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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Black IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
In the 15 years since we entered the craft brewing world, change has come not in a straight line, but as an exponential curve. The craft brewing movement has long been called a "revolution." But today the air is so thick with revolution, it’s palpable. No longer is it only an awareness among the faithful; the unconverted are beginning to feel it as well. Denial and ignorance are disappearing in favor of opened eyes, curiosity and the sense that there’s something larger out there. For far too long we have been lied to. For far too long we have been oppressed by the notion that dumbed-down-lowest-common-denominator-mediocrity was all that we could, and should, expect. You might think we’re talking only about the world of brewing, but we’re not. There is a myriad of products out there masquerading as cheeses, coffee, chocolates, breads...hell, there is stuff pretending to be ’food’ that our great grandmothers would not recognize as such. Yet the craft brewing movement, together with the artisanal food movement, is making much progress. Where the industrial companies can’t dismiss or bury us, they are attempting to copy us with cheap facsimiles. Yes, chances are if you are holding this bottle, you understand these things to be true about the world of brewing. You also likely understand the importance of our fight at Stone against accepted ’norms’ over the last 15 years. We believed that America was ready to embrace things made with artistry and passion. You have spoken. Your response has been clear. We are not merely consumers to be spoon-fed whatever commodities need to be unloaded for a profit. We have only just begun to move the needle of this revolution, & mediocrity still reigns. Consider that when you reject dumbed down, industrialized food and drink, you also support craft brewing. The line is nearly seamless; we are fighting the same battle. We will not win in our lifetime, as the powers are too entrenched, and the masses too…fooled. And shackled. However, this is a revolution of ideas and of taste, and we will win. How do you want to be viewed by your children, and your children’s children? As a hero, or as the oppressed? (Those that don’t think they have been oppressed are already lost.) Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide. We hope you’ll stand with us. Strong and unyielding. You are needed. This bottle and its glorious contents are a celebration of you, brothers and sisters, and your importance in this fight. Cheers to all we’ve accomplished together in the past fifteen years, and cheers to the adventure ahead!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has strong dark grains with bitter roasted malts and a bit of underlying earthy pine. Flavor has strong dark grains and musty pine with a bit of roast towards the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1852) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Really good and just a notch below the Sublimely Self-Righteous. Dark malt and hoppy aroma. Very dark with a brown head. Great blend of flavors with toasted notes and strong hops. The feel is velvety with an average weight. Well balanced and a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Poured a wonderful black color with an offwhite head into a snifter at the Syb Pig. Beautiful lacing. Powerful aroma of malts, hops, rye and cocoa nibs. Taste was well balanced between the heavy roasted malts and the bitter hops. Some pine, but bitter profile won out. Medium body and carbonation. Finished strong with solid hops and dark roasted malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
August 2011 Was looking for something to tear me up this morning to expedite nocturne. A: Heavy pour produces two fingers of dark mocha head atop a black ale. The head falls rather slowly to a firm quilt of the same. Sheet lacing. Damn good looking beer. S: Pine cones, grapefruit, cinnamon, coffee grounds, marzipan (?), hints of smoked oak. Really thoughtful as a ABA (much less Impy). When I smell this, I keep expected some molasses to come through, but much to my satisfaction, it does not - it would have tipped the scale too much one way. Right now, this beer is exceptionally balanced in my olfactory. T: Sharp, dull, sweet and bitter all at once. Very complex flavor here. Coffee grounds, bitter cocoa, roasted almonds, hints of licorice, resin and piny hops, grapefruit rinds. Really nice battle for attention going on over the palate. M: Creamy and heavy with velveteen carbonation. Finish is long and viscous. Really pleasant. O: Greg and the boys are firing on all cylinders with this one. Damn fine beer which pushes the limits of a still young genre. They have had one of the longest running in the style, it’s not surprising that they would spearhead the movement to imperialize on a national scale. Good shit. Seek out. Serving type: bottle 09-01-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours like black motor oil with a tan head. Aroma of citrus, pine, roasted malt, and chocolate. Chocolate, fruit flavor with roasted malt, pine, and a well-balanced bitterness. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
10/27/2011. 22 oz. bottle. Poured black with a tan head. Malty aromas with citrus and pine. The dark roasted malt flavors combined with the hops gives a long dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
One2remeber (245) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle. Reviewed 09.12.11. Black as could be, thin dark mocha head quickly dissipates, leaving a ring on the side. Slightly bubbly in carbonation. "Fruity pepples" fruity aroma with light undertones of smoked malts. The more I smell the more the smoke comes out of the beer. Dominant, heavy chocolate notes on the back end, bitter than most black IPAs, yet still not reaching the stout bitterness level. High acidic taste in the middle of the gulp as it hits the roof of the mouth, then turns to a fruity bubbly on the way down. Soft on the side of the mouth, almost warming sensation. Chocolate coats your entire mouth with bubbles in the center. Feels more like a stout for the style than most. Would not guess over 10% abv. For style, it is leading the way for Black IPAs. I have not had SSR in a month or two but from memory Escondidian seems even lighter with more of a bubbly malt sensation to cure any over powering alcohol presence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Wow this beer is black! Pours a dark motor oil opaque black with a small coffee colored head that died down to a thin layer with lacing. Smells is very unique. Lots of good citrusy/piney hops but also a lot of roasted coffee as well. Very well balanced. As far as tatse, there’s the black again. Good citrus hops notes at the front, but in no time the roasted coffee flavor takes over finishing with a very rich coffee flavor and a little dry. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, but not as much as expected for the color. Carbonation level is lower than average. Don’t like it as much as the 14th, but another good annual from Stone. I’ve got a few of these and I’m looking forward to seeing how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tinco (613) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle. Black with beautiful compact big mocha head. Aroma: Surprised to smell that there is still a nice hop prescence of citrus notes and pine. Alos a dark malt tone with coffee and some chocolate. Still smells amazing! Taste: coffee and roasted notes. There is def. some hops left with a lingering bitterness with grapefruit. This is still a really great beer but I prefered it fresh. Impressed as to how good this actually held up =)

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