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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

145 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 145
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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Nage37

California

5/5  rDev +34.4%

03-26-2013 03:54:12 | More by Nage37
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glbear

Maine

5/5  rDev +34.4%

05-27-2013 16:29:43 | More by glbear
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Jameswoody

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +21%

04-27-2013 04:32:57 | More by Jameswoody
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MadScientist

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

03-28-2013 16:46:49 | More by MadScientist
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dmk91

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-09-2013 17:11:53 | More by dmk91
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mzeld

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-29-2013 03:00:39 | More by mzeld
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-02-2013 17:53:52 | More by SalukiAlum
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Sparty55

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-04-2013 00:12:10 | More by Sparty55
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lsummers

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-06-2013 01:34:29 | More by lsummers
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Tom-Peters

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-22-2013 16:23:44 | More by Tom-Peters
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ucis

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-11-2013 18:38:50 | More by ucis
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-24-2013 01:11:50 | More by DrFunkenstein
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MichPaul

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-01-2013 02:18:17 | More by MichPaul
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-07-2013 16:20:20 | More by PatGreer
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John_M

California

4.21/5  rDev +13.2%

Of all places, I had this on tap at the Apothecary Alehouse in Morgantown the other day (SN brought in a couple of kegs apparently, for a SN and DFH promotion event).

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attractive and impressive in this beer, as I get some skunky week, dark chocolate, licorise and dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, and there was some nice roasty bitterness in the finish that seemed to compliment the dark chocolate and licorise flavors. Mouthfeel was medium bodied at most, and the beer was just a tad on the thin side. However, I thought that went well with the style, and as it turns out, drinkability was quite good (went for a second pint in fact).

Very glad I got to try this one. I missed the promotion on Tuesday (was at AA on a Friday), but fortunately the Alehouse got a second keg (Grace, the co-owner, noted that the first keg kicked very quickly, and that they were already almost out of the second keg), so was not sure I'd get the chance.

03-16-2013 14:32:16 | More by John_M
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +12.6%

32oz growler. Pours black with a couple fingers of rich and foamy mocha head. This stays robust and frothy, slathering the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral, piney and a little dank, with fresh citrus flavors and a touch of leafy spice. An underlying mix of roast, chocolate and caramel all rise up, mixing in with the hop flavors to give the nose a rich smoky twang. The taste has a crisp green bitterness to that spreads leafy citrus and pine out across the tongue, leaving this bitter, spicy and resinous on the finish. A sticky and burnt mix of roast, chocolate and caramel malts stays on the sides of the profile, doing a good job of balancing the hops and even leaving a little char behind as well in the backend. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky smooth creaminess that also harbors a bit of crispness down the center of it where those hops lay. Alcohol is well hid. I love when these Beer Camp efforts randomly show up in our area and this was a nice one, being a Black IPA of rich depth (there is a clear separation here between malt and hops yet they still balance and complement each other nicely) and a super easy drinkability for a bigger IPA. I maybe have to go back for another growler of this…

04-01-2013 19:30:06 | More by Kegatron
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StJamesGate

New York

4.14/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11%

Had this on 2013-03-15 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge (from tasting notes)

A - Opaque brown-black with a 1-finger tan head that really sticks around and yields good lacing.

S - Brown bread, some chocolate, light citrus and hop floral.

T - Much like the smell but with more chocolate, roasted grain, light char and citrus zest bitterness with a good, lingering pine-bitterness with a dash of roasty malt sweetness for balance. It's a porter-like IPA flavor-wise.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Creamy at first but it dries.

O - One of the better black IPAs I've had. I'm typically not a big fan of this style but on this day, it hit the spot and I ordered a second glass.

03-24-2013 18:02:02 | More by Tucquan
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emerge077

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

Draft in a footed tulip glass.
Jet black body, long lasting khaki tinged foam that deposits sheets of dripping lace in the glass. Good head retention also. After a few sips the skim eventually breaks.

Smells like chocolate milk and pine needles.

Dry earthy hop bitterness, pine sap, dry roast malt, and dry pretzels. Vague notes of dry bakers chocolate. Smooth and clean, lingering bitterness in the dry finish. It's a good Black IPA, especially if your preference leans toward the dry and bitter end of the spectrum.

04-12-2013 22:49:31 | More by emerge077
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

LOOK: Pours an opaque dark brown, with an off white head. After each sip the glass gets coated in lace.

SMELL: Dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, and just a touch of flowery hops make up a pretty solid aroma.

TASTE: Roasted malts and piney/citrusy hops upfront. Strong bitterness, but balanced nicely with malts giving off a chocolate flavor. Reminds me of a hopped up porter. Fits nicely into the American Black Ale bracket, but also is a passable American porter with all of the roasted, coffee like flavors.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, smooth and medium carbonation level.

OVERALL: A tasty dark American beer with lots of hops. The flavors are well integrated, this is a good beer.

04-28-2013 17:44:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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SanFranJake

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-25-2013 23:24:11 | More by SanFranJake
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Graeme24

Ireland

4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-23-2013 08:44:58 | More by Graeme24
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-29-2013 17:54:44 | More by Chrixsus
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-23-2014 02:51:14 | More by jaydoc
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MarkJBurch

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-07-2013 21:57:25 | More by MarkJBurch
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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.