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RATINGS: 278   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
phiconners (151) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Pours black, with a tan head. Thick, malty flavor, alcohol comes through just a little. Not sure I pick up all of the spices, but a great beer nonetheless. Definitely more of a stout.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (1427) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (5171) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PugUglyBrewer (325) - - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (2457) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (6105) - 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 In 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5342) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5829) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2016
I needed a beer that could follow up on Stone Bigger Longer Uncut and this actually stood up to the task. A nice strong flavor throughout that is still easy enough. Great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1611) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Can. Canned on: 10/10/16. A deep mahogany pour with a thick and creamy chestnut head. Dark chocolate, fennel, caramel, earthy grains, and some figs in the aroma. Medium to full-bodied and rather smooth on the way down. Caramel, chocolate, and lots of burnt earthy grains start things off taste-wise. A touch of fennel and figs follow. Bitter hops. Char. A peppery bite at the end. Only a moderate presence of warming alcohol throughout. OK.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertjm (866) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 22, 2016
(11oz. can) - Pours a nice thick brown head. Aroma reminds me of a cross between wet newspaper and opened peanut shells. Really hard to come up with a descriptor of the flavor. Not obviously hoppy. Good bitterness component. Sort of like somewhat roasted malts. Perhaps a bit of pepper. Good mouth feel. This one is a keeper!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCaptMatey (211) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2016
Poured a dark brown to black colour with caramel head that dissipated following the initial sips. Aroma is rich with roasted and chocolate malts, dark fruits and sharp spicy notes of chia and peppercorns with a bit of alcohol. Flavor is a dry roasted, unsweetened bitter cocoa with a grassy fennel film that lingers as this medium bodied brew finishes dry and moderately bitter. Interesting blend, bit not an everyday treat.


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