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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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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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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared to the previous black IPA I reviewed this is twice the beer. Poured a slow to emerge 2" deep mocha colored head with pretty good lasting power. Body is clear but black as coffee. There wasn't as much smell as I expected but it does express hops and malt. The taste is a winner with gobs of coffee, cocoa, malt, and a robust hoppiness fitting of an IPA. Rich body and long finish, and although it's high alcohol it's not boozy.

MoreThanWine, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Geno78
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Geno78, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Jstark5150, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of TheBronze
5/5  rDev +18.5%

TheBronze, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of spicelab
3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor.

Tarry black with a large dense mocha head. Leaves a nicely raised ring but little additional lacing. Reforms to half a finger or so on swirling.

Initial hit of resinous pine, before the hops are swamped by sweet cocoa, booze-soaked raisins, tobacco, liquorice, coffee and barleywine-like treacle notes. Slightly sickly actually - I'd like a lot more hops.

Thankfully less cloying. Burnt coffee, liquorice, molasses and both sweet and bitter dark chocolate, backed by a moderate piney and minty bitterness. Occasionally get bizarre notes of scorched vegemite and ashy soy sauce.

Thick and viscous with a bit much carbonation. Not a big bitter presence and booze is impressively well hidden.

Generally full-frontal onslaught that leaves little to the imagination. Seems a bit gratuitous though - restraint in any number of areas would have made for a better beer. Have doubts that my bottle was in the best condition though - a re-review might be in order.

spicelab, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

IPx, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

johnhenryconway, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

ScrimshawFan, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

ALLISON01, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Hoops4life511, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Pillowhead, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

kevgod, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mcorwin, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Roasty chocolate with a subtle pine hoppiness, some breadiness, resiny.

L: Black, fairly thick, tan creamy head with great lacing and retention.

T: Chocolate sweetness with an undercurrent of pine hoppiness. Medium piney bitterness with loads more chocolate sweetness. Finishes with hop resin and just a touch of roast with additional dark chocolate.

M: Medium carbonation, medium full body, alcohol slightly detected.

A really enjoyable beer, would love to try this side to side with their year round black ipa to see the differences.

bum732, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

nanobrew, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle to a tulip glass

A - Pours an almost "all-but" black (faint hints of brown) with a thick, excellent bubbly dark tan head and thick lacing.

S - Piny hops smells (some citrus as well) and very little malts. What I do smell of the malts is definitely on the sweeter and roasted end of it.

T - Nice hop flavors that balance with hints of pine, citrus, and other fruits. The malt shines through a little with sweet, roasted flavor (of a chocolate nature).

M - Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Hops aftertaste that lingers. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - I enjoyed Stone's 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA. It has big hop flavor with a surprising creamyness. It's one of the better Black IPAs I have had and I hope to enjoy it again soon!

WMEugene, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

ineva, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

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

goalie33, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

csiewert, Nov 17, 2011
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,402 ratings.