21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by stakem:
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Stone pint glass this brew appears a very dark brown to black color. 2 fingers of darkly tanned fluff for a head appear and slowly receed leaving an uneven cratored surface and patches of lace all around the glass. The aroma of this brew has a nice citrus and piney hop character along with some sweetness of dark fruitiness like figs and just an all together toasty smelling scent. Taste upfront is a mixture of hop and dark burnt grainy bitterness that leaves a "toasted" flavor in your mouth strikingly similar to what the aroma suggested. The alcohol plays a pretty significant role in this flavor along with a warmth in the back of the throat. Along with the toasted flavors and alcohol presence there is a bit of a spice character here that really throws a wrench into the normal flavors for dark beer. Sometimes it tastes a little like strong coffee, slightly musty and earthy yet other times it comes across a bit peppery and spicey. All the while, the slight twang of alcohol and hops mingle their way into this brew as well. This is a pretty full bodied beer with lots of flavors going on and a significant alcohol punch. The faint lingering dark fruitiness/sweetness underneath is quite enjoyable as it offsets the bitterness contributed by the hops and dark grain. Overall this was an interesting experience, well balanced with a lot of complexity. It took a few sips for this brew to really come together for me but it is quite good.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2010 19:18:06 | More by stakem
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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 234 ratings.