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Onyx Black Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 03-03-2010)
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

xmasboy, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

mnsdg, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

TimRasmussen, May 29, 2012
Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful beer. Brownish color with a thick tan head that dissapates quickly. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes of malts and chocolate. Mouthful says it all with the tastes. Goes down smooth and tastes of an excellent black ale. Drinkablity is very high. One would want a decent six pack to drink with his buddies.

yuenglingfan101, Apr 04, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

rontmx5, May 11, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I tried the 2012 Black Ale as soon as it came out at my favorite local bar. It had a smell of roasted hops that was very pleasing. The texture of the beer was ok, while the taste was very good. It actually reminded me of a stout in someways due to its color, aroma and the taste. I would get this beer again as long as they continue to make it.

RyanLaCount03, Feb 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

MikeIN, Aug 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Beerlover, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of hosehead83
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black with ruby highlights. Surprisingly big, thick head of tan foam that just hangs out for a while.
Aroma-Dark roasted malt, chocolate notes
taste-Black patent malt, milk chocolate, coffee with cream. Super-smooth and creamy. Very nice "all-day" lacing. More porter-like than brown ale. Very tasty and drinkable. A great match with a juicy cheeseburger or spicy tacos1

hosehead83, Feb 21, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours black, period. There's a thin tan head and no lace. The aroma is toast, nuts, and a hint of dark cherries. Mild maple and molasses shows as it warms. The flavor is bread crust, nuts, and a hint of anise with Root Beer Barrel candies coming through as it warms. It's mouthfeel is medium and mildly warming. Stevens Point 2012 Black Ale is a very good, complex brew. Highly recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black indeed, small 1" thin, active head

Dark wheat and oats, vanilla, dark chocolate, malty sweetness with herbs and dry earthiness, subtle rootbeer effect.

A lush dark-roastie malt with wheat, oats, dry herbal hops that is all in great balance.

A dry, crisp feel that really pops, nice complex feel, dry and snappy, light to medium bodied.

Low ABV, high complexity indeed.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served around 50º in a standard pint glass.

A=Very dark reddish brown...foam was light brown and 1" plus and lasted well over a minute.

S=A faint smell of malt and, perhaps, toast.

T=Very nice. Much like a porter, with hints of mocha and sweetness. More flavor than Sprecher's Black Bavarian and more like a porter than Badger Porter.

M=A bit more watered down than a porter, but still very nice.

D=The slight sweetness and lightness makes this a beer one could drink several bottles of without a problem.

dhannes, Feb 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

runwild99, Jun 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

THUNDERDAWG911, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

AmandaSchaefer, Jul 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Thedrizzle, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Nick-K, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Bank_of_Bad_Habits, Sep 15, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a thick brown head poured from bottle into pint glass

S - nutty, caramel

T - nutty, caramel, some chocolate notes,faint coffee, light bitterness

M - smooth with some body

Great brown ale. It's nutty and very malty, well balanced. I recommend this beer.

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first review for 2012 poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice dark ruby colored with about a finger of head that faded to a small cap with some lacing

S-faint chocolate with some carmel malt and a little hops

T-sweet carmel malt with a little bit of some nuttiness before the hops on the finish

M-light to medium body with good carbonation

O-easy to drink and well balanced

tvv375ia, Jan 01, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Point 2012 Black Ale has a thin, beige head, and a black appearance. The aroma is subdued, but one can pick up roasted barley. Taste is again dark-roasted barley and some black coffee. The hop profile is nil. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Point 2012 Black Ale finishes surprisingly crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is another excellent offering from Stevens Point Brewery. Give it a try!


RonaldTheriot, May 22, 2011
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4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't be put off by the low price, this ale is done right. It's not the finest in the world but it tastes really good. It's not like coming home to a warm, horny, loving mate, but it's a good kisser. Like your lover, it may not be around for long, so get it while you can.

BellsBum, Feb 02, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Black as night with oily tan weak head.
S-Burnt sweet malt is dominant some molasses notes.
T-Toasted, rich caramel with molasses malt with a hint of smokiness.
M-Creamy mouthfeel, rather heavy yet very smooth-a great combination.
D-Very nice for what reminds me of a stout.
O-Really nice flavor that is smooth and easy to drink. Can't ask for anything more.

Point's beers seem to have improved a lot over the last decade. I will be getting more of this one.

deebo, Aug 20, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. I bought this straight from the brewery yesterday.

A - Black as pitch with some dark brown undertones around the edges of the glass; one finger of mocha head

S - Smells a bit like an oatmeal stout I made last month. Light coffee, hint of chocolate, some cereal and malt. Slight hops.

T - Once the carbonation bite settles there is a decent, non bitter coffee flavor that leads into a malted grain taste with slight bitterness on the back end. It reminds me of some of Leinenkugel's dark lagers.

M - Carbonation was the first thing I noticed. Light for such a dark ale, not quite what you would expect. The beer coats the tongue just a bit at the end.

D - I could see drinking a six pack of this quite easily. It's not the best dark beer I've ever had but it's decent enough and would do well for someone in the mood for a stout but not in the mood for the mouthfeel.

Yojimbo1941, Jun 21, 2010
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Onyx Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
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