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Onyx Black Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 348
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: cdkrenz on 03-03-2010

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.76/5  rDev +33.3%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of RyanLaCount03
4.57/5  rDev +28%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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 (434 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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 (385 characters)

Photo of dhannes
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a stout, with a hint of cherry in the aroma. A nice oaky flavor goes well with more subtle cherry and faint wheat aftertaste. One of the better black beers that I've had. (183 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

RJT (415 characters)

Photo of BellsBum
4.07/5  rDev +14%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly viscous and the darkest of brown in color with just a ring of foam around the glass.

Rich malty nose with caramel and milk chocolate and lactose sweetness. A cookie/candy like nose. Sweet and dessert like. Quite mouthwatering.

Very imperial brown ale tasting. Big malty presence with a hint of toastiness. Loads of caramel, some milk chocolate, lactose sugar and some nuttiness. Tastes like brown ale meets milk stout. Picking up a mild sour note every hear and there. Nothing off putting though.

Medium bodied with a chewy texture. The carbonation is a bit harsh at the front end and transforms to a more creamy feel. Clean finish.

This tastes and feels like a brew around seven or eight percent alcohol. Really flavorful for a beer of this abv. Drinks nicely as I could have a couple two or three of these. A nice sessionable winter beer perhaps. Kudos to Point on this one. (893 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with minimal head that turns to a mild lace. Carbonation is quite good in the glass.

S - Smells of harsh grain or hoppy roast with a bit of cocoa.

T - Roast is pretty smooth with coffee and dark chocolates. Mild hops in the finish and finishes rather creamy. As others stated it comes off more like a Swartz or porter rather than brown ale.

M - Pretty light to medium. Fairly easy to drink.

Overall glad I picked this single up. Fairly easy to drink and smooth full flavors. Might consider a six pack but would love more cocoa or coffee. Good beer. (575 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with ruby edges and a creamy tan head. Sour roast nose with some cocoa powder. Big instant coffee and seaweed malt tang, some roasty sweetness with berry notes, and earth and spice hops on the back end. Tingly finish. Medium, round, with some chew.

Call it brown or black, this comes across as a light porter. Tasty and drinkable from a brewer I've thought of as on par with Saranac for being merely passable. Dumb name for a beer, though. (452 characters)

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the Magic City Brewfest. Then Stevens Point 2012 Black was all most black, could not tell about the head because it was on a 2 oz. sample. It Smells sweet, roasty, Nutty. It taste Sweet nutty and ends bitter. The mouthfeel is about average for the Schwarzbier style. (287 characters)

Photo of Badbobx
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is a black brew with a thin head showing minor traces of lacing. The smell is of a rich dark roasted malt. I am tasting sweet coffee and a bit of pleasant nut flavor. The mouthfeel is full and pleasing with no dryness. This is an enjoyable session beer that I would happily drink again. (332 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body with a slightly brown bottom letting some light through. Foamy head.

S - Mostly malt sweetness, syrup and brown sugar in the nose.

T - A mouth of mineral water with a faint metallic/mineralistic twang. Roasty dark malts. Brown sugar, bitter fruit skins and mild roasty character. Slightly buttery.

M - Sweet mild body with a touch of slickness to it.

O - Sweet, malty and dark, but wasn't convinced it is a black ale. (437 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near black body with an inch and a half head of beige-colored foam.

Smell: A pleasant enough intermingling of various notes: Breakfast Blend coffee, toasted nuts, toasted bread, and standard chocolate.

Taste: Roasty, toasty malts yield tastes of sugar sweetened, though not particularly bold coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and (lightly) Brazil nuts. Subtle hop presence displays a lightly earthy herbaceousness and a suitable amount of bitterness. Splash of store-brand cola on the otherwise coffee-hinted, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable and approachable and fairly reminiscent of the Schwarzbier style. While I haven't had a slew of beers from Stevens Point Brewery, this has been one of the better ones. (797 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, half finger worth of head that fades fast, dark black brown coloring.

s- nice brown nose, malt, toast, vanilla, biscuit.

t- smooth brown, creamy, bit of toast, a bit of vanilla, light milk chocolate notes.

m- smooth, creamy.

d- good, solid beer here. glad i got the chance to try this, better than i was expecting, i would drink this again. (374 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts, caramel and a touch of lactose.

The taste consisted of an upfront roasted barley with secondary layers of caramel and charcoal. Grassy hop detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a dry finish and vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty and clean brown ale. (414 characters)

Photo of pb9613
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 had a beautiful black color with a nice tan head.

This leads to a sweet chocolate aroma with a little hop note on the end.

The taste was good but I was expecting a hoppier finish similar to an IPA. This was a little on the bland side for hops but a pleasant chocolate note was evident.

This beer needs a little more head retention. This hurts the beers appearance and body the longer it sits in a glass (which shouldn't be too long).

Overall this is a beer that you can drink and enjoy all year round not just during the fall and winter months when darker beers tend to be more popular. (596 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not a lot of lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, coffee, and caramel. Sharper than I would have expected.

T: Tasted of malt and caramel up front, with a bit of coffee and a nutty quality in the finish. Different than most brown ales with the inclusion of coffee. Plays almost like a weak version of a stout.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a dry, slightly thin finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An oddly compelling, drinkable beer. (603 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown that becomes black in the glass, with one finger of brown head with good retention. This is a brown ale? There is no single predominant aroma, but rather, a three way tie between roastiness, walnuts, and dark chocolate. An intriguing nose. The flavor features a complex interplay of the aforementioned elements, with a sweet roastiness lingering on the finish. Body is bit lighter than I would like, but overall this is a fascinating "brown ale," that would probably be better described as a brown-stout hybrid. (541 characters)

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Onyx Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
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