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2011 Beer Camp Juniper Black Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Black IPA
8.00 % ABV

Review by orbitalr0x on 07/30/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2011
Deep dark black pour with a nice inch of cragly khaki foam atop the brew. Aromas start off with roasted dark malts and some bright juniper notes. Cocoa weaves in with some spice and a touch of citrus. Interesting for sure!

First sip brings plenty of roasted malts upfront with chocolate and earthy flavors melding in. Citrus tones mix in with the juniper as it flows down. Hop bite kicks in on the finish along with some roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rather robust with smooth carbonation. Quite malty and a touch on the heavier side. Overall, I found this to be a tasty brew and really enjoyed the Beer Camp 12 pack!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by younger35 on 05/08/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 9 12 5 6 2011
Picked up a mix 12 pack of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp to keep myself occupied on Sunday afternoon while watching some golf. They all look really interesting so this should be fun. Drank from my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- Pours a ridiculously pitch black with a small half finger dark tan head that looks creamy and inviting. A decent cap and super thick collar remain along with a fair amount of lacing.
Smell- Sort of a strange nose. It’s very sort of charred with an almost burnt grainy aspect that is very intense. Quite a bit of dark chocolate and even a touch of black molasses seem par for the course at this point. Then it gets strange. The juniper is surprisingly robust in the nose as there is a sort of piney earthy tone. Almost spearmint in tone as the roast and pine both match each other’s intensity quite well.
Taste- Tastes a lot like the nose sort of led me to believe but its crazy dry and I think that really accentuates the roast. Tons of dark bitter chocolate and even a touch of black licorice really do seem to dominate. The juniper is present though, just not as crazy as it seems in the nose. It’s earthy and piney and sort of adds a touch of flare to the bitter undertone of the beer. The hops are intense as well and seem elevated by the dry bitter bite of the roast.
Mouthfeel- Nice thick feel that’s pretty smooth considering the level of roast and amount of dryness. The carbonation is crisp and nice.
Drinkability- Sort of a strange duck here. The beer is uber roasty and the brash pine bitterness is a huge surprise to how the beer starts. I don’t know if I’d label this a true Black IPA but the bitterness is definitely on par with what it should be. I just feel like the roast is a little strong. Unique and fairly enjoyable.

Served In: Tulip

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