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RATINGS: 292   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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3.4
thegreenrooster (4402) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Pour is a black with a large foamy tan head. Aroma is a roasted and char malt with some sweet lactose sugar. Flavor is a fudge heavy sweet malt with some black licorice and bitter bakers chcocolate. The alcohol is hidden well but as the beer warms it gets a little more noticable. This was a fun beer to try, it was sometimes a bit all over the place but it kind of came together in the end.

3.6
LinusStick (3459) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2017
Not a bad beer. Nothing sensational but still pretty good. Aroma was good. Chocolate with a hits of dark fruit. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste was good; couldn’t pick up a lot of the flavors in the commercial description. Chocolate with just hints of figs was pretty much it. Not that that’s bad, but was hoping for a little more complexity. Mild carbonation. Decent

3.6
ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Poured from a can into a pint glass. The appearance is pitch black with a small tan head. The aroma is black licorice and some coffee. The taste is underwhelming. to much licorice flavoring.

3.8
sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Can. Pours deep, dark brown. Aroma is rich milk chocolate, dark fruit, soft caramel, and some woodiness. Flavor is rich chocolate, some earthy dark chocolate bitterness, faint woodiness, faint dark fruit notes, and a dry, roasty finish. Medium/full body.

3.8
geologyguy (1602) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2017
Smell is great...Good fig boldness...Taste is also bold and medium Sweetness...Fig still present...Little more bitter than I like though...At flying saucer for trivia

3.7
snoworsummer (5694) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Can. Tastes like burnt toast, herb, dark fruits, spicy hops, and toffee malt. Light/medium body carbonation. Smells like burnt toast, dark fruits, and toffee malt.

4.5
PugUglyBrewer (658) - - JAN 15, 2017
A very unique release. Opaque black color with a light brown head of lasting foam. Definite dig aroma and flavor come through. A dry almost harsh roast on the palate with a very dry finish. Some spice prevails in the middle captures an old world sensibility.

3.8
rdixon77 (2832) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Cool beer for sure. Unique flavor...roasted body, crisp hops, lots of spice and dark fruit. Some of the fennel and fig come through. Packs a punch but not much burn. I dig it.

3.4
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Can. It pours black with a light brown head. The aroma has strong dark chocolate fudge with a little smoke, nuts and fig. Pretty good. The flavor is strong and roasted with some smoke, strong alcohol and bitterness. Maybe a touch of pepper, but I’n not getting the chia or fennel. Thick bodied and a bit harsh in the finish with the intense roast, bitterness and alcohol. Tasty enough though.

4.4
Cybercat (5833) - Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2017
Can. Pours opaque chocolate brown with a thick and persistent tan head. Aroma offers earthy, roast malt, woody, and subtle toffee tones. Bold flavor paints wide roast malt, earthy, toffee, woody, and subtle fruity notes - and is that a snippet of herbs? - across the palate. Very satisfying! Mouthfeel delivers firm, fairly viscous body and respectable fizz. Unreal!


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