21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale

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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale brewed with fennel seed, chia seed, and pink peppercorns - with mission figs added. In the 1700s and 1800s, missionaries and Native Americans grew a variety of crops along the El Camino Real. Apart from the famous mission grapes, mission figs, barley, and olives, fennel and chia were also grown... (The brewers) tried to recapture some of the historic flavors of the old Camino Real by brewing this beer...

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3.7
jrodooo5 (1725) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - OCT 16, 2017
Pretty, roasty, & boozy! Pours black w/ a big mocha head & scattered lacing. The aroma is roasted malt w/ a hint of chocolate. The taste is roasted coffee, a slight hint of chocolate, a touch of hop bitterness, & booze. Pretty complex & fairly easy on the palate. Delightful!

3.5
drsordr (2885) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2017
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque black with moderate tan head. Nose soy, molasses, prunes, raisin, some coco. Taste bitter up front, powder chocolate, raisin and prune, peppercorn in the finish with some chocolate.

3.8
AndyW68 (1632) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2017
Dark pour. Tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit. Taste follows nose with roast malt bitter finish.

3.8
SpringsLicker (3682) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2017
Can.

Black with a mocha colored head.
Aroma has burnt coffee, anise, chocolate all blended in a boozy complex mixture.
The flavor follows the aroma and adds a roast malt bitterness that balances what would be a cloying mess otherwise.

3.9
chinchill (5343) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2017
12 oz can at Soulshine Farm Music Festival.
This strong ale has an exceptionally complex and rich flavor. Not harmonious however, with some sense of clashing flavors. Mild-moderate bitterness. Full body with near medium carbonation.

3.9
Voodoo (703) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2017
Pours a near black with a healthy, dense tan head which lingers.....aroma of coffee, dried fruits, chocolate......taste is coffee, booze, dark chocolate, slight earthy fruit taste, finishing with an easy bitter chocolate. Quite nice.

3.7
Maverick34 (3321) - New York, USA - JUL 10, 2017
Pours a thick black with white beige head from can. Smells if malts. Small hints of grain and spice. Pretty good

3.9
hershiser2 (3702) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2017
$3.00 can from Beer Run. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, smoked peat, fig, oak, coffee, a little earth. Flavor is dark chocolate, dried fig, coffee beans, sweet caramel. Slick, lightly spicy on the back end. This is good (and unexpected as I simply saw a can I didn’t recognize and picked it up).

3.8
oobawa (1799) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2017
Pours a dark hazed brown with ample beige lacing. Nose is chocolate and vanilla and coffee, maybe a little pine and oak. Taste starts with sweet chocolate, then dries out with a swipe of java. Goes sweet again with a deep vein of fig and black cherry, then finishes dry and spicy, the peppercorns adding a mild kick. Good texture, if a little boozy. Solid. (Rated on BA 9/4/11)

3.8
AWISLguy (3375) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2017
12oz can from Beer Bazaar in Hainesville. Very dark brown pour with ruby tints. Beige head leaving streaky lacing. Aroma has big caramel, dark chocolate, herbs and spices. Taste is sweet malts, cocoa, herbs and spices. Fairly rich. More than medium bodied. Some alcohol. The blend is decent but not better - and that is an issue in this one. Whatever is blended could be better.13.6


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