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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 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (15128) - , 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (13793) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle at Sourced Market, St Pancras. Black beer with a lasting dark beige head. some choc some dark malts, but pretty basic. Not much hop. Just a dark beer which is ok, but not a lot of character. Fine, just not very exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11955) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2010
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, roasted malt, and vinous. Flavor of roasted malt, burnt toast, caramel, nuts, and raisins.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11556) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chrisv10 (11201) - DENMARK - JUN 1, 2010
Sample. Dark brown with tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel and nuts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11137) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours very dark brown with a decent creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt. Med body. Flavor of slightly sour burnt malt with dark fruit and some mild hop. Finishes slightly sweet. Interesting and unusual.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (11123) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell, London during the Birthday Celebration of Jack & Leighton - big thanks to Colin. Pours clear brown with a light, creamy head. Toasted brown bread in the nose. Light sweet flavor with more simple brown bread, faint earth, toasty brown sugar. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Simple finish, faint chocolate. Impressively basic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11086) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
12oz bottle-pours black with a big tight rich light brown head and trailing lace. Aroma is roasty/cocoa-dark malt, earthy/resin. Taste is roasty/cocoa-dark malt, earthy/resin hops. Soft carbonation. Finishes a bit quick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012
Date: May 07, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, fine beige head
Aroma: light roasted aroma, touch of caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of roasted malt, growing touch of sweetness, black malt bitterness

Date: October 07, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: first sunday tasting
Score: 2.6 to 3.0
sweeter and smoother version without the black malt bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10717) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with medium off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium roasted dark malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted malt bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting solid brew.

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