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Juniper Black Ale (JBA) - Beer Camp #16 (Best Of Beer Camp) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Juniper Black Ale (JBA) - Beer Camp #16 (Best Of Beer Camp)Juniper Black Ale (JBA) - Beer Camp #16 (Best Of Beer Camp)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

530 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 01-14-2010)
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first trip to Band Camp, err I mean Beer Camp.

This is a very impressive beer appearance wise, really deep black body with a humongous sticky mocha head. Lots of lacing, and great retention.

The aroma is also extremely pleasant. I grew up around the sweet smell of Juniper and their berries, and I think Sierra Nevada has done this beer it's justice. Rich chocolate malt, with undertones of wood. Along with sweet pine needles and a touch of evergreen. Aroma is pushing the RIS style, and reminiscent of some of the top end Stouts or Black IPA's. It's familiar, yet intriguing. As it warms, you also get some coffee beans, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and dark fruit. Very complex, and highly appealing aroma.

First sip brings on some great heaviness on the mouthfeel, very full bodied. Perfect carbonation. There is a huge malt presence here, lots of chocolate/coffee/earthy malt. Lots of sappy resinous pine, evergreen, oak, and wood. Just a really creative blend of flavors here. The hops work together with the Juniper nicely, adding to the complexity and balance. Juniper Black finishes dry with some nice lingering bitterness, in which all the flavors meld together. It's not without fault though, unfortunately some strong ethanol is present near the finish.

I appreciate this beer, for many reasons. It's complex, it's interesting, and it breaks down a few style barriers. It's a Black IPA, Double Stout, Winter Warmer, Black Ale, RIS. Whatever you want to call it. It's good. Real good. The best part about it was picking out each and every nuance in this one. It gives you a lot to think about. Is it the perfect beer? Not even close. But what it is, is interesting and intriguing. Something to sit down with and just enjoy. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I have.

Cheers, from the Houston, TX Beer Camp.
Signing Out.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 02:40:57 | More by HoustonTX
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Juniper Black Ale (JBA) - Beer Camp #16 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.