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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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1,403 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,403
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 whatthehull
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted aug 18th 2011 (from notes)


A - deep dark gluggy black/brown, half finger dark tan head and nice lacing

S - grapefruit, sweet malts, nice yeast, pine, alcohol, citrus, tons of hops, sugar, wood, earth and island fruits

T - hops, resin, tons of toasted malt, sweet oak, sweet hickory molasses, flowers, pine, alcohol, grapefruit, more hops and some slight island fruit

M - full bodied, nice complexity, medium minus acidity, well balanced and long finish

D - for the style and genre, this is easy to drink. Outside of that, it's huge. Tons of hops, toastiness, alcohol and awesomeness

Final thought - if you have had knuckle sandwich from bootleggers, you cant tell me this doesn't taste like an overly malted and toasted version of that

whatthehull, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jskennedy
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of beertardis
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

found a bottle at a local fish market that also sells beer and wine . been conditioning on the shelf for two years just my luck. smells of toffee , coffee, chocolate , and a hint of annise. the mouth feel was smooth and silky, almost tasted more like a russian imperial stout that a imperial black ipa .

beertardis, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of baybassboy
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

baybassboy, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of kb2250
4/5  rDev -5.2%

kb2250, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of irish01980
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

irish01980, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Zimbo
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black roasted tar nose which is sharply intense and penetrating. In the glass it is jet black and gives at least a half inch light brown glossy head. Interesting how it pours seeminglessly headless only to form something big and beatifull in just a few seconds.
The taste is tense, intense of dark liquorice, dark 100% cocoa chocolate, some silky earth which is superbly roasty dry and supported by deep pine. A vibrant TCP monster of measured intensity. Some slightly fizzy gas at the end does not distract from this potent glass of superb lethal jet fuel.
Bit of a predator. With large talons.

Zimbo, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of seanwhite
5/5  rDev +18.5%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Snifter..

Appearance-Pours a jet black body, looks like their RIS. Can't really see any carbonation bubles floating up. Head is a creamy beige head with nice litle bubbles and really nice lacing.

Smell-Hops really haven't faded quite yet which I was afraid of. Smells like citra hops. Grapefruit and orange, light floral and earthiness. Once you get past the hops I pulled out some roasted and chocolate malts. Really amazing, can't wait to finally take a sip.

Taste-This is absolutely outstanding. This is the first Black IPA that really tastes like a Big Stout and a Big Double IPA. I don't get different flavors at different points of the sip, they just all mesh perfectly together. Grapefruit, Floral hops. Not overly bitter. Roasty, Chocolate, Coffee with a drying finish that's bringing me back for more. Speechless, and this isn't even a super fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, Velvety, Smooth. Just perfect. Carbonation is medium and Body is pretty full. So smooth and really coats the mouth. This is amazing.

Overall-As you already know this is an OUSTANDING beer, one of the best that's ever touched my lips. I've liked other Black IPAs but some aspects of them just don't work for me. This works on so many levels. I'm sad this will probably never be brewed again,(they probably won't brew it again) but i'm glad they brewed it once.

My plans were to drink half this bottle now, cork it up, and bring it to a friends house later, but I don't think that's going to happen.

SWMeyer4141, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of ejw127
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of brendaniel
5/5  rDev +18.5%

brendaniel, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown color with one finger of medium tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Mostly peach and a little pine, pretty good.

T: Roasted malt up front, sweet grapefruit and a bit of anise join in, then bitter chocolate and finally coffee on the finish. A bit stout-like overall, but the hops are always assertive-- very tasty. Alcohol pokes through from time to time, but does not spoil things.

M: Not too heavy, silky smooth and creamy.

O: This is a very good beer. I think that Stone seems to have gone too much for "big" with this beer, and this might have hurt the balance of flavors. Sublimely self righteous hits the balance better, IMO. Nevertheless, this one is worth a try, and when you're in the mood for big, this would be a good way to go.

AmericanGothic, Sep 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

robieobie1, Mar 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

IPx, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Rickythejeweler, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of titosupertramp
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black, completely opaque with a thick two to three fingers of mocha head. Lots of texture to the head which sticks around for a good while. Good amount of sticky lacing.

S: Pine resin and citrus stand out front. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt help to balance things out. There's something adding a bit of spice to this, but I can't quite place it.

T: Big time citrus and pine. Chocolate, roasted malts..what seems to be an anise flavor. There's almost a burnt, smokey character to this as well. Alcohol is certainly present here that warms.

M: Creamy and rich. Alcohol leaves a tingling sensation.

O: This is a pretty bad ass beer. I would really like to get another, cellar it for a while and see how the hop fade effects the beer. As far as Cascadian/American Black IPAs goes, this stands out as the biggest and most complex that I've had. Highly recommended.

titosupertramp, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of vma
5/5  rDev +18.5%

vma, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of bfields4
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a slight mahogany hue with a light head of the same deep brown.

Amazing aroma. Very hop herbal resiny pine reminds me a lot of the hop profile from pliny. Get a nice bit of the roasty burnt malt aroma too.

Bitter dark chocolate and hop meld to create a nice parallel to the semi-sweet malty tones.

Great flavors and good all around beer, but after the aroma I was really hoping for something that was super hoppy and a light roasted body. They came through with a great beer that is nothing like the sublimely self-righteous, but a whole new black ale beast of it's own..

bfields4, Sep 15, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, nearly black-brown with a frothy, pillowy brown head that leaves heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops and roasted malts.

Big, bitter and dominated by roasted flavors, with a big alcoholic finish. Wow. Just a big friggin' punch in the mouth.

RockyTopHeel, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

RandyBoBandy, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

TubbyDullard, Feb 06, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BeRanger, Dec 24, 2011
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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