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Onyx Black Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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 BeerFMAndy
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. "Based on the Mayan calendar", 0680 on the neck, no info.

A - It pours more like a deep porter, clear and dark brown while pouring, almost opaque black in the glass. A densely packed two-finger head was fairly well-retained and left some good lace on the glass.

S - Dense roastd malts -amber, caramel, and maybe a touch of chocolate- with some dry cocoa and light wood notes. Not a whole lot of hops come through in this one. Mild, low-level aroma.

T - Very roasted amber malts with a little bit of toffee that's overlapped by charred cocoa and bakers chocolate with a little hint of nuttiness. Slight cardboard also pokes out. Minimal hop interaction in flavor although bittering is noticeable.

M - 2012 is extremely dry and both acrid bitter from the roasted malts and bitter from the hops. Smooth in texture with a medium body.

D - Something about it seems just a little off and I'm definitely unsure of the correlation between the beer and the 2012 name based on the Mayan calendar besides the "inspiration" word listed on the bottle. I do however remember it being released around the same time as the movie under the same name. Marketing ploy for sales? The beer is average.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Root beer brown that looks like it might fall just short of opacity (the sun isn't up yet). A pretty good looking crown of beige colored foam sits atop the liquid and is starting to lay down a decent amount of lace in sudsy strands.

The beer smells darker than a brown ale and lighter than a black ale, with elements of each. It's mostly dark caramel-like with a vanilla vibe that is interesting. Despite 32 IBUs worth of Saaz, Cascade and Cluster, there isn't much hoppiness at all.

2012 tastes like a fruitier, less black malty schwarzbier. Ale yeast is responsible for the former and a malt bill that goes easy on roasted malt (and uses no black malt) is probably responsible for the latter. Bitterness is balancing and hop flavor is on the low side.

Specifics include caramels with a thin layer of dark chocolate, a very small splash of black coffee, vanilla, and bitter tea leaves. This is pretty simple stuff, but then Stevens Point brews pretty basic beer for the most part. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

The mouthfeel is a minor letdown (it's hard to be too disappointed when expectations weren't high to begin with). I've had ales and lagers that were a full percentage point lower with respect to ABV that had more size and creaminess than this.

This Stevens Point offering's name was inspired by the Mayan 'Long-Count' calendar that suggests that the world will end on December 21, 2012. If that's true, then you can be sure I will be spending my final days drinking something more worthy of the apocalypse than 2012 Black Ale.

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/5 inch head of an pale tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, grain, pale malt, hops, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight hop, pale malt, slight yeast, and a hint of citrus. Ovearll, a decent brown; good body and blend.

Photo of gmfessen
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one while on vacation down in Nashville, at one time I had tried every beer Point made but I hadn't seen this one before so I had to give it a try. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, 2012 is BLACK in the glass with just hints of ruby-brown at its edges. The head is dense and creamy, mocha in color and leaves nice sticky lacing on the glass. The nose is of dark chocolate, toasty notes, a bit earthy and woody. The flavor has similar characteristics, nutty, roasty, chocolaty and earthy. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, carbonation is rather docile. Overall, a very drinkable beer and honestly better than I expected. They're better than BMC beer but not usually impressive; this one is probably the best I've had by them yet.

Photo of Chaz
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A firm pour into my favorite bulb produces a full two-fingered head which recedes rather gradually, and leaves plenty of lace. The head is a medium-tan, perhaps even closer to a light brown.

The beer itself is a very dark brown, almost impenetrable in the 60 watt glow of the ceiling lamp (no doubt it would be a bit closer to a ruby-amber when held up to full sunlight : )

Nose is sweetish and tangy, with notes of dark fruit (rasp/berries, date, plum) and lighter cocoa, even a bit of an espresso astringency. No hop presence or spiciness that I can detect . . .

Sweet and tangy on the first sip, followed by a billowing, rich, chocolate-y character: this one is full of roasted, dark malts, gah... Some bitterness brings up the rear and lingers throughout, but this is hardly an RIS -- it's much, much closer to a porter.

Sweetness seems to be the dominating characteristic, and a bit more bitterness would go a long way, particularly in adding to the drinkability of the beer (and especially when considering our modern, hop-centric tastes as beer advocates).

Licorice notes come through and flit about before becoming lost in the roast and lighter, lingering bitterness, but make for a nice surprise nonetheless. Definitely porter-like in that way. There's also a mild nuttiness (pecan!) here that I find intriguing.

Over all there's a fairly good mouthfeel and drinkability going on here, and this is the kind of beer that I can really go-in for. It's almost a session-able beer. Almost ; )

Definitely one that improves and opens-up as it warms.

A fairly fresh bottle -- code is 1130.
Hell of a deal at $5.99 a six, too!

Photo of pb9613
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for Stevens Point. I picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. The near black beer looked more like a Schwarzbier than a brown ale and tasted like a stronger (and better crafted) version of Yuengling Porter. It had the fruity dark chocolate flavor of a classic Baltic Porter, but then had a noticeably thin body that gave away the quasi-craft origins. The flavor dropped off pretty quickly, but what was there was quite pleasant.

Photo of tronester
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small dark tan head. I have seen porters and stouts lighter in color that this! Smell is a hint of coffee beans, and dried fruit. Taste is dry cocoa powder up front, with a tart malt middle, and an earthy, grassy finish. Mouthfeel is average, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, rather light bodied for 5.4 percent alcohol. This is an enjoyable beer, but with so many better, similar beers, I doubt I will be buying this again.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is toffee with some chocolate and earthy hops notes. The flavor is toffee and earthy hops with not too much else going on. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a very exciting beer, but nothing too offensive either.

Photo of emerge077
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mayan-inspired Schwarzbier?

Attractive pour, tons of lace and strong retention. Fluffy foam that rises above the rim of the glass with irregular crags and peaks. Black body, glowing red in the meniscus. Faint roast in the aroma, weak and grainy with traces of day old coffee. Not bad not good, a little bland.

Easy to drink and fairly light bodied like a Schwarzbier, hints of roast malt and coffee, flaccid and husky with slight diacetyl. Not particularly complex, but its not bad. Could drink 1-2 easily.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2012 Black Ale appears an incredibly dark brown and it is almost completely opaque. The head is a similar in color to creamed coffee, but the retention is okay.

The smell has the sweet, roasted, nutty smell that is expected from this style.

Its taste starts off sweet, then goes into nut notes on the mid palate. The beer finishes with roasted bitter notes, similar to a blend of coffee and a pale ale.

The mouthfeel is medium, which is a suprise for as dark as the beer appears.

Overall, it drinkability is about average. The aftertaste does not leave you wanting more. But the beer is worth a try, and it is nice to see this long time brewery pushing its limits and trying new styles.

Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is very faint chocolate.Taste is nuts and chocolate malts.Taste is kind of weak and watery..slightly above average.I guess I would recommend to try at least once.I'm 50/50 on whether I would purchase again.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours black with a moderate, but quickly diminishing tan head with a little lace. The aroma is moderately roasty with subtle caramel and bready malts. The flavor is moderate-high malt -- mainly nutty and chocolate with some roast and finishes dry. Nothing overly complex, but still tasty. The hop bitterness is medium-low, accented by the dry finish. The hop flavor is low but noticeable, slightly spicy. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-thin. Overall a flavorful ale with great drinkability.

Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown, nearing black with a fluffy tan head that never really fades away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of a very mild roasted grain with cream, and chocolate milk.
Taste is of the aromas with a touch of buttery diacytel coming through, along with chocolate syrup, and rice pudding.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, lip smacking, with bitter roast and mild hops found in the swallow.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a czechvar glass.

Pours a cola black, almost opaque. Decent sized head is slightly fizzy.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, sweet with a dextrose aroma. Smallish coffee and dark cocoa aroma.

Flavor is of dark roast malt. Slight flavor of tannin and coffee. Middle brings an aggressive bitterness. Astringent grain comes on the fish with a molasses and burnt coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is very bubbly, not thin but the carbonation is aggressive. The carbonation cuts the swetnes of the grain slightly.

Not a bad beer, crisp and full of flavor, just a little thin.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of JoshRadTxist
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into ceramic mug.

A: As advertised, black-or really dark-brown opaque color. Foamy head recedes quickly.

S: Not much smell really. Smell the barley that's clean, but it's a faint smell, that's about it.

T: Very mild taste too. Decent but unmemorable. Malt, sour bitterness, chocolate or smoke overtones maybe in the finish.

M: Clean, dry, chewy.

D: Can't see this as a session beer. It sits a little heavy in the stomach.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass thr beer is dark brown almost black. When held to light you can see some brownish red edges. About a finger of dark khaki head settles leaving a thick coating of lace.

The aroma is fairly roasty. Not super strong. Light coffee maybe a touch of chocolate. Mostly toasted caramel malt.

The flavor is simialr to the nose. Again not real strong. What is there is a definite roasted malt with hints of coffee and caramel. A slight metallic flavor haunts the finish.

Light thin body. Rather watery. Light carbonation.

Overall I'm less than impressed. Point makes some decent beers usually. How ever this one missed the mark for me.

Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, decent head, some lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, hints of toffee and coffee.

Tastes of roasted malt, with caramel, toffee, and stale coffee. A bit of hoppy taste, but also some metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel a little on the thin side, medium carbonation.

This was one of the better beers I've had from Point, and worth a try.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, deep dark brown (almost black) color with a thin, caramel colored head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of roasty malts, chocolate and mild coffee notes.

T - Nice chocolate flavors with toffee, roasty malt and subtle coffee flavors. It had a nice bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied ale that drinks really easily.

D - This is a very fine dark ale. It really seems more like a porter than a brown ale but it was quite good either way.

Photo of tim9887
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly viscous dark brown from the bottle, and about a 1/2" of tan head arises and quickly fades. Aroma is sweet and malty. In the flavor I get quite a bit of roasty coffee and slight chocolate/toffee notes. Mouthfeel is good - nice and smooth. A very easy-drinking ale. I like.

Photo of mothman
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours a very light amount of fizzy tan head. Color is near black.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts with some espresso/coffee flavors. Reminds me a bit of Flat Earth Black Helicopter. Very malty. Some sweet caramel.

Taste: Again, coffee, but not the coffee I like to see in beer. Roasted malts. Some grassy hops. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, not the best beer in the world, but I didn't have high expectations. Not something I would buy again. Just didn't have it going on. Not to drinkable imo.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is malty with a subtle undertone of molasses and a whisper of yeast. It pours a nice opaque sable with a fairly thick and fluffy beige head. Flavor is malty and a little sweet, having a hint of molasses, but not too strong. Texture is a little on the watery side and just a little fizzy.

Onyx Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.