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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 StJamesGate:
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StJamesGate

New York

4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Black Sheep, Dublin.

Classic Irish stout looks with craggy eggshell head that sheets.
Espresso and charcoal nose.
Ash, blackberry and pumpernickel up front, some roasty sweetness in there, then big orange rind hop hit.
Pine sap and kola finish and long tight minty linger.
Medium, very chewy, oily.

Big, sticky and bitter. Aroma hops are definitely downplayed (though I always wonder once the keg's been on a boat for a month or two.) Works more like a hoppy porter.

Heavy hitter, though not as hopped up as you'd expect from SN.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 16:09:22 | More by StJamesGate
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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.

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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.

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