Neapolitan Dynamite
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Stout - American Imperial
4.07 | pDev: 8.11%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Neapolitan DynamiteNeapolitan Dynamite
Notes: Collaboration with Abnormal Beer Co.

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.
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Psilo from California

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a fluffy two-finger coffee-and-cream head that settles to a film and leaves chunky lacing. Looks very inviting.
Smell is suble. Dark roast, coffee, some chocolate.
Taste follows, with some additional sweetness on the tip of the tongue which could be the vanilla. I mostly taste sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Perhaps there's a berry flavor in there, but my palette isn't sensitive enough to recognize it. I taste a delicious chocolate coffee stout.
Mouthfeel is wonderful. Surprisingly thick and slick for its abv. I enjoy sipping on this.
Overall, it doesn't quite live up to its description, but this is a tasty chocolatey coffee stout.

Sep 27, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Nov 14, 2017
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doktorhops from Australia

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Dec 10, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 16 oz Mason Jar on 9-30-17 from the Craft Beer Quick Stop.

Beer pour black with a very nice tan head with the initial vigorous pour. Was pretty flat after that.

Nose had hints or roasted malts and light coffee.

Taste was not really as advertised. Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate dominated with a well played lightly imparted sweet middle - presumably from the vanilla and strawberry. Finish was with a moderate hopping to balance things out.

Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall it was more of a coffee roasted stout than a sweet stout. I found this to be pretty solid!

Oct 06, 2017
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Sammy from Canada

3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oct 17, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, 8/25/17, purchased at Bay Shore Beer and soda, Bay Shore, LI, NYC

Pours pretty typical looking RIS

Nose oozes dark chocolate, with a back note of espresso coffee

Dense flavors, more dark n dusty chocolate, some ripe fruit ,strawberries and cherry, and again a mild bit of dark coffee lingering in the back ground.

Carbonation on point for the style

Pleasing and well worth a try

Sep 22, 2017
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travolta from California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sep 14, 2017
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Gagnonsux from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 24, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coffee black with a small tan head. Smell is chocolate and coffee. Taste is chocolate and coffee in the beginning, and a bitter strawberry finish. Earthy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick. Overall good dessert beer.

Sep 22, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of brown head, looks like motor oil. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Cocoa, vanilla once warm

T: Cocoa, dryness, a little woodyness & just a little vanilla & charred grain up front. Some iron & cocoa, & some woody dryness as this warms, some vanilla too, a little lactic sourness also. Finishes with charred grain, a little carob, & dryness & just a smidge of vanilla & cocoa, plus lactic sourness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

A solid Imp Stout, well worth a try

Oct 22, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Jan 27, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled CA: 08/25/17

Poured into a goblet a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves a really nice medium size island/oil slick, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice dark chocolate/toffee/coffee, vanilla, roasty. The taste is pretty nice, malty, with some pretty nice dark chocolate/toffee/coffee, nice roastyness, nice touch of vanilla. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew.

Oct 17, 2017
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DaBrewski from Texas

2.23/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sep 22, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, hints of strawberry, a fair amount of vanilla. Nice coffee flavor, strong roasty notes. A good dose of vanilla added balance.

Sep 30, 2017
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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!


Nov 12, 2017
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CaptainHate from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dec 31, 2017
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Strix from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Aug 11, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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).

Feb 22, 2018
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billab914 from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sep 24, 2017
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liquorpig from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 06, 2017
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mattknueven from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 06, 2017
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 22, 2017
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ackeeper from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 22, 2018
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CHickman from New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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."

Nov 30, 2017
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SpdKilz from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 12, 2017
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