Probably the most intriguing and unique styles in the Sierra Nevada Best of Beer Camp mixed 12-pack, I'm tasting Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Juniper Black Ale today.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Juniper Black Ale poured an impenetrable thick black into the glass that obscured any effervescence, topped by a surprisingly white thin head that cling to the sides of the glass with a sticky tenacity. Subtle coffee and pine blended together for a nice smooth and spicy nose.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Juniper Black Ale opened with a surprisingly bright mineral and lemon start that cut the palette to make way for the big, milk chocolate middle. Hop spice and dry notes of juniper are present in the background, propped up by some heat and bitterness, but never attempt to overpower the creamy malt profile. The alcohol heat lingers in the fade, but isn't distracting.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Juniper Black Ale is, first and foremost, a well rounded ale. Of the four styles in the 12-pack, Juniper Black Ale deviates the most from the classic Sierra Nevada offerings, being creamier, spicier and more dessert-like with one of the best integrated heat-profiles that actually enhances the core flavors I have experienced.