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

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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 vacax
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle for $6. Steep, but somewhat understandable for an insanely hopped beer that is the first lager coming out of the Stone Brewery.

Juxtaposition walks the line between brown and straight up black and pours a generous one and a half finger dark tan head that has moderate retention and lace.

The aroma blew me away instantly with a rush of sweet pineapple juice that soon gave way to more earthy fruit notes like mango or guava. I even get a little bit of an orange teriyaki fusion in there.

The initial flavor profile is bursting with sweet pineapple paired with a grapefruit and peppery hop profile. upon the finish the sweetness dissolves and gives way to an increasingly bitter and peppery hop bite. Initially sweet but the finishing bite prevents any cloying. The hop bill is strong on the finish and reminds me of some imperial red ales. Somewhat heavy, silky body is in line with the color and sweetness that are so evident, but is quite unique for something called a pils. Nice medium prickly carbonation seems appropriate.

A tasty beer that kind of reminds me of the original Stone XI in how it takes a popular style and turns its topsy-turvy. I would have believed it if they told me this was a new "Black IPA" with lots of sweet tropical fruit notes. The fact that this is a lager is not really something I can detect. I like this beer, though I am not overly fond of peppery hops and the finish is not crisp or dry like many a pils are. This is definitely a beer that is doing its own thing.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to snojerk321 for this.

The beer appears black (surprised?) with a very light brown head...I guess it's more beige than brown. Retention is pretty good and some lacing is left behind.

The aroma is of dark chocolate, cocoa, some coffee (just a little). The alcohol is aggressive in the nose. Maybe some brown sugar?

The flavor is immediately aggressive bitterness. I get some faint chocolate notes. I'm having a really hard time picking out flavors beneath the overbearing hop bitterness. Alcohol is quite apparent, and the finish tastes like Stone hop bitterness -the flavor.

The beer is full bodied with medium carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. I don't have a strong opinion on this beer.

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Photo of darthweef
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a case at the local BevMo in Cypress, Ca. I think I left 4 bottles on the shelf. ;)

A: Black ... not dark, BLACK! Held up to light and saw nothing. AMAZING! Beautiful head.

S: Very earthy, all of what you would expect from a stout or porter, even though it is a pilsner, but hints of citrus, and some of the smells from the hops.

T: Delicious. Starts sweet, with some bitter in the middle and a smack of hops at the end to remind you the gargoyle is watching.

M: Smooth, Flavor lingers, but no filminess.

D: Heavy alcohol, even though you don't get the real strong alcohol taste.

I wish this was going to be a regular beer, but I will definitely enjoy it while it last.

Kudos to Stone, Brew Dog, and Cambridge. SCORE!

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Photo of Floydster
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had various bottles of this now, even tried the pilot batch months ago, reviewing the bottle I had last night, poured into my St. Bernardus flute glass, color is a medium to dark brown with red edges, one inch off white soapy head that did not last a long time, great retention, some good lacing also, aroma consists of earthiness, aggressive hops, coffee, spruce, herbs, dark chocolate, roasted scents, and various fruits, flavor starts off with floral hoppiness, lemon and toasted malts in the middle, finish is pretty dry with what almost seems like coffee but not quite, some citrus and herbs there too though, lots of bitter hops lingering in the aftertaste, bitter, dry, and citrusy mouthfeel, low level of carbonation, medium bodied, taste lasts a while, could drink a few more bottles of this no problem, goes down easy and hops overshadow alcohol content well without drying it out too much, one of my favorite Stone collaborations in lots of ways, will be drinking again, recommended

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Photo of mikedashg
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, almost black pour with a fluffy tan head

S - lots of earthyness and hops in the nose. A little spice.

T - Wow, pretty darn hoppy, earthy, floral notes. Chocolately malts. a little boozyness, roasted malts, a little citrus, like orange rind. Very complex.

M - Moderate carbonation, creamy smooth texture

D - Really drinkable, very different. A highly hopped, roasted malt pilsner? Yes please! Hats off to the three brewers for throwing another curve ball into brewing styles. You did it once with the black IPA. This is in the same light.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this one back in March, way before the release date and was quite impressed by it. Now that the beer is finished and bottled I was excited to get the chance to try the finish product, thanks to Joey for bringing in a bottle to La Bella Pizza last night.

The beer was a cola color, not completely dark, with some mahogany highlights when held to the light. A nice inch of foam topped the beer and displayed some excellent retention and some soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Lemony, herbal, and earthy hoppinness assault the nostrils, hints of coffee, lemon verbena, hints of sage, "hot" hop bitterness that lingers in the back of the throat when you breathe in deeply. Kind of hard to pin down the malts. Hints of brown sugar with a very lemony/herbal aroma combination. A bit of hot alcohol in the background. Very unique and interesting hop profile.

The taste follows the aroma with a rush of herbal and flowery bitterness with a little lemon, toast, coffee, dry and bitter chocolate, and a touch of earthiness by the end. Long lasting bitterness with a semi-dry finish. Light carbonation with a pretty clean hop bitterness on the tongue. Fairly easy to drink for the high alcohol. Wouldn't mind having this one again.

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Photo of LupulinLoverSD
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- As advertised, this beer is indeed very dark. Head retention was decent, but certainly not Stout/Porter like as the color would indicate. Clarity was very good. Poured it into a Pilsner glass.

S- Not as toasty as the word "Black" would lead you to believe. In fact, the predominant initial scent I get is licorice. You can tell there are other things going on here, this beer seems very complex. Hard for me to put my finger on anything else.

T- There is no doubt that this is indeed rooted in the Pilsner style. The spicy hops are prominent and again the licorice seems to be coming through. This reminds me of other Imperial Pilsners I have had, but with a bit more maltiness. There is no mistaking this is a strong beer, but you wouldn't know it's 10%ABV until the last few sips.

M- Not terrible viscous. No sign of the carbonation problem that was rumored to have "delayed" the release of this beer.

D- Considering the size of this bad boy, I'd say that I could take down one more of these than say a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. That's saying a lot since I really like that beer too. Good job on blurring the lines of style yet again Stone.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a New Belgium globe glass, this beer appears black with brown hues. The head is tan in color and settles to a thin foamy layer that sticks around. A few streaks of lacing cling to the glass.

S- Lots of pine and citrus fruit with an herbal, almost minty characteristic to the hop profile. In the background are notes of roasted barley and maybe some bitter dark chocolate or cocoa powder. Anyway, you do get some of this beer's "dark" qualities in the smell. The 10% ABV is noticeable, but it's pretty well-hidden.

T- A good amount of earthy hop bitterness that possesses the same herbal aspect of the smell. Light flavors of tropical fruits fight for attention with flavors of burnt malts and bitter chocolate . There's little indication of this beer's high alcohol content. The finish is very dry and leaves lots of tangy hop flavor lingering on the palate.

M- Slightly creamy, medium-bodied and smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. The beer ever so slightly coats the palate as it hits room temp. Seems like the right feel for a 10% ABV black Pilsner.

D- Dangerously drinkable. I had to pace myself with this one and I'm glad I bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of Overlord
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very, very dark brown. The interior does indeed look black, though the edging is most definitely brown. Gigantic bubbling tan head that didn't die through the entire drinking session.

Smells overwhelmingly of earthy, mineral-y, breadiness. Maybe a bit of citrus, grapefruit, and pine to the nose, but it's definitely more earthy than expected.

Flavor is a bit strange. A biting, earthy hop undercurrent, a bit of roasted malt, and definitely some citrus. The bready/yeastiness is almost entirely swallowed up by the hops. Let it linger on your tongue and the grapefruit explodes.

Just what is that almost dirt-like aftertaste and earthy quality to this? Is it roasted malt that's been transformed by a titanic amount of hops? It ends up feeling like an acrid, charred earth aftertaste. If it was supposed to provide balance, it is instead a real distraction.

Good mouthfeel, not particularly drinkable for me.

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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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