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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glorydaze (32) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5569) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (4789) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2010
bottle, thanks to to bu11zeye, dark amber pour with a burnt match aroma, caramel, sweet pecan flavors

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Hmmm, brown ale? Anyway, pours black with a quick tan head. Boring roasty aroma. Taste is sweet, a watery roastiness, some almost chocolate notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3193) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2010
It never fails, ever. Whenever Point makes a new beer that becomes available in my area I inevitably buy it. Whole Hog series aside here I just can’t pass them up. They’re $5 to $6 a six pack everywhere. The beer is always drinkable. You never get your expectations crushed because you always think they’re up to some silly-ass shenanigans an the beer usually turns out way better than you thought it would be. Point, keep it up and you’ve got my dedication for at least one six pack every new release. This is saying a lot coming from a guy who prefers to buy singles. 2012 Black Ale, for all it’s silly-ass conceptual marketing, and it’s poor looking label (mixin’ that classic beer logo with the new century Mayan apocalyptic look just sort of clashes) is fine enough beer. The beer pours a black enough color, I’m looking at that bottle there and they must have had a more powerful lightbulb than I to make the beer look as light and translucent as it does in that picture. The beer has a medium semi loose head with a spotty lace. The aroma is basically malty with a nice touch of molasses and some over roasted coffee notes. The flavor follows with a nice coffee character and plenty of fruity hops. Touches of molasses and roasty bitterness shine through as well. Are we sure this isn’t a porter? I swear it tastes, looks, and smells like one.

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