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21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 30
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 03-27-2010)
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alamode

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-11-2011 16:37:03 | More by alamode
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flayedandskinned

California

5/5  rDev +26.9%

09-30-2012 22:41:39 | More by flayedandskinned
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-18-2011 05:01:01 | More by Travisnin
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ZX6Chris

California

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 03:27:08 | More by ZX6Chris
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-14-2011 19:07:45 | More by thebouch01
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-20-2011 20:51:55 | More by Rempo
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rmaste6282

California

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-22-2011 20:23:43 | More by rmaste6282
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hpthebull

California

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-20-2011 00:36:09 | More by hpthebull
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-09-2011 04:23:09 | More by rab53
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Beerenauslese

California

4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 05:28:45 | More by Beerenauslese
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Strwrs777

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

06-24-2013 21:33:50 | More by Strwrs777
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

05-04-2012 02:18:41 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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jvillefan

California

4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
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
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sandiego67

California

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 03:31:56 | More by sandiego67
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dfillius

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 14:49:21 | More by dfillius
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 22:08:48 | More by drpimento
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Sgbrown78

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-06-2014 16:21:30 | More by Sgbrown78
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TeamUgly

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-16-2012 19:19:23 | More by TeamUgly
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Flip4beers

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

07-02-2014 07:33:00 | More by Flip4beers
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PhiloPsych

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 21:03:04 | More by PhiloPsych
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

07-03-2014 00:35:37 | More by GClarkage
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-25-2012 00:15:51 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-05-2012 17:23:10 | More by Kenai4
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ibbjamin

California

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 04:33:53 | More by ibbjamin
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 19:16:57 | More by ngeunit1
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21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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