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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Ale brewed with fennel seed, chia seed, and pink peppercorns - with mission figs added. In the 1700s and 1800s, missionaries and Native Americans grew a variety of crops along the El Camino Real. Apart from the famous mission grapes, mission figs, barley, and olives, fennel and chia were also grown... (The brewers) tried to recapture some of the historic flavors of the old Camino Real by brewing this beer...


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7940) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2011
Draught Huge dark-cream head with textbook lace over fully black beer. Liquorice drop, resin and some chocolate aromas. Sweet and bitter full chocolate, green dark leaves (aucuba). Some tobacco in the finish and even more liquorice warming up. Well-bodied, quite slick, but lacking flavours in the palate a bit. Nice, if less overpowering great than some other Stone brews. I have to confess never having heard of "chia", so itís no wonder I do not recognize it. Shame on me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(bottle 10/9/10). Black color. Medium tan head. Moderate chocolate aroma with light roastiness. Moderate chocolate/coffee flavor, with light caramel and light roastiness. Avg duration. Light dry finish with light lasting roastiness. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, roasting, grapes, Brett, slight chocolate, light dark fruit, licorice, and some herbs. Poured very dark brown/black in color with a large, creamy, rocky, frothy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, grapes, slight wood, light chocolate, roasting, resin, and wine. Medium to slightly full body. Tingly, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, hop, wood, wine, grape finish is slightly dry. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2279) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle. Moderate to heavy aromas of toasted, molasses and postum for the malt, perfume and resin for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast, with background notes of tar, licorice, alcohol and dried black currant. Head is average size, frothy, light brown with fair but slippery lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is lightly acidic and moderately bittersweet. Palate is full, creamy with an almost flat carbonation, and has a chalky just that borders on gritty finish with a moderate alcohol afterburn. This American Strong Ale is more like an Imperial Stout, but what ever you call it, itís excellent on all levels.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5483) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a medium sized beige head. The nose has roasted malts, herbal and pine hops, peppercorn and dark fruits. The flavor is dark roasted malt, hints of black coffee, pine and spruce, herbal notes, with some mild peppercorn. There is a mild to moderate bitterness in the finish. Interesting, solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11086) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
@Victors Fantasy Tasting-12oz bottle-pours a brown head with trailing lace and black color. Aroma is dark malt-ashy, resin. Taste is dark malt-molasses/ashy/chocolate, resin/earthy hops with some bite.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8491) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle at Victorís tasting at Paulís. Pours black. tan head. Nose/taste of candi sugar, smoked black malt, chocolate and light licorice. Light roast. Medium to full body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1361) - Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle; Pour is murky brown with amber highlights; the nose is fennel , figs, cocoa; I felt like this one really worked overall. The peppercorns are perfectly fused with the fennel , and that is coupled with the chocolate and sweetness from the figs in a way that give you a completely unique brew; which has a finish that adds a bit of bitterness on the tongue at the very end. I enjoyed this experience.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9874) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Bottle poured a clear dark redish brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roastiness, cocoa, fig, vanilla, pepper and a hint of licorice. Palate was medim bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, cocoa, pepper, fig and light licorice with a smooth lingering roasty fuity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (1346) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2011
12oz bottle pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark roasts, herbal characteristics, slight pine, earthiness, and candied malts. Very thick texture here. Chocolate sweetness into spices and finishing with a bitter roasted earthiness. Interesting.


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