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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (2267) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2014
@ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear, very dark brown with a long-lasting tan head, streaks of lace. Taste is light malt that grows into caramel as it moves through the palate, turning politely bitter in the finish. An agreeable quaff, but nothing exceptional, or even memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
Rated on 4-14-2011 (Bottle) This beer pours a small smooth semi-fizzy tan head that mostly diminishes, opaque dark brown body, fast rising carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malt, chocolate, roasted, and light hops. The taste is malt, some chocolate, roasted, and burnt. The mouthfeel is soft and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this beer is just ok as it does not afford much character and the flavor could be enhanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (6951) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours near black with a tan head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has notes of dark bread with some chocolate and a bit of roasted malts backing. Flavor is mainly dark grains and dark bread with a hint of roasted malts and chocolate. A bit thin on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3230) - NORTHERN IRELAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle at home from brew 52
best point beer so far. complex inviting nose of burnt toast, molasses and a touch of licorice. Hazy dark brown with frothy beige head. medium body and carbnation. toast, coffee, plums, roast cocoa, pretty decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
barbarino2000 (81) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Roasty and toasty, but its not the mosty. Thin and average. Won't seek it out, but I'd take it in a desperate situation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fattybladdy (613) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
This beer looks pretty solid, dark brown with thin layer of disappearing head. Some roasty malt and grain in the scent. Taste is roasted malts and light chocolate. Surprisingly not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grumbo (630) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn. Pours out almost black with a thin tan coloured head. Roasted, nutty aroma. Slightly oily texture. Low carbonation. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (8464) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2014
355ml bottle bought last July at Sourced Market, St Pancras in London. Fawn-coloured head to a deep, mahogany coloured body. Minimal lacing. Roasted malty nose, hints of prunes. Sweet taste of black malts and dark fruits. Vague bitterness to the ending. Smooth in the mouth. Gives a rather bland impression (shared with Finn, Tromsø 05.03.2014).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (4402) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2014
UK version. Flaske 0,355 l. Spandert av Rune og delt under seanse i WCveien 5 Mar. 14. Dyp dyp amber. Nesten svart. Lavt, litt farget skum som flater ut. Svakt røstet aroma. Smaken svakt fruktig. Antydning til røstet malt. Litt slapp.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jerseyjohn71 (202) - 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,

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