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Point 2012 Black Ale

January 24, 2012 1 comment

Point 2012 Black Ale

It’s fitting that my first review of 2012 is a beer called “2012”. More specifically 2012 Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery. The inspiration for the name comes from the Mayan Calendar which stops recording on December 21, 2012, and as a result, is leaving some people with an ominous feeling that the world’s going to end this year.

Style-wise this kind of falls somewhere between a Schwartzbier (black lager) and an American brown ale, while weighing in at 5.2% alcohol by volume. 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.

This is one of the more enjoyable beers I’ve had from the Point Brewery. I don’t mind their Cascade Pale Ale, but I find the flagship Point Special Lager somewhat lacking. I’ve been more impressed with their Whole Hog limited release series, than the line of regular offerings. I’d consider 2012 Black Ale worth a look, if you like malty beers, although it tends to remain on the mild side.

2012 Black Ale is available year round on draft and in 12 oz bottles and cans. The simple fact that you can purchase this in cans makes me happy. More and more craft brewers are releasing their beers in cans and this is something I’d definitely consider picking up again for that reason alone.

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