15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
1,446 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)

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Added by HopHead84 on 08-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pour is, well black with a cream and coffee finger of head that fell to a thin layer.
S: a blend of pine, citrus, tropical fruit, and dark malt sweetness.
T: great mix of flavors, hops are a blend of the aroma, pine, citrus and tropical fruits. The tropical flavors arre somewhere between pineapple and cantaloupe in my opinion. Malt is lightly roasty and some chocolate but that is more noticeable the closer the beer gets to room temp.
M: has good carbonation, more towards the lighter side. This is lightly coating and smooth.
O: when will this be a regular beer? I like this much more than SSRA. A balanced yet more hoppy version, and even stronger that isn't even noticeable.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Neorebel
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is black as night in color with a thin brown head that sticks around. The nose on this reminds me of a grassy field and also has traces of oak and burnt coffee. -Yet it is still pleasant and hoppy. When quaffing The first thing I notice is a very thick, chewy mouthfeel. It's got the flavor of a porter with a soft, fruity hop flavor making a brief appearance in the middle, with a coffee finish. Heavy, warming - but not 'boozy' so to speak. I like when a brewer sneaks a high ABV in there without the drinker noticing. Very, very delicious, just not one you can drink a ton of in one night! I had this alongside the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - two totally different beers of the same style, both great.

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Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TheBronze
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.79/5  rDev -10%
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!

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of thedoubler55
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of coldriver
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
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

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of divineaudio
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of Riff
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is from the 2016 anniversary pack. Pours a black color with a thick, brown head that dissipates quickly. Smells of citrus, top soil, chocolate, and caramel. Taste had an overall citrus bitterness to it, enveloped with tones of malts, chocolate, and earth. Feel is silky smooth. Overall a very nice black IPA.

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Photo of gpogo
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,446 ratings