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Inspired by the mystery of the ancient Mayan “Long Count” round calendar, Stevens Point Brewery’s brewmasters have created 2012 Black Ale, a dark, robust brew to satisfy beer lovers’ tastes any day of the year. In addition to the Mayan calendar mystery, 2012 Black Ale is inspired by traditional German “schwarzbier,” or black beer. German-style schwarzbiers typically are lagers, but we saw this beer is an opportunity to be more creative. We brewed our interpretation of black beer as an ale, which means more hops as well as fruity notes that come from using an ale yeast. The use of roasted malts adds a slightly burnt character to the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
screigh (462) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigben873 (133) - Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2011
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
crossovert (7565) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Crappy brown ale, or black ale, or whatever the hell you want to call it, pure marketing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wlajwl (3929) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Light in almost every way, tastes a little like New Belgium’s offerring, although not nearly as good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2011
(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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunkenbum84 (73) - kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2011
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.

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