Onyx Black Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

Onyx Black AleOnyx Black Ale
BA SCORE
39.2%
Liked This Beer
3.56 w/ 372 ratings
Onyx Black AleOnyx Black Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
pointbeer.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cdkrenz on 03-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,102
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
372
Liked:
146
Avg:
3.56/5
pDev:
13.2%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Photo of NuclearDolphin
1.87/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of mklinger
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of cdizinno
2.81/5  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.

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Onyx Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 39.2% out of 100 with 372 ratings
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