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Stone / Cambridge / Brewdog  Juxtaposition Black PilsnerStone / Cambridge / Brewdog  Juxtaposition Black Pilsner

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / 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 Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Rattle 'N' Hum. One of a kind, like a shwartzbier, with dry Irish stout characteristics, and pilsner hops. Black with light lace, off a bubbly head.Looks great, no pilsner like it. Easy drinker, smooth mouthfeel. Hops are not aggressive, there is also chocolate and a tad of sourness.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This new brew pours a dark brown/black with a thick white head.

The nose is very fragrant grapefruit with undertones of Belgian fruit and malt. Perfumy and pleasing.

Mouthfeel is creamy with medium to medium full body.

Flavors are huge and intense. Front palate gives an initial impression of Belgian fruit and malt and then some larger middle malt character. It then gives a huge hit of giant grapefruit and pine resin hops. Very complex, layered brew, grows more and more interesting in the glass.

There is actually a juxtaposition of fruit, malt and hops that is unique. Big citrus grapefruit skin and pine resin hop finish that goes on forever. Different and good and likely very food friendly.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, I've been a fan of the Stone collaborations in the past, and this is pretty expensive, so let's hope its awesome. Never had an imperial pilsner this crazy before, so this should be an experience.

A: Pours like a dark porter or stout, leaves a dark thick rich 1.5 finger head that slowly fades. The very dark brown color only lets a small amount of light through the bottom of the glass where it things (my Corsendonk tulip glass).

N: Has the nose of a hoppy imperial dark ale or even stout. I get some dark malts too, perhaps a bit of chocolate and some roasted aromas. Mostly a heavy alcohol aroma comes billowing out. Sweet malts and candi sugar tickle the nose. Actually I do get some hot chocolate creamy aromas, reminiscent of a good strong Russian Imperial Stout. Some nutty flavors sneak their way in, and its just so complex on the nose.

T: Finally, that seemed like an hour. Starts very rich and creamy, with lots of dark malts, roasted flavors, some chocolate, sweet candi sugar and molasses. Then some interesting lager like lighter flavors and crispness come in. Next a wave of hop and bitterness seem to hit. Some dark fruits wave their hands too. The the alcohol seems to build a little bit and hit with some warmth and tingly feelings.

M: Pretty rich, creamy, and thick, but smooth, and some alcohol tingly feelings and warmth, with a decent carbonation (I almost thought it would be low on carbonation).

F: Finishes pretty bitter, I think the bittering hops hit quite a bit towards the end. It starts to dry off a bit but is still semi sweet. Also pretty crisp flavors, but the thick creaminess and sweet syrupy feel sticks to the mouth quite a bit and kinda undo the whole pilsner crispness.

Final thoughts: A pretty interesting beer. Lots of complex flavors that hit in waves and seem to mingle pretty well, but in some instances its just too much done on one beer. Its like they tried to add every flavor they could think of in this one beer, and even have contrasting points. Its a nice beer to try, but I don't think I'll spend $7 on a 12oz again!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of nickfl
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of medium brown head on top of a dark brown body with some weak red highlights showing through. The foam settles quickly and leaves only slight lace.

S - An aroma of citrus hops greets the nose first, followed by caramel malt, toast and alcohol. Some minty, pine hops are lingering in the background with light coffee and chocolate notes.

T - Thick, carmel and toffee malt flavor up front with pungent hop notes of pine and orange as well as roast malt. Coffee flavors persist and strengthen through the middle with strong hop bitterness beginning to push back against the malt. The finish is full of chocolate with spicy notes of cinnamon, chicory, and chili peppers as well as citrus hops. Lingering flavors of grapefruit and mild tobacco stick to the tongue and refuse to let go until I go back for another sip.

M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish for a beer of this strength.

D - This is quite the interesting beer. Although Imperial Black Pilsner is as good a description as any for this brew, I don't know that it really prepares you for what you are getting into. The aroma is very hoppy with just a hint of complex dark malt and is reminiscent of a good american barleywine. The flavor was much fuller and thicker than I expected with a huge malt backbone of chocolate, toffee, and coffee that is more than balanced by the intense bitterness. There is an interesting spiciness that ties the malt and hops together in the end and it is really quite drinkable for such a strong, complex beer. Very good and unique, this is even better than the last Stone collaboration beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, lightly roasted malts, citrus and touches of chocolate and caramel.

T: The taste starts out with a grassy burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a hearty but not too heavy malt character and some lager yeast breadiness. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of chocolate, caramel and citrus to create a good balance. There's also a hint of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty and very complex, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, this is a very good beer to drink for as long as you're able to when you're looking for something different.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of billab914
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to the 2nd of the two bottles I purchased of this. poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours black with a thick creamy tan head. The foam settled to a thin covering but left excellent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with chocolate and molasses with some hop citrus coming through as well. Taste is also sweet with some chocolate, molasses and a bit of burnt flavor coming through. The citrus hops are there as well but more in the background now compared to the first bottle I had.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed this one both times I had it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Bistro in August 2009.

Pours a near-black with a nice tan head and a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a nice hoppiness. The taste is very similar, although everything doesn't blend together as well with the taste as it did with the smell. The roasted malt and hops don't quite fit together like they do in a well-designed Black IPA. The mouthfeel is moderate with fairly-large amounts of carbonation. Definitely drinkable, but a little pricey for what it is.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black in the glass, with 2 rigid fingers of light mocha colored head. This retains very nicely, with a rich and frothy flareup that leaves a sticky latticework of foamy lace all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is all aggressive hops up front, being full of pine resins, dank earth, and spice, as well as a fruity citric edge that keep this juicy in the nostrils. Honestly though, as good as the hop character is here, it's the rich roasty mix of chocolate malts and coffee which sits underneath that is the real winner here. Just a great balance between the hops and roast here in the nose. Not much alcohol to the aroma at all either maybe just adding some beefiness to the bouquet.

The taste pretty much mirrors the aroma, with a strong resinous nature to the hops that lays plenty of spice, pine, and bitter grapefruit on the tongue. All of that hop character is wonderfully balanced though by thick notes of chocolate and toffeed sweetness before sharp smokey roast and black coffee just absolutely blasts the back of the profile, leaving a deeply burnt and dry bitter feel in it's wake. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a sharp crispness to it that sits on top of a more hefty and chewy feel underneath. Warmth spreads out in the mouth after each sip but this is still VERY smooth on the palate for such a big beer. This is probably where I pick up most of the Pils aspect of this. Most impressive.

Brash and bold with it's use of hops, dark roast, and big ABV, I have to admit that this beer might not be for everyone but I for one really liked how this turned out. Almost like a hearty Black IPA but with the smooth drinkibility of a crisp Pils. Really great stuff here that I'm hoping is revisited at some point.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia. Admittedly, I haven't been too terribly enamored with the latest string of black IPA's on the market, and was more than hesitant to purchase a self-labeled Black Pilsner. Seeing now that it's 10% ABV also goes me pause.

Appearance: Pours out a jet black body with a large, frothy, ecru head with some agreeable staying power.

Smell: Charry, creosote-soaked nose with some herbaceous, downright weedy hop and campfire charcoal tones. Minor alcohol hint if you're down sniffing around there. The nose is a bit rough around the edges, but, thankfully, the taste offers a bit more to round things out.

Taste: Roasty, charred, blackened malts with a minor hint of dark chocolate and powderized coffee crystals. What sweetness is on hand comes fast and leaves just as quickly. Fresh herbal, spicy flavor from the hops with a fair amount of bitterness that combines with the roasted grains. Quite a creosote taste in the latter half, so it'd pair well with roasted meats and coating fence posts. As it warms slightly, a caramelly, bready taste develops to soothe the burnt quality. Smooth, roasty, herbal-laden finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Very, very light creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, if nothing else, it goes down fairly easy for having 10% ABV emblazoned on the bottle. It presents a lot of burnt malts and a lot of herbal, bitter hops, but not quite too much of either to be overbearing, though, I am thankful it's not a drop above twelve ounces. It's interesting for sure.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glossy mahagony with precious few highlights. The upper half of the snifter is filled with a whipped creamy crown of brown sugar colored foam that has remarkable persistence. It looks like lace depostion won't be a problem... once it gets a chance.

Does it smell like an American black double pilsner should? Sure, why not? When you're the first, you get to make the rules. JBP is moderately dark malty and is still impressively aromatic on the hop side of things. Sorachi Ace and Motueka (and possibly Saphir) were odd choices, but they work beautifully.

It's amazing that Juxtaposition is still so hoppy and still so damned delicious more than six months after bottling. Why did I wait so long to crack the cap? It must have been a beast of epic proportions last summer and fall.

It's hard to think of Juxta as a pilsner, even though it uses pilsner malt and pilsner yeast. It tastes like either a black IPA or an aggressively hopped American double stout. There's an incredible amount of flavor boldness, thanks to the 10.0% ABV. Good thing it isn't as malt sugar sticky as most DIPAs and some barleywines.

Specifics include bittersweet chocolate, a small splash of black coffee, and a generous blast of 'green' hoppiness that is right up my alley. The beer also has an herbal and spicy vibe that is almost botanical in nature. Must be the exotic hops. Warming is allowing the juxtaposed flavors to become even more comfortable with one another.

Even though the body/mouthfeel is better for not being sticky-sappy, a little more heft wouldn't be a bad thing. Bubbles are on the low end, but don't disappear completely on the finish.

Stone/BrewDog/Cambridge Juxtaposition Black Pilsner is hugely successful craft beer of a collaborative nature. It would be a shame if it never sees the light of day again. If one of these breweries has the wisdom and foresight to revive it, I'll make sure to buy more as close to the release as possible. It's hard to believe, though, that that beer could be any better than the beer I just finished.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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 womencantsail
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with about one finger of mocha colored foam.

S: They weren't lying when they said this is a hoppy beer. Enormous amounts of grapefruit aroma, a slight pineyness, perhaps a bit of tropical fruits, and hardly anything else.

T: A great tropical fruit sweetness, grapefruit, and a great bitterness. The roasted malt also makes an appearance here, but it is definitely overshadowed.

M: Lackluster, but hey, it's a pilsener. Light body, a slick feeling on the tongue.

D: The amazing citrus and fruit qualities along with a pleasant amount of bitterness make this a beer I'm glad to drink (if only it wasn't $7 a bottle).

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Photo of stakem
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard 12oz brown bottle into a pint. It appears a dark brown color that has hues of a more reddish brown around the edges. It displays a head with more than 2 fingers of browned mocha fluff that retains pretty decent and sticks in small patches about the glassware. Sweet aroma has characteristics of both malty goodness and also citrus hops. The blend of citrus in the nose comes together with a fruity scent almost like grapes. Wow, I certainly wasn't expecting that from a beer this dark or a ahh... imperial pils? Rounding out the nose is some floral citrus notes along with an ever increasing amount of alcohol making itself know as the beer warms. The flavor of this beer is really something different, but in a good way. It is bitter chocolately malt upfront with a big alcohol presence and malty flavors like dark fruits a bit like prunes laden with alcohol. The finish is quite bitter with flavors of dark chocolate and some citrus hops. Lingering bitterness clings in the mouth along with a slight alcohol sting that warms the back of the throat. Medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation, this beer was really good.

I hope I can get another to lay down for awhile to see what happens. I don't know what to make of this beer as far as placing it into a category. If you acquire this beer looking for a doulbe or imperial pils you might be a bit disapointed with the dark malt characteristics present. However, enjoying this beer for what it is regardless of the category really made it worth while and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, w/o freshness info
Pours damn near black, mocha head, sticks around nicely, fluffy and mottled. Leaves plenty of moderatly thick lace. Nose is vibrant and full of doughy bread notes, burnt grains and herbal highlights. Tasty and bold brew... not sure where the 10 % is hidden, I dont taste it. Notes of dark grains, dark chocolate, leather, and smoke. I like it. Go get some as this is an interesting brew thats well worth a try.

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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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1%

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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Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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