TGIF and what better way to celebrate that fact than with a bottle of beer. Today it’s Steven’s Point Black Ale which describes itself thus: “Dark rich roasty and complex, Point Black Ale is hand-crafted with Pale, Munich, and Roasted Malts. Handcrafted with the finest Cluster, Saaz, and Cascade hops for a robust flavor and delicious finish.” Sounds a decent beer but, as always, the proof is in the supping.
It’s 330ml and is in the ballpark for what I’d expect from this style at 5.2%. It poured jet-black and proved very lively resulting in a 2-finger tan head. The aroma was more muted than I was expecting or indeed hoping for. A little trace of hops but more roast and forest fruit tones than anything else. The mouthfeel was very smooth with a pleasant fizz of flavour over the tongue. Gentle but definite dark-berried forest fruit overtures underpinned by a slight dark chocolate digestive malt base. This continued into the all too brief aftertaste.