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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: 711   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 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 (611) - 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 =)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4112) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 March 2014 & 2011 tastinga from notes; on tap. Rich malty flavor; great depth; more than a trace of hops. full body, good if rather aggressive carbonation, Huge malt flavor yet plenty of hops show thru. O - very bold and a bit challenging; highly flavored. High ABV is too obvious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Very dark body with excellent cascading head, beautiful appearance. The rich palate strikes me as the key distinguishing feature because I have had other black IPAs and its ilk, but the imperial quality is that there is so much more backbone, and it is meaningful as a foil/counter-weight to the hops. It makes for a dangerously drinkable, warming, intriguing beer. Quality stuff. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2156) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - AUG 27, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a dark motor oil opaque black color with a small coffee colored head that died down to a thin layer with lacing. Smells of pine resin and hops, lots of hops. Maybe some sort of chocolate on the nose, as well as coffee and roasted malt. Taste is hop-dominant on the front end with the roasted notes peaking through towards the middle and quickly subsiding back into a dry, bitter hop finish. There are notes of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee hiding in the roast.The alcohol is masked quite nicely. Medium body, moderately creamy and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5393) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 650 ml bottle at Hasse. Black with dark tan head. Aroma roasted, malty, bread, chocolate, alcohol and wood. Taste is sharp, roasted, alcohol, booze, light chocolate and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Poured a pitch black liquid accompanied with a tan colored layer of fluffy foam head. In the aroma, the nose is dominated by citrus scented hops that give off an herbal fragrance. Palate is oily and yet leaves behind a sticky resin and sour taste. The flavor is intensely bitter with a strong punch of green hops that taste of citrus fruits such as grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine and lemon. Also, there is a rich flavor of black malts that carry this black IPA through and thus establishing it as a prime example of how a real black IPA should taste.

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