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RATINGS: 248   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...


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3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2010
Rating #61 for this brew. $3.99 12oz. [A] Figgy licorice. Slightly smoky, charred, peppery chocolate aroma. Vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit. Astringent booze. Interesting. [A] Pours an attractive looking, thick and stouty brown, sitting black in snifter, ruby around edges. Gorgeous brown cap that immediately recedes to nothing. [F] Upfront and mid is more IPA/Black ale. Coffee/foreign stout flavors with hops. Pepper, fig and chocolatey coffee don’t exactly thrill the palate on finish. Raisins and botanicals. It is quite an odd mix. Something I don’t like here. Cloying, lingering finish isn’t really hoppy bitter, nor enjoyable. Peppery. I will admit complexity. But that’s like saying "I swallowed chewed bubblegum and whole peanuts. See if you can find them in my poop." [P] This ale and its characteristics don’t make for a drinkable brew in my book. 12 ounces is enough tonight. Kind of in-between liking it and hating it. Hops are decent. Mouth is slightly boozy. Light carbonation. Medium feel. Still not enjoying pepper or dark fruitiness together. [O] Never had a Firestone. Never had a 21st Amendment. I hear great things. But as for this Stone collabo. No. Not tonight. Maybe another time. But not tonight. I don’t think this brew was exceptional at all. Read Brynildson’s story on the back of the bottle. He was probably shxtfaced when they got together to make this brew. Moreso than I am reviewing it. That may be the best explanation for this. This brews’ complexity can’t compensate for its flaws. 3.0 on a count of A/A. Sorry guys. Ech.


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 (3705) - 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 (1279) - 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 (2964) - 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 (1772) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1491) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2012
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
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.


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