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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Espresso Beans

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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Espresso Beans
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA with cold pressed espresso and espresso beans.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
also bourbon barreled... "Holy hell - where does the experimenting stop?! This was served from the cask at Stone. VERY interesting interpaly between the barrels, the hops (which were still alive and kicking), the thick dark roast in the base beer, and a fairly heavy espresso presence, which really won me over. Absolutely delicious."

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7870) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
On tap. Pours with a near black hued body with a tan head that lasts. Aromas are an interesting combination of espresso coffee and hops. Roasty chocolate, minerals and a bit of windex. Flavors are roasty with a sort of vegital and metallic old coffee flavor. Very bitter roast, espresso, flint pencil shavings. Medium carbonation with a fuller body.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pari6819 (55) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
Beautiful color with a not overly heavy body. Wonderful espresso notes with hops that are fantastically highlighted in it. Fantastic beer with a hint of citrus and chocolate in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2012
On tap. Pours black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma is heavier on the espresso, hints of the hops remain in the back but its really turned more into a coffee beer here. Some roast and a nice soft cocoa note. Flavor has a bit more of the hops present, still tons of espresso that balance nicely with the roast of the black ipa, but it loses the actual ipa character. Medium to medium full body and a soft carbonation. Nice beer though the hops got lost a bit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Pours black with no head. Lots of coffee on the nose. Lots of espresso flavor. The hops have taken a back seat to the espresso beans in a big way, very little hops at all for that matter, which is impressive given the way the beer normally tastes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4546) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Draft at Stone. Clear black pour with a tan head. Lots of espresso and bitter hops in the aroma. Roasted malt, chocolate, pine tree, coffee, and bitter hops. An interesting flavor combination that I enjoyed.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Tap @ Stone. A very cool surprise at Winter Storm this year. Nose was bursting with espresso spice. hops mellowed a bit with time. A touch of added spice in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Black pour on tap at stone winter storm. Aroma is straight up espresso and dirt. Hops are faint and drowned by coffee

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Clear black color with tan foamage. Big ass french roast coffee bean, pine sap, dry chocolate aromas. medium body. Semi sweet chocolate, espresso, pine sap, floral flavors--lingering dry chocolate finish--very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Served on tap at the 15th San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The appearance is a deep black with a good does of big bubbles. The aromas are full of espressos and citrus and piney hop resins. Everything you would expect. The flavors enter with a full hop force that the 15th had. As the espresso come in the espresso is very very astringent, loads of citrus hops give it a weird mixture that I don’t dig. The mouth is bitter and full. Not what I was hoping for with this brew but I’ld give it a second chance if I saw it.


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