Onyx Black Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

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Onyx Black AleOnyx Black Ale

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Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cdkrenz on 03-03-2010

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is dark brown with a light lacing that clings to the glass until the last sip.

At first it was hard to smell much off of this beer, but after letting the beer warm, a sweet raisin-y smell comes through.

The taste is very roasted and malty. Raisins and a very slight hint of chocolate comes off the taste and a semi-tart taste lingers - maybe from the raisins.

The beer is light in body - lighter than it looks like it would be.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another To The Point success! Stevens Point Brewery has continued to impress me with their lineup. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: like blackened earth after the apocalypse. Tan, one finger head with little staying or lacing power.

Smell: rich toffee and coffee overlap with a pleasant malt feel

Taste: Yum! The malt shines through with a slight coffee aftertaste. Better than what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: medium

Overall: a good alternative to the lighter summer beers. Dark, effective, with portents of the end of the world from the Mayan calendar. Drink up: the end is near!

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Photo of BennyL1
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 for the bottle. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Good looking beer, pours a very dark brown almost black with a little more than a fingers worth of mocha head.

Roasted malts up front in the nose. Maybe some bittersweet chocolate and black coffee in the background.

Some of that bittersweet chocolate comes through at first taste. Lots of roasted malt makes it pretty one dimensional. As some others have mentioned there is also a cola like aspect to this. Not bad but not really doing that much for me.

Light/Medium body with good carbonation. Maybe a tad watery.

Overall not a bad beer, has some redeeming qualities but not something I would probably drink to much of.

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Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

I'm naturally drawn to dark beers, stouts and schwarzbiers and the like, so I figured I'd give this "black ale" a try. It was more of a "dark" brown ale than anything, I thought. Poured into a pint glass, a cola brown color with a small off-white head. Mildly roasty aroma, with notes of brown sugar and bread. Toasted malts in the taste, pumpernickel, and hints of coffee and sugar. Overall pretty lacking in the flavor department, really. A bit watered down. Just barely medium-bodied, and hmm...probably not something I'd get again.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours very dark, with a 1 fingers tan head with moderate retention. Nice sticky lacing. The appearance definitely confirms the name. Its really dark, Black Ale is appropriate name here. No seeing through this one.

S - Roasted malts is all I really pick up here.

T - Just like the nose. Roasted malts with just a hint of hops. Rather average, but certainly not poor tasting. Just average.

M - Pretty thin, light bodied. Some carbonation presents itself, not overly done. It drinks pretty smooth really but its a little on the watery side overall

O - Its a decent beer, not bad, but also not one I would seek out again. Wanted to try it, I did. I can say I gave it a shot and enjoyed it for what it was.

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Photo of Duff27
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a half-inch mocha head on tap of a black beer. Nice lacing, head retention is lacking a a tad though.

S- Whiffs of chocolate and roasted barley.

T- Robust, almost cola-like, with a chocolate/coffee sweet maltyness combo during the aftertaste. No off-flavors.

M- Good carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Very nice flavor profile for something so low in ABV. Would be a nice one around a campfire on a cool summer night. But again: Twist offs in craft...too weird.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Point 2012 Black Ale has a thin, beige head, and a black appearance. The aroma is subdued, but one can pick up roasted barley. Taste is again dark-roasted barley and some black coffee. The hop profile is nil. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Point 2012 Black Ale finishes surprisingly crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is another excellent offering from Stevens Point Brewery. Give it a try!


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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck poured into a Leine’s version of the perfect pint glass. The beer is dark brown with garnet highlights. There is slim of brown foam and some lacing.

The beer has an aroma of earthy malts, some coco and a bit of roasted coffee.
The taste is mildly toasted malts, more coco, some nuttiness and there is a bit of balancing hops at the end of the sip. The roasted malts show-up at mid glass. Becomes more integrated as it warms.

The mouth is adequate with sharp carbonation. This is a nice, easy drinking black beer. Glad to see it added to Point’s line-up.

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Photo of matjack85
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.99. No, the beer wasn't released a year early. The date on the label refers to the year the Mayans believed the world will end, so the brewery wants us to drink this stuff before it's too late.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a 1½-finger light brown head. The head lasts awhile and leaves a ton of lacing behind.

Huge roasted malt aroma, even some burnt smell.

Burnt coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavor to go along with the roasted malt. Kind of one dimensional - just a lot of roastiness. At just 9 IBU's there's not much hop flavor to speak of.

Thin to medium body with fairly high carbonation.

It's OK I guess if you like burnt malt flavors but I would have preferred more flavors than that. Didn't care for it that much.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a single of 2012 Black ale for $1.19 at The Lager Mill. I have never tried a beer from Stevens Point Brewery and I generally like black ales so I am looking forward to trying it. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is a little plain, but it's got a Mayan calender in the background and a blurb about the end of the Mayan calender and how it inspired this beer. It poured a nice black color that had some ruby edges when held up to the light. It had two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thick ring.

S- The aroma is pretty malty. I pick up some medium roasted malts and a pretty distinct bready aroma. I also pick up some dark fruits in the middle that are pretty prominent. I didn't pick up any hops.

T- The taste is pretty close to the aroma. The malts impart a nice mild toasted flavor and are not overly sweet, there is a slight bit of bitter sweet chocolate in there but not much. The dark fruits don't show up as much as they did in the aroma, but they are still there just much more milder. Just like in the aroma I didn't pick up any hops and the finish was smooth and not bitter at all.

M- Medium light bodied, smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Overall this was an Ok brew. I really don't know what style this beer fits in, the label says its a black ale, BA says its a American Brown Ale, to me it feels like a combination of the two, this is a hard beer to classify. But in the end it went down smooth and easy and it had no offensive flavors to it. I would drink this again but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. Not bad for my first Stevens Point brew, I would be willing to see what else they got.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great! Pours well with a three finger thick tan head, and has a clear dark ruby red colored body

The aroma is bready and husky along with mild fruity almost plum like hops aroma.

Taste wise it has a dark fruit, maybe watered down fig juice flavor. There is a bready graininess to it.

Feels well carbonated, a little on the creamy side, and finishes with a refreshing wetness to the palate.

Overall this is a well balanced brew and a nice warm day kind of brew.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.76/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful beer. Brownish color with a thick tan head that dissapates quickly. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes of malts and chocolate. Mouthful says it all with the tastes. Goes down smooth and tastes of an excellent black ale. Drinkablity is very high. One would want a decent six pack to drink with his buddies.

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Photo of ksmi116
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a less creamy stout, black with a tan head, head fades quickly

S - Very malty, with a bit of fruit. I smell no coffee or chocolate

T - Malt and fruit is dominant. A slight bitter twinge on the back of the taste.

M - Dry finish, and low carbonation.

O - A decently taste "Black ale" for the price. Picked it up just because the name was impressive, but it's just a bit above average.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with minimal head that turns to a mild lace. Carbonation is quite good in the glass.

S - Smells of harsh grain or hoppy roast with a bit of cocoa.

T - Roast is pretty smooth with coffee and dark chocolates. Mild hops in the finish and finishes rather creamy. As others stated it comes off more like a Swartz or porter rather than brown ale.

M - Pretty light to medium. Fairly easy to drink.

Overall glad I picked this single up. Fairly easy to drink and smooth full flavors. Might consider a six pack but would love more cocoa or coffee. Good beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with ruby edges and a creamy tan head. Sour roast nose with some cocoa powder. Big instant coffee and seaweed malt tang, some roasty sweetness with berry notes, and earth and spice hops on the back end. Tingly finish. Medium, round, with some chew.

Call it brown or black, this comes across as a light porter. Tasty and drinkable from a brewer I've thought of as on par with Saranac for being merely passable. Dumb name for a beer, though.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is black (I guess what other color would a Black Ale be?). My pour produces a nice brownish head about 1/2 thick that fades to a small dollop on top of the beer.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee aroma on the nose. Scent of a little sweet maltyness somewhat like a bock.

Taste: In line with the scent. Some burnt chocolate/coffee flavoring with a touch of bitterness on the finish. Nice flavoring with a little alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light in body (compared to other "dark" beers such as a stout or porter) with a light carbonation giving it a little prickly feel on the tongue but finishes smooth.

Drinkability: A nice easy drinking beer. A decent offering from a brewery whose beers I have found to be just adequate. I'd buy this again at the price I purchased this 6-pack for ($5.99).

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

not the best beer on the planet...to say the least!

not impressed with the appearance....solid black...with a tan fading head....with splotchy lacing...

smell is ok... i smell some dark fruits....maybe a little plum and prunes...

taste is not impressive....taste a little cheap (corn sugar, adjuncts)

the feel is pretty ok i guess...slightly creamy....with a good carbonation feel...

the drink ability sucks not because a lot of alcohol but cause this beer is not that great!

this beer officially gets my worst rating of all time....

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Photo of hosehead83
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black with ruby highlights. Surprisingly big, thick head of tan foam that just hangs out for a while.
Aroma-Dark roasted malt, chocolate notes
taste-Black patent malt, milk chocolate, coffee with cream. Super-smooth and creamy. Very nice "all-day" lacing. More porter-like than brown ale. Very tasty and drinkable. A great match with a juicy cheeseburger or spicy tacos1

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Black in the glass with a light mocha spongey head that lapsed rather quickly. A thin whispy lash goes half way around the glass for lace. Other then that pretty standard fanfare here, but it is black.

S: The nose was light black licorice with a chocolate sweetness meeting a milky enchanched coffee presence. Strong at first, unfortunately it didn't stick around long so make sure you get your wiff in early, like as soon as it hits the glass.Dark toffee comes on the finishing trail.

T: The flavor was much the same as the nose, holding little surprise. Sweet chocolate and milky laced coffee with a bit of sweet licorice. Sweet upfront it turns to a smooth roasted bitterness on the finale.

M: Nice fullness, creamy and milky feel. Tingle of carbonation on the tip of the tongue. Bitter and sweet roasted warmth.

D: Decent drinkability, though shallow on depth and substance. An end of the world drink? Hardly. Better then most of their offerings.

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Photo of dhannes
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served around 50º in a standard pint glass.

A=Very dark reddish brown...foam was light brown and 1" plus and lasted well over a minute.

S=A faint smell of malt and, perhaps, toast.

T=Very nice. Much like a porter, with hints of mocha and sweetness. More flavor than Sprecher's Black Bavarian and more like a porter than Badger Porter.

M=A bit more watered down than a porter, but still very nice.

D=The slight sweetness and lightness makes this a beer one could drink several bottles of without a problem.

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Photo of auro0006
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this at a local liquor store and was pleasantly impressed.

Pours a dark, dark brown color; black. The head is a creamy, dark tan.

Aromas showcased are that of sweet, roasted malts and sweet chocolate.

The body is light, but brings out the most of the roasted malts along with caramel and hints of dark fruits. There isn't a lot to the mouthfeel, but it's pleasant and the malts are too cloying.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild semi-sweet roast with a bit of toast and a brushing of hop that blends quite nicely with an earthy quality.
Small brownish head covers a very dark beer with only hints of light showing brown on the edges.
Roast flavor, a mild sweetness temporarily. Soft hop flavors reminiscence of the aroma. Mild extended dryness that seems both from the hops and malt.
Too carbonated and too thin of body. I shouldn't feel an urge to belch after on the first couple of sips. Too bad. Semi-soft feel to the carbonation.
Ya' know this is a reasonable flavorful beer. Nicely hopped over a mild roast body. I'd drink this again. Probably try to find a way to flatten it some.

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Photo of 1BeerLeague
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black as my heart, richly dark and dirty with an oil-like appearnce.

Aroma: Subtle chocolate and hops, sweet, nutty notes.

Taste: Roasted barley and smokey caramel.

Drinkability: Smooth with a rolling flavor of caramel throughout.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter coffee finish.

Serving vessel: Pint glass & bottle.

Additional: Overall it could be a pickup for a six pack, but not a long running session beer. Best beer for under $3.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle says Black ale, the style here is listed as brown ale. What gives?
To me it resembles and tastes more like a brown ale.
It is although a very black looking beer with a smallish foamy head that fades fast real fast.
Thin light aroma of roasted malts maybe some espresso.
Tastes of roasted burnt malts coffee and espresso. Hops can't be tasted butr has a measure of bitterness at the end.
Has porter and stoudt qualities to it.
Medium to thick mouthfeel. Watery around the edges with some grit and astringency to it.
A good middle of the road beer no matter what it's called.

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Onyx Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 377 ratings