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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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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Photo of ferrari29
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from can into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a nice chocolate shake colored head; about one to one-half finger in size; frothy and rocky in appearance; held pretty well; body is jet black, but has plenty of visible carbonation stick on the side of the glass; kind of pours with a motor oil consistency; good lacing around the glass

S - Nutty malt nose with a twist of lightly roasted malt; brown sugar oatmeal; dark fruit; licorice; toffee

T - Roasted malt flavor; moderately strong licorice taste; some coffee and some chocolate but faint compared to the burnt roasted malt taste; nutty

M - Kind of chewy with a medium body; slightly effervescent; clean and crisp; roasted malt aftertaste

D - Clean and refreshing black ale taste; I really liked this; had great roasted malt characteristics and the flavor stayed consistent, sip after sip

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black indeed, small 1" thin, active head

Dark wheat and oats, vanilla, dark chocolate, malty sweetness with herbs and dry earthiness, subtle rootbeer effect.

A lush dark-roastie malt with wheat, oats, dry herbal hops that is all in great balance.

A dry, crisp feel that really pops, nice complex feel, dry and snappy, light to medium bodied.

Low ABV, high complexity indeed.

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Photo of whendeathsleeps
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep black, hence the name "Black Ale", Khaki colored one finger head.
S- Big on the malts, citrus aromas.
T- Dark Fruits, roasted, as mentioned by many reviewers very cola like.
M- A little watery, medium carbonation.

Just an okay beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12. fl. oz. bottle sampled on October 29, 2011. The pour is a rich black with a thin head but at the same time it is not completely blocked from light like a stout might be. The sweet maltiness kicks in on the nose right off with a slight cherry cough drop mixture. The overall body is medium but there is also a kind of sticky, heavier quality to it. The taste is full of sweetness and molasses. It is a likeable beer that works well in its own way.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black, indeed. This one comes at you with a thick head of fine, tan carbonation. Lace is spotty, and unremarkable.

Nose is sweet and chocolate. A little nutty, as well. Appealing!

Tastes mild, with some lightly roasted malts coming through. I get a little burnt cocoa, too. This one seems simple and uncomplex. Still, definitely session-worthy, despite being a mite thin.

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Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Black Ale pours a black, stout like color, with a very small white head. The smell was malty, and nutty. The taste was full, malty, with a bit of a nutty flavor. Very typical to a brown ale. Good full taste, no watery flavor that some brown ales might have, good carbonation. Overall this beer delevers on the most important factor taste, different for a brown ale in other catagories, but a good beer.

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Photo of deebo
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Black as night with oily tan weak head.
S-Burnt sweet malt is dominant some molasses notes.
T-Toasted, rich caramel with molasses malt with a hint of smokiness.
M-Creamy mouthfeel, rather heavy yet very smooth-a great combination.
D-Very nice for what reminds me of a stout.
O-Really nice flavor that is smooth and easy to drink. Can't ask for anything more.

Point's beers seem to have improved a lot over the last decade. I will be getting more of this one.

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

Tan head bubbles up nicely on the pour over nearly black ale, as advertised. A very light mouthfeel is the weak point of the beer. Watery base has a light roast malt, but not overly complex or interesting. More coffee than roast in the nose, which is fine,and none of the Cluster, Saaz and Cascade hops listed in the brewery's website description. Overall, a serviceable beer for the night and a standard beer for Stevens Point.

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Photo of Badbobx
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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

Pour - dark as pitch with only some hints at ruby red when the light hits it just right. A rather thin coffee-colored ring sits atop this pour. Dark and mysterious.

Aroma - coffee with lots of sugar, caramel, molasses, cocoa powder and chocolate cake batter.

Taste - roasty and toasty with a sweet and tangy finish that reminds me of bread dough a bit. Fairly light bodied despite it's appearance. This actually quite a refreshing beer with a nice malt profile, little to no hop presence and rather light carbonation.

Overall - this beer is more like a stout in some ways than a brown ale. It's got a lot more roasty flavors and an almost dry, espresso-like finish without the sweetness a brown ale usually brings. If there was an actual "Black Ale" style category this would fit nicely into it!

Would I buy more of it? - possibly. Although I'm not within their distribution range. This is a nice beer, nothing too fancy but solid. If you like dark beers with a lot of flavor but not too heavy this is a good one.

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Photo of beer2day
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely pours black with a nice, pillowy, 2-finger tan head. Moderate lace on the front half of the glass and faint retention.

Very light chocolate malt and even lighter citrus define the nose. Not much here, but what there is has a nice feel to it.

Taste is light chocolate, a tad bit of anise, very light citrus, and a mild malt finish. While not bad, not very inspiring either.

Very light feel. Perhaps too light for the style.

All that said, it's still a nice refreshing dark alternative on a hot summer night.

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Photo of witster18
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

points for originality here, but will probably be my last...

malty backbone and a strong graininess to this... a bit of citrus fruit tied in with a bit of dark fruits.. the blend is awkward... I finished the bottle but this isn't something that I would session. I'm not sure this beer knows what it wants to be... it says ale, but nothing about the abv, mouthfeel, or taste says ale... this is a cross between a cheap black lager and a hellas beer... with a really strong malt grain backbone.

a bit to sharp and light in overall taste - while at the same time not having enough taste... I mean the taste is busy... almost too much going on.. but the flavors are not strong... this reminds me of jomo lager... something out of the box that might appeal to a small group of devoted fans(yuengling too), but it just isn't a world class beer by any stretch of the imagination.

thank you sir, but you can keep the other.

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