Juniper Black Ale (JBA) - Beer Camp #16 (Best Of Beer Camp) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Clydesdale:
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a nearly opaque black color, with dark ruby-brown highlights. The densely frothy, light brown head is quite tall initially, and retention is impressive. The head gradually becomes a bit rocky as it fades and deposits some sticky rings of lacing on the glass.
S: Some lightly roasty aromas, along with some medium bittersweet chocolate character. Piney hop notes are accented nicely by the juniper, which is obvious but not overrepresented. Light earthy notes are also detectable, along with a faint, nondescript fruitness.
T: Dark caramel and very firm roasted malt flavor up front. Dark chocolate and lightly-burnt marshmallow are also present, although sweetness is mild overall. Hop bitterness is strong, with primarily piney flavor. Some mild, puckering citus rind is also detectable. Juniper adds some depth of piney flavor and melds impressively with the rest of the flavors.
M: Medium body. Fairly creamy, considering the fairly prickly carbonation and increasingly dry, hoppy finish.
D: A very nice black ale from the Beer Camp mixed pack. Juniper might be overpowering in many styles, but given the big, roasty maltiness and aggressive hopping in this beer, it works effectively. A bit of a palate-burner, with a sneaky warming alcoholic presence, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
09-16-2011 01:13:21 | More by Clydesdale
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3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Toronado in San Diego, CA.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, and slight juniper berry. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is interesting but isn't as juniper forward as I was expecting.
Serving type: on-tap
03-04-2013 23:26:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
Juniper Black Ale (JBA) - Beer Camp #16 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.