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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DBob5150 (198) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Totally solid black body with a medium purplish-tan head. Smells of licorice and coffee. Taste is deep, mildly sweet with licorice, yeast & hops, mild coffee. Finishes clean, slightly astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwik-lime (1382) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2013
100th American beer. Quite light nice enough balance with a hint of vanilla and a dry finish, but none of the flavours are that powerful leaving it a bit bland overall. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gegwilson (1472) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle from Rhythm and Booze, Ripon. Very dark mahogany with no head - almost black. Not much aroma. Slight vegetable smell perhaps. Little in the way of flavours. A bit of vegetable, a touch of coffee and caramel. Reminded me of coke without the sugar. Not great.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
busey4pres (13) - ISHPEMING, USA - NOV 6, 2013
kinda sour, kinda malty, kinda undrinkable. It is in line with the rest of this brewer, who misses the mark on all their products.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1001) - Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2013
$1.79 for the 12 oz. bottle purchased on Thursday evening at Top Shelf Brews. To pint, it pours a purplish dark brown, with a sudsy vanilla cream head 1 finger in length. Aromas straightaway of black licorice, milk chocolate, raspberry jam, and American yeast, followed by charcoal, bay leaves, and grass trimmings. Tastes the same with the addition of roasted wheat, molasses, and noble hops by swallow. I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
11th May 2013
Opaque dark brown beer, tidy pale tan head. Palate is minerally crisp. Super light dark malt with a little lactose. Touch of molasses. Dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (461) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2013
Nose, is toast, slight biscuit, cherry, slight lactose; all underpowered. Taste coffee, licorice, cherry and fruits some pepper and spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is quite full but over carbonate. It’s OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5103) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a one finger fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin film. The nose is licorice laced with some slight sweetness and a mild hoppiness. A little bit of fruitiness here that doesn’t quite fit with the Schwarzbier style, but I guess that’s intentional? The flavor is pretty decent up front, some licorice and light roast with minimal biterness. It finishes a bit thin and weak though. Light bodied, but a touch clingy with fizzy carbonation. Not sure what to think of this one, doesn’t really fit into any particular style, that’s for sure. A little more hops in here to balance the sweetness and it would be greatly improved.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sizzler80 (464) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 27, 2013
Ebony, fizzy pour with a thin off-white head. Subdued aromas of licorice, toffee, citrus, brown sugar, roasted malt. Slightly dry on the palate with malty sweetness, finishing bitter. Decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
r464 (1944) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Deep dark color with a tannish color head. Lots of fruity tartness, cherry and plum, in conjunction with the malt. Lots of fruitiness, not much roastiness.

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