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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Smokey and perfectly balanced. So shocked.how good this brew is. Flavors are amazing. Moderate palate, but full body and delicious. Awesome brew!

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2013
A - Black as night all the way through. Mocha tan head on top. S - Lime, aloe vera, grapefruit, fresh wet hops. Slightly smokey molasses malt. T - Follows the nose. Lime and grapefruit dominate on top of a smoked oaky malt. Dark chocolate creeps in along with coffee and pine notes on the finish. The hops are bold from start to finish. The aftertaste is a lime coffee flavor. It sounds gross but I can assure it is not. This is my first black IPA and I loved it! When you can cross a beautifully smoked porter with a quality IPA this what you get. I’m very excited about the opportunities of this style. Serving type: on-tap 10-05-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9548) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7021) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10002) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
On tap at Kickbacks during RBWG. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa. Medium mouth with strong pine, toast, light cocoa, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. A tough one, really. Cool, another black IPA! But not really. This is a rich, creamy imperial porter with a nice hop presence. Is this what a black IPAis though? These beers are a constant learning experience. A few days later I had one from Midnight Sun that had barely any dark malt character. This one is a solid black color with a lasting beige head. The aroma is the first sign that this is not much of an IPA--lots of creamy chocolate, but also a nice piney hop side as well. The flavor is malty wit lots of chocolate, and just rich and creamy on the whole. There are some American hops in there, but they play second fiddle to the rich malt. The body is full and creamy. Everything here just comes together and says "porter with a nice hop presence," but I guess that might be one end of the spectrum of this new style.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TourDeBeer (123) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2013
Tastes different. Not sure if I like it, I might update this after I've had a couple -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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.

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