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

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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4/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to say first off that the nomenclature of this beer is unacceptable. The style is a Cascadian Dark Ale, not a black IPA, but that fight is for another day and for other parties to sort out.

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter. Body is a deep dark brown, nearly black, topped by a finger or two of dark tan head. Aroma of roasted dark malt with some lactic sweetness, along with a good dose of citrusy hops that impart notes of grapefruit and grass.

Palate is big,rich, and a bit sweet for the style. Roasted malt with notes of lactose and cocoa. The hops come through on the swallow, with some grassy notes peeking through the huge malt backbone. Finish is full and sweet, with more lactose lingering alongside the dark roasty quality.

Body is big, full, and creamy, understandably heavy given the strength. The creaminess holds the flavor very well. I think, though, that the huge level of malt in this beer is a bit much for the hops to compete with, which leaves this beer closer to imperial stout territory more than any sort of hoppy style.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Just a beautiful beer. Really dark, with a nice big cappuccino head that subsides to thick, resilient lacing.

S: Very strong aromas of floral hops, alcohol, and malty chocolate/coffee, all mingling together.

T/M: The hops hit up front and are quickly joined by slightly burnt, toasted malt flavors, some mild fruitiness, and hints of warming alcohol in the aftertaste. Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

O: A strong, tasty, intense black IPA that hits hard but doesn't sacrifice complexity.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with dark brown caramelly colors around the edges, mocha colored head

S: Chocolate, dark roasted malt, distinct hop aroma and an earthiness

T: Strong dark roasted malt, quite sweet and bitter at the same time, dark fruit

M: dry yet smooth, very think and sticky, medium bodied

O: very complicated beer, lots of flavors and the alcohol is masked well. I like this beer, its a great special occasion beer but I would not drink this regularly.

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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coal black ale with a nice foamy light brown head. Cool looking. The aroma has baking chocolate, coffee, slight soy, raisins, roasted malts, oak and some smoke. Getting some whiffs of Chinese food too. A lot going on here. The taste is very hoppy. More dark chocolate and coffee beans in the flavor. Big and malty. There is also a some citrus peeking through in the background and more noticeably on the swallow and aftertaste. Getting grapefruit and orange peel. Slight burn in the throat on the swallow. Overall I really enjoyed this brew. A nice sipper that catches up with the drinker very quickly....though at 10.8% it can be consumed by one very easily. Good stuff.

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