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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Bottle. Poured a darker brownish color with a one finger head. Aroma was caramel, bread, and nuts. Flavor was very roasty, and nutty. Thin body. Better than average though. Most points aren’t that good but this one was better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3209) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 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. Above average beer espically for Point I guess you could call this a schwartz ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2010
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Deep red-brown body, thin off-white head. Nose of sweet chocolate, molasses, and toast. Sweet Hershey’s syrup body with molasses and licorice, light and somewhat cloying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arkurzynski (1519) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Due to experience with pretty much every Point beer, was nervous to try this, but it had to be done. Pours brown-black with a plethora of creamy mocha-colored head. Aroma, like all Point beers, is thin. Faint roasted malts and just a hint of floral hops, the latter of which is fairly pleasant. Pretty blah taste - mostly roasted malts with a slightly dry/hoppy finish. A bit of a syrupy taste as well (Leinie’s crappy Fireside Nut brown comes to mind). Not all together terrible, but wouldn’t have again or recommend to anyone. Glad I was able to buy as a build-your-own.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (1953) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Pours dark brown with a 1-2 finger creamy, caramel brown head that fades to a thick skim and ring after a few minutes and leaves some lacing. Aroma is roasted nuts, caramel, planty hops, a bit of roast, light tree fruit and light charred wood notes. Flavor is sweet malt, toast, roast, nuts, a hint of smoke and vague fruity notes. Dark caramela little char and planty hops finish it out. Palate is fairly light bodied, a little sticky on entry and basically neutral to the finish with a light, sharp carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours black, just as described. I get literally nothing on the aroma. Slightly burnt and hoppy on the flavor. Not an amazing beer, but I appreciate what they’re trying to do here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rader58 (778) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Pours a dark black with dark tan head. Aroma of roasted/burnt grain and salty ocean air. Flavor is roasted malt with a slightly sour citrus undertone followed by touch of coffee and bitterness of hops. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2010
Received 12-oz bottle via trade with with Ughsmash. Pours a dark cola brown colored brew with a decent sized tannish beige head that slowly dissipates to a film top. Nice lacing throughout. Aroma of chocolate malt, floral hops, a hint of allspice, cream tartar, and some light yeast. Taste is medium bodied, some burnt chocolate malt, floral hops, roasted nuts and toffee. Finish is semi-dry with some burnt dark malt and chocolate aftertaste. The burnt malt lingers a little but it’s still quite tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2010
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is malty: sweet and a little roasty. Flavor is roasted malt, nuts, a little chocolate with a lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (3305) - Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2010
Aroma is malty with a subtle undertone of molasses and a whisper of yeast. It pours a nice opaque sable with a fairly thick and fluffy beige head. Flavor is malty and a little sweet, having a hint of molasses, but not too strong. Texture is a little on the watery side and just a little fizzy.

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