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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cavie (3797) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Bottle from Mary’s. Dark reddish brown color. Offwhite head that rings the glass. Aroma of dark malts, roast, and some sweetness. Taste is of dry roast, malty grain. Fairly dry finish. Straight forward.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5549) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clear dark brown, lasting tan bubbles. Nose of chocolate malt, syrup, and toasty caramel. Taste of chocolate malt, cracker, dry grain, and cream with a watery finish and linger of chocolate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glorydaze (34) - Savannah, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Pours quite dark but goes down quite easily. Almost too easily for a dark ale. Sweet chocolate toffee with a light diminishing finish. Not bad for an outside the box style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Quite an interesting "hybrid" style of a brown ale. Hints of chocolate malt, coffee, roasted malt, followed by a hint of fruity esters. Not too bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Bottle: Pours a mostly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a thin ring of wispy light tan head. Has a sweet toasty nutty dark caramel nose with some dark chocolate notes and a hint of sweet corn Starts with decent fullness and fine carbonation with a smooth toasty dark malty sweetness with some earthy dark chocolate bitterness and a touch of coffee before a drier, bittersweet finish. A pretty unique take on schwarzbier/brown ale that has good drinkability, but could use a little more body/sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5727) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is toffee with some chocolate and earthy hops notes. The flavor is toffee and earthy hops with not too much else going on. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a very exciting beer, but nothing too offensive either.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (4856) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a deep brown/black with ruby hings. nose is chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and not much else. nice on teh palate, flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, and a vanilla finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2010
bottle, thanks to to bu11zeye, dark amber pour with a burnt match aroma, caramel, sweet pecan flavors

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Black with a small tan head. Aroma is malty with a slight undertone of molasses and yeast. Malty and a little sweet, with hints of molasses. Also some unsweetened chocolate and a burnt coffee flavor. Slightly metallic, with a dry, flinty finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2010
For a brown ale, I do agree with Point Brewery’s assessment that this is "black", as only the slightest amount of creeps through the brew. However, anything OTHER than holding it up to a light...it’s black. Head it light tan, and quickly fading. Nose is malty and lightly sweet, reminiscent of a doppelbock in some ways. Flavors are nicely balanced between a malty, sweet front and a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. I can see why this is described as a hoppier, ale version of a schwarzbier...the description is apt, as so many aren’t (they often overimbelish, don’t they?). Finish is of medium length, but is mostly dominated by a little bitterness, rather than the other flavors.


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