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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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...


DrnkMcDermott's rating

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Psytron (1395) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2014
Smell of hops, sugar. Amber colour, white head. Aroma of hops, sugar, orange peel. Medium bitter, slightly sweet. Oily texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"a big beer with a flavor and aroma profile resembling a strong schwarz (i see your shawarz is as big...). anyway. chocolate and hops in the aroma. medium to full bodied. you can taste the sweetness on the figs and a touch of the pepper, but while i love all the parts, the final product is a little bit of a muddled beer. slightly too aggressive to be great, and while still good, one of my least favorite stone beers. maybe it’ll grow on me...i started out not caring much for it, and liked it by the end..."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle shared by Bacterial! Very dark brown caramel pour, light ring of lasting carbonation and an aroma of hops and roasty nuts. Flavor is chocolate, fennel, hints of licorice, and finished with some sweet raising. Interesting (but good) beer!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1725) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Dark brown pour with just a slight tan head. Thin, reddish hue at the edges of the liquid. Spices, malt and lots going on in the nose. Nice taste, lots of stuff going on with a slightly sweet and chocolate bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NICKBAINS (10) - Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2014
Dark black with a huge laced head. Aroma was very candi with spices and vanilla/chocolate. Toast, vanilla, chocolate, spices, wood and a long hop finish. Medium carbonation, very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4157) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3078) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

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 hoppiness.

16 fl. oz. pint (draught) at Dutch’s in Cincinnati, Ohio.
12 fl. oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #244 for this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2291) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2013
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.


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