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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 027: Brewer’s Blackbird Black IPA

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Originally Beer Camp #27 from 05/2010. A juxtaposition of the senses, this beer has the appearance of a dark porter but with the flavors of and American India Pale Ale. The rich ebony-brown body has a strong ho aroma with hints of orange peel combined with roasty malt aromas. The flavor is an interesting mix of resinous American hops and a light milk chocolate and slight smokey character from the dark grains. The finish speaks to IPA with a bold and bracing blast of citrusy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevencon (518) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Rbwg at kicjbacjs that’s jbruner! Black pour. Aroma of roast and hops taste of chocolate and floral hops. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
El_Jefe (62) - - FEB 21, 2013
Hoppy aroma. Black in color with minor head. Taste is roasted malt and caramel with hops following ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18711) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2013
Keg at Kickbacks, RBWG. Pours brown with a fine, beige cream head. Dark bread on the nose, some burnt pine. Medium sweet flavor, some booze, light cocoa, faded piney bitterness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, toasted brown bread, earth, pine. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Draft at rattle n hum with Linh. Pours a black body with nice chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is mint chocolate chip and fresh hop. Mouthfeel is nice with notes of mint, fresh hop and mint chocolate chip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Chocolate malty aroma with light citric hops. The flavor has floral and fruity hops on a chocolate malty base. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2012
This poured a medium brown color with a beige head. Aroma was medium roast, some dark chocolate, and lots of soapy and astringent hops. Flavor was more hops than anything, light roast, but just straight soap water and bitterness. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2011
Draft @ Rattle ’N’ Hum SN event. Dark pour with tan head. Aroma is more of chocolate, with a touch of pine and earthy hops. Flavor is dominated with chocolate, and roasted malt, some light earthy and bitterness. Would have preferred more hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pitch black pour. The nose is softly cocoaish with a touch of piny hops on the finish. A little bit earthy with a distinct milk chocolate character. The nose has an earthy hoppiness and some light milky sweetness. Soft and surprisingly restrained on the the hopping. Decent balance. Lean through the middle with some fairly sticky sweetness toward the finish. As it warms the hoppiness picks up a distinctly pine flavour on the finish. A little bit of resinousness toward the finish as well. Fresh and quite tasty - although it’s more of a hoppy stout to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
draft, Sierra takes the taps, Rattle & Hum, NYC. dark dark pour. Big roasty aroma. Notes of mocha & chocolate malts. TONS of flavor. Hops, chocolate, roasted malts. Balanced, BIG flavor. Really nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Draft. Pours a black body with a tan head. Bitter and roast y, with light peat, and roasted malt. Malty grain bill, really malty. Chocolate malt dry and bitter with a lightly roast y finish.

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