DrnkMcDermott (2714) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler at Finnegan’s, Plainfield, April 3. Oh, yeah, black as coal… they’ve just announced closing time, but I don’t think I need anything more. But I need to "speed rate:" Full black, taste and smell has stout-y astringency in spades. Comes across like potting soil with treacle and smoked malt thrown in. But God save me, I love it so.
travita (3475) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to somebody, rating from my backlog. The look is dark, a beige to tan decent head, and brown to black in color. The smell is sweet, floral, spiced. The taste is sweet, fruits, floral, and ok.
PriorL (880) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone".
Only found back scores, not ratings.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewvival 2011, on tap. Dark black body small creamy tan head
Sweet roast chocolate and caramel flavor
Sweet roast chocolate caramel and fruit flavor
Medium full body mod carb
shigadeyo (2917) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/20/2010: Stone El Camino Unreal Black Ale... Aroma:
Rich, caramelized malts; citrus hard candy. Appearance: Deep, dark
brown; 2-finger brown head; lattice-like lacing. Flavor: Dry, roasty
malts; pine/spruce hops; slightly dry, roasty char finish; subtle
black peppercorns. Palate: Medium-full body; smooth; not sticky.
Overall: Nice brew; I like the hop character.
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1/27/2011: 21st Amendment/Firestone Walker/Stone El
Camino (Un)real Black Ale... Aroma: Yeasty and roasty chocolate;
mineral characteristic; sharp leafy hops. Appearance: Near black
color, opaque; lasting, foamy brown-colored head. Flavor: Dry
chocolate; notes of roasted malt and coffee; oily citrusy hops
(tangelo) that open up as the beer breathes; Palate: Medium to
medium-full body; VERY smooth and creamy; calm mouthfeel. Overall:
Very solid; I like the dark roasty flavors melded with the citrus
16 fl. oz. pint (draught) at Dutch’s in Cincinnati, Ohio.
12 fl. oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #244 for
maekchu (1457) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Whole Foods El Segundo. Light coffee aroma with some gentle spice. Very dark brown with a thick plug-like dark tan head. Sweet and sugary initial, with some pleasatn dark fruitiness / mid gets fruitier and adds some very light pepper / finishes smoothly, with some peppery notes and alcohol warmth. Medium-heavy body. Pepper notes come out, but other spices/herbs not so much. Three good breweries, and a pretty good beer.
JPDurden24 (1378) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle, a dark black pour with a tan head. Aroma of some figs and chocolate and a little minor smoke. Taste has similar with some molasses with the figs, and a nice hoppy and spicey flavor. Good Stuff!
Dogbrick (6822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the DBLDP on 09/02/2012: The beer pours black with a medium light brown head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of figs, caramel malt and chocolate. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, peppery hops and pine. The finish is roasty with an earthy malt and spice aftertaste. Good beer all around.
BBB63 (5597) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botlle (thanks Joe Popeck) and served in nonik pint glass: Pours basically opaque with a creamy beige head and very nice lace. The first thing that jumps out at you about the nose of the brew is the heavy influence of fig and bready dark malts... yep it smell much like a fig newton! You can detect the fennel and peppercorns as well surrounded by rich chocolate, ashy and caramelized malts. Leathery, yeasty, and even a tad creme brulee vapours dance about. One thing you can not smell is any hops.
The taste is sweet, syrupy, and loaded with figgy overtones. What others spices are in the brew are masked by the constant bullying of the figs and dark malts. There is a dash of coffee-ish bittering found here and there but basically no accounting for any hop character (I got a feeling it is there but impossible to find). The mouth feel is quite sticky, smooth and warming... very Imperial Stout like on the palate.
Overall it is an interesting beer but methinks I would have liked to seen the fig less pronounced and perhaps the bit more peppercorn (and hop character). The parts are better than the whole... messy.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and lightly caramelized malts with some brown sugar, dark fruits, black licorice, grapefruit and pine hops, and a bit of coffee and booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of caramel malts and caramelized sugars with some brown sugar and black licorice, with a touch of grapefruit and tropical hops. Through the middle, some pine hop flavor with some bitterness comes through with some pepper, nutty, cocoa, and coffee flavors. The finish is a mix of dark fruit sweetness with some brown sugar, caramelized malts, cocoa, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly thick with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice big but balanced dark ale with some interesting spices and other ingredients that add some nice complexity.
eringel2 (7) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is as black as it can be. I held it up 2 inched from a light bulb and could only see black. The head on it was perfect for a 12oz beer in a pint glass. This beer is exquisitely smooth with fantastic complexity. There are very definite coffee and chocolate notes but of varying degrees throughout the tasting. Velvet-like mouthfeel. Finishes with a slight dark coffee flavor; which is still very pleasant.