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RATINGS: 288   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chubbz (3) - California, USA - APR 22, 2010 does not count
Got this at Monterey Deli in SF (best specialty beer store in SF). Black body with huge soft tan head. Smells chocolatey and fruity, figs and raisins. Taste is slightly sweet, nice warming alcohol up front and in aftertaste, with chocolate, licorice, and raisiny flavors. Amazing beer. I don;t know why they call it ale, its way more like an imperial stout...

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpitinga (134) - 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, Cellarmakers Batch 400.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Black with huge, foamy, chocolate milkshake head / Nose of candied chocolate, tobacco, roast coffee, and toffee / Medium body, chewy, with good balance and long, dry finish / Winey flavors of roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, fig, grass, and dry hops / Outstanding.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (1101) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (992) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
Starts off looking and smelling like an imperial stout. Black as night with a rocky brown head and roasty, slightly vegetal aroma. At the start when it was fairly cold, it tasted like a straight up heavy stout with good alcohol to malt balance and a mild sweetness in the background. As it warmed up, a slight vegetal flavor developed. I then tried a bit of dark chocolate and the next sip hit me with an herbal flavor like that of a fine gin! It definitely got very interesting as it warmed up! A very unique beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Divine beer. Great tan head: lasting, with tightly packed bubbles and thick, glass-clinging lace. Amazing texture: fully, meaty and chewy, yet not overly cloying. Creamy carbonation. Quite a bit going on in the flavor department, although the dark-roasted grains and dark chocolate stand out the most. Other notes of woodsy spices, pepper, grapefruit and grass become more evident as the beer warms. Alcohol is hidden dangerously well. Perfect amount of bitterness to cleave off the sweetness (toffee, molasses and chocolate). Wonderful beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3526) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2010
mmmmm Yummmmm. Got a small to medium sized thick creamy foamy brown tan head with lots of lace. Color is opaque brown black. Aroma is roast malt black pepper dark ripe fruit and spices. Flavor is like aroma with well balance bittersweetness and maybe a little bit of cocoa. Dont pick up the figs and dont know what Chia smells like. Body is rich creamy soft and divine with great carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has a lengthy finish with warming of both alcohol and black pepper. Session for sipping. Excellent beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koelschtrinker (19707) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 3, 2011
Vollmundiger schokolasiger Antrunk, sehr cremig. Weiterhin uerst vollmundig, gleichzeitig stark sffig. Bis zum Ende nur minimal alkoholisch. Harmonisch, deutliche Kafeenoten aber nur wenig Rstigkeit. Super! 13/14/13/12//13

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - DEC 9, 2016
Some roasted sweet aromas, some nutty aromas, a little alcohol to the nose. Deep brown body nice tan orange head. Rich full body smoothness releases earthy raw cocoa some bitter coffee some nuttiness. Lots of flavors to follow.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PugUglyBrewer (559) - - 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.


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