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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Stone 15 Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Stone 15 Escondidian Imperial Black IPA, a big beer offering celebrating Stone Brewing’s 15th anniversary, poured a deep black color, topped with a dark brown head.  The nose was surprisingly bright for such a dark beer, with orange and lemon citrus hopping to the front (pun intended?) over subtle hints of licorice and chocolate. 

Stone 15 Escondidian Imperial Black IPA opened smooth, crisp, and light, with loads of bitter citrus and pineapple flavors in the middle.  A sweet fruitiness settled into the ale before the malts slowly dried up the mouth and added earthy notes of chocolate and roasted coffee beans.  The 10+% alcohol content made a heated appearance as the ale faded, lending a slight spiciness to the earthy malts.

Stone Escondidian Imperial Black IPA does a great job of showcasing all the ingredients throughout the tasting experience, and one can’t fault the heat and alcohol at the end… it’s an “imperial”.  An unique brew from a fun company.

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