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Cambridge / Brewdog / Stone Juxtaposition Black Pilsner - Stone Brewing Co.

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Cambridge / Brewdog / Stone Juxtaposition Black PilsnerCambridge / Brewdog / Stone Juxtaposition Black Pilsner

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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 23
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alexd3891 on 07-24-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 208 | Reviews: 174
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours drak ruby, almost black, with 1/2 inch of dense, creamy mocha head. Sits for awhile before eventually reducing to a thin film. Leaves fat sticky gobs of lacing.

S-Milk chocolate, spruce tips, dark roast coffee beans, dulce de leche.

T/M-Thick and creamy, with big roastiness mid-palate. A layer of astringently bitter/piny hops dominates the finish. A baseline of vanilla tinged sugary sweetness runs beginning to end. Almost reminds me of French vanilla coffee creamer. As it opens up the roastiness backs off a bit, revealing a touch more creamy sweetness.

O-One of the nicer Stone collaboration beers. I think I slightly preferred this one fresh, but age hasn't taken much from it.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, not black with a tall thick tan head that slowly sinks into pretty nice lacings.

S: Kind of uneven: licorice and American hops; floral and bitter - pine and citrus. But there is also coconut and chocolate. Sweet caramell, and probably black, malt.

T: Dark dried fruits, chocolate and sweet roasted malt. Then there's the hoppy American influence; pineapple, grapefruit and bitter orange sezt.

M: Long lovely aftertaste that holds both bitterness as well as sweetness. Body is full and almost syrupy, while carbonation is held back, way back.

O: A very nice and interesting beer. But I wouldn't made the style, even if my life depended on it...

Photo of jamescain
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Dark place with a thin tan head that fades into a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma: Licorice, roasted grains, pine, coconut, and chocolate.

Taste: Interesting combination of flavors, dark fruit, chocolate, a touch of mint of all things, and roasted grain. Feels like a combination of Belgian Strong dark ale and an Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with minimal carbonation and a noticeable alcoholic finish.

Overall: Not the best offering I've had from Stone, but it wasn't bad. Other people in our tasting group were not that impressed, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of jondeelee
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Juxtaposition smells like an IPA in the same way that a Red Delicious smells like apple cobbler. Think big aromas here, and you might be getting close. The hops lend the brew a nose redolent with grapefruit and rosewater, and what are obviously massive amounts of malts bring a maple syrup and brown sugar counter.

On the tongue, the hops are extreme, and in fact so Brobdingnagian that I doubt many imbibers would be at ease with them--at 100 IBU, this is not a beer for the light-hearted. Massive sugars are necessary to help counterbalance such bitterness, and they are present, bringing caramelized brown sugars, vanillas, and dark fruit esters, along with hints of chocolate malt. But hops are the obvious winner in the onslaught, and their bitter sting remains on the tongue long into the aftertaste.

For sheer audacity and impressiveness, this beer deserves the highest of marks. For accessibility, however, I'm afraid it's near the bottom of the scale; it's simply too big, too bitter, too sugary. Buyer beware, then: if you thought Dogfish Head's 120 Minute IPA was fantastic, then you'll go crazy over Juxtaposition. But if even a standard IPA (Harpoon, Ipswich, or Dogfish Head's 60 Minute) is too much for you, then this is definitely not your mug of ale.

Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't think I'd ever get to try this one until a coworker showed up with it at a tasting.

A: Black with a big milk chocolate colored head.

S: All over the place. In a good way! Earthy, malty and coconutty. Very different.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, coconut, wet earth, blackberries and some earthy hops. Very, very different.

Photo of AdamBear
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

American Black Lager?
Cascadian Dark Lager?

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head that thins but not completely

S-smells like sour licorice and black cherries. very unique in deed.

T-comes in with a good amount of quality cocoa with juniper. it ends with a taste of pine and black licorice. this is quite a different beer!

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-well i dont know...i understand the black pilsner part i suppose, though its a stretch. overall, i enjoyed its originality. the tastes blended well together in my opinion, especially for its complexity. i would definitely get more of this, and i recommend everyone to buy this.

Photo of ikats
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown (almost black) with brown head (only about half an inch thick). I love aroma of this beer (makes me think that it's been too long since I've tried a strong assertive beer). I do not get a lot of hops in aroma. Mostly it's malts - chocolate, a bit of roasted notes, sticky sweetness. Reminds me of a bit of barleywine. At first sip taste is a bit too harsh. Initial sweetness of malt is quickly overpowered by harsh bitterness of hops. I don't think the two are balanced and it makes for a somewhat unpleasant mouthfeel. Not very drinkable.

Maybe my mind rebels against such hoppiness in a dark lager, maybe aging did not do this beer any good, but this lager is not for me.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to jodan for this LIF-ed bottle!

Been itching to re-try this one ever since it was relatively abundant back East. You just can't find too many black pilsners around, y'know? This one pours a very dark black-brown, lightly highlighted with deep ruby on the far edges, topped by a finger or so of light tan foam. The nose comprises oatmeal, light roasted malts, biscuits, light flowers, and maybe a pinch of toffee. The taste runs along the same path, along with some dark greens, orange rind, and some mild balsa. These new elements add a sharp bitter sting at the end of an otherwise sleekly malty flavor. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a pretty solid brew, definitely something different from most brews out there. If it weren't for the finish, though, this would be really great.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a wonderful dark brown with lots of reddish touches around the edges of the glass and rich head of off white and nice well rounded color to clean up the look overall.

lots of hints of bright citrus and fresh lemon and grass, really a bright, aroma. The flavors was just outstanding. So light and yet complex at the same time. The bright citrus flavors were huge with alot of lemon and orange coming through. lots of really nice flavors and very well balanced, this was very finely crafted and bordered on many different leveks. nicely done!

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Grolsch pilsner. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a two finger fluffy light tan head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, dark fruit, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, rye, banana, dark fruit, alcohol, and pineapple. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Very unique take on the style if I'm honest. This one was very well balanced and quite enjoyable. Definitely had a nice Belgian influence going on in this one with the fruit aspect I picked up on. Definitely worth trying if you have not already.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.27/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint. Very dark black stout looking with a nice tan thick head and decent lacing.

Aroma is weird. Lots of off flavors. Smells like beers I've tried from breweries just starting up. Or like a bad homebrew.

Taste is like black liquorish. Super malty sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick. Nice carb though.

Overall I might end up dumpin the rest. It's too much. Don't know that they were thinking with this brew. It's nowhere near pilsner tasting or looking. It's not a pils. We can't keep making beers and calling them a style that is noting like it.

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Cambridge / Brewdog / Stone Juxtaposition Black Pilsner from Stone Brewing Co.
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