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Onyx Black Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 27, 2010
Photo of JoshRadTxist
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

JoshRadTxist, May 21, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

beerwolf77, May 20, 2010
Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev +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.

Strix, May 19, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

zeff80, May 18, 2010
Photo of tim9887
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

tim9887, May 11, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

mothman, May 05, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Cyberkedi, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of SykDoc
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice dark brown and forms an 1/8 inch mocha colored head that quickly reduces to a light lacing. Almost opaque when held to the light with a ruby tinge around the edges.

The aroma is coming out as it warms including solid caramel malt sweetness with some roasted nut and coffee hints.

The taste is solid as well with a primarily roasted malt flavor and some mild hoppy back notes with some almost wheat-like spots.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with a pleasant and balances level of carbonation which may take away slightly from the taste but improves drinkability. It goes down crisp with a very mild coffee-like dryness at the end.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable. It is like a combination of light and dark beers with reasonable components of each making it pleasant, refreshing and worth a trial if you can get it.

SykDoc, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ruby=tinged mahogany with 3 fingers of rocky mocha colored head, good looking brew! Good head retention & lacing

S: Toasty malt, a faint whiff of nuttyness

T: Toasty malt, with a touch of licorice?, brown bread & faint herbal hoppyness up front. Grainy notes, coffee & a hint of caramel are all there as this warms, along with some mineral dryness & a kiss of licorice. Finishes dry, nutty, with mocha & toasty grain

MF: Light/medium bodied, a touch of stickyness. fairly controlled carbonation, & decent balance

Drinks pretty easy, not on "point" for the style, but close enough. Far better than most offerings from these guys. I look as this a pretty solid release from these guys & worthy of future purchases when hankering for some coffee/ licorice flavor, especially for the price

russpowell, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of WJVII
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to be one of the 2000 participants of the 2010 Point Bock Run and as a reward they had a bunch of brews on tap, one of which was the newly released 2012.

This brew was a deep dark chocolate brown color with a nice light brown 2 finger head. The aroma was strong of roasted malts, deep chocolate, mild coffee, and some subtle nuttiness. The taste was right on track with the aroma. Strong roasted malt presence with coffee and chocolate tones. There was a wonderful hop balance to this brew and the thick and creamy head went well with the moderate carbonation. This was a tasty treat after a 5 mile run! Very surprised with this brew and am happy to have it brewed in my backyard!

WJVII, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The head is that of soda yet it has moderate retention. Big and medium brown with lots of large bubbles and definitely loud. The body is super black with zero action.

S - There's certainly a sweeter malt presence here. There's a slight candy aroma as well.

T - To start there's a subtle malt flavor with a hint of burnt grain. The middle is similar but toward the end there's a slight hoppy note, but nothing that takes over the brew. I wouldn't categorize this as a transition from one flavor to another. It just seems that the hoppy edge appears. The finish has a slight coffee taste which does bring this beer some much needed flavor.

M - The feel in the beginning is that of smooth water. The middle adds a nice subtle texture which is then carried out into the finish. I think the subtle coarse addition toward the middle aids in bringing out the slight hop and coffee tastes.

~ This beer isn't going to change the world but it will make Stevens Point Brewery a bit more diverse. I think this beer was created for the purpose of giving us Point Beer faithful a nice, sessionable, dark, ale. I appreciate what Point is doing here and I will definitely support their efforts. I suggest you do the same.

cdkrenz, Mar 03, 2010
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Onyx Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
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