15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,442
Reviews:
718
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.92%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
142
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,442 |  Reviews: 718
Photo of whatthehull
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted aug 18th 2011 (from notes)

Tulip

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

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Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheBronze
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of Kaydogg
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of thedoubler55
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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 +0.7%
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 -20.3%
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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Photo of DMc8ride
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of StubFaceJoe
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of divineaudio
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -28.2%

Photo of gpogo
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +8.4%
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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Photo of wingman14
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brown highlights and a frothy mocha head. The smell is dominated by the hops with some citrus fruit notes and obvious alcohol from the high ABV. The taste starts out slightly bitter with the citrus notes coming on right away. There is a hint of sweet that moves into the bitter hop and finishing with a strong dose of alcohol. The mouthfeel is heavy with a nice creamy body, definitely a sipping beer due to the huge flavor and ABV. It was good to split this bomber, because I couldn't see having more than a snifter full. Overall a good beer, different flavors that what you get with an IPA due to the dark malt, but mostly tasty. By the end of the glass I was glad I tried it, but wouldn't choose this as a regular beer.

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Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of double2chin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -4.3%

15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,442 ratings.
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