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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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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +7.5%

kylehay2004, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of DSkilling
3/5  rDev -19.4%

DSkilling, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Founders_Fanatic
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer caught me off-guard by a bit. I had a 22 oz. draft at a local restaurant in MI. Interesting tastes/smells.

Appearance: Black, 1/2 finger head, carbonation visible, the beer appears watery. I appreciate more head in my beer, but this particular city always fills the beer to the brim leaving little head. I appreciate the smell, so quantity isn't always good in my opinion.

Smell: I instantly smelled mint and black licorice. The cough drops 'Fisherman Friend' came to my mind. I passed the beer to my friends to see if they smelled the same, and they smelled a different aroma. They smelled oregano and thyme (Italian seasoning mix, pasta sauce). I tried finding these scents in the aroma, but I didn't find them as strong as my friends found them. A spice smell is definitely present.

Taste: The Italian spice is much more present in the taste, which I enjoyed. The spice taste is definitely from the hops, and it is a earthy tasting hop. There is a sweeter black licorice along with mint taste in the beer. In the Netherlands you can find different types of black licorice, and this is similar to a typical Dutch candy. Once again I can compare it to the cough drops 'Fisherman Friend,' but the taste is not so impactful. In summary: black licorice, mint, oregano, and thyme...this is an earthy beer.

Body: The body was crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable.

Overall: In my opinion it's a solid beer, and I would buy it again. I don't have too much experience tasting black ipas, but this was quite enjoyable. I like earthy beers, and this beer had those attributes. Also, my friends did not find the beer as enjoyable as I did. They thought the oregano and thyme tastes were too strong. They strongly suggested this tasted like spaghetti sauce seasoning.

Founders_Fanatic, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Techichi
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Techichi, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of AlbaRose
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

AlbaRose, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at The Mint Gastropub into a tulip glass.

A- black as night...very opaque, with great head retention and decent lacing around the glass.

S- aromas of hops and roasted malt. Quite biscuity.

T- hoppy, malty, a bit roasty...but crisp and refreshing

M- feels prickly on the tongue with a bitterness that is not too overwhelming. Quite bitter after swallowing but a pleasant bitterness...

O- a delicious beer. Does have interesting characteristics and an interesting flavor that contrasts its color, but it is well balanced and quite drinkable.

Budinetz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

fredmugs, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Great Lost Bear Portland.
Comes to the table a solid dark brown/black color with a decent sized tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a fair amount of sticky lace on the sides. Smells of pine resin and a hint of green onion backed up by a bit of caramel and coffee. The flavor is lightly roasty with a fair amount of malty sweetness. Earthy spicy resinous hop flavor does a great job providing balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous, almost chalky mouthfeel. Great tasting beer, but strikes me as a bit more of a hoppy porter. I'd drink more of it given the chance.

johnnnniee, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

oglmcdgl, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

JohnBender, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of LI_PO12
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

LI_PO12, May 31, 2013
Photo of BillyLrsn
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

BillyLrsn, May 29, 2013
Photo of glbear
5/5  rDev +34.4%

glbear, May 27, 2013
Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

gtermi, May 26, 2013
Photo of Emkehr
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Emkehr, May 23, 2013
Photo of erialbill
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

erialbill, May 22, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +7.5%

GrindFatherBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of thampel09
4/5  rDev +7.5%

thampel09, May 20, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

InspectorBob, May 17, 2013
Photo of ucis
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

ucis, May 11, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +7.5%

GreesyFizeek, May 11, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
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.

StJamesGate, May 09, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +7.5%

cadaugherty, May 09, 2013
Photo of JHendu
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

JHendu, May 08, 2013
Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.