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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

1,409 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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Photo of ALLISON01
5/5  rDev +18.5%

ALLISON01, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of RyanGoodman
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

RyanGoodman, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Hopdaemon39, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Stunner97
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark black with small amount of bubbles to be seen streaming the glass, brown foamy heady quickly fades to very thin lacing, appearance looks identical to stout,

Smell- roasted nose, mostly hops and bitterness on the nose, smells of regular ipa

Taste- this beer really kinda falls flat on the up front and the mid palate and then follows through with firm bitter hoppiness, flavor is mostly just hops but overall some what bland, just kinda lacks that wow factor

mouthfeel- surprisingly light and soft,

Drinkability/ overall- to me though this beer wasn't bad i definitely thought it was far from great, about the best part of the beer is that the alcohol is very well hidden for the high gravity, but overall to me though this beer came through as a bland one dimensional over hopped beer that truly was just not that exciting, it manages to be okay but really nothing to me beyond that

Stunner97, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black into my DFH signature glass... thick three finger dark brown head fades away and leaves a nice little bit of lacing... not too sticky.

S- Burnt malts, grapefruit, smoke, licorice and a bit more citrus... lemon/orange/necterine. Not as complex or deep as I was hoping for. Like a porter meets an IPA.

T- Tons of citrus with nice smokey malts underneath. Licorice stix, burnt wood, caramel and pine resin. It reminds me of black barleywine.

M- Your mind tells you two different things... stout and IIPA. Has a bit of a chalky feel from the smoky malts, and a ton of bitter hop bite! Has a nice creamy feel... then the hops just punch you in the face!

O- This style isn't really my bag, but I'm enjoying this one. By far the best Black IPA i've tried. Nice piney hop punch with a creamy smokey malt base... this is pretty cool!

Thickfreakness, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of StubFaceJoe
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

StubFaceJoe, May 12, 2012
Photo of divineaudio
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bomber shared with my girlfriend, poured into a tulip.

a - pours a thick, greasy black with a thick, 3 finger, light brown head that won't back down. lots of webby lacing in this glass.

s - caramel, molasses, herbal hop character (sage maybe?), hint of grapefruit.

t - a bitter thwack of roasted malt followed by espresso notes and brown sugar. another bitter thwack of pine resin hits the tongue with some herbal notes that i can't quite place. bitterness lingers as does the malt.

m - full bodied with just the right amount of co2. slightly chewy.

o - a damn fine beer. stone really raised the bar with this one. i would place this in the dangerously drinkable category, it's so good that you don't notice the 10% until it's too late. recommended for all beer lovers.

divineaudio, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Beefytits4
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Beefytits4, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of gpogo
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.

gpogo, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of coldriver
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Impressive tightly bubbled tan head with stellar lacing and stout-like black color. Smells of dark roasted malt, alchohol and piney hops. Hops and dark malts assault the tongue with a fantastic finishing kick. Rather thick mouthfeel, dry finish, well carbonated, and nicely balanced. I'm becoming a big fan of the black ale style and I really like this one - could've backed off on the alchohol a tad though.

coldriver, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of hoplover82
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was hard not to give this beer a perfect score.
A-Pours pitch black with a huge 2 fingers worth of super creamy and persistant espresso colored head that does not every leave you or forsake you. Absolutely beautiful in appearance.
S-The aroma... WOW! TUNS of herbal, potporti-like hops with some roasted barley notes in the back. And some warmth from the alcohol. Glad to get this so fresh. After a swirl in my sniffer, I also pick up a huge floral hop note as well. There are faint notes of coffee and chocolate and toffee, but in this way that totally lets the hops shine. Not in a way like it's a huge stout with overwhelming hops, it's not like that at all, it's like an Imperial IPA with a touch of a stout, but in an IPA way.. kinda confusing I know, you just have to try it.
T-The flavor is exceptional with tuns of herbal/potporri like hops with a touch of roastiness, bitter dark chocolate, toffee and a little dark fruits as well, like candied prunes. The alcohol is very well hidden for almost 11 percent. Very hop foward beer indeed.
M-The body is huge and creamy with a loooong bitter hoppy finish.
O-Overall I really really like this beer, and glad to have tried it so fresh. Thanks Donny

hoplover82, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of mattboyer182
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pitch black in color with a thick dark brown head.

S - smells of piney hops. And then a little more hops.

T - taste is hoppy up front with a subtley sweet after taste. It doesn't linger long.

M - mouth feel is thin and carbonated.

O - good beer but sublimely self righteous is much better

mattboyer182, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Jmamay22
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black thats nearly as imposing as an Imperial stout. The head is a thin mocha cap. Smells of piney hop resin with a hint of caramel sweetness in the background.

The taste is similar to the smell, but with greater complexity. The hops build slowly, muted as the malts provide balance, finally taking over with a sharp hop bite that acts as a resounding finish. It is surely a West Coast styled ale that is intense, but very enjoyable. Not your typical beer, but Stone loves to go its own way. The mouthfeel is medium bodied yet rich. Overall very enjoyable.

Jmamay22, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of LSUPT
4/5  rDev -5.2%

LSUPT, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

rondufresne, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev -5.2%

bmoney, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of TheBronze
5/5  rDev +18.5%

TheBronze, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice looking brew, pitch black with a nice two finger head at the top that was nice and frothy, the stickyness surrounded lacing around the glass.

S- A nice hop scent throughout, with hints of some dark fruits and bits of chocolate, a nice scent to this Stone brew.

T- A nice roasted coffee taste up front with hints of chocolates and hops. The boldness of the beer is nice, perfect balance in flavor throughout.Slight taste of whiskey and oak as well, tastes better as it warms.

M- Nice creamy and thick brew, not to much carbonation on this one.

O- This beer is perfect for the winter months, had this one by the fire at night. Great balance on this beer

thedoubler55, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
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.

FightingEntropy, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Greasy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Greasy, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Digimaika2
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow. Pours a noticeably rich and thick dark brown (near black) colour with a two-finger mocha coloured creamy head. Good lacing and decent retention.

S: Earthy pine, tart and slightly sour grapefruit, some faint dark chocolate and espresso. Quite a bit of earthy aromas coming through.

T: Bold pine and tart grapefruit (to a lesser extent) taste upfront quickly gives way to a roasted flavour that includes black licorice, molasses, burnt cocoa, and faint espresso. Alcohol well hidden as this doesn't taste like the stated ABV. Quite an earthy taste in this (especially towards the finish) with very nice overall flavours.

M: Good viscosity (not too thick, not too thin) and a healthy and pleasing dose of carbonation.

O: Everything comes together very well in this Black IPA. With the alcohol well hidden, this is surprisingly quite easy-to-drink. One of the best Stone offerings I've had yet.

Digimaika2, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of andthevolcano
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

andthevolcano, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of bifrost17
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bifrost17, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of UDbeernut
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

tan crater rock head with good retention mounted on top of a very dark amber hue. great piney scent, raisen, smoke. cutting bitterness joins in the mouth. full to medium bodied brew is sticky, chewy, and at times tough to get down. The alchohol hits like a freight train too.

UDbeernut, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours pitch black with two fingers of tan head. Good head retention.

S- obnoxious punch of woody pine hop aromas with slight notes of bitter citrus peel. Roasty malt and dark chocolate. Finishes with some booze and mulchy forest floor hops.

T- big pine and woody hop flavor that transitions into some citrus peel. Roasty malt and booze mingles in the middle. Finishes with bakers chocolate, a hint of coffee and hop bitterness/flavor that lingers on the palate.

MF- thick chewy mouthfeel with a big body and soft carbonation.

D- quite a big beer here. Drinkability is low on it's own. Had mine with some food and the drinkability became much higher.

Overall a pretty tasty beer.

Viciousknishs, Oct 13, 2011
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,409 ratings.