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)

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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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Ratings: 1,446 |  Reviews: 718
Photo of rhino54
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of tjkinate
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks stone for another great beer!

A: Beer poured black as night allowing no light to penetrate. It was beautifully topped by a 2 fingered, frothy cocoa colored head with great retention and loads of lacing.

S: Dark semi-sweet chocolate malts accompanied with a solid hop profile. Molasses is also detectable, hides the ABV well.

T: Malts and hops work well with one another, but as the tasting goes on the hops do flaunt their bitterness a bit too much.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: Not a replacement for the SSR, but is a very good addition to one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of rtaps
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours pitch black. good sized dark tan head, great retention leaving lacing all around the glass.

has a nice aroma to it. oats chocolate, nutty.

taste great dark chocolate, oats, nutty, some coffee. seems like a black IPA at first then finishes like a stout.

mud-full bodied. medium carbonation, creamy but not as smooth as expected

overall nice beer, the more i drank to more i enjoyed and appreciated this beer.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a molasses, dark chocolate and caramel.

The taste consisted of elements of dry dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and a healthy dose of booze.

The mouthfeel was certainly full for the style with a dry finish.

If this isn't an RIS, then I'm the Queen of England.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased in California, brought back to Sydney, Australia and opened with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a heavily dark black-brown, with an exceptional head of crackling yellow brown coffee crema. Lacing is intricate, solid, honeycombed. Really solid legs to it, too, staying sticky on the edge of the glass when tilted. Body is surprisingly light, but extremely suitable for the style. Very fine carbonation. Looks genuinely exceptional.

Nose is heavily hoppy, with earthy, rusty hops giving the main event. There's no bright, citric fruitiness here—more of a tea tannin, earth, bracken character. It melds very pleasantly with the dark notes from the malt, in a way that makes some sense in a weird style; instead of the bright, citric, whimsical hoppiness creating an amusing contrast to the darkness, this blends together into some odd symbiosis.

Taste is smooth and clean and bright. The roast gives a nice basis, more of a dark biscuity sweetness, but the hops really lift the palate, and here they do have a touch of the crisp, bright citric quality to them, more than the tannic earthiness suggested on the nose. Finish has lingering bitterness, partially due to the hops, partially due to the roast. It's a nice finish, and sums up what the beer is about.

Really nice beer. It's a very odd thing that Stone have seemed to make sense of this style in a way that's quite orthogonal to the regular interpretation. The darker, more earthy hops match it really nicely with the roast malt, giving a beer that is different, but in all the right ways.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of doof116
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a true pint, and the beer presents with a jet black coloring and a towering, thick, frothy, foamy light chocolate-tan colored head. The beer absolutely clings to every part of the glass it touches. The nose is deep and rich, with a strong showing of wet, fresh hops, both resiny and spicy. Dark roasted coffee and a hint of citrus highlights also in the nose. Flavors are dark roast coffee and dark chocolate bittersweet, and this flavor combination helps to balance the wet, resiny, slick hops flavors that power throughout the entire beer. Very well balanced. Roasted characteristics on the initial palate, as well as the aftertaste, with a hint of the bitter chocolate and the hops presence throughout. The finish is oily and resiny, with a slick finish. Very tasty brew...another masterful concoction from Stone.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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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 1,446 ratings