15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
1,442 Ratings
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:
141
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,442 |  Reviews: 718
Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking beer with a solid three plus figners of dense head that leaves lots and lots of lacing. Dark looking beer with brown head.

S - Lots of roasted malts but not too overpowering, some nice sweet grapefruit scents with nice piney hops.

T - The hops hit up fron and are piney with a little bit of citrus, not the burnt taste to may be expecting but some nice subtle chocolate sweet notes. Nice and sweet not to heavy

M - Medium to full bodied as it was a little surupy. Was really smoth and clean though, doesn't feel heavy

O - Really a great beer, Stone has some great beers so if you have not had any... GET THEM!!!

 633 characters

Photo of Ty82884
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of pburland23
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a 22 ounce bombed into my Great Divide tulip.

Pours a stout-like opaque dark black with two and half towering fingers of mocha colored head. Moderate head retention and a ridiculous draping of thick, clingy lacing.

Smell is underwhelming. I was expecting a real, quintessential Stone hop bomb. But, the preeminent aroma was more dark candied sugar and sweet malt. At the tale end of the nose, there's a whiff of dank, earthy hops. Wish there had been more.

Taste start off overly sweet and malty. Then, there's a huge wallop of biting hops bitterness in the middle of the sip which slips away to a slight touch of roastiness. The happiness mellowed as the beer warmed, but this one tasted more black ale and less IPA throughout.

Mouthfeel is mildly thick with a healthy dose of carbonation. High ABV but the booze is hidden quite well.

Overall, I'm not impressed. Stone is using spot on but this one misses the mark. The flavored are muddled and the beer suffers from an identity crisis.

 1,026 characters

Photo of JazzIPA55
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of whallgren
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of toneigh
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having a Stone Imperial Black IPA...WOW!!! The beer pours a black/opaque with finger thick tan head that is lacing like a...The smell includes citrus and malty tones. The taste is amazing...and a sipping beer. There is a fresh hop bitter grapefruit zing that is mixed with caramel roast malt. The mouthfeel is a full body with good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer for sipping....sessioning this one would lead to big problems.

 434 characters

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ejw127
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of alwaysanswerb
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of TheRougeBastard
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me last week.

Appearance- black color, thin tan head

Smell- roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, raisins

Taste- chocolate, coffee

Mouthfeel-- full bodied

Drinkability- very good, It's very much like a stout and very enjoyable.

 254 characters

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber pored into my Stone Imperial Pint Glass

A - Jet black, Stout like. 2 fingers of tan head and sticky lace that clings to the glass all the way down

S - Looks like a stout, smells like an IPA. Chocolatey malts and citrusy hops. Very nice

T - Wow, starts out like a strong stout, then it turns into an IPA, but finishes with roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes combined with piny hops

M - Thick and full mouthfeel. Goes down like a stout

O - An excellent brew, with the best of a stout and an IPA. The alcohol is hidden in the taste for the most part, but I can feel the high abv kicking in seriously after a few minutes.

 643 characters

Photo of JohnPhillippi
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of kgoodnow
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful motor oil black with a chocolaty two-finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaves abundant lacing.

S - yeasty, chocolatey, with a bit of raisin or prune. Tons of roasted malt and coffee.

T - This is a wonderful black IPA. Delicious, full-bodied, distinctive chocolate and coffee notes with a hoppy bitterness like chicory. Sweet malt and hoppy bitterness vie for prominence

M - Medium bodied, light effervescence, pleasant bitter taste that stays on the tongue. Very creamy and smooth.

O - Like just every Stone brew, I really like this black IPA. Heavier and more flavorful than others black IPA's I have tried by a long measure. The 10.8% ABV isn't oppressive. Overall a great drink.

 706 characters

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle comes the 15th anniversary ale dark like fresh tilled farm soil. It's an earthy black that has some mahogany edges and a coffee ice cream colored head. The foam could be a little more promenint for my taste but it's hard to expect a lot from a 10% + brew. This one already looks like a winner to me.

The nose is sweet and fragrant of toasted malts that lean towards a dried stone fruit scent. A hop pungency takes over and eclipses the fruit smell with a bit of citrus. All in all this is a malt dominated fragrance and everything else is subdued by comparison.

The taste is also malt dominated with a sweet toast flavor. The roasted malts combined with the hops give a nice acidic pop to things but finishes strong with a subtle chocolate warmth and hints of those stone fruits. Mild and tasty with no hint of that 10%

I myself love a bitter beer and the 15th delivers in both the flavor and mouthfeel. Those hops finally shine above the malts here with a nice pinch of the cheek and an etching of the teeth. This is a great sipping beer and it gets better as it warms. A great beer on a chilled afternoon and very reasonably priced. Well done Stone.

 1,182 characters

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark tan to brown colored head of two fingers width that leaves a CONSTANT film of foam so thick and luscious, it makes me think of espresso foam. The color is that of a proper RIS, jet black.

Heavily toasted, blood orange peel hop aroma mixes well with a mix of almost burnt and perfectly toasted biscuits.

Velvety palate from start to finish is ohh sooo nice. The palate enhances the interplay of bitter citrus with roasted, almost blackened mixed with perfectly roasted malts. Bitter, yet somewhat pumpernikel bread sweet. The heat of this abv. % heat of this beer only adds depth and complexity to this beer. This beer is almost perfect in taste, except I don't think the malt gets enough attention.

This beer is great and I will recommend this beer specifically along with other Stone beers to others with much piquant exclamamation

 850 characters

Photo of SmokeyJoesCafe
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More