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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (2986) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pours a dark mahogany with a thick, light tan head. Smoky, woody, roast malt aroma has hint of coffee - and a lot of appeal. Hoppy, woody, smoky flavor features a touch of mocha. This beer successfully blends the characteristics of a good IPA and a quality stout. Smooth ,fizzy texture rounds out another winner from Sierra Nevada.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomTron (355) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2014
Coffee black pour with a sticky, tan head. Faint hop aromas with some cocoa but not very strong. The malts and hops are balanced quite nicely starting with the chocolate roasted malts at first, then an earthy hop back end. One of the better BIPA’s I have tried.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3661) - - APR 5, 2014
bottle from 4-way ipa mix pack. milk chocolate and pine aroma. chalky and creamy mouthfeel. full body. flavors of bitter dark chocolate and piney, earthy hop notes. this has all the makings of a good black ipa.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onslow (1095) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear dark brew with tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, burnt grain, pine and a little resin. Taste is sweet dark malts at the start with a burnt grain / earth / pine and resin finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 5, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It came as part of a mix pack for $15.99 ($1.33 per bottle or $0.11 per ounce).

Appearance: Jet black body with purple/indigo highlights. Pours to a large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains wonderfully.

Smell: Combination of pine and citrusy hops and a touch of roasted malt. Surprisingly light overall, though.

Taste: Sierra Nevada is a legendary West Coast brewery that makes classic West Coast styles. It’s no surprise, then, that their black IPA – “Blindfold” – would have a distinct West Coast feel to it. Going by the description on the brewery’s website, as well as the finished product itself, it seems that this beer is essentially just a standard IPA with some roasted malt thrown in. Cynics might argue that’s what ALL black IPAs are, but I’ve noticed a lot of sub-styles within the genre. This isn’t bad at all, it’s just far from great.

The hops are the first thing I noticed here; a combination of light pine and light citrus flavors. It’s quite bitter right away, though this isn’t surprising considering the beer is 70 IBUs. A distinct dry bitterness is present from beginning to end and it lingers on the tongue as well. The second half of the palette is the best part, when the roasted malt arrives. In the vein of Guinness or a similar mild stout, the roastiness is noticeable, but not intensely robust. Perhaps minor notes of coffee and chocolate, which are a nice complement to the hops, but a little too light and thus unbalanced. Overall, the palette is tasty and appealing, but I bet more could be done here.

Drinkability: Whether or not you enjoy the taste to Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA, one thing’s for sure – you won’t have any trouble drinking it. The mouthfeel is on the thinner/calmer side, giving it a comfortable presence and smooth texture. There is a lingering dry bitterness, but it’s at least tolerable. At 6.8% ABV, the beer is a tad inefficient, but robust enough to pair with a hearty meal.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1078) - , Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
(bottle) clear dark amber brown colour with a small brown head; aroma starts with stewed fruit, then roast, hint of soy sauce, finally pine; balanced flavour with a long light bitter finish

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1429) - Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2014
12 oz bottle- Pours dark cola brown to black with a huge light tan head and layered lace. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, spicy hops. The taste is roasted malts, strong coffee, bitter pungent hops. Somewhat light on the palate, solid IBA.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thisis12ptfont (781) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 3, 2014
Piney hops, malty coffee and herbs on the aroma. Black appearance with a half finger tan foam. Thin coffee, mocha, toffee upfront with a very faint hop presence. Subtle cocoa finish. Overall, this is decent. Not very complex at all. C+ rating.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1394) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2014
Dark brown to black pour. Nose of brown sugar, light chocolate, faint roast and moderate pine hopping. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, brown sugar with pine hop bitterness. Lingering pine and roast/chocolate. Nice stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyReynolds (818) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - APR 2, 2014
Aroma is hoppy for sure...man Bigmmartin looks like Thom Brennaman. I mean, we give him shit for looking like Ben Stiller, Georges St. Pier, Vin Douchebag, etc.. But, honestly, Thom is the closest; the facial expressions and all are just there.


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