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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2010
Rating #61 for this brew. $3.99 12oz. [A] Figgy licorice. Slightly smoky, charred, peppery chocolate aroma. Vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit. Astringent booze. Interesting. [A] Pours an attractive looking, thick and stouty brown, sitting black in snifter, ruby around edges. Gorgeous brown cap that immediately recedes to nothing. [F] Upfront and mid is more IPA/Black ale. Coffee/foreign stout flavors with hops. Pepper, fig and chocolatey coffee dont exactly thrill the palate on finish. Raisins and botanicals. It is quite an odd mix. Something I dont like here. Cloying, lingering finish isnt really hoppy bitter, nor enjoyable. Peppery. I will admit complexity. But thats like saying "I swallowed chewed bubblegum and whole peanuts. See if you can find them in my poop." [P] This ale and its characteristics dont make for a drinkable brew in my book. 12 ounces is enough tonight. Kind of in-between liking it and hating it. Hops are decent. Mouth is slightly boozy. Light carbonation. Medium feel. Still not enjoying pepper or dark fruitiness together. [O] Never had a Firestone. Never had a 21st Amendment. I hear great things. But as for this Stone collabo. No. Not tonight. Maybe another time. But not tonight. I dont think this brew was exceptional at all. Read Brynildsons story on the back of the bottle. He was probably shxtfaced when they got together to make this brew. Moreso than I am reviewing it. That may be the best explanation for this. This brews complexity cant compensate for its flaws. 3.0 on a count of A/A. Sorry guys. Ech.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11774) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2016
On tap at TJs. Poured a dark brown color with a tan head. Chocolate, some roast, citrus, licorice and figs.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyScallywag (309) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7056) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6269) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpitinga (117) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (7177) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5795) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 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

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Psytron (1978) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2014
Smell of hops, sugar. Amber colour, white head. Aroma of hops, sugar, orange peel. Medium bitter, slightly sweet. Oily texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (10419) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"a big beer with a flavor and aroma profile resembling a strong schwarz (i see your shawarz is as big...). anyway. chocolate and hops in the aroma. medium to full bodied. you can taste the sweetness on the figs and a touch of the pepper, but while i love all the parts, the final product is a little bit of a muddled beer. slightly too aggressive to be great, and while still good, one of my least favorite stone beers. maybe itll grow on me...i started out not caring much for it, and liked it by the end..."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle shared by Bacterial! Very dark brown caramel pour, light ring of lasting carbonation and an aroma of hops and roasty nuts. Flavor is chocolate, fennel, hints of licorice, and finished with some sweet raising. Interesting (but good) beer!


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