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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jerseyjohn71 (140) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2014 I will bet the mayan’s made better beer with more flavor,,, good light beer,, hope its better in 2015,,coffee, roasty, resin, raisin, lightly bitter, red, black, clear, tan foam, medium body, creamy, thin feel,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (1416) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to s_hartshorne. Black beer with no head. Aroma of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, a dash of coffee and chocolate and some liquorice toffee. some carbonation. I enjoyed this more than I was expecting. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
llcooldave (1032) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Black in the glass with a soapy coffee like head. Clean roasted malt flavor with a hint of mocha. Very smooth on the palate. Slightly detectable aroma of more roasted malt and coffee. Overall, not a bad brew. I could purchase more...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (343) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle. A- Coffee, cocoa, roasty, nutty. A- Dark color, dark liquid, beige head. T- Coffee, slightly malty, slightly sweet, cocoa, smokey. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, mild finish. O- A nice schwarzbier. Decently rich and complex and balanced fairly well. A little smokey but not overly so.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
s_hartshorne (625) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle uk version. Black red colour shortlived tan head. Weak aroma o roasted malts. Taste is sweet nuts and roasted malts. Thin to medium body strong carbonation. Nothing terrible but nor is it special by anymeans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bkurtz (725) - PERU - JAN 16, 2014
Pours dark brown with a smallish head. Toasted malt aroma. Finishes dry for a decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
olliejobbins (701) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours dark black with thin head. Aroma is pretty much of nothing. Weak malts. Taste is much the same...weak bodied. A shame.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle - Pours black with a thin tan ring of head. Nose is dry and nutty, with some lightly roasted dark malt and a touch of sourness. Taste is nutty, with dark bread and a bit of dark fruit that lingers in the mouth through the long finish. Some molassess and graininess as well. Thinnish with mellow carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3716) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle. Black with a small head. Slightly malty and creamy. Pleasant but not one that stands out at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (2179) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2013
355ml bottle at home, 5.2% version. Pours very dark brown with reddish tints, tiniest ring of off-white head. Aromas of liquorice and dark sugar, some stone fruit. Taste is sweet, with a short roasted bitterness coming through at the end. Not bad.

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