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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,409 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,409
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 55
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

nanobrew, Nov 18, 2011
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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
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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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,409 ratings.