Onyx Black Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

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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

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Added by cdkrenz on 03-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
371
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.2%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
39
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 371 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of CalhounJohn
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came in a glass from tap as a very dark beer with a nice head and a very appealing look. It had a very nice, sweet smell and had great substance. It hit the mouth with a nice, sweet bite and went down very nicely. The depth of flavor wasn't as deep as expected and was the only thing missing from this beer. It was a pleasant surprise and I hope to drink it again.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours completely black with small tan head. Head falls to a small one but stays. Decent lace.

Aroma is sweet malt that has a roasted quality. Some fruits too.

Roasted malt flavor that is slightly burnt. Some bitterness and not too much else.

Medium to full bodied and quite smooth mouthfeel.

Average brew. Another decent Point offering.

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Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, decent head, some lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, hints of toffee and coffee.

Tastes of roasted malt, with caramel, toffee, and stale coffee. A bit of hoppy taste, but also some metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel a little on the thin side, medium carbonation.

This was one of the better beers I've had from Point, and worth a try.

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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 PhilMiller
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep brown with an off-white head that does not last.

Roasted malt and some cocoa in the nose.

A charred malt brown ale. Some schwarzbier elements to this. Some nuts, cocoa,brown sweet bread, carbonized malt. Mildly bitter, a little sour in the finish. Mild sweetness. Very drinkable.

Medium body with a nice carbonation tingle.

Decent brew. They deep roasted the malt until it got that burnt edge to it, but didn't go overboard. Not sure how many I could have. but decent.

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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 03fatboy
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winter
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is near black in color with a tan head. The nose is fairly light with a vinous aroma, along with that of soy, feint chocolate, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium in body with soft carbonation. The taste starts off with a light, roasted maltiness. Caramel emerges midway, followed by some soy flavor toward the back. Very lightly hopped, with a low bitterness. In fact, according to the brewery’s website it’s only at 9 IBUs.

2012 Black Ale is pretty smooth drinking and very mild. I recently had a few pints of this at a local downtown cigar bar. They didn't have any stouts on tap, so I opted for this at their only "darker" option, something I would hope would hold up to the mild cigar I was having. It didn't pretty decent job.

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Photo of Boston_Steve
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/12/2014. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, light coffee, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, light coffee, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown porter style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. Was expecting a black IPA according to the label, but this tastes like a standard brown porter overall. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours black with a moderate, but quickly diminishing tan head with a little lace. The aroma is moderately roasty with subtle caramel and bready malts. The flavor is moderate-high malt -- mainly nutty and chocolate with some roast and finishes dry. Nothing overly complex, but still tasty. The hop bitterness is medium-low, accented by the dry finish. The hop flavor is low but noticeable, slightly spicy. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-thin. Overall a flavorful ale with great drinkability.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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