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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

646 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 63
Gots: 34 | 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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4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a shame this beer isn't a regular release, I hope it's brewed again.

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. The name is perfect, the color is more brown than black. Slight highlights that give it a vague reddish tint on the sides. Large amounts of setiment. Light brown colored head, that comes up big and there's a great amount of lacing, it's nice, probably the best part of the look.

Smell is awesome. Plenty of nice hop aromas jump out at you, nice pine, and nice citrus come out at you. A little floral notes as well. There's a nice malt sweetness to the nose as well, toasted and nutty.

Taste is equally as awesome. Perfect balance of malts and hops. I feel the hop profile is similar to the classic heady topper, but has a nice malt profile that is much bigger. Hops aren't very bitter, yet strong at the same time, it's nice. Slight caramel and toffee then finishes grapefruity. It really tastes awesome.

Mouthfeel is perfect. One of the more smooth beers I've had from this style before. Carbonation level is great as well as no bite from the alcohol. Nice all around, for an unfiltered beer it has a surprisingly clean finish (nom nom nom). Overall this beer is really great. Dissapointed this is a one time brew, they can do great things together.

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just get it. An amazing beer. What a dark IPA should smell like, should taste like and look like. Awesome beer. One of the best dark ones I have ever had. It has the hops and its a very very deep rich malt flavor. Its too hard to describe but it was one of the best IPAs I have had in a long time. Simply buy one at your peril. You will want two. Let the beer speak for itself.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A dark deep brown with sediment. Has a nice khaki colored head.

Smell: Peach and pine hops come out front. Followed by ruby red grapefruit and tangerine.

Taste: The Ruby red grapefruit and pine hops are the first flavors to hit. Followed by the peach and tangerine tones.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, smooth with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: WOW! The ruby red and hops are so beautifully well balanced. The flavors are perfect. I would have this as a regular in my fridge. The wife even enjoys sipping on this brew. Please make this a year round or at least a seasonal! Cheers.

Photo of dfillius
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger tan head with good retention. Cloudy :-/ dark brown liquid with ruby edges :-). I wish I hadn't poured lees in with it. Big and chunky bits :-( On another bottle, this was only hazy, upping the score from 3.5 to 4.0.
S: Lots of tropical fruit and hops. Big citrus, golden raisin, lime, orange, mango, grapefruit, guava, pineapple. Man Candy! Thank you for achieving olfactory perfection. Ideal, sublime. Slight creamy roast in background.
T: Balanced dark bread with citrus and tropical hops. I love how it is not roasty! Slightly nutty. That is my idea of a CDA. Nice pink grapefruit in the finish coupled with slight coffee bitterness. Perfectly ripe grapefruit in fact. This may be the perfect CDA. Great complexity. DIPA level of bitterness.
M: Sweet front, chewy center and finish. Nice level of decently aggressive bitterness. Not soapy or astringent.
O: What a great beer! Much more hops than roast, thank goodness. Grapefruit in a glass, with a little chocolate. I love it and wish it were a rotating seasonal or even, dare I say it, replace Sublimely Self Righteous with it! I'd buy again and wish I had 6!

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4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful pour. Deep brown (yes it is more brown than black). The head is thick and leaves a lot of attractive lacing behind. I know some people think the lacing thing isn't a big deal but it does look nice and tends to mean deliciousness is about to ensue.

The smell, unlike many black IPAs, is very very hoppy. It smells piney and slightly fruity like pineapples and oranges.

Very little blackness to this black IPA. It is very bright and hoppy. Super grapefruitty. Orange and slight pine. There is some of the roasted character of the malts in the background. Really it is just a deliciously citrusy IPA.

Overall, I think this is an awesome black IPA. It is the least black of the black IPAs I have had. This is an awesome IPA. Fantastic. If this were available in my area (Tucson, Arizona) I would drink it on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I found this on a visit to Riverside, CA. This is one of the best of the Stone Collabs that I have had. Maybe the best.

UPDATE: It is now available in AZ. I have at least found it @ Magee Road Liquors in Tucson.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby brown through light, murky brown up close. Lots of sediment floating through out and at bottom. Little bit of cling lace and ring.

S - Smells of fresh sweet hops and caramel hidden behind the hops, but BIG fresh sweet resinous aroma that kills most of any other smell. Kinda orangy but not in a traditional sense, more tropical orange and hops.

T - Crazy zesty orange tropical mixed with some hints of caramel or some brown style malts. Mainly a nice twist on ipa's, this one is different. Reminded me of fresh 15'th any BIPA from stone but a liile different on the side leading it more to an ipa, picture the 15'th BIPA with no toasty'ness and more hops "fresh hops".

M - Lower to medium carb, nice aftertaste of tropical orange flavors, not too dry.

O - Overall I was not expecting such a robust ipa, for a brown style ale, this is great. Always thought of brewing brown ipa up, but this takes the cut. Dude.... buy some quick, I can see this one going fast. This is not your normal ipa. THUMBS WAY UP!

Photo of brentusaurus
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

More Brown Than Black IPA Review
3-9-12

I've had this beer twice already but I like it too much to not review it. Also my first review, I hope it's ok.

Appearance: Definitely more brown than black, nice beige colored head with good lacing along the sides that lasts for a good bit. Lots of floaties, almost eerie since they're just suspended in the beer, but I think they're indicative of the hoppy goodness.

Aroma: Right out of the bottle I got a good whiff of sweet apricot and peach. As I smell further I get some nice orange citrus and pine, and some light malty chocolate or cocoa powder. Pretty good for a brew that's approaching three months.

Taste: Amazing, like the nose but better, good hop flavor without too much bitterness. Not too much malt in the palate, more like an IPA than a black IPA, but still delicious nonetheless. Citrus aftertaste without being too resinous, with a slightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, a little fuller than most IPAs, but still lighter than most dark beers. Pleasant finish, not too harsh on the palate. So drinkable I could knock back a few in a sitting easily. Alcohol is practically undetectable.

Overall: Just amazing, I love this beer. I'm not a huge fan of black IPAs, but I love the hop bill and the "lighter" malt backbone of this black IPA lets the hops shine. It does a real good job of balacing darker malts with delicious new hops. Stone, please make this a regular offering.

Photo of ely2000k
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. At the title describes, this pours somewhere between brown and black, and looks like a stout with a little less head. Very think, soapy looking head that lingers in the glass. Strong smell of hops jump out of the snifter that I poured it into. Taste is great, hard to completely peg down. Great balance of sweet like roasted malt, balanced by very fresh and somewhat aggressive hops. It's an IPA, but doesn't really feel like one. Imagine a stout with aggressive hops and that is kind of what this is. Mouthfeel is think and a bit creamy. This beer is a winner, will try to get this again before it's gone!

Photo of Hopato
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%

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