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Onyx Black Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 03-03-2010)
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Photo of NuclearDolphin
1.85/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Coal Black with no type of color differentiation at all when held up to the light. The head has a pretty brown color to with no lacing retention to speak of. Had I not known this was supposed to be a brown ale, I would've mistaken this for a Porter or a Stout, but then again, it is called "Black Ale" for a good reason.

Smell - Very subtle Chocolate & Cocoa and some roasted malts with an overall slight sweetness. The smell just isn't there! I had to double check just to be sure that it was the beer that had no scent and not because my seasonal allergies were returning, which usually causes my sense of smell to vanish.

Taste - The taste sadly doesn't change from the smell. You have the subtle sweet chocolate, roasted malts and barley taste to it, which also has very little flavor to speak of. For a dark beer, the taste is just not there.

Mouthfeel - Body feels average which expected out of darker beers, but at the same time there's a slight thickness to it. The carbonation, compared to other Stevens Point Brewery beers I've had, is alot more subdued here.

Overall - Stevens Point Brewery, you have really creative ideas when it comes to marketing your products but your actual beers come off as disappointing because there's little to no flavor at all. I'm pointing this out in particular because this would've been an absolutely phenomenal brown ale had there been more flavor, but right now it just comes off as a good idea for a brown ale executed poorly.

NuclearDolphin, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Has a nice pour, beer is dark brownish red with a large (2") tan head.

S: Surprisingly sweet. Molasses, roasty. I don't get much coffee or chocolate which I've come to expect from beers this dark. A surprising odor, but not unpleasant.

T: Wow, and not in a good way. Lots of molasses and sweetness, but nothing to balance it out. The flavor hits you like an unpleasant roasty truck then fades away leaving you with an unpleasant bitter flavor

M: A fair amount of carbonation for a dark beer, and it's also much thinner. It feels more like a light lager than a "black ale."

D: The unpleasant, astringent bitter flavor makes this beer pretty undrinkable. I regret that I have 5 more from the six pack to work through, because I don't think that I would drink another if someone offered it for free.

DaveBlack, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass. Appears a dark cola brown with no head whatsoever. The nose has some roasted barley, notes of caramel, some artificial sweetener, and tootsie roll chocolate character. The taste has a heavy bitter roast, sweet caramel, minimal hops. Something is odd here, this tastes thin and artificial. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Overall, this one needs to be passed on.

homebrew311, Feb 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

kschm628, Jan 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Robloc303, Sep 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

green_plastic, Jul 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Whiskeydeez, Oct 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

beernads, Jul 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

ccozzi, Jun 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

bcsbeer, Mar 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

htc, Feb 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Kyrojack, Apr 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of mklinger
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Definitely a black beer that looks brown around the edges where light shines through a corner, but otherwise black with no light penetrating the main part of the glass. A thin mocha head formed then fairly quickly dissipated.

Aroma is slightly malty/bready with just a bit of roast in there. No hop presence at all.

Very light flavored. It basically comes across as a pale American lager with a good amount of Carafa malt added. If a schwarzbier is a German pils made with carafa, then this tastes like an American lager made with carafa. A bare hint of molasses in there too. Otherwise, it is pretty bland flavorwise.

Thin mouthfeel (like a premium American lager), well carbonated. Overall, I didn't really know what to expect from this, but I'm fairly unimpressed.

mklinger, Sep 22, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

jharris0624, Nov 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

soccerfancooch, Jun 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

rfbenavi80, Feb 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Joeyuwp, Apr 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

jimmy13, Jan 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Tracker83, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of cdizinno
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured.

A: Dark, Dark, Dark brown, almost black. Has a bit of a reddish tint when held up to the light just right. Little to no head. Thin film of light tan bubbles.

S: Roasted, malty, nutty and brown sugary smells.

T&M: Dark fruits, dark chocolate and after taste of mildly sweet nuts. Light bodied.

Okay. Brown ales are not really my favorite style, but this is just okay whether it is a brown ale or if Stevens Point is trying to be creative with a black ale style, it really does not "wow" me.

cdizinno, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of lester619
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent dirty brown with a thin white head and not much lacing. The smell is sweet with hints of caramel and nutty toffee. The taste upfront is slightly sweet with hints of caramel and nuts. Faint smokey roasted grain notes combine with an astringent bitterness at the finish. The flavor doesn't hold together very well. It's watery and bland with just a slight smokey bitter aftertaste. Thin watery mouthfeel as well. Not awful tasting beer, but not good either. My buddy got me a six pack of this because I'm always joking about the comet thats coming in two years. Cool concept but mediocre brown ale.

lester619, Dec 07, 2010
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Onyx Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.