Onyx Black Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

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Onyx Black AleOnyx Black Ale

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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

12 oz. bottle tried 22 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Medium sized brown head. Well carbonated. Black, nearly opaque. Aroma is light, roasty and sweet. Lightly roasted and light chocolate to start. Touch of mocha. Becomes a bit more roasty towards the middle and finish. Some molasses and dried fruit in the aftertaste. Lingering roasty bitterness. Light body, light ethanol.

Not bad, but not clear exactly what style was the target.

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Photo of TVolt1
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of yeahman
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of sneefcity
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TomAtoMusic
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of billyzoom666
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours black as night, not a bit of color in this one. The head is a chocolate, nice solid lacing. There's just a slight malt scent, it's subtle, tempting. I like that in women and in the smell of my malts. This has a little bit of a chocolate flavor to it. Nice smoky wooden taste kicks in the back. Almost porter like, but doesn't quite have the right texture to it. This is a perfect winter sipping beer. 2-3 of these is probably enough. It might be the best thing Point's ever done.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stevens Point's 2012 Black Ale shows a first impression of Brown Ales, primarily American, but also the more tame characteristics of Schwarzbiers and German Dunkels.

The pour of dark brown exhibits highlights of ruby and garnet while establishing a creamy but thin lightly tanned head that leaves behind spotted islands of lace and fair head retention. All is par for the course though a froathier and more verbose head character would have impressed more.

slightly scorched caramel, malted milk, light chocolate and coffee play into the savory but understated aroams. Slight apple yeasty notes emit but don't interfere with the malt focus. Only a mild grassy hop note balances the promise of caramel sweetness. Fresh and toasty, the beer carries an overall appealing scent.

Moderate malty sweetness of caramel and toffee- both in a semi-burnt kinda way set the stage while true malt gives a lightly starchy taste that provides the base flavor for specialty malt flavors of caramel, toast, coffee, chocolate, and wanlut. Again, grassy hop flavor starts in mild fashion at mid palate and morphs nicely into a mild earthy bitterness in finish. Only a grainy flavor outlasts the malt and leads to a somewhat unsettled flavor in finish.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer carries a malty/creamy early palate that holds its structure well into finish where lightly warming alcohol, mild grain astringency, and hop dryness rise but never really close the beer with much confidence.

Expected from American Brown Ales in a bolder hop presence of citrus, pine, and/or grass. But those lack, whereas the fairly neutral yeast character and moderate malt dryness come through nicely if not timid. Very drinkable and enjoyable- if now underwhelming.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of tvv375ia
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first review for 2012 poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice dark ruby colored with about a finger of head that faded to a small cap with some lacing

S-faint chocolate with some carmel malt and a little hops

T-sweet carmel malt with a little bit of some nuttiness before the hops on the finish

M-light to medium body with good carbonation

O-easy to drink and well balanced

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Photo of PossumMunsen31
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap. Pretty tasty. I've never been a big fan of dark beers but this one is pretty tolerable. Pours a pretty decent head. Roasty coffee notes with a clean finish. It was good enough to purchase a sixer. Not as good as some dark beers but better than others.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of tsauce2
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown. Head is tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the rim of the glass. Medium/light carbonation. Light lacing.

S: I believe this is Vienna malt, 2-row? Very malt forward, sweet notes of honey. Mild hop notes are present.

T: Light malt, some honey notes, slightly watery. Light hops. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and slightly malty.

M: Light bodied. Malts give a decent texture. Sweetness coats the palate just a bit. Hops add just a bit of complexity. Crisp and dry finish.

O: Nice beer. Overall, not overly impressed with anything, but this is a good beer. Nice overall balance of flavors. Cool label. I probably would not buy this beer again though. Also, they say the beer is themed on the Mayan calander, yet an Aztec calender adorns the label.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Illtryit
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Head dissapates rather fast but it does leave a ring around the rim with light lace.

You can smell roasted barley or hops. Trending towards black licorice.

Taste followxs the nose. Roasty flavor with just a touch of sweetness. No burnt toast flavor on this one.

Nice, sharp carbonation gives this black ale a crisp and refreshing feel. medium bodies and flavorful. Not a favorite, but I would recommend and I will definitely drink this one again.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Airedoggie
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black color with a weak light-tan head and moderate lacing.

S:Sweet fruit notes with a touch of caramel

T: Burnt caramel maltiness with hint of coffee. Sweet and the bitter.

M: Lighter than expected, nice carbonation and yet feels like a stout

O: Very pleasant flavorful beer.

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a black color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with some nut and caramel mixed in.

T: Flavor of roasted malt, some chocolate sweetness and nut. Just a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth a somewhat refreshing. Decent balance.

O: Nice beer, easy drinker. Nothing dynamic but not a bad offering from the brewery.

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Onyx Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 371 ratings.
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