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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Brewer’s Blackbird Black IPA

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6611) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours a deep black with a thick tanned beige head. Roast, earthy and full of citrus and caramel. Big earthy roast, lots of toast and citrus. Toast, caramel, and long grapefruit on the end with some spicy roast. Well done Patrick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2011 On tap @ Rattle N Hum. Black opaque with a thick tan head that laces nicely. Aroma of roasty malts, chocolate, raisins, with some piney hops. Full bodied, hops come out a bit more on the palate, bit of malty sweetness along with some coffee/smoke. Finish is mostly hoppy and somewhat bitter. Strong but well balanced, quite complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
tap at Blind Tiger SN event (as the RnH collaboration) - arouma is piney and floral, lots of chocolate roast. Finishes floral and astringent. Smooth bodied with nice licorice and brandy-like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger as the RnH collaboration Black IPA. Patrick went to brew this with SN! Pours a nice deep dark black with pretty nice head and good retention. Aroma is chocolate and light roast with a good amount of hops coming through- spicy, herbal, lots of citrus but I also get some pickle and pickling spices out of the aroma as well which was unexpected but not bad. Flavor is a good amount of malt character- chocolate, toast, sweet, but not too much to cover the hops completely- some earth, citrus, grapeskin, pickle, dill, with a slight hallertauer herbal flowery thing going on and licorice note in the end. Finish is mostly smooth with just a slight prickly tingle on the tongue and lips- moderate bitterness as well. Slightly unique and different for a black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
azorie (4) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2010 does not count
on tap with the maker Steve at kickbacks in Jacksonville. as a non IPA lover and all that i did not have any thoughts before trying this beer. Appearance: served in tulip type (duval glass) o much head, was very cold dark porter looking beer, on a swill your get a average head, off white creamy I get a earthly, caramel, molasses hit in the nose. Drinking it I get the hops they are there Motueka hops, very nice not citrus or piney at all, I guess its why i liked it, its not a typical pine tar bomb the WC folks love so much. i get a pepsi cola, sweetness in the taste. some red wine and port flavors, and some honey, the hops and yeast very earthy but not overpowering. the palate was creamy and medium body with lively carnation, and slightly bitter finish. overall drinkable black /porter like IPA i enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger Poured a dark brown/black with a thin beige head. Nose had some medium hop notes. Flavor has solid hop notes with light floral flavors and some caramel. The caramel adds a hint of sweetness but this ends with a smooth and lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Tap at RnH. Beautiful black pour with a creamy and bright beige head. Aroma has more pine hops than citrus, but both are prominent. Also some coffee malt qualities. Flavor is similar: a mix of pine and citrus hops with some roasted malt to smooth it out. Hoppy punch that gently fades. This is very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Tap at the Blind Tiger, of all places. Acetone in the aroma is most unwelcome, but there is a little bit of spicy hop there. Hard to even drink with how dominant the acetone is. It only got like this after having a chance to breathe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Sample at the brewpub on 8/4/10. Pours a clear brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of molasses and chocolate with grassy hops. Chocolate flavor up front giving way to grassy hop and a bitter cocoa finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Had on tap at the brewpub. How is this supposed to be an IPA? Even a black IPA at that should at least have some robust hop character. The description calls it a "bold and bracing blast of citrusy hops." Yet, nowhere in the beer were any hops to be found. There was the slightest hint of hops on the nose, but the second you taste it, it’s all sugary-sweet malts. Based on the two other reviews, I’m not quite sure what happened from glass to glass, but this beer is a complete mess. The taste is nothing but sugary sweetness. It’s quite off-putting and with no hops to balance it, it’s really tough to drink. I even thought about sending this one back as I couldn’t finish it. The finish is just pure sweetness as if the yeast never even had a chance to work on the sugar and I’m just completely perplexed by the fact that they call this an IPA as any and all hop characteristics are missing. There’s no citrus. No pine. No floral. Just pure, unadulterated sugar and an aftertaste that rivaled the vanilla malt shake I got after this beer. Never again on this one. A waste of a pint glass.

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