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21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 03-27-2010)
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

Super dark brown liquid with dark ruby highlights. A one-finger head of dark brown foam sits on top. It recedes to a thin surface covering film. The lacing is very abundant and nicely sticky.

I am immediately hit by notes of sweet, dark, fruits and earthy spices/herbs. A very good presence of roasted malts. Good hint of white pepper. Mild presence of coffee and some light chocolate traces. Great fig notes. Touches of dates and raisins.

The taste is following the nose, for the most part. The spices/pepper notes are reigned in slightly. They are still there in a good way. The figs are drizzled with light toffee.Coffee and chocolate are farther in the background. Light hint of toast.

On the lighter end of full-bodied. The medium level of carbonation has an odd 'sharpness' to the back end of it, which gives this one a weird finish.

The 9.50%abv is very well hidden, tastewise. There is a slight touch of alcohol warmth. You can feel it rather quickly, though.
Be careful...

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 04:25:53 | More by coldmeat23
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21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.