Stone / Abnormal /Paul Bischeri / Patrick Martinez Neapolitan Dynamite | Stone Brewing

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Stone / Abnormal /Paul Bischeri / Patrick Martinez  Neapolitan DynamiteStone / Abnormal /Paul Bischeri / Patrick Martinez  Neapolitan Dynamite
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
San Diego may be best known for its hop-forward IPAs, but this county has a long and proud history of stouts, porters and the dark arts. Case in point, the winners of this year’s American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned Stone Homebrew Competition: Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez and their champion creation, Neapolitan Dynamite. For our additional collaborator, we enlisted noted Stout Master Derek Gallanosa from Abnormal Beer Company to bring this ice cream sundae of a beer to life in full scale. The result is a rich, decadent beer, with the sweetness of the strawberry and vanilla balanced out by dark chocolate and coffee. Available in bottle and on draft, but not on a waffle cone, unfortunately.

Added by mig100 on 09-14-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,212
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
150
pDev:
8.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black as night and impenetrable to light. There's a quarter inch of brown foam on top. The aroma is of artificial strawberry, vanilla, and bitter, dark roasted coffee. I'm tasting very artificial strawberry, dark bakers chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. The mouth is oily and viscous. The flavor profile is a bit too busy to truly enjoy this, but this was overly ambitious.

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Photo of ackeeper
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mtnwesdew
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitch
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 22 fl. oz. bomber with a bottled on date of 25th August 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a nice one finger brown head that had decent retention and left some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Coffee with light melted and mixed Neapolitan ice cream.

Taste: Lightly sweet beginning as coffee dominates followed closely by vanilla and roasty malts. The strawberry and chocolate are lurking around in the background before a finish that is lightly bitter from the coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: This was quite nice but not quite Neapolitan enough for me as only the coffee and vanilla dominates the aroma and flavours while the strawberry and chocolate were not strong enough. I’m a big fan of mixing melted Neapolitan ice cream, so that was what I was hoping for. Body was also thinner than I hoped for, but not too much of a problem. I may seem a bit overly critical here, but it really is quite good and enjoyable.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klub98
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ice Cream never tasted so good

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3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in fine 1pt 8 fl oz bomber
pours a cola black body with decent enough milk chocolate coloured head
aroma of a good chocolate milkhake concentrate syrup
like a coffee with a big scoop of neopolitan icecream

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Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jjmj51
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of amano_h
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Chocolate. French-roast coffee. More coffee. Almost too much coffee. Molasses. Caramel. Faint vanilla. Strawberry yoghurt. Oxidation.
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T: Double-shot espresso. Bitter mocha chocolate. Medium-roast Americano. Vanilla ice-cream. Strawberry sprinkles. Oxidation.
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M: Medium-bodied. Creamy. Slick. Soft, moderate carbonation. No heat.
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O: The date on the bottle neck says this beer is only a month + a week old, but I'm going to give Stone Brewing the benefit of the doubt that maybe some of the adjunct flavors faded within that short amount of time.
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That being said, the idea of a Neapolitan Ice Cream Stout sounds intriguing but the brew falls a whole football field shy from hitting the target; from onset to finish, the coffee overpowers every other flavor that the grocery list of adjectives seem tertiary (not even secondary) compared to it.
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The vanilla and strawberries, which should arguably be the standout components of the brew, are expressed as meagerly as the cloying rusty oxidized flavor that sneaks up toward the end.
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The body seems somewhat worn-down; it does have a slick stickiness to it, but the body feels somewhat thinned out compared to the flavors it's sporting. Stone's been off their stout game since w00tstout 1.0 and Xocoveza b2.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m back in black, I hit the Sacc(haromyces cerevisiae), I’ve been too long I’m glad to be back. Yes, I’m let loose, with some brews, specifically this latest Stone collaboration: Neapolitan Dynamite Imperial Stout - with chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and coffee... hmmm, does Neapolitan ice cream have coffee in it? I don’t think so, perhaps the coffee might be seen as a misstep with the flavours in this beer. I for one love coffee, however there is a time and place for everything, and coffee has no place in Neapolitan ice cream (unless it’s in some variation of an Affogato). Regardless Stone don’t brew bad beers (wasn’t a fan of Go To IPA, but that’s been it really) so I’m still looking for to this - hell I’ve got a 20-odd backlog of beer and this jumped right to the front of the queue - high praise indeed!

Poured from a 650ml US bomber-sized bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep dark cola [she can’t tell the difference yet] body with a nice mocha-coloured cappuccino foam head that leaves some lace sticking to the side of the glass. Ominous and tasty - two of my favourite things. 8/10.

S: Vanilla and coffee bean are leaving fingerprints all over this, with hints of strawberry and chocolate in the background. The balance is definitely skewed towards vanilla and coffee here though (maybe slightly more towards coffee). Strawberry does give an interesting dimension to this overdone style though. 8/10.

T: Coffee bean upfront and in the mid-palate and finish, along with the above noted flavours (vanilla, strawberry, dark chocolate). Other than that there is a touch of char, and the sweet flavours feel boxed in by the bitterness of the coffee... I just cant help thinking of the recent Omnipollo ice cream beers and how excellent they were - this is a bit of a disappointment here. 7/10.

M: Mouthfeel is thinner than expected - medium with a thin carbonation. 7/10.

D: I guess it could be said that the coffee is the “dynamite” in the name, but it still feels a bit out of place here, and frankly Omnipollo would have made this beer a delightful vanilla/strawberry/chocolate Neapolitan affair “screw balance!” they would have said, but Stone... Stone just had to have a sweet/bitter balance with coffee providing bitterness. Look to Omnipollo Stone, they know how to nail a one-sided dessert beer... in fact I would love to see Omnipollo and Stone team up on something - fuck that would be glorious! TL:DR; Coffee adds unneeded bitterness to what would otherwise be an exemplary dessert beer. 7/10.

Food match: Chargrilled BBQ beef steaks with coleslaw and potato salad, mmmm.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz serving tasted in a snifter from draft at The Vine on December 9, 2017. Look is deep brown with a tan head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is most darkly roast the overwhelm any Neapolitan flavors. Feel is medium in body. Somewhat disappointing.

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