21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ommegoose:
4/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a tulip glass. Black ale, but does not have the density or thickness a stout might. The head is creamy and tan, and holds decently well. Laces around the back half.
Floral aroma, and not really much in the way of roasty notes. A little sweetness finally pushes through, probably from the figs. After a little more time, wow, the figs really come through. Great.
But it is much more roasty on the tongue. Burnt molasses, but dry and a bit chalky. Not a very sweet beer at all. I don't think I could tell you anything about what I'd expect fennel seed, chia seed and pink peppercorns to taste like. Well, actually I think the fennel is adding spiciness sort of like rye. There is no shortage of that. I would like to taste the figs a little more, and more sweetness would help balance it out. Started pretty bitter. I perceived that to be more due to spice than hops. Licorice in there late too. I'm not sure it's the most integrated blend of flavors, but it's complex and interesting.
Really lush mouthfeel. Carbonation seems active, but it is so fine as to not be distracting. It drinks like the heavy beer it is. Maybe not so much due to being heavy as it is to how big the flavor is.
I'm alright with one sampling of this beer. Not an everyday drinker. I think I'll share my other bottle. Gets some credit for not being overly boozy. Does reasonably well for 9.5%. Worth a try, and pretty interesting, but not a repeat buy.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2010 03:54:36 | More by ommegoose
More User Reviews:
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.