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Sierra Nevada Juniper Black Ale



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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Originally Beer Camp # 16 from 11/2009. This dark russet-colored beer has an intricate aroma of roasted malt and fruity esters, with a touch of resinous pine note from the use of juniper berries. The flavor is deep and complex with an upfront sweetness and flavors of dark baking chocolate, which give way to a dry finish from a mixture of hops, and a mild hint of juniper. Juniper Black Ale is very drinkable and perfect for a cold winter night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thetmaxx (905) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Poured into a sniffer glass. Pours a nice black colour with a thick creamy head. The aroma on this is hoppy and roasty malt. Flavour is following the nose, roasty, and bitter, with a long dry roasted finish. Mouth feel is full bodied, and slightly oily. Overall I love this ale, almost a black ipa, but with more character. Highly recommend anyone try this!, will look for more or try to clone brew my own.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3179) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Had this treat yesterday and felt lucky. Served with a great, tan, foamy, thick, frothy, head that lasted a looooong time with lots of glass coating lace. Color was an opaque brownish black. Aroma was toasty toffee malt, hints of juniper, fruit, yeast, and hops. Flavor was very similar with the toastiness standing out. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish was about medium long. Easy drinking stuff; would love to have more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle, under the Beer Camp label. Nice pour! Textbook, even ... viscous and black with a pile of beautiful tan foam creating an utter fortress of goodness. The aroma teems with bitter chocolate, and northern European forests. Rife with unbelievably delicious pine resin, this beer simply kicks rumpus. Well done, beer campers. (#4244, 9/9/2011)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Color is a very dark brown, and when held up to the light, a magnificent ruby red appears. Not much by way of carbonation, head finally showed up after finishing the pour and dissipated quickly. Smells of American hops, roasty malt, and juniper. Mouthfeel is slightly light. Wow lots of roasty malt flavor almost to the point of a porter. Nice juniper in the background, not overpowering. Finishes very dry and somewhat bitter. Uncompromising and only slightly sweet. Not a whole lot going on in the palate department, but very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Sierra Nevada Juniper Black Ale is an opaque, pitch black ale with a huge, fluffy, lumpy, light brown head that has incredible longevity and leaves clumps of foam on the glass. The aroma is grassy and hoppy. It seems a little muted by the head, but it’s still strong. There is a note of resiny sweetness. It’s medium bodied and quite smooth. The finish is dry and leaves the tongue a little dusty. It tastes a little bit sweet and quite bitter. The juniper is really prominent and it’s backed by resiny pine and ashy roast. This has a lot of flavor. This setting works really well for the juniper. The aftertaste is drier and has more dark roast. This is a bold beer in many ways. It looks, smells and tastes like a beer lover’s beer. Outstanding brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Whoa. Up until now, the Beer Camp mix pack has been decent, if a tad underwhelming. No more. I am thoroughly whelmed. Juniper Black Ale is a bitter, spicy, herbaceous brew, a multilayered beauty of a pint that grows more and more interesting as I sip it. The dark malts and bitter chocolate soul of the brew bounce perfectly off the brisk, almost minty bite of the juniper. The finish, a long, dry, bitter yet herbal fade, drips with evergreen bush and resinous Sierra Nevada hopping. Absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pacond (188) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Really grated chocolate and roasted flavors and big hops. The juniper adds a great piney earthy qualities to the beer. I am surprised this is not a black IPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Rather flavorful beer. Nice, murky brown-black with intricate lace patterns. Smooth and creamy texture, moreso after it warms up a bit. Big alcohol is hidden very well. Healthy dose of flavorful hops, but not overdone. Big grassy-citrusy flavors and aromas, especially after some swishing. Fresh tasting. Malts are roasty and chocolatey. Hints of bitter cocoa and espresso beans. Finish is drying with notes of dark chocolate, bitter grass and warming alcohol. Delicious stuff. Like a really good double black IPA / CDA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2011
12oz Beer Camp bottle pours very dark with dark brown edges and full thick mocha head that leaves behind copious amounts of lacing. The aroma offers up a mix of firm pine hops, chocolate, dark roasted to burnt malts and a thin layer of grapefruit like citrus hops. Smells pretty darn nice to tell you the truth. The taste seems to blur the line between a rich hoppy stout and the present style, black IPA. I get straight up firm pine hops blending in with dark roasted malts. It then picks up some chocolate notes and coffee notes as a bit of citrus hops tries and pretty much fails to breach the pine and highly roasted malts iron curtain. With all that is going on in this beer it also manages to create a fairly creamy mouth feel too. Good stuff.

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