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

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3.71 w/ 150 ratings

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BEERchitect on 03-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Part of a SN mixed 12-pack. light aroma gives way to much bolder taste. lots of sharp roasty bitterness. black body with nice creamy beige head, lots of sticky lacing.

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Photo of AD17
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Green1981
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of neckbeered
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of barneysdad
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of bmjivi221
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of johnsilk
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DillanWeems
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with a minimal cream colored head. It let's a minimal amount of light through. The aroma is roasted barley quickly followed by hops. I get some roasted barley and the odd New Zealand hops hops in the flavor. The lingering bitterness slowly fades on your tongue. Excellent balance. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Not as hoppy as the typical black IPA, but something a bit different.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Rekrule
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Graeme24
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Whatever you call the style, "black" is the key, and black this beer is. It grows a very nice creamy but dense and even somewhat rocky tan head that makes it to over one finger tall and takes time to dissipate. It's got lots of stick to it, and manages a good amount of mostly patchy lace that branches out a bit too after dropping a nice ring at the top.
There's an interesting combination on the nose between a sweeter malt than is typical of the style, making the cocoa milkier than the usually bittersweet note, bitterness of pine and raw plant stem (woody), and bitter/citrus combo of grapefruit peel/zest.
The flavor allows the different components to develop nicely. It actually ends up being more of a hoppy porter/almost stout than anything. There's a good pine and grapefruit bitterness, but malts are a stronger component overall. Roast, chocolate and coffee grounds are major flavors. More bitterness, particularly grapefruit, does slide into a well-lingering finish.
There's good crispness through each sip, and it's also fairly smooth. The body is a steady medium. It ends up going dry through the middle, and more so in the finih, with just a touch of astringency coming out later.

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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 61.3% out of 100 with 150 ratings
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