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Onyx Black Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | 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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4/5  rDev +12.7%

jewellrunner, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Mick-e-d, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Badbobx, Aug 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

cfinch2, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

boehmer7, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

BrownAleMale, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

dmilewsk, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

olbubba, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

MarkyMOD, Apr 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

DLS168, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

JoeMans, Apr 05, 2014
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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
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Jvcshad, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

BeerForMuscle, May 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

burnheartsMKE, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

magine, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

udubdawg, Feb 06, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

thecarster1, Oct 11, 2010
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3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

plaid75, Feb 07, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

avalon07, Nov 01, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

droomyster, Nov 09, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

Pours near black with a short tan head that quickly reduces to a very thin top coat but leaves excellent lacing on the glass. Opaque but mahogany highlights and edges.

Aroma: a bit of over-ripe fruit coming from the bottle. This transforms into a more attractive fruitiness in the glass where the beer gives hints of both light and dark fruits, as well as toffee. Sweet with only light traces of hops and malt.

Taste: a nice, but not strong, spicy and fruity flavor; more hops and less malt flavor than expected for a "black ale", and the ABA category does seem more appropriate. Hints of caramel, vanilla, roasted nuts, licorice and, in the delicious finish, coffee. Excellent sweet/bitter balance.

M: medium-light body; semi-dry finish. Lighter than it looks, and a bit lighter than optimal, but works well with very good carbonation level.

O - more subtle than bold, this is a well-crafted beer worthy of attentive consumption.

chinchill, Sep 17, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black pretty much sums it up; this stuff lets very, very little light in just creeping at the edges. A beige head is pretty small and fades pretty quickly, leaving a little lacing in spots.
The smell is nice, malty with a bit of a hops presence to it but lots of caramel, some coffee, a bit of earth, a slight hint of nuttiness, and a touch of smoke.
All the preceding follows through in the flavor, with an additional herbal, leafy quality like from the hops (are Saaz used in here?) and coffee comes through more strongly into the finish.
The crispness pulls out but it's strained to do so. Smoothness is more accommodating. The body is about medium but falls slightly short of where it ought to be.
I was expecting a Cascadian Ale, Black IPA, whatever you want to call it, but this is a pretty good brown ale, anyway.

Brenden, Sep 24, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - ruby black with a big, thick, frothy, brown head that has good retention

S - nutty, caramel

T - nutty, caramel, some faint roast, light citrus, faint coffee, light bitterness

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a nice, full flavored brown ale. It's nutty and very malty with a very balanced hop character. I recommend this beer to all fans of the style.

tdm168, Nov 15, 2012
Onyx Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.