21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +26.9%
Poured into a Allagash tulip glass.
A=great carbonation, with a tan head, pitch black, poured a little hard and the head settled to 1/2 a finger leaving lacing all around the glass. Looks beautiful and can't wait to take my first drink.
S=a little hoppy upfront, a swirl of the glass releases alcohol, chocolate, roastiness, spices and dark fruits.
T=Yum! Dark fruit up front, spices, sweet but not too sweet, chocolate malts in the middle, hoppy/roasty/alcohol on the finish.
M=Exceptional. Perfectly carbonated, medium to heavy body.
D=this is so complex. So many different flavors and they are all balanced so well. I couldn't wait to drink more. This is gonna be amazing when the alcohol settles out, I'm cellaring a few of these.
04-05-2010 03:27:08 | More by ZX6Chris
4.83/5 rDev +22.6%
Pours jet black with a tan head that dissipates to a fine layer of foam, leaving some lacing on the glass.
Aromas of roasted malt, bread, chocolate, coffee, raisins, pepper.
All of these aromas come through in the taste, which is dominated nicely by the roasted malts yielding flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, raisins, juniper berries and a peppery, pleasant hop bitterness in the finish.
Light body and moderate carbonation gives this a creamy mouthfeel.
This is a great version of a dark ale. It is light in body and dry, yet packed with flavor, and nicely hopped. The alcohol level is high but the tastes balance it well. This is excellent as a final brew to an evening.
05-13-2010 05:28:45 | More by Beerenauslese
4.68/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
01-20-2013 22:46:18 | More by jvillefan
4.58/5 rDev +16.2%
A- Very attractive dark black with a huge creamy dark tan head. I didn't get as much lacing as some of the other reviewers.
S- Strong peppercorn with hints of licorice (fennel).
T- Initial taste is boozy but not too warm, dissipates quickly. Big roasted malt, cocoa and coffee notes. Licorice is apparent but not overwhelming.
MF- Low carbonation. Strong, warm aftertaste.
DB- Very drinkable. Should be a hit with the stout fans looking for something different. I suggest that one or more of the 3 collaborators add this to their lineup.
05-13-2010 03:31:56 | More by sandiego67
4.53/5 rDev +15%
Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to ksullnh for the bottle!
A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger tight brown head with stellar retention. Opaque nearly black liquid. Amazing looking.
S: Bright citrus hops, tropical fruit, coconut, coffee, chocolate, slight boozy character that grows as it warms is only negative.
T: Nutty, milk chocolate, roasted beets, slight smarties candy flavor (from fennel seed?). Great malt sweetness with slight estery alcohol. Tastes great with Kettle BBQ chips.
M: Smooth and creamy (lactose?). Moderate and pleasant bitterness. Could be really boozy but stays creamy and mellow.
D: I like it a lot and would order another. I would maybe buy six, but it's definitely not a session beer
10-17-2010 14:49:21 | More by dfillius
4.53/5 rDev +15%
mmm Yummm. Got a small to medium sized thick creamy foamy brown tan head with lots of lace. Color is opaque brown black. Aroma is roast malt black pepper dark ripe fruit and spices. Flavor is like aroma with well balance bittersweetness and maybe a little bit of cocoa. Don't pick up the figs and don't know what Chia smells like. Body is rich creamy soft and divine with great carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has a lengthy finish with warming of both alcohol and black pepper. Session for sipping. Excellent beer.
05-16-2010 22:08:48 | More by drpimento
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
Color very dark brown as it pours from the bottle and near true black in the glass, with brown highlights showing only if held in front of the sun. Smell is roasty/smokey, slightly herbal, and very slightly spicey, with a caramel sweetness alongside (maybe just a slight metallic note, too). Moutfeel is soft and stoutish. Taste goes outside stout parameters, though. The figs show through despite the robust roast/smoke. The peppercorns show up without disturbing anything. Fun flavors that must come from the seeds. This is a very nice, very fun, interesting beer. Craft, craft, craft--three times craft. Well crafted, well done, well done. Vive collaboration!
04-12-2010 21:03:04 | More by PhiloPsych
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
Paid $4.50 for a 12oz bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a large snifter to review.
Pours pretty thick and very dark in color. Small tan head dissipates quickly leaving only small traces of retention on the edge of the snifter. Some lacing left behind.
Sweet and roasted malts, tobacco, leather, espresso, dark chocolate, molasses and oak. Robust, balanced and complex in the nose.
Taste is even darker roasted malts than I expected. Reminds me of an imperial stout more than anything. Coffee, oak, dark chocolate, tobacco and leather. Quite nice!
Full bodied and rather creamy; almost chewy. Good carbonation levels. Long finish of roasted maltiness. 9.5% ABV very well hidden which makes this very enjoyable and quite drinkable. If I had to guess who was behind this, I would say it is Firestone more than Stone more than 21st Amendment; I am curious how they collaborated on this brew. All in all a success!
07-30-2010 04:33:53 | More by ibbjamin
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and lightly caramelized malts with some brown sugar, dark fruits, black licorice, grapefruit and pine hops, and a bit of coffee and booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of caramel malts and caramelized sugars with some brown sugar and black licorice, with a touch of grapefruit and tropical hops. Through the middle, some pine hop flavor with some bitterness comes through with some pepper, nutty, cocoa, and coffee flavors. The finish is a mix of dark fruit sweetness with some brown sugar, caramelized malts, cocoa, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly thick with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice big but balanced dark ale with some interesting spices and other ingredients that add some nice complexity.
06-27-2012 19:16:57 | More by ngeunit1
21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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