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Neapolitan Dynamite - Stone/Abnormal/Paul Bischeri & Patrick MartinezNeapolitan Dynamite - Stone/Abnormal/Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Photo of artdob
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Imperial stout with a twist. It's like ice cream, beer style. All right there - vanilla, chocolate and strawberries. What a combo. Sip, clos your eyes and enjoy.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a motor oil black with a two finger sturdy brown head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, black coffee, vanilla and faint strawberry.

T - The taste is black coffee, roasted malts, charred wood, dark chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A solid Imperial Stout. The coffee and roasted malts stand out more than the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Still a nice stout nonetheless.

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

Photo of agreenman19
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stengelfoot
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 08/25/17, it pours pitch black color with a 2 finger thick brown head that was packed with bubbles of all sizes which dissipated very slowly, while popping as it dropped and leaving good spotty lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, charred wood, burnt coffee grinds, dark chocolate, molasses, herbal notes like grass, chocolate milk, cocoa and hints of strawberry. It's mostly roasted malt, charred wood, burnt coffee grinds and dark chocolate, but it smells really good.

Tastes like it smells with roasted malt, burnt coffee grinds, dark chocolate, charred wood, molasses, ash, bitter bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, herbal notes like grass, chocolate milk and then trailing additions of vanilla, strawberry and coffee beans. The flavor has a strange fruity sweetness that resembles strawberry for a second but then shifts back to coffee grinds and dark chocolate. The roasted malt and charred wood combo come off like pumpernickel bread, then shift to burnt coffee grinds and dark chocolate with vanilla extract drizzled on top. It still drinks and tastes very much like a macho stout, but pulls off the Neapolitan ice cream impression very well. The added bonus to drinking this brew is reading the bottle, which is very funny with quips listed on it like this answers the eternal question: "Can you pair a stout with a liger? Hell yes you can. We just did."

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Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

650ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Rich opaque black in color, it tops with a finger of frothy dark brown head that stays for a while with decent retention before gradually collapsing to some bubble along the rim and surface also leaving some lacing on the glass-side.

Rich and invitingly fresh aroma, coffee is upfront, then milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, sugar, toasted nut, and a moderate layer of strawberry. There is some roasted too together with notes dark bread and cookie as well as a crisp of earthy hop.

Sweet, sweet, sweet through the palate sensation with lots of vanilla and sugar. Milk and dark chocolate yet coffee participate closely thereafter while roasted malt is also there in the support together with a note of dark bread. Strawberry is much bolder here comparing to the aroma with its fresh fruitiness while there is some bitterness mostly from roasted malt and partially from hop.

Rather full body with some chewiness and mild to moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth while the feeling is well-rounded with a dry finish.

It is like a strawberry sundae in some thought. Malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, strawberries, they are all in good harmony to create a sweet dessert that still possesses a soul of good Impy Stout. The more it is warm the more it is better.

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Photo of acashk
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is heavy on the coffee with hints of fudge, chocolate, vanilla and lactose mixed in. Strawberry is undetectable. This is a little coarse for my taste but the flavors are there. Beer opens chocolate, vanilla sweetness with a touch of coffee and lactose to smooth it all out. The strawberry is present more towards the middle and end as a lightly tart, fruity presence. It doesn't really work but its not bad either. Body is medium with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and luscious on the palate and goes down soft with some bubbles. Drinks bigger than it is.

A pretty solid beer. To be honest, this is probably better as just a chocolate vanilla imperial stout... but then again, that's seemingly ever imperial stout on the market these days. Sometimes different makes things stand out.

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Photo of degueulasse
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a dark brown into the glass with a light, foamy head tinged with a little pink. It smells mostly of chocolate, like many stouts, but you can taste a little bit of the strawberry component as well. It is delectably thick, though it sticks to the back of the throat a little more than I'd like it to.

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Photo of mschrei
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best thing about how it looked was the slight redness in the foam. Smell is coffee and sweet vanilla with mild chocolate in the background. Taste is sweet, chocolate and vanilla, back end has a little bitter coffee and tart strawberry hiding behind it all. Very smooth feeling with a hint of oiliness, but the best thing is it's really well balanced in flavors. Real winner.

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

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Stone's Neapolitan Dynamite for $8.49 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye and I'm interested to see how this one stacks up against Saugatuck's Neapolitan Stout, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the name and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a black color that didn't change when held to the light and it had two and half fingers worth of creamy and slightly bubbly brown head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sheets of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the coffee and chocolate being the first to show up, the coffee sticks out the most and the chocolate gives it a mocha like aroma and that goes into a little bit of nutty aroma. Up next comes a light strawberry and a light vanilla like aroma that leads into the malts which impart some dark malt, creamy, roasted malt, slightly charred malts and sweet malts like aromas. This beer has a pretty good aroma, but I wish the coffee showed up just a little less to let in more of those strawberry and vanilla like aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the coffee and chocolate still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects and they are both lighter with the coffee sticking out the most. Up next comes just a slight strawberry like flavors with a little bit of a vanilla flavors and a little bit of a nutty flavor in the background. Towards in the comes the malts which show up more than they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects it did in the aroma and on the finish there's medium amount of bitterness with a little bit of sweetness and it has a coffee and roasted malt like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I though the coffee was a little too dominating and it covered up the nice Neapolitan aspects.

M- A little smooth, creamy, not too crisp, velvety, on the full side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, but it wasn't the greatest example of the style, the neapolitan flavors were just too light and coffee ended up overpowering to make it taste more like a regular coffee stout. This beer had had ok drinkability, one glass is enough for me, it start to lose my attention after that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, to me those two aspects are the highlight of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is that those key Neapolitan flavors didn't really show up that much. I don't think I would buy this beer again and I would only recommend it if your want something heavy on the coffee and light on the Neapolitan. A;; in all I didn't this beer, but it let me down when it came to the taste and I just wish those key flavors showed up more. It's not a favorite Stone beer and it's a pretty close to average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this could use some more work to live up to it's name.

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

Poured out of a bomber into a tulip glass, this beers pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a tan/light brown head that's about an inch thick when served. Settles eventually to a thick, fluffy sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with some nice cluster swirls of foam on the beer's surface here and there. Good lacing here too. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate are all certainly present along with hints of vanilla and strawberry for good measure and a bit of an earthy hop presence. The taste is pretty much the same, with very roasted malt with strong coffee and chocolate flavors and just a bit of caramel malt sweetness. This all gives way to vanilla and strawberry hints that blend nicely with the earthy hop bitterness that rounds out the flavor profile here. A nice, unique blend of the different flavors here. I've had a fair number of stouts with vanilla in them before, but only a small handful of others with strawberry. The use of the strawberries in conjunction with the other ingredients. The hoppiness is also a bit more apparent here, no surprise being that this is Stone I suppose, than in a lot of other stouts. Has a slightly crisp, slightly chewy, smooth and fairly frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a slightly dry and very roasty aftertaste. Another very good offering there from Stone and friends!


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Photo of ZEB89
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As black as pitch as coal it pours from the bottle, Small, thick head that lasts for awhile. Coffee and chocolate in the nose. The mouth gets the same, along with some charcoal flavor.

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of liquorpig
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11/5/17 draft @ The Brew Kettle Hudson

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Neapolitan Dynamite - Stone/Abnormal/Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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