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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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1,412 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,412
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 56
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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