Beer Review: STONE 15TH ANNIVERSARY ESCONDIDIAN IMPERIAL BLACK IPA

Beer Review: STONE 15TH ANNIVERSARY ESCONDIDIAN IMPERIAL BLACK IPA

Stone Brewing challenges the nomenclature of Black IPAs with their 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA. Unapologetically forging their path, they coin the term ‘Escondidian’ in a nod to their Escondido, CA roots and a subtle jab at those who revere the term ‘Cascadian Dark Ales’ with unwarranted sanctity.

Appearance:

The liquid darkness cascades into the imperial pint glass, presenting a foreboding very dark brown hue capped by a persistent tan cream. A scattered lacing decorates the glass, promising a visually enticing experience.

Aroma:

Grapefruit, roast, celery, and a noticeable alcohol presence compose the olfactory symphony. The 10th hop character dominates over the 11th, creating an aromatic profile that hints at both complexity and divergence from the typical Black IPA bouquet.

Taste:

The palate is thrust into a realm of intense bitter dank hops, intertwined with the warmth of alcohol and the robust essence of dark roast coffee. As the temperature rises, the beer’s identity transforms, leaning towards a more pronounced IPA character, making for an intriguing evolution.

Mouthfeel:

Moderately carbonated and medium-bodied, the mouthfeel strikes a balance, providing a tactile experience that complements the bold flavors without overwhelming the senses.

Overall:

Stone Brewing once again delivers a commendable Black IPA, distinguishing itself from the pack. In contrast to its counterpart, SSSRA, this brew unveils a layer of chocolatey roast that adds a nuanced dimension. Freshness is emphasized as a crucial factor, amplifying the recommendation to consume it promptly. The Escondidian Imperial Black IPA proves to be a divergence from the norm, offering a distinct flavor profile that sets it apart in the realm of Black IPAs.