21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by oggg:
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
From K&L in Redwood City
The bottle says it's brewed with fennel and figs.
A: This beer pours into my goblet and forms probably the most beautiful non-nitrous head I've ever seen -- nice and big and creamy, brown on top, off white after a sip.
S: The nose is restrained with caramel malt, a touch of chocolate, and then a little vinous alcohol halfway through the glass.
T: Thick chewy, the sweetness is quickly balanced by a moderate level of clean hop bitterness. The burnt flavors of a nice big stout arise from the edges. Mild dark fruit (raisin/prune) plays a minor role, compared to a lot of RIS beers out there. Not really any fig. The fennel manifests as a broad licorice taste that really blends in quite well.
M: big, thick, full, but...
D: the finish is syrupy and cloying.
Comments: this is a nice big big stout, but the finish is subpar. I'm guessing the fig was mostly useful in providing sugar, so maybe that's why I don't get any fig. Or peppercorn. The licorice is alright, I suppose.
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2010 03:55:03 | More by oggg
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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.
88 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.