RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2016
On tap at Beer Run. Aromas of raw cocoa, char, licorice. Black with a lasting brown head. Dry, roasty, earthy, bitter, has a tangy licorice bite to it. Full bodied.

wlajwl (6803) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Aroma is chocolate, malts and grapes/figs. The flavor is chocolate, peppercorns/chia, dark malts and a mix of mild acidity and bitterness in the finish.

tsd08460 (1164) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Can from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes (Virginia) Aroma: licorice, pepper, figs, chocolate Appearance: black with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Tasty

hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2016
On tap at TJ’s. Poured a dark brown color with a tan head. Chocolate, some roast, citrus, licorice and figs.

HoppyScallywag (339) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Really great, I want to say stout, but I'm not sure. It's almost like a Guinness with a boost. Nice bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Sampled from a 12 oz can this beer poured a black color with a huge foamy dark brown head that lingered forever and left good lacing. The aroma was sweet with cocoa powder, vague spice and fig. The flavor was bitter with strong cocoa powder and fig followed by floral hops and vague spices. The cocoa presence overwhelms. Very long finish. Medium body. Ok.

GenDV138 (7277) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2016
12 oz can poured into a tulip. Brewed and canned by 21st Amendment. Canned on 10/10/2016. Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of roast, malt, dark fruit, chocolate, some booze. Tastes of roast, herb, pine, some dark fruit, chocolate, a little licorice. Fairly well masked alcohol. Medium body with a dry finish. Interesting.

dpitinga (136) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 16, 2016
Love this line from the Stone press release: "Shaun, Matt, Steve, and I tried to recapture some of the historic flavors of the old El Camino Real by brewing this beer with fennel, chia, peppercorns, and mission figs. It was a fun beer to brew, and in some ways took us (way) back to the 4th grade, when our schoolteachers first introduced us to the history of California and its Missions." And I love this beer. Compares favorably to another recent coal-black beer made with dried mission figs, Cellarmaker’s Batch 400.

bytemesis (8364) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Tap. Pours opaque black, large creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is cocoa, chicory, herbal, anise, coffee. Flavor is light sweet, full bitter, more chicory. Full body, strong lingering bitterness.

JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Dark, dark cherry color with a tall light brown colored head. Hops dominate the aromas with some minor darker malt nuances in the background. Fairly light in feel. Light sweet licorice in the front, not as much of a turn off as usual for me, but still not real high on my list of pleasantries. Middle has a mix of red vines and darker malt. Finish gets darker, with some roastiness and ash working their way in. Some blueberries seem to work in as well. Young, perhaps; or perhaps just not quite balanced. There are parts I really like followed by some, not so much. 2/10

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