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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73
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BA SCORE
84
good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 03-04-2013)
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Reviews by Ego:
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Ego

New Jersey

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

eyes...
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

nose...
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

taste etc...
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

verdict?
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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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.