The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPAThe Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HopHead84 on 12-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


Stone / Ninkasi / The Alchemist More Brown Than Black IPA: Appearance: thick, black with grey specks; Taste/Mouthfeel: oatmeal, tobacco ash; bad

The name is far and away the biggest misnomer I've come across in beer yet!

Poured into a pint glass.

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a: served in a unibroue tulip, the pour creates a healthy coating of khaki carbonation, retained well atop the brown-black ale

s: oh man, a stunner here - fantastic fresh pine hop aromas and a rich blend of nutty, toasted brown malts, lots of woody and herbal influence - notably thyme, rich and spicy tropical fruit juice, loads of fresh hop pulp, just great, an intoxicating aroma

m: carbonated to somewhere between light and moderate, combining with a medium body to create a full, creamy effect

t: the same near perfect complex of toasty brown malts and vivid pine and tropical hop flavors found on the nose, only a brief touch of sugars, woody, some dry roasted flavors pulling through in the bitter finish, delicious

o: love it - best cascadian I’ve had by a mile, perfectly hopped, complex brown malts, fuck yeah

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Smell is like a double IPA, but deeper. Super hoppy, but without being overpowering.

Taste is bitter up front, fruity in the middle, and sour/bitter in the back.

There is a lot of West Coast hop profile to this, but Alchemist does bring something new and unexpected. Good beer.

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The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA from Stone Brewing
4.07 out of 5 based on 647 ratings.
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