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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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   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 donít exactly thrill the palate on finish. Raisins and botanicals. It is quite an odd mix. Something I donít like here. Cloying, lingering finish isnít really hoppy bitter, nor enjoyable. Peppery. I will admit complexity. But thatís like saying "I swallowed chewed bubblegum and whole peanuts. See if you can find them in my poop." [P] This ale and its characteristics donít 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 donít think this brew was exceptional at all. Read Brynildsonís 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 brewsí complexity canít compensate for its flaws. 3.0 on a count of A/A. Sorry guys. Ech.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Dark, dark cherry color with a tall light brown colored head. Hops dominate the aromas with some minor darker malt nuances in the background. Fairly light in feel. Light sweet licorice in the front, not as much of a turn off as usual for me, but still not real high on my list of pleasantries. Middle has a mix of red vines and darker malt. Finish gets darker, with some roastiness and ash working their way in. Some blueberries seem to work in as well. Young, perhaps; or perhaps just not quite balanced. There are parts I really like followed by some, not so much. 2/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Psytron (1919) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (10131) - 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 itíll grow on me...i started out not caring much for it, and liked it by the end..."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2020) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2822) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, 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 Dutchís in Cincinnati, Ohio.
12 fl. oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #244 for this beer.

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