JMerritt (1745) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark red-brown with a moderately large tan head that is mostly diminishing. Nose is predominantly coffee and peat with a zesty, spruce hop undertone. Juniper lends a nice, herbal sweetness to the front of the flavor profile. Piney hops are prevalent in the middle, though turn earthier and ultimately ends dry, malty and mildly burnt. Really interesting, multi-dimensional beer.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
As soon as I poured this beer I picked up roasted malt, small amounts of coffee, and chocolate. Nice hops presense. Earthy. Juniper is there I guess (since it’s called that) but it’s barely noticable in the aroma.
When I first tasted this beer I wasn’t to impressed with it. But as you drink this beer it gets better and better and by the time my beer was gone, I wanted another. I almost put another in the fridge but I was a good boy and said one is enough. I am getting old and fat. Anyway back to the beer. The taste is a mix between a Black IPA and Porter. Once again I’ll state that this is not a Winter Warmer in my mind. Up front this is full of roastiness and earthiness. Bittersweet chocolate his in the middle with a bit of spiciness in the end. Maybe the Juniper came through a little bit more on the taste.
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Goes down nice.
Beddis433 (1) - - JAN 29, 2012 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from spinrsx. Dark brown with a nice, one finger, mocha head that fades relatively quickly. Very interesting beer - seems to be a bit of a combination of a stout and DIPA - get bittersweet chocolate, citrus, roasted malts, pine resin, some fruit and alcohol. Full body, moderate carbonation, bittersweet but quickly more bitter, very very dry, get malts, citrus, chocolate, quite complex and very tasty. Definitely worth trying out.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Aroma contains a lot of roastiness as well as note of pine. Black pour with a medium beige head. has a little bit of spiciniess when drinking it. Nice clean finish for a black ale. I enjoyed this.
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, mix paxk, ty Kelly! Black pour, small bubbly head. Roast and fruity aroma. Big hop and roast taste. Medium thick body holds it all together well. Complex yet drinkable. Another solid offering from this beer camp mix pack.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Name: BC Juniper Black Ale (16)
Date: June 09, 2011
Source: Sherlocks, GA
Appearance: black, frothy beige head, sticky lace
Aroma: light roasted aroma, touch of fruityness
Flavor: big roasted flavor, lots of hops, lots of bitterness from the hops and roasted malts
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
rmussman (1688) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled in a six pack. By far the best Beer Camp brew that I have had from SN. The Juniper taste matched with the black IPA is really fantastic. Great during the winter or fall. A great brew.
mar (4662) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
black with a khaki head. nose is chocolate, roasted malts, hops, and a hint of spice. smooth palate, roasted malts, followed by spices, and a bitter hop finish.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A original tasty black beer like no other. That simple. That good
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed relatively fresh a few months after the 2011 mix-pack release
The look: Almost black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is green scented herbs and flowers all over a molasses covered fruit-cake. Really intriguing aroma. Taste is surprising. Plenty of black liquorice candy, molasses, distant black chocolate, raisins as well as vanilla, roast, rubber, tobacco, fresh pine needles, dark berries, flowers, citrus fruits. There really is a lot a favor elements working together in this beer. There is also a commanding bitterness with a strong fresh pine needles and flowers character. The integration of Juniper berries is very well done. The beer has a a fresh pine-needle juice flavor the likes of which I don’t remember tasting in any other beer. Rather thick chewy body with a well levelled medium carbonation. All in all, this was a complex black beer of some kind but maybe a bit too “flavorful” to be enjoyed in large quantities. I loved that beer. Rating #4400 for me!!! Another milestone. But I’m now afraid that at some point in the future all these ratings of mine won’t just be ratings anymore, they will become evidences.