15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -12.8%
Reviewed Dec 2011
Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
Pours like a stout, with a nice tan head about a finger thick. Good lacing.
It’s got some coffee and licorice, but the pine and hops smell as well. Maybe a bit of caramel. An interesting mix.
Taste really confused me. It’s a light body, very smokey, almost ashy. Greets you with light coffee and finishes with a hop kick near the end. I couldn’t tell it was over 10%. Very powerful. Leaves a nice aftertaste.
Overall, it’s a very interesting beer to say the least. Very complex and very bold. Impressive.
04-01-2013 20:11:28 | More by Smurf2055
3.4/5 rDev -19.4%
Pours like a black beauty. Thick deep black, great two finger-width off -white/ light caramel-colored head.
Smells like a liquory funky type of beverage, with some light mocha notes, and with some hop aroma as well. Interesting but not powerful.
This is an interesting take, I normally wouldn't go for a black IPA and don't recall ever having done so. But i feel Stone balanced this brew quite well. It's like a DIPA and an RIS seamlessly combined. It works somehow. It has burnt lingering bitterness with a smooth, thick creamy mouthfeel. Still not a favorite style of mine, but this one is a good sipper. But then this just feels very dry at the finish.
Overall I thought this was easy to drink for such a big beer, but the abrupt drying finish held this back for me. A good combo of big ipa and darkness, but the impression left is strong, and then a chalky, metallic taste. Looks much better than everything else about it. Worth a try nonetheless.
12-22-2012 23:47:22 | More by TBoneJones
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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