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Stone / Abnormal / Paul Bischeri / Patrick Martinez - Neapolitan DynamiteStone / Abnormal / Paul Bischeri / Patrick Martinez - Neapolitan Dynamite

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of Prue
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dan411
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/25/17-so over one year old on review. I did have this beer fresh, so freshness contrast comments are added when evident.

Look-beautiful dark beer with a dark, mocha head. Substantial head resulted from a less than aggressive pour. Lacing clings and chases the glass all the way to the last drop. One year old beer had some particulate that clung to the sides (similar to what you may see in some pastry stouts).

Smell-dark chocolate and dark roast coffee with a hint of nondescript fruity sweetness. Vanilla and strawberry all but gone from the cellar bottle.

Taste-Pretty much a dark chocolate bomb, held up with a clear coffee presence, balanced (with some effort) with what remains of the fruit and vanilla. Beer grew sweeter with time as it warmed. Now the vanilla and strawberry are minor players, helping to create a nice sweet aftertaste.

Feel-rich, thick, well carbonated. This beer is a 8.50%, but feels better than some 10-12% beers I've had in the mouth.

Overall-fun to see how this changed over time. I wasn't really surprised to see the strawberry and vanilla fall off, but I was surprised how enjoyable the evolved version was. Recommended.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: Draft, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Black with a very dark tan half finger head. The lacing coats the entire glass.

Smell: The smells come through distinctly and beautifully. Vanilla, strawberry, dark chocolate, coffee. It's not very strong but pleasingly aromatic.

Taste: Unlike the nose, there are some elements that rise above the others. The dark chocolate and coffee are more noticeable and present over the faint vanilla and strawberry notes. Overall very sweet tasting.

Mouthfeel: The sweetness is cloying, as expected. It's smooth and medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A good beer, but it would have been that much better if the taste was as balanced as the scent. The vanilla and strawberry notes come through but are overpowered by the chocolate and coffee. The cloying mouthfeel was expected from such a sweet beer but it kills the experience a bit.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Strix
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a big brown head.

Indeed, quite reminiscent of Neapolitan, with strawberry and vanilla amongst chocolate and coffee.

A nice big thick classic chocolate/coffee stout with a hint of strawberry. The vanilla - creaminess could be bumped up a bit - why not make this as a milk stout?

Nice chewy mouthfeel.

One of those dessert beers like Southern Tier turns out that leaves you asking how in the world...? Nicely conceived and implemented.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color like thick engine oil, one finger brown head, great lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Strawberry coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Heaven!

T: Strawberry coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Marvelous!

F: Full bodied, full flavored.

O: Masterpiece of a beer.

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Photo of alextastic
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/25/17, opened 7/29/18. Pours as dark as dark can be, with a medium brown head made up of the tiniest of bubbles. I didn't have a bottle fresh, so I can't make any comparisons, but as it stands, this stuff is tasty. Nose is sweet and rich, with notes coffee, chocolate, strawberry, and something creamy and smooth we'll call the vanilla. For all the adjuncts involved, I didn't expect each one to be so detectable, yet they are, and that's impressive. Flavor's not quite as amazing as the nose, but it's very nice. Getting some coffee bitterness and berry tartness, but not much else. Body is rich and smooth and satisfying to sip. Aftertaste truly is reminiscent of a swirled up bite of Neapolitan ice cream.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with some fine chocolate colored foam.

Smell is very coffee forward with hints of dark chocolate and a slight fruitiness.

Taste is again very coffee rich, with dark chocolate and just a hint of berries in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a good stout, that I hoped would be a little bit more out there. As it stands, it's a coffee stout with hints of other things, rather than a full blown ice cream stout.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Released in Sweden in May 18, 2018.

very dark brown to black beer with a brown, creamy head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Coffee, vanilla, red berries, dark chocolate and whipped cream.
Taste: Espresso, bitter coffee beans, I get some berries on the back of my tongue but I'm not sure what type of berries. Almost a tart and still sweet taste.
Mouth: Full body. Creamy. Bitter, sour ending.

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CreightonSM
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregSemenza
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone knows how to hit a bullseye anytime. They can create a stout that even I can enjoy, something for the laymen.
This one is a special collaboration and is something special indeed: was brewed with chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and coffee and is an imperial stout. It pours pitch brown? red? with a pinkish orange-ish head. The taste smells like dark chocolate with choco sweetness but the taste is what tells it all: all the ingredients mentioned above, well balanced. The bitterness of dark chocolate balances well with the fruity saviouriness of the strawberries inside - coffee and vanilla are perhaps complementary.
I agree with the notes on the bottle, could be a sweet delicacy indeed but isn't too sweet, just enough and just good for an Imperial Stout. Hats off again and again for Stone - for knowing also how to collaborate perfectly with other brewing masters. A perfect combo!

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Photo of stortore
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 8/25/17, had 11/13/17.

Pours dark, thick looking, opaque, with a one inch head of darker foam and some foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, chocolate, vanilla, light strawberries and molasses, light smoke- more as it warms. The taste is malt, vanilla, chocolate, berry- like, some molasses and caramel, light lactose. A little bitter for the goal of being Neapolitan, but it does ease as it warms. Smooth, a good medium body, but it finishes a tad thin, well carbonated.

Pretty good, but a little too bitter and smoky to really pull off the Neapolitan thing. I didn’t get any coffee out of this, so maybe I missed the boat here.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with medium-sized khaki head that slowly dies and has an aroma of chocolate with hints of vanilla. Medium-bodied with a sweet chocolate taste and slight vanilla twang with a slow drinking stickiness as well. Not a bad beer but I basically get a touch of lactic smoothness but mostly a thick chocolate stout that isn't too sweet (dry finish).

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Photo of WormGod
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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 +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mtnwesdew
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitch
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 167 ratings