15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA | Stone Brewing

15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
1,444 Ratings
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HopHead84 on 08-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber poured into my Pike Brewery Snifter

A - Black or damn near, tan head dissipates to a thin line.

S - Burnt Chocolate, grass; hops, alcohol.

T - Chocolate, alcohol, some dark fruity-ness, hops. A lot going on here. Bitter aftertaste

M - Silky coats the mouth nicely

O - Very good beer, sort of a sipper but sort of not. I had the whole 22 myself, but may try and share the next one, 10.8 hits you good.

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Photo of amidabha
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a vigorous pour into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass produced a deep coffee one inch tan head with abundant lacing. the hops aroma is great which confuses me by the appearance.

i've only had a few black ipa's before but i find this one tasty. starts off sweet and creamy like a stout with an ipa bite which gives me the best of both since it helps hide the high abv.

a great mix that changes as it warms complimenting both styles equally well. the hoppiness encourages me to drink this faster than normal. this sucker has such a great kick i wish i had bought two.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of beerismysavior
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dual purpose 12 oz. wine glass with slight tapering towards the top

Aroma: Pungent grapefruit combined with earthy/piney tones up front, mellows into faint raisin notes and ultimately smells like Arabic coffee after some breathing/aeration. (Could this distinct grape-fruity and piney aroma be attributable to Amarillo hops in the finish? Maybe dry-hopped with Amarillos?)

Appearance: Completely opaque black body. Espresso-foam colored head, micro-fine bubbles and very heavy lacing. (Color indicates definite use of roasted malt)

Taste: Burnt chocolate with a significant roast character, very subtle hint of licorice.

2nd Taste: Added coffee notes in the profile, significant herbal presence. (Herbal presence attributable to greater head after 2nd pour?)

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly low residual sugar, medium-low carbonation, significant mouth coating sensation. Intense bitterness on the front half of tongue and roof of mouth. Bitterness is persistent. Surprisingly dry beer. (Dryness attributable to mashing at higher temperature? Use of super high alpha-acid hops early in the boil? I think so...)

Overall: Very interesting beer to dissect, nothing short of a typical Stone creation. Many flavor components to identify, every sip/smell is different. Drink this without food, or make some mint puree and combine it with super dark chocolate and add some sea salt because that is about all I can think it would pair with. Nevertheless, a fun beer to try.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Emerson1310
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am NOT a fan of Stone beers...way too bitter, all of them. However, I like this one!! Unusual smell/taste combinations make this unique and enjoyable!!

A: Total, complete, opaque-black, like over-used motor-oil. Head is very thick, an entire hand, almost spilled over the lip of my Bell's glass. Plenty of lacing as the head slowly dwindles. Head is light brown.

S: A combination of hops, citrus, coffee & chocolate.

T: Not bad!!! Of course, like any Stone beer, the bitterness hits you like a baseball bat...But there is wonderful grapefruit, orange and mango there too, mixed with some pine and pine-resin. Add to this mix, some chocolate and bitter-coffee and you have it!! Smooth finish that gets more smooth the more you sip.

MF: Thick and creamy.

O: I will buy this again, there are plenty of huge 22oz bombers left at TW. A GREAT light-sipping beer, and best to sip LIGHTLY, as this is a high ABV craft at almost 11% ABV. The alcohol hides itself very nicely!!

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

Photo of sdderek
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego.

Two of my favorite styles are Double IPA and Imperial Stout. Stone's newest anniversary beer seems to me to be the perfect blend of these two epic styles.
A - Jet black body with a creamy brownish head. Good head retention for this big of a beer. Looks absolutely stunning and delicious...I can't wait to try this out!
S - Wow. The nose on this is intense! Hop overload in an awesome way. The Citra and Nelson hops really stand out to me with citrus, pine, roasted malts, cocoa. Excellent stuff here.
T - It tastes like your stereotypical massive triple IPA from the west coas with the bitterness of the hops blowing my taste buds out of my mouth...but then there's balance as the chocolate and coffee notes start to shine. Solid, solid work here Stone.
M - Mouthfeel is really creamy with a medium amount of carbonation.
O - In my opinion this is the best tasting Stone anniversary beer I've had. Very good all around beer, plus positive points for blending my favorite two styles together and more positive points for creating a truly unique beer.


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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with noted high viscocity. Brown, sticky head on glass and surface. Looks BIG!

S: Excellent, fresh hops scent. Pine and citrus coming through. Sweet malt notes as well.

T: An interesting combination of hops, grapefruit and roasted malt. The grapefruit is quite prominant, which I like. I think is a bit overly sweet.

M: Like a thick, syrupy stout. Speedway comes to mind. Carbonation is fine and appropriate for this heavy brew.

O: I'm liking it. Certainly no session beer here and quite a bit over the top. A solid ass kicker. I only wish they would tone down the sweetness a notch.

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,444 ratings
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