21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I've found a trend with the Stone collaborations beers that, sadly, does not suit well for El Camino (Un)Real. C1, dissapointment. C2, yummy. C3, dissapointment. C4, yummy. C5, ???? On to the beer:
Ink black. Mocha tint in the head color. Oh, and the head is thick and rocky. There's little sign of head deflation. It's a looker alright. The aroma is hard to describe overall, but I do like it. Chocolate, rose pedals, some other aromas I can't really describe well. A little metallic. It looks like this trend of C-brews will be broken.
What is this, a spiced porter? Whatver it is, it is appealing to me. A little roasty is the malt, with a whisper of smoke. The assorted spices brewed in this beer are hard to pinpoint individually, but works in the overall picture. The spiciness never overpowers in the beer, which I think helps its cause. Somehow, the 9.5% ABV passes through without much sting on the palate. But...you do feel some warming in my chest and stomach. It's medium-heavy in feel, with a smooth, creamy feel.
Collaboration #5: success. El Camino (Un)Real is certainly unreal. Now all we need is a Pacific Coast Highway themed collaboration between Stone and two other breweries.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2010 05:52:51 | More by DoubleJ
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3.74/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Opaque, dark brown color showing scant ruby-tinted light transmission at the edges; with over two fingers of beige foam head that takes its time to collapse down. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.
S: Strong wild yeast character, more band-aid than goat pasture. Dried, concentrated chile fruit is also detected, lending some minor dark qualities. Raw and rustic bitter chocolate is just barely evident. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins off-dry, with dark syrupy fruit that appears as a mix of cherry/currant and New Mexico chiles (without the heat). This is also where the yeast-funk seems to be most noticeable--but never off-putting. The transition from fruit and overt yeast to mild refined roast is gradual during the middle. It is about mid-profile, only after the roasted malt has emerged, that a pruney-Dr. Pepper vibe also is hinted at. The finish is relatively sparse and dry, herbaceous and bitter, with just a huff of the characterful yeast. No alcohol is detected.
M: Medium to thick viscosity, smooth and slightly warming on the palate, with low carbonation.
D/O: Strong, dark, and experimental, this collaboration beer is unexpectedly loaded with yeast phenolics. Audacious fermentation metabolites, whether authentic or imagined due to the unconventional combination of ingredients, is not unwelcome in the fairly crowded profile of sensory qualities. Chile qualities abound, despite it's never having glimpsed a chile during fermentation. In the final tally it may not be a world-beating ale, but its illusory tricks prove titillating.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2013 02:21:02 | More by beagle75
21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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