screigh (459) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice black color that has some red hues when held to a light. No head at all on my pour. Aroma is malty and bready. Taste is malty and balanced. Hints of a porter in the background. And I agree with another rater, more in line with a schwarzbier than an ale. To get lager like character out of an ale is interesting.
bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 March Madness 2011
Aroma - slight aroma
Appearance - black, clear?
Taste - Like a light imperial stout. Smoky
Palate - medium, smooth
Overall - Yummy!
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours near-black with a quick brown head and modest lacing. Nose is brown sugar, some coffee, and a little hops and earthiness. Flavor is less potent and mostly a generic dark-malt in character. Hops come out a little on the back, as does some oakiness. Finish is quick and bland. It’s drinkable but nothing special here.
crossovert (7387) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Crappy brown ale, or black ale, or whatever the hell you want to call it, pure marketing.
wlajwl (3872) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light in almost every way, tastes a little like New Belgium’s offerring, although not nearly as good.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) black with tan head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor of roast malts, slightly sweet. Does taste more like a schwarzbier than a brown ale, and isn’t really a porter or stout ("real" black ales)
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ughsmash. Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of caramel, dark fruit, spicy. Tastes of roasted malt, spicey, earthy, peppery, rich malt with some nuttiness on the finish. Unusual.
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Pours a deep mahogany hue with a lasting beige head but left minimal lace. The aroma has notes of charred black malts, some roast, nuts and chocolate, a bit dark bread and some herbal esters. The taste is roasted and very slightly sweet with a dollop of prune twang. Some coffee, chocolate and lots of ashy notes as well. Underlying nuttiness throughout this beer. The mouth feel is a tad thin, soft and chalky. While okay I could not help to think that Point has indeed done an ale yeast driven schwarzbier without the character of the black lager. What it’s not is a Black IPA, almost no bitterness.
drunkenbum84 (73) - kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice brown ale brewed by the fine folks at the Stevens Point Brewery. While Point Special Lager will always be my favorite of theirs, this is a darn good offering. Pours almost black with a thin head, rich maltiness abounds with only a slight hoppieness, a very nice beer.
woodychevy (354) - - FEB 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on tap at Folly Beach Brewing Co. Pours very dark with a generous tan head that lasted. Easy drinking beer- nice and smooth. Not overly hoppy although could be made more interesting with addition of more/ different hops. Not too heavy for a dark beer and a hint of the flavours (coffee, toasted malts, chocolate) that make these darker beers so intriguing. Would order this again on tap, but wouldn’t buy bottled version.