Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black Ale

I’ve been a huge fan of black IPAs this year.

This is one of my favorite IPAs, including the American and Indian more common varieties.  It is so unique in flavor and all-around texture, aroma, and mouth-feel, that it almost falls out of the category.   This is thicker than your typical IPA, but not so thick as a stout or porter.  It has a coffee, chocolate and caramel flavor, similar to what is often found in stouts, in addition to the hoppy finish that lingers.  15th is not overly bitter though.  The hops perfectly match the initial sweetness.  While there is a black licorice aroma, that flavor doesn’t come through on the palate.  As most beers, this one definitely has its best flavor as it gets closer to room tempearture

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