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RATINGS: 289   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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3.6
DrnkMcDermott (3096) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
Sampler at Finnegan’s, Plainfield, April 3. Oh, yeah, black as coal… they’ve just announced closing time, but I don’t think I need anything more. But I need to "speed rate:" Full black, taste and smell has stout-y astringency in spades. Comes across like potting soil with treacle and smoked malt thrown in. But God save me, I love it so.


3.8
oobawa (1301) - 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 (3016) - 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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60minuteman (1680) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2017
Can pouring a milky brown with tan lace. Porter-grade smell of coffee, licorice, malt, oak and barley. For the ABV, it’s very smooth and tasty without too much heat from the alcohol, but from the spice and pepper it is noticeable. A slight hop bite lingers. Finishes warming and roasted.

3.9
argeru (93) - Hillsboro, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2017
4pk of Cans. Pours near black ruby brown, smell roasted malt, dark grains, burning wood, cinnamon, chocolate. Big pleasant taste and feeling, no spice/alcohol kick, well-balanced. Sweet and Liquor-y, I love it.

4
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2017
Brewed by 21st Amendment. From a can: pours a dark reddish brown color with tan colored head. Spices, roasted malt, and lots of earth tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very earthy in flavor. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with spice.

3.3
DCLawyer (2839) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Can->snifter. Deep brown with huge frothy lite brown head. A: chocolate malt, dark fruit, oak, vegetal spice. T: bitter fig, roasted malt, burnt chocolate, fennel, anise. Eh.

3.9
stevoj (4956) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Can from my brother. Wow! How’s that for a description. Inky black pour, soft ring of head. Malty, roasty, halfway between a CDA and a stout. Bitter and welcoming, smooth and slick.Tasty, doesn’t fit neatly in any other category, but great nonetheless.

3.4
thegreenrooster (4365) - 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 (3445) - 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 (1732) - 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.


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