21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by route66pubs:
3.85/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Hard pour from the bottle into a pint glass reveals a deep, rich, thick black beer with a big tan head. Head carries a huge amount of tiny bubbles, with some larger ones, that subsides nicely leaving a thinner version across the top of the beer. Not much retention on the sides of the glass upon drinking, however.
Chia and fennel aromas are prevalent as you would expect from any Stone brew. The nice white peppercorn punch is a great finishing aroma here as well.
Again with chia and fennel up front. Very little fig noticeable on this but it will likely come forward more as the seeds' prevalence subsides over aging. (I highly recommend considering this one for aging, based on ABV and taste.) I'm actually not sure how I feel about this as I keep sipping on it ... it may be too much.
I thought about a 4 for drinkability on this, but decided against. While enjoyable, it just seems to punch me in the mouth a little too much right now. Again, aging this puppy may be the way to go. I will have to consider it again in a year or so and see how it does.
(bottle purchased 4/14/2010 at Red Carpet, Glendale CA)
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2010 02:09:38 | More by route66pubs
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3.74/5 rDev -4.8%
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
4.68/5 rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Got a 12 oz bottle from Toronado in San Diego.
A: Jet black with a thin lace mocca brown head.
S: Peppercorn, Belgian yeast, and Licorice aroma in the beginning. Roasty and chocolatly malts bring up the rear.
T: Heavy with chocolate, toffee, spices (specifically Thyme-like, peppercorn, and a little chai). There is a slight Belgian character in there as well.
M: Perfect, it is heavy and viscous with subtle but perfect amount of carbonation.
O: Well done Stone, Firestone Walker, and 21st Ammendment. I am sad it took me so long to try them gem of a beer. Get if you can find it because the beer is very good.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2013 22:46:18 | More by jvillefan
21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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