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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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1,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,410
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 55
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:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours with a 2-3 finger dark tan head. nice lacing. Beer is deep brown, almost black.

Smell is a little boozy, real hoppy, with hints of licorice. I'm not a huge fan of anise, so this part of the beer kind of put me off.

Taste is intense. It is a little woody, and intensely malty. The hops are very obviously there, but the brutal bitterness is hid well by the malt. The large alcohol content is only noticeable on the aftertaste, and is not offensive or overpowering.

Mouthfeel is heavy and a little sticky. Not bad.

Overall, this is a very solid beer. Everything works together very well. I didn't expect anything less from Stone, and hope that this gets re-released.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from both draft and 22oz bomber. Poured to a tulip glass on both occassions.

L- Beautiful beer to pour. Vivid thick black color, with great activity as the frothy, dark brown mocha head forms. Head has an intensely creamy texture with a super sticky lace. Color reminds me of a perfectly roasted marshmallow.

A- Sticky, resinous hops smell. I adore the dank hop aroma in this beer. Add in some wood chips, oak, and mild earthy notes with a hint of smokiness. A light touch of dark plum and dark chocolates. Complex and intriguing.

T- Very roasty, burnt/dark roasted coffee and espresso. Lots of whiskey and dark flavors. A bit boozy in the finish, and the warming effect from the alcohol is quickly felt.

Some smokey ash, oak, & light vanilla notes- especially as it warms. Some tobacco in there for good measure.

Dark chocolate kicks in on the aftertaste. Hops add a tingly presence and zest that really adds enjoyability and texture. The hops are bitter, earthy, and create harmony to the bold roasted flavors and heavy, oak aged booze tones.

MF- Slightly soapy, creamy and thick. Easy to drink, despite the high ABV. Has this great lingering roasted hops texture. My tongue almost dries up a bit as the alcohol evaporates off it when I breathe. Similar tongue feeling when drinking coffee. Really reminds me of espresso / coffee in it's texture, while still being rich and creamy in a way that coffee is not.

O- Overall, this is a bold beer, with strong characteristics throughout. Solid choice for a Black IPA. The whiskey, woody characteristics mixed with espresso and dark chocolate notes, topped off with a sticky, resiny hop character, gives this beer an intensity that I thoroughly enjoy.


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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass, with 2 finger head, body is absolutely black as night. Heavy lacing followed from top to bottom.

Smells very strong of piney hops, close to burnt. Touch of coffee, malts and slight sweetness.

Very strong taste of hops up front into a roasted flavor followed by coffee and minor chocolate taste. Seems to finish with a tart fruity flavor. 10% is noticeable but not imposing.

Bitter fruity flavor medium body average carbonation.

Overall very nice beer great hop heavy flavor, accompanied by roasted fruit and small amounts of chocolate. 10% is nice bonus to a good tasting beer.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours motor oil black with a humongous 2-3 finger light brown foamy head that faded slowly and crept down the class leaving great sticky lacing clinging to the sides, leaving rings; there were tons of bubbles of all sizes in this impressive head and just looking at this in the glass let me know I was in for another winner from Stone. That and the fact that I could smell the chocolate malts and hops from 6 inches away.

The smell was aggressive with floral and piney hops up front mixed with roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, caramel, roasted grains or coffee grinds and earthy tones like peat moss or dirt; citrus hops, burnt wood and light vanilla came in the second wave, along with a little booze. To me this smelled perfect for the style and really great, with a roasted malt and hoppy balance that made the aroma seem like a hopped up chocolate stout or porter. The booze peeked through but was not overpowering or offensive.

Tastes a lot more complicated than it smells, with roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, caramel, raisin, dark fruit like a date or fig, roasted grains, coffee, peat moss, burnt wood, vanilla, floral hops, herbs, light citrus hops, orange peel, cocoa powder, light booze and a Starbucks coffee bitterness. The malts and roasted flavor are more pronounced than the hops in the nose, and this tastes more malty and sweet than hoppy. This was less of an IPA and more like a stout or very dark ale where the bourbon like booze sweetness kicked in after each sip.

Mouthfeel was think and creamy, with mild carbonation that was almost thin and flat, a heavy body and a slick feel as it slides across the tongue, leaving a charcoal dry bitter coating along with a roasted chocolate flavor finish. After the swallow my mouth was dry and it seemed like I just had a sip of coffee as my belly warmed.

A great beer that went down easy considering the ABV and overall roasted essence. Don’t expect an IPA with this one as the classification is off, but it’s still a very tasty brew. This is an over-the-top experimental beer, and in line with what Stone does and produces; any Stone fan will enjoy this and the experiment, but this is not a hopheads Black IPA…this is a bastard beer that will smack your palate and give you a great buzz. Enjoy!

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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.