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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
douglas88 (5934) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 Bottle. Pours a dark brown with s small white head. a rich caramel and roast nose. sweet and light; roast chocolate caramel. some smoke. light pine hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Dark brown color/ fleeting tan head. Chocolate, astringent burnt malt aromas. medium bodied. Black licorice, dry chocolate, mildly astringent burnt malt flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2011
GLBN Summer beer contest, not really sure why this was entered. Chocolate, berry, some wierd earthiness. Roasted malts. somewhat watery. OK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5666) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is toffee with some chocolate and earthy hops notes. The flavor is toffee and earthy hops with not too much else going on. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a very exciting beer, but nothing too offensive either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clear dark brown, lasting tan bubbles. Nose of chocolate malt, syrup, and toasty caramel. Taste of chocolate malt, cracker, dry grain, and cream with a watery finish and linger of chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Dark brown body, thin light brown head, nose of darkly toasted white bread with a splash of runny chocolate, taste much the same, a tad dirty... as unrememberable as this review.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5368) - Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
12 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours dark brown in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma was roasted malts with a mild hop presence. The flavor was roasted malts, earthy hops with the burnt character being a bit out of place. All in all, this was pretty much what I expected it would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5177) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5132) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Black, dense beige head. Grassy, coffee-ish aroma. Clean and crisp, wih more grassy and coffee notes in the flavor. Simple, but not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2010
A silky tan head that looks like it came from a nitro tap tops a perfectly black body. The nose has some rich caramel and toffee. There is also a little bit of cocoa and some black bread. The taste is largely day old coffee, especially in the finish. There is some light dark chocolate once you get past the burnt coffee. There is also some soybean hiding. This is overall decent, but a little too much roast for the body, I think.

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