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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
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Dark brown color/ fleeting tan head. Chocolate, astringent burnt malt aromas. medium bodied. Black licorice, dry chocolate, mildly astringent burnt malt flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
douglas88 (5798) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 Bottle. Pours a dark brown with s small white head. a rich caramel and roast nose. sweet and light; roast chocolate caramel. some smoke. light pine hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Very dark brown pour. Tan head. Molasses, toffee, ash, earth aroma. Flavor has some molasses, very light smoke, brown sugar, and light espresso. Just ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopKitty (59) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Looks like tar with lacing. Aroma is a mix of prunes and black olives. Tastes like expired prunes mixed with guinness. Bottle from J Barleycorn, Nashville.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rustyham (1717) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Great smell of thick eisbock malt, burnt sugar and molasses. Flavor is roasted malt and toast, but disappears rather quickly. This is thick amber malt smoothness at first. An easy, and nice, drink, but not too memorable. Bottle from J Barleycorn, Nashville

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smell is almost entirely dominated by roasted malts with tiny hop notes sneaking in here and there. Definitely more toward a schwarzbier in the nose and taste profiles. Taste is similar with roasted malt being about the only flavor. Mouthfeel is quite thin; body is almost entirely lacking. Drinkability is average. Nothing to make me want the next sip. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-18-2010

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle pours a black brew with a thin tan head. Scent is light roasted malt some caramel and bread. Taste is roasty malts but overall the flavor is not to deep.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
unclemattie (4118) - Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12oz twist-off bottle. Very dark brown color, tan head. Aroma of burnt toast. Flavor has a bit of charcoal, some sweetness, balanced with a bit of hop bitterness. Thin bodied. Simple and black.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (3896) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
12 oz bottle from Monaghan’s. Pours a pitch black body that despite the darkness seems thin and watery with an average sized foamy beige head. Aroma has some decent complexity with notes of cola, light soy, buttered nutts on a shet of aluminum foil and some squashed dark fruit guts. Medium to thinner bodied with average strong to just straight up strong carbonatoin and a quick fading aftertaste of burnt malts. Flavor of slightly burnt toast topped with old tobacco and stale nutts. Yup that about sums this one up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours an opaque black. Thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is toffee, roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is lots of burnt coffee with some subtle dark chocolate notes. Thin mouthfeel and slightly astringent finish. The dark roast and bitterness is too much for the body.

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