15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Espresso Beans
Stone Brewing

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American Black Ale
4.19 | pDev: 9.07%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 58
Reviews by JohnGalt1:
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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a couple nice pours at the Bittercreek Stone Tap Takeover on Friday!!

Expected black brew with a dark brown head.. doesn't stick around for long..

Nose is more black malt than coffee.. a little bit of bean is there, but is underwhelming.

Flavor has more coffee... decent hoppiness is there... some citrus and background pine.. but the roasty malt helps carry the beans more on the palate... could use a bit more malty sweetness to really deliver... The coffee does not really add a whole lot.

Good brew, but I had more fun with the first incarnation.


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On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee/espresso beans, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty coffee/espresso bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with a really nice espresso presence in the aroma and taste that makes this one very easy to drink.

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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Espresso Beans from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 58 ratings