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Stone / Cambridge / BrewDog - Juxtaposition Black PilsnerStone / Cambridge / BrewDog - Juxtaposition Black Pilsner

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Cambridge Brewing and BrewDog Brewing

Added by alexd3891 on 07-24-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 210 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark black pour, tan head 4/5". Aroma was plenty of hops and roast, there's just one of your juxtapositions.

The taste is smooth, yet bitter, roasty yet light mouthfeel, immense yet hides alcohol well. The name is so fitting. Its not all roast, the hops standout, grassy, bitter, citrusy.

Cost was a little much, but this is one of those hybrid double black ipa/porter/schwarzbier/pilsner type of things.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share thanks to Toby. Dark for a strong pils, lots of malt, roast grains present but subdued. Bittersweet. Not quite a schwarzbier, interesting take on several styles.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of seedyone
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

09/26/13 From bottle. At 10% this has an exaggerated burn in the taste. Unfortunately it is at the expense of anything nuanced in the brew. Sure there are roasted malts in the aroma, but when the rubber meets the road...all I'm getting is "The Burn". Could be a bottle beyond use by since it was a one-off in 2009, but at 10% I wouldn't think that should not be an issue.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Zaphog
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of beergorrilla
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of fain12
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of moonknight31
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DrBrewDay
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of HopsintheSack
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 12/2009 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark near black amber. Moderate head and light lacing. Hoppy aroma. Hops / IPA start with a light malt, black ale backbone. Hops, malt, fruit, alcohol middle and hoppy finish. Like a dark hoppy American barley wine. Not that well integrated. Interesting but not exceptional. Addendum: tried again in 2010, it did not improve with age. Still drinkable, but no mellowing or integration; hops astringent.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and dark malts with some earthy and citrus hops, some licorice, and a bit of coffee, dark fruits, and booze.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with some orange and citrus hops with a bit of black licorice and coffee. Through the middle, some earthy hops and bitterness comes through with some dark fruit sweetness, nuttiness, and some dark caramel malts. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee with some dark fruit and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly thick with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice mix of dark roasted malt character and lager smoothness. Good overall balance and body.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More thanks to Bobby (alembician) for a beer I might never had a chance to try at all.

This beer is close to black, a very dark brown with ruby-brown hues in the light. A light brown head shows some a little growth and some stick, as it retains itself well and manages pretty good lacing.
This is a unique beer that I wouldn't think could be pegged as any kind of pils going into it. There is some grassiness to otherwise citric, grapefruity and herbal hops along with a lot of roast and some char. I suppose I could see this tagged as a Black Pilsener in the same way there's such a thing as a Cascadian Black, in that the hoppiness stops short of that particular style, it has the same kind of mixture and balance of hops and malts, and it's a bit earthier and grassier. The malty sweetness just adds an extra element. Alcohol is exceptionally well masked.
The body is medium, not the typical lightness of a pils but with the crispness, with a prickly carbonation. It foregoes smoothness for the crispness.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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Stone / Cambridge / BrewDog - Juxtaposition Black Pilsner from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 210 ratings