Juxtaposition Black Pilsner
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Juxtaposition Black PilsnerJuxtaposition Black Pilsner
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American Imperial Pilsner
4 | pDev: 12%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Juxtaposition Black PilsnerJuxtaposition Black Pilsner
Notes: Collaboration with Cambridge Brewing Company and BrewDog
Reviews: 176 | Ratings: 210 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -13.5%
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 seedyone
2.8/5  rDev -30%
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 LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of david18
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of a number of collaborative beers I've recently had. All of them feature Stone as well as two other brewers. I think this is one of my favorites. Very drinkable, especially for the alcohol by volume.

Appearance is a dark black. Very dark carbonation, which was quite active and left some lacing behind.

Smell was of dark roast and dark fruits. Some hops comes through. In general, a very strong aroma.

Flavor was excellent. Very well balanced. All the elements were there and it was very drinkable given the abv.

Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours drak ruby, almost black, with 1/2 inch of dense, creamy mocha head. Sits for awhile before eventually reducing to a thin film. Leaves fat sticky gobs of lacing.

S-Milk chocolate, spruce tips, dark roast coffee beans, dulce de leche.

T/M-Thick and creamy, with big roastiness mid-palate. A layer of astringently bitter/piny hops dominates the finish. A baseline of vanilla tinged sugary sweetness runs beginning to end. Almost reminds me of French vanilla coffee creamer. As it opens up the roastiness backs off a bit, revealing a touch more creamy sweetness.

O-One of the nicer Stone collaboration beers. I think I slightly preferred this one fresh, but age hasn't taken much from it.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, not black with a tall thick tan head that slowly sinks into pretty nice lacings.

S: Kind of uneven: licorice and American hops; floral and bitter - pine and citrus. But there is also coconut and chocolate. Sweet caramell, and probably black, malt.

T: Dark dried fruits, chocolate and sweet roasted malt. Then there's the hoppy American influence; pineapple, grapefruit and bitter orange sezt.

M: Long lovely aftertaste that holds both bitterness as well as sweetness. Body is full and almost syrupy, while carbonation is held back, way back.

O: A very nice and interesting beer. But I wouldn't made the style, even if my life depended on it...

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Photo of jamescain
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Dark place with a thin tan head that fades into a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma: Licorice, roasted grains, pine, coconut, and chocolate.

Taste: Interesting combination of flavors, dark fruit, chocolate, a touch of mint of all things, and roasted grain. Feels like a combination of Belgian Strong dark ale and an Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with minimal carbonation and a noticeable alcoholic finish.

Overall: Not the best offering I've had from Stone, but it wasn't bad. Other people in our tasting group were not that impressed, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Juxtaposition smells like an IPA in the same way that a Red Delicious smells like apple cobbler. Think big aromas here, and you might be getting close. The hops lend the brew a nose redolent with grapefruit and rosewater, and what are obviously massive amounts of malts bring a maple syrup and brown sugar counter.

On the tongue, the hops are extreme, and in fact so Brobdingnagian that I doubt many imbibers would be at ease with them--at 100 IBU, this is not a beer for the light-hearted. Massive sugars are necessary to help counterbalance such bitterness, and they are present, bringing caramelized brown sugars, vanillas, and dark fruit esters, along with hints of chocolate malt. But hops are the obvious winner in the onslaught, and their bitter sting remains on the tongue long into the aftertaste.

For sheer audacity and impressiveness, this beer deserves the highest of marks. For accessibility, however, I'm afraid it's near the bottom of the scale; it's simply too big, too bitter, too sugary. Buyer beware, then: if you thought Dogfish Head's 120 Minute IPA was fantastic, then you'll go crazy over Juxtaposition. But if even a standard IPA (Harpoon, Ipswich, or Dogfish Head's 60 Minute) is too much for you, then this is definitely not your mug of ale.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't think I'd ever get to try this one until a coworker showed up with it at a tasting.

A: Black with a big milk chocolate colored head.

S: All over the place. In a good way! Earthy, malty and coconutty. Very different.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, coconut, wet earth, blackberries and some earthy hops. Very, very different.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

American Black Lager?
Cascadian Dark Lager?

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head that thins but not completely

S-smells like sour licorice and black cherries. very unique in deed.

T-comes in with a good amount of quality cocoa with juniper. it ends with a taste of pine and black licorice. this is quite a different beer!

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-well i dont know...i understand the black pilsner part i suppose, though its a stretch. overall, i enjoyed its originality. the tastes blended well together in my opinion, especially for its complexity. i would definitely get more of this, and i recommend everyone to buy this.

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Photo of ikats
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown (almost black) with brown head (only about half an inch thick). I love aroma of this beer (makes me think that it's been too long since I've tried a strong assertive beer). I do not get a lot of hops in aroma. Mostly it's malts - chocolate, a bit of roasted notes, sticky sweetness. Reminds me of a bit of barleywine. At first sip taste is a bit too harsh. Initial sweetness of malt is quickly overpowered by harsh bitterness of hops. I don't think the two are balanced and it makes for a somewhat unpleasant mouthfeel. Not very drinkable.

Maybe my mind rebels against such hoppiness in a dark lager, maybe aging did not do this beer any good, but this lager is not for me.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to jodan for this LIF-ed bottle!

Been itching to re-try this one ever since it was relatively abundant back East. You just can't find too many black pilsners around, y'know? This one pours a very dark black-brown, lightly highlighted with deep ruby on the far edges, topped by a finger or so of light tan foam. The nose comprises oatmeal, light roasted malts, biscuits, light flowers, and maybe a pinch of toffee. The taste runs along the same path, along with some dark greens, orange rind, and some mild balsa. These new elements add a sharp bitter sting at the end of an otherwise sleekly malty flavor. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a pretty solid brew, definitely something different from most brews out there. If it weren't for the finish, though, this would be really great.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a wonderful dark brown with lots of reddish touches around the edges of the glass and rich head of off white and nice well rounded color to clean up the look overall.

lots of hints of bright citrus and fresh lemon and grass, really a bright, aroma. The flavors was just outstanding. So light and yet complex at the same time. The bright citrus flavors were huge with alot of lemon and orange coming through. lots of really nice flavors and very well balanced, this was very finely crafted and bordered on many different leveks. nicely done!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Grolsch pilsner. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a two finger fluffy light tan head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, dark fruit, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, rye, banana, dark fruit, alcohol, and pineapple. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Very unique take on the style if I'm honest. This one was very well balanced and quite enjoyable. Definitely had a nice Belgian influence going on in this one with the fruit aspect I picked up on. Definitely worth trying if you have not already.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.27/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint. Very dark black stout looking with a nice tan thick head and decent lacing.

Aroma is weird. Lots of off flavors. Smells like beers I've tried from breweries just starting up. Or like a bad homebrew.

Taste is like black liquorish. Super malty sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick. Nice carb though.

Overall I might end up dumpin the rest. It's too much. Don't know that they were thinking with this brew. It's nowhere near pilsner tasting or looking. It's not a pils. We can't keep making beers and calling them a style that is noting like it.

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Photo of Pipmeister
2.42/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours very black with a single finger of tan head that dissapates quite quickly. The smell is a cross of black marker and licorice. The taste is just that as well. Lots of licorice, very nyquil-ish. There is also some roastiness and it has a good mouthfeel. Overall I don't get this beer, I personally don't care for carbonated nyquil and I also don't see how this is a pilsner. Won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, almost opaque, pilsner with an off-white head. Decent retention. Interesting nose of deep roasted malts, a hint of coffee, and herbs.

Wickedly fun herb and grapefruit hop notes are the star players in this interesting pilsner -- along with full-flavored notes of dark chocolate and brown sugar. A touch of chew in the initial mouthfeel. Beautiful bone-dry finish that makes the drinking that much easier. A bit boozy but overall the alcohol is well hidden.

This might go good with roasted lamb that has been heavily spiked with rosemary.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a shaker pint

appearance: It's black, thin layer of head, a little bit of lace.

smells like: Mostly aromas of chocolate, coffee and a bit of bourbon like booziness.

tastes like: Chocolate, bourbon, hints of coffee and just a hair of bitter hop finish

medium thick in body, medium carbonation

I don't know how this is a pils. I mean it's way bigger then a pils, I suppose it's lagered and it tastes like it's single hopped but seriously, this is a porter or something and a decent one. It tastes pretty good and I could see this becoming regular

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Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

181st review on BA
Bottle to pilsner glass

Sitting in cellar for a while. Forgot I had it.

App- This poured an almost black color. A fact that escaped me when I poured it. A nice 1/2 inch head to it as well.

Smell- Big time smells of roasted malts with a little touch of hops and dark fruit.

Taste- Such a unique flavor profile. It's very roasty with a burnt bready flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a a medium carbonation.

Drink- It's different to say the least. I like people expanding bounderies of beer but I think we have enough styles. No where close to a pilsner.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color. When held to the light the bottom edge of the glass glows a bit red. It has a nice frothy tan head, that has very good retention. The head also left decent lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of dark roasted malts up front. There are also notes of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, some hops, some booziness, and a touch of maple syrup.

T - The taste follows the nose a bit. It has a nice bit of roasted malts and a charred bitterness. There is also a nice sweetness that sits behind the bitterness. Also, there are notes of caramel, vanilla, licorice, dark fruits, hops, and some smokiness. The finish has a touch of booze and warms the mouth.

M - This has a fuller body with medium carbonation. The hops leave a bit of a bitter feeling that lingers in the mouth. There is a roasty bitterness that lingers as well.

D - I think this beer has really good drinkability. It goes down smooth, and it has great hop flavor. I think this is a very good beer for this time of year. The alcohol is hidden very well in this, and that definitely helps with the drinkability. Overall, I think this is a really good beer, and I'm glad I got the chance to pick this one up. Good job Stone, cheers.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours motor oil black with a fingers worth of mocha colored head. Crazy good retention that lasts throughout the drink; sticky lacing

S - Malty and sweet smelling, with a good dose of herbal, grassy hops

T&M - Full bodied with a relatively smooth and almost creamy character. Lots of sweet malts with blasts of raisin and an almost bourbony, sugary note. Leafy, grassy hops try to balance the thick, heavy malts, and are felt mostly mid swallow; finish is sweet and the bourbon and sweet fruits revisit

D - Highly drinkable considering the style. I don't think I'd want more then one in a sitting, but the one I have is going to be sipped and enjoyed

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Photo of mondegreen
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with ruby red highlights. Nose is sweet molasses and dry roasted barley. Taste follows, quite sweet with roasted overtones and an underlying earthy hoppiness. Finishes dry. Mouth is thin/medium with ample carbonation. Drinks very nice for a 10% pilsner, reminiscent of a thinner dopplebock.

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Juxtaposition Black Pilsner from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 210 ratings