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The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPAThe Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

640 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 640
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 62
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 12-20-2011)
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Reviews by codsmith:
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codsmith

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3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Bar on Buena, served in tulip

A: very dark brown, but can see a little thru when up to light. Small off white head that has nice lacing

S: huge amount of pine and fruit hops aroma. No grain aroma. Goes against style where you are looking for some roasted aroma

T: Hops are so over powering that none of the grain comes through. All you taste is hops from beginning to end. Horrible for category, but would be better in another IPA category

O: for sure not a black, cascadian, etc. IPA. better suited for another category

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 01:13:08 | More by codsmith
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Body is opaque brown with a huge frothy tan head. A little muddy, or I might have rated higher here.

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Stone / Ninkasi / The Alchemist More Brown Than Black IPA: Appearance: thick, black with grey specks; Taste/Mouthfeel: oatmeal, tobacco ash; bad

The name is far and away the biggest misnomer I've come across in beer yet!

Poured into a pint glass.

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09-01-2013 06:21:05 | More by TruePerception
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a: served in a unibroue tulip, the pour creates a healthy coating of khaki carbonation, retained well atop the brown-black ale

s: oh man, a stunner here - fantastic fresh pine hop aromas and a rich blend of nutty, toasted brown malts, lots of woody and herbal influence - notably thyme, rich and spicy tropical fruit juice, loads of fresh hop pulp, just great, an intoxicating aroma

m: carbonated to somewhere between light and moderate, combining with a medium body to create a full, creamy effect

t: the same near perfect complex of toasty brown malts and vivid pine and tropical hop flavors found on the nose, only a brief touch of sugars, woody, some dry roasted flavors pulling through in the bitter finish, delicious

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The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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