sickboy79 (66) - USA - SEP 23, 2011
My first "Imperial" Black IPA. I’ve been getting into Black IPAs recently and this one is amazing! Thick as molasses on the poor. Taste has big chocolate and coffee notes, some big floral hops, and a nice touch of alcohol. Not too boozey, not too sweet, not too bitter. Super example of an Imperial Black IPA. Highly recommended! SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Pours pitch black with a fluffy mocha head. Smells roasted and of coffee and also a strong hoppy presence, a bit pine and a bit resin. Tastes incredibly roasty but also strongly bitter; something like a super hoppy imperial stout. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and decent mouth-carbonation, Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA finishes with a lingering bitterness that is reminiscent of coffee. MiamiRedhawk (12) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
antoher great beer by stone, i had this on tap at Ballydoyle Aurora, IL served in a snifter, very nice beer. Trying to get a couple bottles to add to my cellar. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Bomber at Jerry’s. Black with big, foamy, brown head / Bright nose of weed, hops, roast barley, and molasses / Full body, chewy and malty, hint of sweetness, offset by delightfully, long and dry, finish / Winey flavors of molasses, licorice, dark roast coffee, and dry hops / What a great beer. (It’s an imperial stout.) pras (602) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Rating from memory. This is my first black IPA, and it is possibly my favorite beer of all time. Perfectly in balance hip an assertive hop presence. Alcohol is well hidden. I wish this was a year round brew. Picked up a bottle and when I went back for more it was gone. Oh well, hope this comes out again next year.
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2011
from bomber into sniffer bought at holiday wine celler. Looks pitch black with brown thick creamy head. smells like coffee vanilla rich chocolate and a sharpish crisp bitterness. tastes at first creamy rich and thick. Some citrus bitterness on top with deep roasty chocolate. massive quantities of both malts and hops that is balanced. a perfect example of the Double black IPA style in my opinion. Overall 9.5 of 10. dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Honestly, other than a surprisingly pale aroma, in terms of intensity and identifiability, this is one top notch beer. Looks and tastes more like an Imperial stout to me than an IPA. Really really awesome. Thick and a bit hoppy, this is really quite great. One of the best beers I’ve had in awhile. PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2011
I never rate beers near perfect, but this beer is as near perfection as it can get. Pours a dark rich color with a large brown head. Tastes of chocolate, oak, and hints of alcohol. Overall a terrific beer! saxo (18459) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Huge creamy head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, caramel, roast malt, chocolate and hops. Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Absolutely beautiful beer. Thick, rich, oily - frothy brown head. Initial smell didn't give me much, but that first sip spoke volumes.....and once you get that first taste, the aroma opens up and becomes wonderfully fragrant with an abundance of hops and yeast. Insanely rich, with massive hop flavor. Not like the black IPAs that are hoppy for a dark beer...this beer is hoppy for an imperial IPA....but with that full body and rich roastiness you get from a darker beer...even finishing with some coffee and maybe a little bit of cocoa. I'm so angry this is an anniversary beer. I want to have one every day.