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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...


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chubbz (3) - California, USA - APR 22, 2010 does not count
Got this at Monterey Deli in SF (best specialty beer store in SF). Black body with huge soft tan head. Smells chocolatey and fruity, figs and raisins. Taste is slightly sweet, nice warming alcohol up front and in aftertaste, with chocolate, licorice, and raisiny flavors. Amazing beer. I don;t know why they call it ale, its way more like an imperial stout...

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Black with huge, foamy, chocolate milkshake head / Nose of candied chocolate, tobacco, roast coffee, and toffee / Medium body, chewy, with good balance and long, dry finish / Winey flavors of roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, fig, grass, and dry hops / Outstanding.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (693) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
Starts off looking and smelling like an imperial stout. Black as night with a rocky brown head and roasty, slightly vegetal aroma. At the start when it was fairly cold, it tasted like a straight up heavy stout with good alcohol to malt balance and a mild sweetness in the background. As it warmed up, a slight vegetal flavor developed. I then tried a bit of dark chocolate and the next sip hit me with an herbal flavor like that of a fine gin! It definitely got very interesting as it warmed up! A very unique beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Divine beer. Great tan head: lasting, with tightly packed bubbles and thick, glass-clinging lace. Amazing texture: fully, meaty and chewy, yet not overly cloying. Creamy carbonation. Quite a bit going on in the flavor department, although the dark-roasted grains and dark chocolate stand out the most. Other notes of woodsy spices, pepper, grapefruit and grass become more evident as the beer warms. Alcohol is hidden dangerously well. Perfect amount of bitterness to cleave off the sweetness (toffee, molasses and chocolate). Wonderful beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2183) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2010
mmmmm Yummmmm. Got a small to medium sized thick creamy foamy brown tan head with lots of lace. Color is opaque brown black. Aroma is roast malt black pepper dark ripe fruit and spices. Flavor is like aroma with well balance bittersweetness and maybe a little bit of cocoa. Don’t pick up the figs and don’t know what Chia smells like. Body is rich creamy soft and divine with great carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has a lengthy finish with warming of both alcohol and black pepper. Session for sipping. Excellent beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 3, 2011
Vollmundiger schokolasiger Antrunk, sehr cremig. Weiterhin äußerst vollmundig, gleichzeitig stark süffig. Bis zum Ende nur minimal alkoholisch. Harmonisch, deutliche Kafeenoten aber nur wenig Röstigkeit. Super! 13/14/13/12//13

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Black with a creamy light brown head. Complex aroma of floral spices fig and chocolate with hints of pepper. Bright palate with a slightly fuzzy mouthfeel. Nice rich fruit and fig flavors earthy spices and lingering chocolate and pepper on the back end.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1785) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Appearance: Pours a jet black with a large sudsy tan head that eventually subsides to a dense creamy 1/8 inch cap. The cap leaves behind a decent amount of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Big savory spice and pepper notes right off the bat. A modest bit of roast after you get past the spice.

Taste: Black pepper, coffee roast, wood, fennel seed and other aromatic spices. Lingering roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied and very modest carbonation. You feel a decent amount of fizz, but the spices deceive your tongue as to how much is fizz and how much is spice.

Overall: A nice dry spicy strong savory dark beer. The roasted malt and the spices go well with each other. Tastes very fresh. I’d love to make beef stew with this as well as possibly marinading a tri tip in this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
wow, great stuff! seamless style menagerie of flavors, yummy! will def pick up a few more of these!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Poured from 12 oz bottle. This 12 oz was $4 at my local specialty liquor store and I was a bit hesitant to try it, but my affection for Stone as one of my favorite breweries pushed me to do it and I’m glad I did. Aroma is of dark fruit, figs, malt, and liquor. Appearance wise, this is pitch black with a thick rich head. Taste wise, it’s everything I was hoping Bell’s 9000 Batch would be...rich, complex, and well balanced. I’m getting a wide arrange of tastes from plums to figs to chocolate. It’s not too heavy, just right. A definite special occasion beer.


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