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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
twindadplus2 (590) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2010
Thick and black with a thin dark tan head. Heavy roasted malt and dark coffee aroma. Flavors of espresso, dark chocolate and roasted nutty maltiness. Full bodied and thick mouth feel with a tingly bitterness present throughout right to the long roasted finish. It’s good though it’s heavier than any brown ale I’ve had before. Point has disappointed me with these specialty brews before bu this one scores as one of their best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3751) - - APR 25, 2010
12oz bottle. a very dark brown, almost black, under a small, fizzy, tan head. nuts, sweet toffee aroma. the flavor is nutty with toffee as well. palate is light with a good bit of carbonation. a bitter, burnt aftertaste. even though is uses ale yeast, it still reminds me more of a schwarzbier than a brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2010
Great beer! It had a nice roasted/chocolate/nut flavor married to a light sweet malt flavor. Then it finishes clean and clear...which is great because it makes you keep diving in for another drink!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2010
12 oz bottle from TC Craft. Pour is pretty much black with a decent tan head that quickly fades to not much. Not much in the aroma either, a bit of roasted nuttiness. Flavor is a nutty/chocolate/roasty combo with a bit of a chalky finish. Not bad but not great either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2010
Bottle. A brown ale? Well, the color was black... Either way, the pour was quite dark, as dark as a stout, and had a slight aroma of chocolate, a little coffee, roast, and some toasted malt. Flavor was a huge disappointment. Imagine a light pale ale, take out the hops, and add just enough black malt to darken the beer but give it relatively no flavor; this was that beer. I don’t care that it wasn’t close to style, it just didn’t taste good in any way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7121) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2010
Bottled. Poured deeper brown with a nice and rich cap of dark tan head.. set up nicely in the glass. The aroma was sweet, sweet, sweet (and lightly roasty) with molasses and honey driving it.. lesser nutty notes and coffee.. fresh overall complexion, but I couldn’t pinpoint any particular hops. The flavor found similar.. sweet, lightly-roasty molasses and tar at the core with coffee and earthy bitterness around.. light smoke and sweet vanilla as well.. finished with toasted molasses, smoky char, and earthy bitterness. Light-medium bodied and sweet on the palate.. the smoke and fresh bitterness worked well here.. tacky at times during the drink. This was interesting, and I’ll drink another.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTStiles (734) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2010
Pours black, small tan head, some lacing. Smells mildly sweet with brown sugar. clean and crisp, malty with a sweet finish. Nice taste just not very much of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2010
Very dark brown with a thin tan disappearing head. Aroma of dark malts, licorice, lightly roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Taste just seems to be all dark malts, no real discerning character separate from the rest of the pack. A mild nuttiness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4321) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2010
Draft at OF. Opaque brown-black with a steady off-white to beige head. Sweet aroma. Roasty, yet watery and drinkable. A pretty nice Black Ale, above par for Stevens Point. Actually does the style justice. World class, maybe not, but still a fairly respectable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 5, 2010
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasty and nutty. Slightly sweet. Flavor isn’t as hoppy as I thought it would be. Smooth and sweet malts with a light nutty and roasted follow-up. Finishes very clean and light. Light roasty hint on the palace. Really nice session ale.

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