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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
woodychevy (408) - - FEB 13, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
LinusStick (2879) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Blah...a boring beer, though I think this should be labeled a schwarzbier even though it is an ale. Has a lot more common with a schwarz than a brown ale. Regardless....not very good. Aroma was nice. Dark roasted malt with a borderline coffee note. Pour was a standard dark brown with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste very thin and watery. Mostly roasted malt with a old stale coffee aftertaste. Nice carbonation that actually seems like it blocks out some flavor. Typical beer from this brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a dark , near black brown with a small head. Aroma: mild roasted malts, fruity, some passing notes of licorice, mild hops. Thinnish body. Decent depth, good balance. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Very deep brown, nearly black, decent lacing, small faded tan head, not very viscous... Loads of generic caramel, mild roast/burnt aroma... Fake sweet flavor, no real hops... Burnt candied caramel flavor, medium to medium light bodied, has a flat cola feel to it, a very slight bit creamy, a little sticky... Hopefully this is old...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Black nectar that folds into the glass with a huge light brown head. Nose is caramel and molasses. Nice and creamy on the palate, the taste is a nice blend of burnt roasted malt, coffee, with hints of chocolate and toffee. Mild finish, no bitterness. Very good beer, one of Point’s finest. Pairs well with chili or cheese and crackers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (5901) - 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 (6248) - 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 (9415) - 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 (1731) - 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

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