1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.

Onyx Black Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

Not Rated.
Onyx Black AleOnyx Black Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

324 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 324
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 24 | 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)
View: Beers (34) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 251-275 | 276-300 | 301-325  | next › last »
Ratings: 324 | Reviews: 135 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of pb9613
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of SykDoc
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of WJVII
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of cdkrenz
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

« first ‹ prev | 251-275 | 276-300 | 301-325  | next › last »
Onyx Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.