Finally got a chance to try this elusive ale while at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, who had limited stock left. It’s a collaboration between Stone Brewing x Firestone Walker x 21st Amendment. And it’s delicious.
“El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale is brewed with fennel seed, chia seed, and pink peppercorns—with mission figs added.”
I’m guessing the mission figs were one of 21a’s contribution (a key ingredient in their fantastic canned Monk’s Blood). It all comes together in an unsurprisingly rich and dark brew. Crisp with spices, chocolate, and roasted coffee flavors. Of course there’s a clear licorice finish, but also something more, almost cola-y.
Really interesting.If you can track this down, it’s well worth the effort. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Read the Brewers’ notes at Craft Beer News.
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