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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1014) - 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 (3362) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
EithCubes (5089) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle. Sweet sticky malt with light fruit and roast, chocolate with some brown sugar and powdery mocha. Dark colored with brown and red highlights, rocky soft light brown head. Medium-full body is lightly chalky and dusty, has some near-authentic German roastiness, finishes significantly drier than it starts, sticky with a little metallic character and significant burnt char. Pass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2010
SAVOR, 12oz bottle. Small tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, roast, faint smoke. taste is medium sweet, roast, some caramel, faint burnt. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pkbites (695) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Who’s getting head from this? I always pour right down the middle of the glass and I got nothing but a thin layer of foam on top, it died almost immediately. Black, coffee color. Nutty, malty, yeasty smell is nice, but the cold coffee with chocolate syrup flavor is not to my liking. Somewhat of a nutty/malty finish. Nice try but in this style you can do better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
theaudist (46) - Alabama, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Picked this one up because I needed one last spot filled in the MYO 6pack. Aroma was fantastic with lots of strong smells to get lost in. Chocolate, nutty, yeasty smells permeated with a bitter earthy smell. Creamy to foamy mouthfeel and tastes strongly of either dark cocoa or coffee. For what I paid for it, a really good solid beer and a neat aroma, but nothing groundbreaking or, dare I say, world ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chrisv10 (11390) - DENMARK - JUN 1, 2010
Sample. Dark brown with tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel and nuts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpreo (1775) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 Delicious, roasted coffee flavored beer. Dark and thick, a smooth drink. What better way to go down in the end of the world than drinking beer?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Appearance: Pours a near black body with an inch and a half head of beige-colored foam. Smell: A pleasant enough intermingling of various notes: Breakfast Blend coffee, toasted nuts, toasted bread, and standard chocolate. Taste: Roasty, toasty malts yield tastes of sugar sweetened, though not particularly bold coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and (lightly) Brazil nuts. Subtle hop presence displays a lightly earthy herbaceousness and a suitable amount of bitterness. Splash of store-brand cola on the otherwise coffee-hinted, crisp finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: Easily drinkable and approachable and fairly reminiscent of the Schwarzbier style. While I haven’t had a slew of beers from Stevens Point Brewery, this has been one of the better ones.

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