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

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 03-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 26
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Founders_Fanatic
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Budinetz
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 151 ratings