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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (10093) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2016
12 oz bottle at home from backlog notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, juniper berries, dark fruits, resiny hops, citrus, some spicy notes, the flavor is bold and a bit all over the place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4833) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
12 oz bottle from 2011 Beer Camp pack served in a pint glass. [from notes]. Opaque black with a reddish brown fringe and a very ample and durable frothy tan head. A fine hoppy aroma with an unusual evergreen sappy note I assume is juniper. Fairly strong aroma. Alcohol evident after warming. T - plenty of hop flavor as well as medium and dark roasted malts. A bit herbal and earthy. An odd bitter finish with notes of coffee, reflecting the mix of hops, juniper and, perhaps malts. Rather strong flavor which, with the evergreen component, approaches the challenging level. M - medium body with good carbonation but a small bite in the semi-dry finish. O - This Black IPA may work best if treated as a Imp. stout or a winter warmer, but it worked fine for me at the end of this exceptionally hot day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (11678) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"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 Ive had in a while. most likely better fresh."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (5324) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2014
bottle. deep brown with small head. sweet malty body with some chocolate. juniper and piney bitterness from the hops. very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4721) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
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: Theres 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 07-05-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (3134) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (4544) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 15, 2013
This is a great beer and one of the best black IPAs Ive had. The roastiness is strong, but not strong enough to overwhelm the very fresh, very bright pine and herb flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
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.

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