21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale

21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale

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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

9.5% Alcohol by Volume

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A collaboration brew between Matt Brynildson, Shaun O'Sullivan and Mitch Steele. Ale brewed with fennel seed, chia seed, and pink peppercorns - with mission figs added. In the 1700s and 1800s, missionaries and Native Americans grew a variety of crops along the El Camino Real. Apart from the famous mission grapes, mission figs, barley, and olives, fennel and chia were also grown... (The brewers) tried to recapture some of the historic flavors of the old Camino Real by brewing this beer.

ID: 38590 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 11 years ago

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Overall Rank5110
Overall Percentile89.2
Style Rank171 of 722
Style Percentile76.3
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.660
Weighted Score3.413
Standard Deviation0.699

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  • CYBERCAT 10144 reviews
    rated 4.4 2 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Can. Pours opaque chocolate brown with a thick and persistent tan head. Aroma offers earthy, roast malt, woody, and subtle toffee tones. Bold flavor paints wide roast malt, earthy, toffee, woody, and subtle fruity notes - and is that a snippet of herbs? - across the palate. Very satisfying! Mouthfeel delivers firm, fairly viscous body and respectable fizz. Unreal!

  • RICHSBEER 1730 reviews
    rated 2.5 4 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    A deep mahogany pour with a thick and creamy chestnut head. Dark chocolate, fennel, caramel, earthy grains, and some figs in the aroma. Medium to full-bodied and rather smooth on the way down. Caramel, chocolate, and lots of burnt earthy grains start things off taste-wise. A touch of fennel and figs follow. Bitter hops. Char. A peppery bite at the end

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Kudos to El Slowrunner for sending this El Camino my way. Big black pour with a well-lived tan head that finally succumbs to a sustained cap resulting in a map of lacing all over the glass. Rich aromas of ripe fruits (figs), molasses, some herbs and alcohol. Taste is also alcohol-rich with the ripe fruits and earthiness barely offset by any hops. Mucho gracias Chris. MUSIC: "El Camino" by my buddy from Tennessee, Chris Hennessee - "Gonna take a ride in a El Camino" (Nod to pfoxyjohn.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-69C4fDj2JA

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    a big beer with a flavor and aroma profile resembling a strong schwarz (i see your shawarz is as big...). anyway. chocolate and hops in the aroma. medium to full bodied. you can taste the sweetness on the figs and a touch of the pepper, but while i love all the parts, the final product is a little bit of a muddled beer. slightly too agressive to be great, and while still good, one of my least favorite stone beers. maybe it'll grow on me...i started out not caring much for it, and liked it by the end...

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Sampled on 4/9/2010. This American Strong Ale pours a deep black color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized tan head with nice lacing. The aroma is chocolate malts, coffee and some hops. A medium bodied ASA. The malts are chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and some spices. The hops are earthy. Nice sipping beer. Interesting beer it has definite stout/porter/schrawzbier qualities to it, yet its different. The spices add some interesting and some what indefinable qualities to the flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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