up, almost overtaking the hops. Both hide the the alcohol well.

O: Top notch Black IPA, probably the best I've had of the style.

diamondc, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

wyatt, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

moserine, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

CEDAMA, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

emaciated, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

benz08, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

azureoval, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jag21, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

allouez86, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bastu, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

From 11/15/11 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Stone steal the pint night event. Poured in a 10 oz. tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of very dark brown head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, roasted malts, a tiny bit soapy. As expected, lots of hops and roasted notes. Hops are a little more dominant, but it's a nice mix.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, citrus hops, sweet smooth chocolate, pine hops, grapefruit. Again, very hoppy and roasted, but the roasted malts and chocolate come out a lot more here than in the nose. A nice step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness from the hops up front, than smooth thanks to the malts. Surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV.

o - Overall a very nice Black IPA; one of the better ones I've had. Didn't enjoy it as much as the sublimely self-righteous ale, but still good. Would have it again.

mdfb79, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

cmrillo, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

jeezie, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

MemphisKev, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Magery, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

markman, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

cestlavie, Nov 16, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

All in all...the best Black IPA I've ever tasted...although I'm definitely not a great fan of the style. Still, this one had a depth and complexity that makes it a laudible effort. Deep boozy tobacco note melange with a chocolate espresso hoppy resin. Would I choose this over a Founders Porter?...not a chance. But when matched against other Black IPA's, it more than holds it's own.

MysticRuler, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

PEIhop, Nov 16, 2011
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,402 ratings.