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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

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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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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-07-2012 04:26:42 | More by jrohrbacher
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-07-2012 03:48:00 | More by barnzy78
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HellesGood

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-07-2012 03:41:46 | More by HellesGood
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a Stone taster glass.

Pours a somewhat-hazed medium brown color with a good off-white head and some nice lacing. The nose brings forward a nice malt presence and a light bit of roast. Nice pine and light resin. A touch of citrus. Flavor pulls back quite a bit from there, focusing more on the bitterness. Nice bitterness to the finish. Light-medium body. Boom.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:00:52 | More by Thorpe429
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bigorange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-07-2012 03:00:02 | More by bigorange
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doughanson78

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown. One and a half finger off white head with awesome retention and lacing. Some white sediment chunks floating.

S: Citrus and floral hop aromas. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, mixed with a subtle floral aroma. Not much else.

T: A very light toffee, caramel and slight chocolate upfront. Then big grapefruit, pineapple, slight mango, and big floral hop flavors come in. A medium bitterness. Hops linger for a while.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Oily. Slight dryness.

O: A good IPA. A touch over abundant on the hops and not much backbone, but still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 21:37:09 | More by doughanson78
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vkv822

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into tulip snifter.

Pours near black with some yeast floaties throughout and a foamy off white head with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is of pine and some citric hops.

The taste is also of citric and tropical fruits, though with a good bit of pine coming trough and finishes with a light roasty character.

A medium body with appropriate carbonation.

Another well done IPA. Probably the only time I will try it as though it is quite enjoyable and still decently priced, there are other offerings of equal quality for a bit less money.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 08:58:41 | More by vkv822
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

01-06-2012 07:17:49 | More by pirmannt1
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HalfFull

California

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into a large wine glass. This collaboration pours a deep brown in color and with deep ruby hues in the light. Half inch of tan foam offers decent retention and lace. Does have some mystery chunks floating around, rather odd for such a young beer.

Offers a nice dose of hops with some deep citrus and earthy pine notes. Bit of dark malts and cocoa add to the mix and makes this come across a bit as Sublimely Junior though with a different hop profile.

Bit of roast initially on the flavor, quickly turning to a slick and resinous citrus sense. Finishes a bit thin and with a bit of orange and milk chocolate, and finally a spiciness that isn't quite drying and even mildly sweet in nature. ABV is not noted yet carbonation is a bit low. A decent IPA but yet another collaboration brew that fails to leave a mark.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 05:21:56 | More by HalfFull
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-06-2012 03:25:17 | More by thewimperoo
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Lantern


4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-05-2012 22:54:48 | More by Lantern
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davidbowers13

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-05-2012 13:07:42 | More by davidbowers13
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Abrahammer

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-05-2012 10:35:18 | More by Abrahammer
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- dark amber, near brown. Huge 2" creamy light brown head and excellent lacing.

S- way more citrus than I expected! Some faint chocolate and lots of orange and grapefruit.

T- light roasted malts, chocolate, fairly pungent citrus hop bitterness.

M- medium body, light carbonation. Light creaminess.

O- this was a good beer, and actually better than most black ipa's I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 03:24:24 | More by kawilliams81
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks and chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. There is some sediment floating around in the glass after the beer is poured. Smell is pretty much all hops: citrus zest, herbs, onions/vegetables. Taste has all of the hop flavors up front with a malt finish that is somewhat roasty in flavor. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation and is very dry. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but not all that impressive. This beer features hops that give off the vegetal aroma and flavor that I really don't like so I am not too sure I would go for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:42:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one sense I heard about it.

A- deffinatley more black than brown, minimal off white head

S- very subtle, I was expecting a ton of hop aroma, there was a little, but I had to bury my nose in my glass a few times.

T- compeltly redeemed the aroma , delicious hops citrusy up front, then getting piney coming through with a touch of malt. Awesome hop flavor!

M- it is light/medium bodied, velvety... With a crisp dry finish, makes you want another sip.

O- this is an awesome brew! I am deffinatley not dissapointed. I only wish more of it was available.... I could drink a few of these

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 00:36:54 | More by PeterIngemi
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a cola brown color. Pretty darn brown but of course, not black. Very small head. Dies down to a film. The nearly nonexistent head does leave some lace webs however. Too dark to comment on haze/consistency of the body.

S-Wow! This smells absolutely phenomenal. This brings me back to the time I visited the Alchemist. All their hoppy beers had a similar hop profile (that specific hop profile may be my favorite of all time). This beer has a very similar hop bouquet. Super tropical and citrusy hops blow your nose off. Pineapple and grapefruit. Dark malt is somewhat subdued, at least more than I was expecting it to be, but I do not care. I love the nose and all of its juicy hop goodness.

T-Another hop explosion to pair with the nose. Starts off very juicy and citrusy then burns the palate with some course pine. The hops finish extremely grassy. The progression through the hop flavors is magnificent. Malt displays some roast and sweetness. A bit bready too, but the flavor is all about the hop.

M-Lighter than expected with a bit of a watery feel. Dry, bitter and resinous. Medium to high carbonation.

O/D-I have not been impressed so far with the Stone collaborations. This one however is unreal. The collaboration with arguably my favorite brewery (The Alchemist) makes this one all the better. So damn hoppy. A must try for the hop addict. Loved this.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 23:56:56 | More by VelvetExtract
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Jaacob

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-04-2012 10:26:28 | More by Jaacob
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is a tawny brownish color, a little cloudy, with a few suspended solids hanging around (even though the beer is filtered). Aroma is huge on citrusy hops, with notes of pineapple and grapefruit, along with a touch of sweetness from the caramel malt. Palate is hop-forward for sure, with a strange back-and-forth between sweet, slightly roasted malt and hugely bitter hops. Notes of grapefruit and pineapple come through again, along with a little bit of onion(?). The mouthfeel is considerably thinner than I would have hoped for in a beer of this strength, and the color does seem to lighten as the glass gets emptier. It's an interesting way to deliver a hop bomb, I guess. 

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 06:03:56 | More by ElGordo
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Mississipping

Mississippi

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Without repeating the suspected pun, it pours dark brown (almost black) with a very large tan colored head that almost refuses to settle.  Exceptional lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Somewhat subdued aroma, compared to what I was expecting, I guess.  I get a bit of grapefruit and a bit of pine with some earthiness and body odor.  As it warms, the hop profile improves just a bit, but is still a little underwhelming.

T: The taste is better than the aroma.  Really nice hop profile with citrusy fruits up front ... grapefruit and tangerine prominent.  Pine sap and some earthiness just behind, but fighting for dominance.  A bit of maltiness, but not much at all.  Hops show their ass on this one. 

M: Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation that is almost perfect for this beer.  Pretty smooth and creamy with just a little bit of prickliness on the tongue.  Not much sweetness at all, but a big hop bite and a lingering hoppiness and good drying effect. 

D: This started out underwhelming although I waited a little while to open it before taking it out of the fridge.  As it warmed even more, it became pretty exceptional.  Really nice hop profile, excellent flavor, great mouthfeel.  I'd definitely recommend letting this warm quite a bit before taking the first sip to get the most out of it.  Take your time and it will be worth the wait.  Going back to buy a few more bottles tomorrow. 

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 05:54:54 | More by Mississipping
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rtaps

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown, with an amber hue to it when held to the light, about a 1 finger khaki head, with fairly decent retention leaving spotty lacing

piny hops up front with some roasted malt not all that much there but its nice.

almost sweet up front, then the hops hit you piney, some grapefruit and roasted malts

pretty light bodied, low carbonation kind of crisp. leaves the mouth dry

overall its a soil IPA for a great cause

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 05:15:40 | More by rtaps
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

More Black Than Brown IPA Review

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark brown, bordering on opaque black. There is a foamy white-tan head of about one finger which fades to a cap over a few minutes leaving little little lacing.

S: The smell is sweet and fruity. There are tropical fruit smells, mango and peach. There is a bit of sweet and piney hops in the background.

T: The taste continues the tropical fruits I noticed in the smell, but they are slightly more subdued. There is a large dose of pine flavor which provides a lot of bitterness. The bitterness and the fruitiness are fairly complementary, although the pine tends to overwhelm the fruit. There are notes of caramel with light hints of roasted malts.

M: The mouthfeel is delightful. Fairly thick for an IPA, almost creamy with mild carbonation.

O: A fruity IPA with a bitter hop backbone. Lighter in taste than the color suggests.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:27:43 | More by WankelEngine
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Vancoubeer

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:23:52 | More by Vancoubeer
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Nightrain87

California

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-04-2012 02:58:17 | More by Nightrain87
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davidthebruce

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-04-2012 01:05:29 | More by davidthebruce
The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.