slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"this one was a bit of a surprise. thick near black pour and generous brown head. the aroma was at first herbal juniper and hops, then an onslaught of roasted malt and chocolate. nice. this manages to be among the better "black ipas" while also being totally unique due to the not so subtle presence of the juniper. the aroma and flavor alternate between which of the three aspects in most dominant, and somehow they all get their shot, but in the end the coombination of flavors makes this one of the more complex 12-ouncers I’ve had in a while. most likely better fresh."
rumproasts (2946) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. deep brown with small head. sweet malty body with some chocolate. juniper and piney bitterness from the hops. very tasty.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on 06/30/2011 courtesy of Butters as Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Juniper Black Ale. Dark black body with a large frothy tan head. Sweet roasty and chocolate aroma with some juniper notes. Sweet juniper flavor with some roasty and chocolate flavor and a dry bitter hop finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
jkwalking05 (3811) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Backlog) Dark in color brown to black with ruby tinges. Tannish head. Roast come first in the aroma, then come some coffee and pine. Sort stout like in the whiff. The taste is where the pine, juniper, touch of fruit and herbs, grass hop like comes out. Slight malt
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Pours black (duh) with a thick three finger cream head. This falls over several minutes to a quilt of the same. Cobweb lacing. Where light penetrates, beer is a ruddy red.
S: Smells like an ABA with a bit of smoke. Plenty of roasty malts, citrus and resin hops. A good bit of smoke here, like peat smoke. The juniper is subdued and not very evident here. Nonetheless, I like the nose here.
T: There’s the juniper. Piny juniper comes through and plays well with the roasty toasty malts. The hops are less punchy than anticipated and more of a third wheel to the malts and juniper. Some of the malts are soily and bitter. Good stuff here.
M: medium bodied with lower than expected (based on appearance) carb. Slick finish.
O: Good beer. Wish this was a seasonal rather than a one timer.
Serving type: bottle
merc7186 (2145) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark Brown,Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head, Decent Lacing
S: Chocolate, Nutty, Dark Malts, Mild Juniper
T: Dark Mildly Roasted Malts, Chocolate, Piney, Mild Coffee
M: Great Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Bitter, Mildly Drying
Overall, a very nice Black Ale but the Juniper flavor was lacking but made up with the piney bitterness.
ads135 (3037) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer and one of the best black IPAs I’ve had. The roastiness is strong, but not strong enough to overwhelm the very fresh, very bright pine and herb flavor.
SDalkoholic (2156) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo: Poured a dark brown that was almost black and was topped with a thin layer of head. As for the aroma, my nose is able to pick up on a moderate usage of blackened malts as well as some thick coffee creamer too. The flavor is roasty and tastes as if the malts might have been slightly smoked, but I get the idea that the malts suppress any juniper berry flavors.
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
11th June 2011
Opaque black beer, good frothy tan head. Semi dry and semi soft palate. Bitter dark malt. Dash of smoke and a little cream. Bitter minerals and a whisper of fruit. Semi dry and bitter finish. Okay if a little odd.
Huhzubendah (2615) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is black with a thick, whipped, beige foam cap. Ample lacing clings to the walls of the pint glass.
The aroma offers roasted malt, chocolates, pine. Nicely done.
Quite tasty. Honestly, this is much better than I expected. While I am generally not a big fan of this style (though I do my best to rate fairly), this is a good beer. A bit more of the juniper emerges as the beer warms, but remains subtle enough to keep the beer in balanced. Roast and piney hops play co-starring roles.
Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Alcohol masked well by aggressive roast and pine flavors.
Overall, a solid beer. I would have this again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-25-2011