15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
718
Ratings:
1,446
pDev:
12.59%
Bros Score:
3.75
 
 
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Photo of Harrison8
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with two fingers of dark, motor oil head. The head is fizzy and disappears pretty quickly with no lacing left behind. Aroma is dark, with notes of roasted and toasted malts, with pine hops and chocolate. It's almost more of a hoppy stout aroma. Interesting. Flavor profile follows the path lead by the aroma, with roasted and toasted malts and chocolate up front, before breaking away to a bitter, pine hop bite. The long lingering taste leaves very little other than pine hops on the palette. Mouth feel is bold, strong, and filling. It has a thick consistency and texture similar to a quality stout. The thick, viscous feel keeps this beer from being easy to pound, but makes it a pleasure to sip if you love the feel of a stout, but the bite of hops. Overall, it's a great black IPA. While it may be more adequately named as a hoppy stout, it still does the job of presenting hops in an alter-ego type fashion in regards to appearance. Just be careful, as the hops are a bit brutal.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

This bottle is from the 20th Anniversary IPA pack, made in 2016.

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Photo of daem3384
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khmel
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 08/17/16

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging. Tan, finger width head that displays fair retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of suds across the top. A few random spots make up the lacing.

Smell - Aroma that hits fairly evenly on notes of citrus, pine, chocolate, coffee and caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hits first with some pine and grapefruit upfront, then caramel and candied citrus follow. Back end touches on some chocolate before coffee roast and citrus rind bitterness finishes it out and rides well into the aftertaste.

Overall - I remember trying this 5 years ago, right before I first started reviewing beers on this site, and thinking I wish I'd started a few months prior so I'd have had a review for this. Glad they brought it back so I could redeem myself. Maybe the first black IPA I'd tried, and still one of the better ones. Hope they keep it around, even if just as an occasional release.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dark/earthy malts, pine and a hint of tangy. The flavor is dark malts, grapefruit, citrus/fruit and a long and acidic/bitter/slightly earthy finish.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zshaft
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this beer pours awsome black with huge thick head that won't quit. good lacing and legs. nose is pine needles and grapefruit. maybe some anaise? taste is up front bitter pine and some light floral tastes with bitter grapefruit. taste gives way to some dark malt notes and sweetness. maybe chocholate but maybe some licorace in there as well. hmm. end very bitter with dry finish. this
is a very good black ipa. tons of flavor and I get a great blend of dark pine forest with juicy fruits and some lingering licorace going on. one of the best black ipas ive had. highly recommended especially if you like the style.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dertyd
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shopk
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BYOFB
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a substantial black in darkness and viscosity. Beige head 1/2". Hops were definitely used, still imparts citrus despite the dark malt and roasting.

Bitterness dances with roast and hop rind like notes. Mouthfeel was strong suit. Amazingly made the beer easy to drink and not hot, not overly bitter. Really elite black ale 1st tier stuff.

This might be the only or first use of citra (probably) in a black ale I've come across. One of the best Stone anniversary beers ever. So much easier drinking than it looks or reads.

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Photo of kvgomps
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nrod
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Enjoyed at Muddy Waters. It is very creamy black and hoppy with a hop and dark roast bitterness on both the nose and the palate with very faint malt sweetness in the background and a bitter chocolate note. Some hop and grain astringency on the finish.

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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