Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Ego:
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
growldog fill thanks to the fine folks @ the copper mine pub
mostly black with some amber around the edges where light is trying to budge its way in, one full finger of off whiteish foam, great lacing on this one (perfect tidal blankets o bubbles caress the inner thighs of the glass as the brew shifts about from desk to mouth, columns of bubbles uniformly stream upwards as if anchored to specific points on the bottom of the black sea, the head sticks around for some chat and I am all ears
mild mannered hop with some roasted malt tone under shirt, slightly pine cone in family relations, everything is in place and sort of there, nothing bad, nothing making me take too much notice either, kind of good
definitely thicker than most PAs, smooth delivery with some prickly carbonation, dark roasty coffee notes that are soft and balanced out by bitters, and all this sort of sits around your mouth, the initial take is really fulfilling but then it definitely wants you to draw another sip, warming is apparent after a few sips, the hops sort of magnify after a bit making this not quite as balanced as I might like, good drinking and some good flavors .... with good balance
a good beer, pretty solid in all categories but nothing that made me think 'wow'. worth checking out if you see it though as it does kind of carve out its own niche
Serving type: growler
04-28-2013 04:30:10 | More by Ego
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3.71/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Black in color with a minimal cream colored head. It let's a minimal amount of light through. The aroma is roasted barley quickly followed by hops. I get some roasted barley and the odd New Zealand hops hops in the flavor. The lingering bitterness slowly fades on your tongue. Excellent balance. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Not as hoppy as the typical black IPA, but something a bit different.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2013 04:22:55 | More by Franziskaner
3.96/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured no head on a black body.
The aroma is rich roasted malt with lemon. Very aromatic and nice.
The taste is smooth roasted malt with moderate lemon bitterness. Nice balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Really good. Too bad it isn't a regular.
Serving type: on-tap
09-11-2013 14:53:05 | More by Fatehunter
3.74/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A wispy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between roasty and hop aspects.
Serving type: on-tap
08-04-2013 20:11:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Whatever you call the style, "black" is the key, and black this beer is. It grows a very nice creamy but dense and even somewhat rocky tan head that makes it to over one finger tall and takes time to dissipate. It's got lots of stick to it, and manages a good amount of mostly patchy lace that branches out a bit too after dropping a nice ring at the top.
There's an interesting combination on the nose between a sweeter malt than is typical of the style, making the cocoa milkier than the usually bittersweet note, bitterness of pine and raw plant stem (woody), and bitter/citrus combo of grapefruit peel/zest.
The flavor allows the different components to develop nicely. It actually ends up being more of a hoppy porter/almost stout than anything. There's a good pine and grapefruit bitterness, but malts are a stronger component overall. Roast, chocolate and coffee grounds are major flavors. More bitterness, particularly grapefruit, does slide into a well-lingering finish.
There's good crispness through each sip, and it's also fairly smooth. The body is a steady medium. It ends up going dry through the middle, and more so in the finih, with just a touch of astringency coming out later.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2013 14:22:37 | More by Brenden
Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.