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

15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,373 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1373
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,373 | Reviews: 711 | Show All Ratings:
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gpogo

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black. Dark brown sticky head that dissipated to a foam top and left a sparse sticky lacing. Looked rather thick as it poured.

A- Herbal hops instantly hit you. As the beer warmed I noticed more malty influences, some chocolate and caramel. Slight fruitiness as well.

T- Initially a herbal bitterness, but then slightly sweet malt flavor opens up. It is then followed by alcohol and finishes with a slightly bitter roasty chocolate flavor.

M- Full body with low carbonation. Very smooth, almost considered having a cookie with this beer, but the bitterness probably wouldn't go so well with the sweets.

D- Very enjoyable. Drank a bottle slowly over the course of the evening. A very tasty beverage, I may have to purchase another.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 06:48:22 | More by gpogo
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emcohen

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, almost black with a dark tan, thick head. The head was about two fingers and held up well.

A: Overwhelmingly fresh herbal hop aroma.

T: Roasted nuts and chocolate up front, citrus hops take over as it transitions to a more traditional IPA taste.

M: Light carbonation keeps tingling in the finish. Hop bitterness prevails throughout.

O: I'm usually not a fan of IPAs but I've been coming around on the black IPA style. This is definitely the best one I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:07:16 | More by emcohen
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter after warming a while on the counter. Viscous black body topped with a light cover of beige-coloured head. Some lacing.

This was bottled about four months ago so I was expecting a possibly muted hop aroma; Stone must have hopped this to hell because the nose is still exploding with hops. Huge tropical notes with lots of lychee and guava, big caramel underneath with light chocolate and roast. This smells fantastic.

In my experience with Stone balance is not something I'm anticipating but this beer is just about perfectly balanced (I hope it wouldn't offend them for me to say that!). Insane smoothness for the ABV, probably the smoothest alcohol presence I've ever experienced at this percentage (I'd believe this was 6.5%). Lots of grapefruit but not overly bitter like I've found in most other beers from this brewery. Light chocolate, moderate roast and a good level of caramel sweetness to balance it out. I wouldn't really want to change a thing flavour-wise.

The feel is pretty much right on; not too thick or too thin. Right in the middle with medium-light carbonation.

I have to say that this beer is seriously underrated here on BA. As an imperial black IPA this is more or less perfect. I could drink this every day. This is definitely an appropriate beer to offer as an anniversary edition and the first by Stone to leave me totally impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 00:18:28 | More by eat
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Funny enough, this Imperial Black IPA is jet black and absolutely opaque, even when directly back lit. Big fluffy brown head that falls slowly and has a heavy lace. Heavy hop spice in the nose supported by a range of flavors: burnt sugar, heavy roasted malt, black strap molasses, dark fruit--light cherry and heavy fig, grapefruit, and a dense earthiness. Very excited for the first sip. Wow. Give me a second.

Roasted malt and molasses taste is heavy with burnt note blended with the serious hop bite. Supported by the wonderful nose, it is an amazingly fun beer to drink. 10.8% alcohol is not apparent in the nose or the taste, but the Imperial part of the title is showing through in every other respect. Hop lingers on the tongue and rises in the center of the mouth with the roast for a splendid twang. Dry off the back.

As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes apparent in nose and taste, which has little effect except maybe the hop is more subdued in the nose. Warmed up, the beer exhibits a stronger balance than when cold, so don't be afraid to be busy and drink this one over time.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:03:07 | More by FightingEntropy
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours to style it is a black ale. There is also amconsiderable tan head produced while pouring. The smell is roasty hoppy and almost a little sweetness and dark chocolate all in one. The flavor is a little sweet and hoppy at the same time. There is definitiel a lot of roasted character and a little dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little thick and I would almOst classify this as an American double stout based on the body abv and appearance. The beer is delicious but I don't think this is a black ale

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 00:09:38 | More by rowingbrewer
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very, very dark brown. Colour is perceptible but it may just be an optical illusion. No illusion about the head which is lovely, dense mocha foam, sunk slowly to a thin film with uneven lace. Looks great.

Smell is hoppy like a mofo, just smells like hop pellets - grass clippings, thyme and taragon on there with lots of citrus and some polished brass. It's all hops, and could use some more dark roasty aroma from the malt. Don't mind it, but it's a bit simplistic.

Taste is better; more of the darker notes. In fact the hops seem almost to be missing here. Nice roasty malt notes, with by-and-by characters of chocolate, star anise, natural licorice and pepper, and then still that big grassy hop note comes through - fresh grass clippings and a touch of pepperberry. Slightly floral but yeah, grass is the big note. It's kind of a sidenote to the majority of the palate though and the flavours don't quite mesh, but it's a bit flavour brew that manages to be enjoyable in spite of its slightly slapdash nature.

A bit sharp and dry on the back, but otherwise smooth and a bit sticky. Not bad.

Seems a little more like a garage home-brewed IBA than something I'd expect from Stone. Seems like the flavour isn't as expertly woven together as previous beers of theirs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 10:08:04 | More by laituegonflable
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- It pours very very very dark. Head is thick and cocoa-y brown. Quite a bit of lacing.
S- Aroma is chocolate and a bit of espresso, with a citrus kick.
T- More hoppy than the aroma indicated. The citrus-pine hop combination that Stone implements frequently is here. There is some sweetness to it, with a fairly assertive milk chocolate malt flavor.
M- I'd like a bit more body. The booziness in the finish is far more assertive than I'd like. Quite hot. Carbonation is good.
O- This is a well made big beer, apart from the over aggressive boozy finish. The flavor profile on it is quote pleasant though. It's certainly a sipper and the alcohol and taste fatigue make it hard to get through a whole bomber though.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 00:35:27 | More by jsprain1
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking beer with a solid three plus figners of dense head that leaves lots and lots of lacing. Dark looking beer with brown head.

S - Lots of roasted malts but not too overpowering, some nice sweet grapefruit scents with nice piney hops.

T - The hops hit up fron and are piney with a little bit of citrus, not the burnt taste to may be expecting but some nice subtle chocolate sweet notes. Nice and sweet not to heavy

M - Medium to full bodied as it was a little surupy. Was really smoth and clean though, doesn't feel heavy

O - Really a great beer, Stone has some great beers so if you have not had any... GET THEM!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:00:10 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a 22 ounce bombed into my Great Divide tulip.

Pours a stout-like opaque dark black with two and half towering fingers of mocha colored head. Moderate head retention and a ridiculous draping of thick, clingy lacing.

Smell is underwhelming. I was expecting a real, quintessential Stone hop bomb. But, the preeminent aroma was more dark candied sugar and sweet malt. At the tale end of the nose, there's a whiff of dank, earthy hops. Wish there had been more.

Taste start off overly sweet and malty. Then, there's a huge wallop of biting hops bitterness in the middle of the sip which slips away to a slight touch of roastiness. The happiness mellowed as the beer warmed, but this one tasted more black ale and less IPA throughout.

Mouthfeel is mildly thick with a healthy dose of carbonation. High ABV but the booze is hidden quite well.

Overall, I'm not impressed. Stone is using spot on but this one misses the mark. The flavored are muddled and the beer suffers from an identity crisis.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 19:18:32 | More by pburland23
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having a Stone Imperial Black IPA...WOW!!! The beer pours a black/opaque with finger thick tan head that is lacing like a...The smell includes citrus and malty tones. The taste is amazing...and a sipping beer. There is a fresh hop bitter grapefruit zing that is mixed with caramel roast malt. The mouthfeel is a full body with good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer for sipping....sessioning this one would lead to big problems.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:02:52 | More by WoodBrew
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jeffjeff1

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me last week.

Appearance- black color, thin tan head

Smell- roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, raisins

Taste- chocolate, coffee

Mouthfeel-- full bodied

Drinkability- very good, It's very much like a stout and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 04:22:58 | More by jeffjeff1
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber pored into my Stone Imperial Pint Glass

A - Jet black, Stout like. 2 fingers of tan head and sticky lace that clings to the glass all the way down

S - Looks like a stout, smells like an IPA. Chocolatey malts and citrusy hops. Very nice

T - Wow, starts out like a strong stout, then it turns into an IPA, but finishes with roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes combined with piny hops

M - Thick and full mouthfeel. Goes down like a stout

O - An excellent brew, with the best of a stout and an IPA. The alcohol is hidden in the taste for the most part, but I can feel the high abv kicking in seriously after a few minutes.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 04:22:16 | More by BeerDawgs
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BurpingtonDC

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful motor oil black with a chocolaty two-finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaves abundant lacing.

S - yeasty, chocolatey, with a bit of raisin or prune. Tons of roasted malt and coffee.

T - This is a wonderful black IPA. Delicious, full-bodied, distinctive chocolate and coffee notes with a hoppy bitterness like chicory. Sweet malt and hoppy bitterness vie for prominence

M - Medium bodied, light effervescence, pleasant bitter taste that stays on the tongue. Very creamy and smooth.

O - Like just every Stone brew, I really like this black IPA. Heavier and more flavorful than others black IPA's I have tried by a long measure. The 10.8% ABV isn't oppressive. Overall a great drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 23:57:23 | More by BurpingtonDC
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle comes the 15th anniversary ale dark like fresh tilled farm soil. It's an earthy black that has some mahogany edges and a coffee ice cream colored head. The foam could be a little more promenint for my taste but it's hard to expect a lot from a 10% + brew. This one already looks like a winner to me.

The nose is sweet and fragrant of toasted malts that lean towards a dried stone fruit scent. A hop pungency takes over and eclipses the fruit smell with a bit of citrus. All in all this is a malt dominated fragrance and everything else is subdued by comparison.

The taste is also malt dominated with a sweet toast flavor. The roasted malts combined with the hops give a nice acidic pop to things but finishes strong with a subtle chocolate warmth and hints of those stone fruits. Mild and tasty with no hint of that 10%

I myself love a bitter beer and the 15th delivers in both the flavor and mouthfeel. Those hops finally shine above the malts here with a nice pinch of the cheek and an etching of the teeth. This is a great sipping beer and it gets better as it warms. A great beer on a chilled afternoon and very reasonably priced. Well done Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 23:00:06 | More by jbphoto88
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark tan to brown colored head of two fingers width that leaves a CONSTANT film of foam so thick and luscious, it makes me think of espresso foam. The color is that of a proper RIS, jet black.

Heavily toasted, blood orange peel hop aroma mixes well with a mix of almost burnt and perfectly toasted biscuits.

Velvety palate from start to finish is ohh sooo nice. The palate enhances the interplay of bitter citrus with roasted, almost blackened mixed with perfectly roasted malts. Bitter, yet somewhat pumpernikel bread sweet. The heat of this abv. % heat of this beer only adds depth and complexity to this beer. This beer is almost perfect in taste, except I don't think the malt gets enough attention.

This beer is great and I will recommend this beer specifically along with other Stone beers to others with much piquant exclamamation

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 19:31:35 | More by scruffwhor
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ales4baldo

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation- Nice dark bottle. Like the gargoyle on the label holding up a stien glass. Good info and story on the back.

Appearence-Boy is this really a "black" IPA. Pours thick with a nice solid finger and a half of head that retains semi well and has a mocha look. Beer looks like a stout but smells like an IPA, pretty cool.

Smell-Im getting the usual smell of hops in this one but also chocalate notes as well. Blends into together quite nicely. Small amounts of oak and mocha in there as well. Little bit of coffee beans and toast in the mix also. Really nice smell. Black raisan, some plum. Crazy.

Taste-Oh wow! This really is like drinking a stout and an IPA side by side. Get a lot of malts when i drink this. Hops seems to subdue a little bit as the strong heavy chocalate and toaste flavors smoothen out across my mouth. Some smoked flavors in there also.

Mouthfeel-Feels like a Stout! Does not drink like an IPA at all but sure does taste like one to some degree. Definitely a mouthful which is nice. A heavier beer with full body and a dry finish.

Overall-A really nice beer man. I must say. If you want to enjoy a stout and an IPA at the same time this is definitely a beer to drink. Glad i let it sit in the celler for a month or two. Seems to have done it some well. Very tasty. Nice balance. Smooth and thick at the same time. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 23:13:11 | More by ales4baldo
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Sheepdog

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A= Deep black color with a nice head

S= Nice roasted aroma with chocolate notes, piney hoppy smell came through the chocolate.

T= The chocolate notes come through here then at the nose.

O= My 1st Black IPA. Not a huge fan of the style but this brew makes me want to explore in it more.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 21:23:51 | More by Sheepdog
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a 1/2" dark tan head.

Smell: I would say floral, cocoa. I honestly can't get enough og the aroma this beer gives. It's not the type your going to smell from five feet from the glass but just smelling it is a tease of what greatness is to come.

Taste: Yes it's bitter but yes it's f'n great. Any IPA fan will appreciate with they are indulging in. Slight pine, you can taste the feel of floral slight bitter dark chocolate feel.

Mouth: Medium carbonation doesn't go down easy for everyone maybe not even the most "advanced" beer drinker. I say this because most black IPA's I have had haven't stepped up the way Stone has done.

Overall: Tell you this NOT my first black IPA but definitely the best one I have had. It meets the demand of what IPA stands for, true hops with the perfect mixture of bitter dark chocolate. Cheers to all and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 04:49:27 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass) A- A jet black body supports a thick sticky cocoa-tan head that holds on the glass with each sip. There are some microbubbles that show up just at the base of the head. S- The green earthy pine hops are full with some nice pine resin character coming through as the beer opens. There is a hint of sweet black roasted malt in the background. T- The green herbal hops have a woody quality to them with a pungent pine bitterness and masks a roasted malt flavor a bit. The bitter hops linger nicely after each sip. M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture with just a touch of alcohol warmth. O- The nice full hops are what you expect but there just isn't much depth to them nor is there any juicy bright character to the hops. Just a good solid earthy dark hops that compliment the trompe l'oeil body.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 20:49:08 | More by rhoadsrage
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Of all the self described black IPAs I have ever had, this had to be the darkest. The pour was pitch black an opaque, and the head atop was two finger thick, and khaki in color. The aroma on the other hand was lot closer to a typical IPA, with citric hops. There was a hint of the roasted malts if I inhaled deeply. The taste was very unique, as the bitterness of the hops and coffee flavor of the malts were both immediately and distinctly detectable. There was some molasses flavor in the finish as well. The body was creamy and on the thicker side of medium. The overall impression this beer left me was that of a dark coffee with crea.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 04:29:49 | More by rajendra82
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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, purchased 9/2011

Poured into a British Imp Nonic.
This glass did not “work” and I switched to a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter, the right choice I believe.

Pours a beautiful two finger head, thick looking, which rather rapidly reduces to an 1/8” cap, which is “sticky” if not lacey.
Very deep, black/brown color, you cannot see thru it. Tan colored head.

Surprisingly yeasty aroma when first poured (this fades with time), black malt, vanilla, and some hops trying to surpass the powerful smell of roasted malt and yeast.
After the ale warms, the hops, surprisingly become much more pronounced and you can detect distinct pine cone. Very, very good.

Exceptionally rich entry on the palate of black malt, yeast, and a very nice hop bite. Delicious!
Good crisp acidity, full mouth feel, and perfect carbonation lend balance to this ale. After a few sips you notice the complex flavors hidden by the initial blast of rich malt/yeast/hops, such as hints of vanilla, dark unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt (slightly sweetened), and even more piney hops. Wow!

Long lingering finish of black malt and bitter hops (here they really come forward).

This is an ale of almost unbelievable richness, rivaling the best Russian Imp Stouts I have had. Add to that a nice distinct bite of bitter hops and that leaves you with an exceptionally delicious ale.

This ale impressed me with its complexity, lots of flavors and aromas coming at you from all directions. As a long time wine drinker, I look and smell any libation with great scrutiny, and let me say IMO this ale has what it takes. Seems at its best around 55 degrees.
DELICIOUS!!!
One of the best I have tried. Very Highly Recommended!!

FYI I really recommend a different glass than listed here on BA. This ale has more in common with a RIS or American Strong Ale than an Imperial IPA. IMO a Snifter or Tulip would be a wiser choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 23:41:06 | More by JTSbeerislife
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tjkinate

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks stone for another great beer!

A: Beer poured black as night allowing no light to penetrate. It was beautifully topped by a 2 fingered, frothy cocoa colored head with great retention and loads of lacing.

S: Dark semi-sweet chocolate malts accompanied with a solid hop profile. Molasses is also detectable, hides the ABV well.

T: Malts and hops work well with one another, but as the tasting goes on the hops do flaunt their bitterness a bit too much.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: Not a replacement for the SSR, but is a very good addition to one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 17:44:23 | More by tjkinate
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rtaps

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours pitch black. good sized dark tan head, great retention leaving lacing all around the glass.

has a nice aroma to it. oats chocolate, nutty.

taste great dark chocolate, oats, nutty, some coffee. seems like a black IPA at first then finishes like a stout.

mud-full bodied. medium carbonation, creamy but not as smooth as expected

overall nice beer, the more i drank to more i enjoyed and appreciated this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 17:17:17 | More by rtaps
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased in California, brought back to Sydney, Australia and opened with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a heavily dark black-brown, with an exceptional head of crackling yellow brown coffee crema. Lacing is intricate, solid, honeycombed. Really solid legs to it, too, staying sticky on the edge of the glass when tilted. Body is surprisingly light, but extremely suitable for the style. Very fine carbonation. Looks genuinely exceptional.

Nose is heavily hoppy, with earthy, rusty hops giving the main event. There's no bright, citric fruitiness here—more of a tea tannin, earth, bracken character. It melds very pleasantly with the dark notes from the malt, in a way that makes some sense in a weird style; instead of the bright, citric, whimsical hoppiness creating an amusing contrast to the darkness, this blends together into some odd symbiosis.

Taste is smooth and clean and bright. The roast gives a nice basis, more of a dark biscuity sweetness, but the hops really lift the palate, and here they do have a touch of the crisp, bright citric quality to them, more than the tannic earthiness suggested on the nose. Finish has lingering bitterness, partially due to the hops, partially due to the roast. It's a nice finish, and sums up what the beer is about.

Really nice beer. It's a very odd thing that Stone have seemed to make sense of this style in a way that's quite orthogonal to the regular interpretation. The darker, more earthy hops match it really nicely with the roast malt, giving a beer that is different, but in all the right ways.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 05:14:46 | More by lacqueredmouse
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a true pint, and the beer presents with a jet black coloring and a towering, thick, frothy, foamy light chocolate-tan colored head. The beer absolutely clings to every part of the glass it touches. The nose is deep and rich, with a strong showing of wet, fresh hops, both resiny and spicy. Dark roasted coffee and a hint of citrus highlights also in the nose. Flavors are dark roast coffee and dark chocolate bittersweet, and this flavor combination helps to balance the wet, resiny, slick hops flavors that power throughout the entire beer. Very well balanced. Roasted characteristics on the initial palate, as well as the aftertaste, with a hint of the bitter chocolate and the hops presence throughout. The finish is oily and resiny, with a slick finish. Very tasty brew...another masterful concoction from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:06:06 | More by GarthDanielson
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.