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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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iemailjack

Florida

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-09-2011 05:53:58 | More by iemailjack
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +27.2%

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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +27.2%

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.2%

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teyuders

Ohio

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-16-2011 04:34:48 | More by teyuders
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litheum94

California

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-16-2011 19:47:08 | More by litheum94
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BigJarv79

Missouri

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-15-2011 03:45:41 | More by BigJarv79
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bmur112

Maryland

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-15-2011 22:00:09 | More by bmur112
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-14-2011 22:21:00 | More by UncleJimbo
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Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +27.2%

02-21-2012 06:08:41 | More by Rocketman8911
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-07-2011 02:27:32 | More by rab53
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WassailWilly

New York

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-15-2011 15:33:47 | More by WassailWilly
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-05-2011 20:45:32 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

11-14-2011 23:27:39 | More by lpotter
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat thick chestnut brown colored brew. Difficult to determine carbonation.
On top sits a nice 1 in foamy mousse like foamy head. Lingers and dissapates slowly similar to the way foamy head fades in a wheat beer. Lots of fine lacing.

Aroma, I get a nice complex malt backbone with plenty of roasted, no, burnt malts.
I can not tell you what juniper berries smell like but there is a nice underlying resinous to the aroma.

Flavor is awesome with a great roasted burnt malt flavor. The juniper berries I'm sure are playing nicely with the pallette as well as the hops who tease with some hop flavor and bitterness towards the end.

Not overly heavy as it looks. Sweet and spritzy and sprite.

This is a fun beer to drink both in sight smell and taste. If I was Sierra Nevada I would release this again as a winter or Christmas ale. I think it would be a winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 19:59:38 | More by micromaniac129
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bum732

Lesotho

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S: Big pine and resiny hops, very piney, some juniper, some roastiness.

L: Blakc with ruby highlights, light tan creamy head, great retention, amazing lacing.

T: Roasty and citrus notes up front followed by a mediumlow pine bitterness leading to a very mellow roastiness. Finishes semi-sweet with some hoppy and roasty dryness. Juniper pineness persists throughout in the background.

M: Rich creamy body, medium low carbonation.

Just an amazing balance, the hops are pulled back just enough to allow the roasty malt to shine. Super rich, creamy body. Nearly flawless, a great surprise.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 01:44:28 | More by bum732
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a few days ago & damn it blew me away! Basically combines the best of both worlds, or a few worlds - roasty stout-like character with hoppy profile of an IPA and juniper to spice it up & add a unique herbal tone. Black like a stout with a khaki head, lacing everywhere. Roasted malt, fresh hop, juniper herb in the nose. Imagine this, a roasty campfire in the midst of an aromatic wet hop & juniper field - yeah, pretty damn nice.

Tasting this brings me back to one of my first craft beers - Mad River's Steelhead Extra Stout. The roastiness here is so reminescent of that brew! Its crazy how familiar the profile is that it instantly took me back to sipping that beer nearly a year ago. A good amount of grapefruit hop character smooths out to a creamy mouthfeel and exits the stage with that hop bitterness. Fantastic brew here. I picked it up as apart of the Beer Camp 12-pack for $14.99 at Total Wine & More. The rest of the brews in the box were stellar as well, except for the weizenbock - just not a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:43:13 | More by hoptualBrew
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Given the abv of 8%, I figured this to be a better choice of glassware. Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black, with a 1" thick, throthy head that slowly reduces, clinging to the sides like a thick milkshake.

Smells very hoppy, like thick, pungent evergreen boughs. I fact, this almost like smelling a bottle of gin, with hints of sweet chocolate, coffee and mild malt. The hoppy gin smell dissipates after a minute, leaving more of a RIS aroma.

Very complex tasting, starting somewhat bitter, and quickly turning sweet and smooth, before ending very dry, almost astringent. Piney up front, with sweet molasses and cocoa nibs middle, before zipping the tongue straight back through the middle and down the throat with a dash of resin bitter.

Medium to full bodied, this is so dry I believe I need a water chaser.

This is far and away the most interesting of SN's mixed 12 pack. I'm glad I saved this one for last, because I would have found the others to be too tame, too mundane to compare this brew. While I like it quite a bit for it's extreme qualities, it is definitely a one and done for the evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:01:16 | More by TheHoppiest
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark and black, looking moderately thick. Barely any light gets through around the edges. Espresso-tan foam is a half-inch and holds nicely leaving a lasting film. The smell is a nice mix of Sierra Nevada's signature piney Cascade hops and some dry, roasty, chocolate malt.

Oh man that is delicious. Light chocolate malt intertwined with intense hop bitterness, this is a fine Cascadian Dark or whatever you want to call it. The bitterness is long lasting with a grassy/herbal character throughout. It's hard for me to get a strong taste of the juniper berries, but I suppose there is a bit of the tangy fruit up front, though again it's quickly displaced by heavy roastiness and hops. The mouthfeel is class also, with a silky smoothness and bright carbonation that tickles the front of the tongue and creates a foaminess at the back.

This is a memorable ale that far exceeded my expectations. It could certainly be a popular regular release beer, though it's nice as a limited release also. The bitterness is a bit punishing, so if you are into that you should like this alot.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:54:46 | More by bennetj17
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shand

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This is one amazing looking beer. It pours pitch black with a huge head that retains and laces very nicely. The smell is also very nice, the famous piney Sierra Nevada hops pair very well with some roasted malts. The taste is great, a up-front smooth roastiness pairs very well with the piney hops and hints of juniper. There's a bit of a burnt edge to the roastiness that makes itself known at the very end, along with just a bit of smoke. Very nice. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at first, with a nice drying aftertaste. The drinkability is quite good, especially for the ABV. Overall, this is a really great black IPA, one of the best I've had for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 03:58:46 | More by shand
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ninner00

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-16-2012 01:53:41 | More by ninner00
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babybew

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-29-2011 20:23:35 | More by babybew
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 5/12/11

Aroma - Sweet roastiness with a fruity hoppiness that is a really great nose.

Appearance - As advertised black with a big tan head that isn't quick to dissipate

Taste - Roasty and hoppy and definitely delicious. Roasty upfront and an awesome hoppy bitterness with a dry finish

Notes - Awesome

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 17:43:48 | More by jwhawkins81
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aanakinskywalker

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-23-2011 00:59:33 | More by aanakinskywalker
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

10-22-2013 19:40:21 | More by RBorsato
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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.