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

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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

232 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 30
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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dwilson01

California

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an indian wells brew co pint glass. About as perfect as a pour can get, go all the beer out, an the head was peaking over the rim a bit but still held itself intact. I figured that they wouldnt be, and they definitely weren't lying when they classified it a Black Ale because this mofo is black and dark as a stout. Looks thick on the pout, and the head is a nice tan cream which laces well and recedes consisitently and slowly.

Smells of spices and some pine resin, it's intriguing as hell to me. I get a definite sweet note from it like a stout, malted barley contributing to this part, but also something sweet coming from somewhere else but I am not sure yet as to what exactly it is. The spices contrasted with the sweetness make for a great scent, I like it a lot, makes me want to indulge.

Crazy flavor! Honestly something this dank and complex deserves recognition. The initial taste I get is pine resin, not intense or anything like some ipa's get, but a more subtle verson of the anchor 2009 christmas ale that takes a bit more sour of a turn. I next got a malty sweet flavor but not via chocolate, after reading the bottle it must be from the figs although I don't get fig distinctly on its own. The aftertaste compliments both of the flavors I got in beign smooth and sweet as well as giving a bit of spicy bite to the finish.

This beer is smooth as hell, not as much as a good stout, but also no alcohol bite in the mouth during the swallow.

Delicious brew, but depending on how you use the drinkability catagory this could mean different things. In my opinion this is definitly ont a brew to be drank quickly, it's means to be savored in small batches. I mainly think that just because of how complex tasting it is.

Overall, great beer, definitely recommend it if you can get your hands on this bad boy. I only got one but I'm thinkin I need another to age for a year or so, it's over 9% and dark as night so it will do well in a cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 09:20:09 | More by dwilson01
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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 232 ratings.