17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Have one to rate now but I remember what I thought about it a year ago, and it’s been in the fridge the whole time too. Pours a very dark brown color with a smaller frothy light brown head. Aroma is fairly fruity with just a faint roast, a bit buttery maybe. Flavor follows but more roast, bit of coffee, finishing with more fruit, grain and lightly buttery, similar to an English ale, quite smooth overall though and has really maintained over the past year. Medium/light bodied with nice spritzy carbonation, easy to drink and just a little bit slick but not sticky. Reminds me of the Guinness schwarzbier. Little bit of plummy bitterness is coming through.
screigh (462) - 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 (133) - 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 (7565) - 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 (3929) - 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 (6083) - 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.