Edge Of Darkness - Beer Camp #12 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 09-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by WCBCFrank:
Photo of WCBCFrank
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drafting Room - Exton, PA 11/13

My beer cohort Aub and I ventured over to the Drafting Room and discovered to our surprise that lots of the Sierra Nevada's beers from a beer dinner held sometime before were still available. We sampled a bunch, but last on our list was the Edge of Darkness. We are both fans of brown ales so we expected a good brown ale from Sierra. First sip, and well.... WOW!

Edge of Darkness pours a perfect rich brown with little head. Lots of delicious roasted malt and some hop in nose, of course that got our attention because it is so unexpected from a brown ale. Each sip snapped back with piney, spicy hops and balanced with the subtle sweetness of the malt.

A champion brown ale - a must have!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of naproxen
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Willimantic Brewing Co 11/12/09

I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this beer, a wet hopped brown ale? Yes please.

The color is a medium/dark brown, hints of deep garnet accent it towards the bottom of the pint where some light breaks through. A decent head on this one, about a good finger deep, that leaves quite a trail as it dissipates.

The nose is almost entirely sweet, citrus and floral hops. I let it sit, impatiently, for a few more minutes before taking another whiff and finally a bit of chocolate and roasted malts come through, but still the hops dominate. A good sign for me.

Dangerously drinkable for 6.7% :-) The body is spot on, not too heavy or thick but not thin or overly carbed either. The hops hit first, grapefruit and smooth florals, a touch of sweetness, and then a nice moderately roasted finish. The malts come out even more as it warms up in my hands, but these pints are not afforded that opportunity too long. 3 down and I'm satisfied for the night, but will definitely be back to get more before it is gone. Great job guys!

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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a chalice.

A: Average light brown, creamy head which didn't stick around too long. Spare lacing. Very clear. Very dark body for a brown ale. Up to the light, an amber/orange color comes through on the edges.

S: Heavy toasted malts of caramel, cookie, chocolate, coffee & toffee. Average hop strength: wild grass, spruce, resin. Light doughy yeast.

T: See above. And add very faint notes of wood, bandage and charcoal. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

M: Medium body and pleasant carbonation. Surprisingly crisp and clean. Medium length finish.

D: What an unexpected, amazing brew. An American brown ale that drinks like a porter. Very drinkable and highly recommended.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Church Key, whose Beer Director Greg apparently brewed it. A solid, unique beer, this.

Pours a nice brown with a good tan head that leaves good looking lacing. Nose is extremely mild - had to stick my nose in it for a solid thirty seconds to get anything. Dirty malt, I guess, but it's hard to tell. Flavor is nice, fresh hops. Nicely balanced beer, with some light chocolate, nutiness, but mixed well with fruity hops especially on the back end. It basically tastes exactly how you would imagine a fresh hop brown ale would taste. A solid beer, if not one that was particularly excellent besides the fact that I've never tasted anything like it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a short head and not too much lacing. Nose brings some light caramel, toast, and earth as well as a fairly strong hop presence. The taste draws back on the hops, adding in some more earth and light wood as well as some darker malts. Good body with nice carbonation. Slightly dry. Drinks fairly well but not as good as the other boot camp beer I had, the 22 Bines.

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Photo of blackened1339
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton the other day.

The beer pours a solid brown color with good head retention and lacing. Nose on this beer is intriguing, albeit somewhat muted as well. There is a decided brown sugar aroma, but with some underlying hoppiness as well. On the palate I'm impressed with the flavor profile, which starts out like a moderately sweet brown ale, but with a huge wave of hoppy bitterness coming on in the finish. A touch of tobacco and wet earth add to the intrigue in this impressive beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the alcohol is well disguised.

This is an interesting, very solid effort from SN.

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Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of natelocc787
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was looking forward to trying this beer. I was let down. Appearance, lacing and smell all suggested unique beer, but the taste was average and had an off flavor in the finish. The beer was medium bodied and was a little too dry and crisp in the feel department. The taste was on its way but just never mellowed or became complete. Maybe it was too fresh. Either way it was the worst beer by far I sampled on this night. The off flavor in the finish was harsh.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear, dark brown tinted copper with a medium light tan head that reduced a bit and left nice ringing lace.

S-Toasted malt with a touch of brown sugar and a sharp spicy hop kick.

T-Sweet toasted malt with a big punch of spicy hop bitterness coming in directly behind. Drying notes of tobacco and leather in the finish. I like the way this combination works.

M-Medium bodied, quite sharp and crisp with good lingering bitterness.

D-A nice beer for sure. It is an experiment that works well. A hoppy brown that reminds me somewhat of Duck-Rabbit brown, a beer which I like very much.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a mahogany color and a modest, but frothy head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Cocoa and floral hops

Taste: Starts out with a bit a roast and brown bread but then, by mid-palate, the fruity hops arrive to add a bitter balance; after the swallow, the roast, hops and chocolate blend together in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice twist on the brown ale style with a good hoppy balance; remember....this is the Edge of Darkness, not Darkness

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that Leaves lacing behind

S - Im getting piney hops and some roasted malt

T - Is just like it smells piney hops upfront then some roasted malt fights to come through

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall I like this beer I don't think I'd have liked it nearly as much if I wasn't in the mood for some hops but right now it's hitting the spot

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Photo of femALEist
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Toronado at Beer Camp night during SF Beer week.
Edge of Darkness- is a brown ale made with star anise and molasses made by Beer camp #12. 6.75% abv. It poured an opaque dark brown with a light cream head. It smelled of roasted malt, a hint of raisin and some light hops. It tasted light with a good malt character, some anise flavors, chocolate milk, good hop bitterness and an espresso ending. It had a good drinkability to it for being so light.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fortunate to have this on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Served in a standard pint glass. Beer is clear and darkish brown. Tight white head forms that covers the top of the beer and leaves a TON of lacing on the glass. Carbonation steady and medium. A good looking beer. I was expecting, with a name like Edge of Darkness, for this beer to be more on the brown porter side of things, a little lighter that I expected.

Aroma is dominated by hops, both citrus and pine varieties are present in the nose of the beer. Further analysis reveals a slight roast character in there as well, again, I was expecting more roast.

Smooth drinking, full bodied beer, completely fills your mouth with deliciousness. Sweetness up front from malt and a lot of hop bitterness in the back, mostly citrus flavors in the back of the mouth. Tiny roast character at the finish. Beer does not generate an aftertaste to speak of, finishes nicely, maybe not completely but nicely.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Willibrew on 11/12/09

A - this dark wet hop ale is nearly stout black and has half a finger of tan head

S - as one would expect it is similar to a malty ipa/wet hop beer, floral and piney hops balanced nicely with some coffee and chocolate aromas

T - the flavor of this beer definitely mirrors the aroma, floral and piney hops with a superior chocolatey middle, as the chocolate fades there is a fresh piney hop finish

M&D - this beer was extremely drinkable, so was the second and third, well balanced, medium bodied and balanced perfectly with a complex flavor, plus i won a SN pint!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled this last night at the brewery. It was their cask special for the night. From what I was told by the bartender, this beer is a hopped-up brown ale with an ABV in the range of 5-6% (so I guessed). It was only brewed this one time, and was listed as being part of "Beer Camp 12".

Served in a Sierra Nevada imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This one came with two fingers of tan froth squatting on top. That initial head slowly decayed to a lumpy cap, and stayed that way for the rest of the session. The body was nearly opaque and coffee-colored for the most part, however bright cherry-wood shone through at the very bottom. Tons of clumpy lacing all the way down. This beer looked nasty - the good kind of nasty.

Smell: Sweet, woody, resinous hops; an assortment of nuts, though I got a lot of cashew; and a touch of cocoa powder. Aroma wasn't fantastic, but this one was really fun to dig into. More pungent than most cask ales.

Taste: Big piney hops, handfuls of oily nuts (teehee), some brief grass, and a finish that was strange to say the least. This beer had everything going for it until then. The beer ended on an oddly medicinal and alcoholic note. Dulled hops added to the confusion and made things even worse. Aftertaste was salty and kinda metallic. I wonder if this would have been better on-tap.

Mouthfeel: Oily, malty, dull, and very dry. Low carbonation with a medium-full body. Aftertaste was long-lasting, spicy, and bitter. A pretty rough drink.

Drinkability: This was interesting and even good at first, but 20oz. was too much. I wouldn't be opposed to trying this again someday, but I wouldn't get it on-cask.

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Edge Of Darkness - Beer Camp #12 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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