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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 15/20
nuplastikk (4667) - 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 (3516) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dekester1 (323) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2010
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 Point has made a great new brew with 2012! It poors very dark with an amber head. Aromas include light coffee and a hint of cacoa. The taste is smooth and flavorful and it goes well with a good pizza. I definitely recommend it - or at least a try.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
reliantkcar (102) - USA - APR 4, 2010
cereal, resin, cheese, black, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, light body, thin feel, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle pours a deep dark black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is dominated by the roasted malts with coffee and chocolate notes present. Starts out sweet for a second but then you get a hint of hop bitterness followed by the chocolate and coffee-like roasted malt bitter finish. Surprisingly easy to drink for a dark ale yet it leaves you wanting more. Overall a decent value beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Really confused. Saw this as a shwartzbier. Now a brown? Always a pleasure to be one of the first few to get a crack at rating a new brew. [A] Pleasant aroma. Light chocolately. Some smoky roast, and a light coffee. Subtle, but pronounced, with a lagery yeastiness @ some point? Must be the malts. [A] Pours an almost opaque, ruby-hued black. Or almost thin-coffee brown. With a silky, active. Tan-brown head that withers to a skimpy foam. [F] Hops start with a crisp flash of bitter. Nothing big. Followed by some dark fruit. Touch of that smoky roast and chocolate. Followed by another flash of a clean finishing bitter that imparts a citrusy bite. Yeast. Doughy afterward. And a mingled linger of it all. More depth than I had assumed, but still lacking. [P] Mouth is light and thin. The bitter quality is likeable. Not an exteme brew. Drinkable. But there are much more sessionable brews. [O] $5.49 a 6pack. Can’t go wrong. This was a pretty agreeable brew. Nothing over the top. I will still give this brew some points.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jstraw (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Black with decent, fizzy, foamy head / Weak nose of roasted barley / Light to medium body, some chewiness, with decent finish / Flavors of roast barley and coffee / A good effort for Point.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Very deep amber color with a foamy tan head that vanished rather quickly. Roasted and grainy aroma and a relatively malty body but this brew is rather bitter and a little lacking on flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2623) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2010
The second rating, wow I’m floored! Anyways this poured a black color with a beige head. The aroma is dark chocolate and caramel. The flavor is rather bitter with some toffee, coffee, and chocolate going on. This is far from a brown ale and more like a schwarz, but the ale yeast makes it........well dare I say its own beast!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Yes! First to rate this! Pours a lasting ring of tan head with a dark brown body. Aromas are roasted. Flavor is roasted with an earl grey tea type of flavor. Body is thin with a slight metallic hint.

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