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

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Brewed by:
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: 150 |  Reviews: 26
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Pours a deep, near black ruby red hue, served to me with a light tan, half finger head. Fair retention, leaving a thin layer of microbubbles to coat the surface. Lacing is spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Strong coffee notes, moderate cocoa. Hop aroma is subdued, but hits on light grass and citrus character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Coffee and cocoa base, while the hops take a backseat. Cocoa notes own mid-taste and into the finish. Hops are there, but hard to distinguish; briefly touches on citrus, pine and a faint bit of grass.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. A touch of chalky grit. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - I was clamoring for a Black IPA with a solid roast malt base, but not at the sacrifice of a strong hop punch. Unfortunately that's the case here. Hops come across weak and nearly washed out. I have no idea the date of the keg, but if this was anywhere near fresh, then they need to go back to the drawing board with this one. It was a nice tasting beer, but nowhere close to where a black IPA should be. My search for the ideal Black IPA continues.

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown black with garnet highlights and a quarter inch khaki head that leaves moderate lacing.

Roast malt and coffee grounds dominate the initial aroma, with resin and muted citrus kicking in. Dank, slightly skunky hops are evident.

Flavor is sweeter than anticipated at first, with roast malt and chocolate domination underpinnings of grapefruit and resin. Becomes fairly bitter and a tad charred at the finish.

Body is moderate and smooth, with moderate carbonation and a bit of a harsh, burnt finish.

Roast malt dominates in the end, but the citrus hops are well represented initially, and te early sweetness offers respite.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass at Bigby's Pour House.

Gettin' a li'l bit kinky up in here... Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark black-sienna topped by a finger of pale khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, grapefruit rind, light coffee, and very light pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, with some extra pine and grapefruit, allowing the hops to take a slight edge over the malts on the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice black IPA, one that maintains a healthy balance throughout.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at New World Tavern Plymouth--served into a pint glass

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, clear, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, and piney hops

Taste: piney hops, charred roasted malt, and light cream

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, low carbonation, sweet start that becomes bitter and dry

Overall: An above average piney American black ale. One to sit with for a bit. Not sure if I would rush out to get this again, but I would not pass it up either.

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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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