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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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
puggy211 (711) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Pour is a dark brown with a average tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with some smokeyness. Flavor is again a decent roasted malt follwed by a resiny hop toward the end.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3327) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
12oz bottle 9/10/10 (Binny’s Naperville-Singles Rack)-48° in Lager Glass-Pours black with ruby tints and has a small off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, sweetness, and chocolate. Taste of the same with a bit of smoke and licorice. This light to medium bodied brew is not too bad. I don’t see how it can be under the category of Brown Ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4988) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy brown head that produced some lacing. The aroma was bitter and toasty with light fruity and floral undertones. The flavor was dry, malty and bitter with notes of cola, cocoa and faint fruity hops. The finish was long, bitter, malty and a bit hoppy. Fairly full bodied. Decent.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Block (1461) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Black oily pour with a tan head. Malty aroma with caramel. Medium body with a roasted flavor. A lingering smokeyness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1799) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Deep opaque brown with a dense camel-colored head. Aroma is caramel and roasted nut. Taste is also nutty roast with a nice molasses character, and a slight fruity tartness into the finish. Very drinkable, but slightly thinner than expected. $2/12oz

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
silentnoiz (24) - Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Not very hoppy, and more of a burnt flavor than a long roast flavor. Not something I would pour into a glass again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2010
A silky tan head that looks like it came from a nitro tap tops a perfectly black body. The nose has some rich caramel and toffee. There is also a little bit of cocoa and some black bread. The taste is largely day old coffee, especially in the finish. There is some light dark chocolate once you get past the burnt coffee. There is also some soybean hiding. This is overall decent, but a little too much roast for the body, I think.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Nearly opaque black body with a thin, clinging tan head. Light but inviting aroma of chocolate, malt, and a touch of ash. Fairly thin palate with moderate carbonation. Overall sweet taste with malt, chocolate, coffee, and cream announcing their presence. Finishes smooth. One of Point’s best offerings.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wheatyweiss (29) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a czechvar glass. Pours a cola black, almost opaque. Decent sized head is slightly fizzy. Aroma is dark roasted malt, sweet with a dextrose aroma. Smallish coffee and dark cocoa aroma. Flavor is of dark roast malt. Slight flavor of tannin and coffee. Middle brings an aggressive bitterness. Astringent grain comes on the fish with a molasses and burnt coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is very bubbly, not thin but the carbonation is aggressive. The carbonation cuts the swetnes of the grain slightly. Not a bad beer, crisp and full of flavor, just a little thin. Reviewed on: 06-06-2010

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Fratto (2629) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is lots of coffee, baker’s cocoa, and oats. Taste is thin, milky, dark malt, and some late bitterness.


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