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Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94

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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TeamMathis on 10-06-2013)
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Photo of gillagorilla


3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Dark brown.

S: Roasty malts with rye.

T: Burnt and roasted malts. Quite good but not too much on the IPA. Nice stout flavors though.

M: Nice prickly crispness.

O: Interesting and different. My first from their Beer Camp series. Love the idea and not everyone is going to be a knockout. Great for experimentation and innovation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 00:52:28 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large head.
Nose shows roasted malt, cocoa, toast, caramel, resinous pine and floral hops.
Similar flavours, quite a focus on the roasted malt with more coca and caramel. Some pine again along with resinous hops.
Too much carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 02:45:41 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours near black with a thin, tan head. Long lacing and mild light penetration of the body.

S-Nelson Sauvin hops are my absolute favorite and Sorachi Ace are up there too. I get both in the nose. The hops, specifically the Sorachi give me a sort of Piña Colada aroma and flavor. The Nelson hops could sand to be a bit more lively here unfortunately. I also get small whiffs of Beligan yeast and some solid coffee and chocolate.

T-The hops used really match the roast and dark malts well. The Nelson hops come out more here with a must, white grape flavor and some herby citrus combos. The lemongrass of the Sorachi hops also pop up too. A whispy Belgian yeast strain is enveloped by the roast and lig chocolate.

M-Medium body. Lighter than it looks. Booze is hidden. Not violently bitter but has a solid bittering factor.

O/D-Here I am thinking this would be my least favorite. Turns put it was my favorite. The Nelson Sauvin combined with the Sorachi Ace is magnificent. I also like how this brew isn't too heavy of the Belgian aspect. If only this was a normal IPA and not a Black one, then I could see greatness.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 16:20:33 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of candcholt


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice beer. Not overly hoppy. A bit of sourness More Belgian Sour than IPA. I wouldn't recommend it for IPA lovers, but those who like darker Belgian Style ales should enjoy this..

Pairs nicely with chocolate peanut butter cake.

This is a solid beer that I would have again given the opportunity, but I probably wouldn't buy a case.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 20:14:06 | More by candcholt
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $3

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There is also some hops, yeast, and a bit of a roasted bitterness.

Overall - Not sure if there were some fruity notes in this beer at some point, perhaps the age effected that. Still an interesting and tasty beer. Not something I'd buy multiples of, but well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 02:35:20 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours black with a big three-finger foamy and creamy light tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- roasty coffee with some grainy malt, fruity hop profile with some pineapple/mango, lemon peel and grapefruit, some fresh grassy notes as well

T- the fruity hop profile continues into the flavor, papaya/mango with some citrus, nice malty sweetness mid-palate that finishes with some roasted coffee and a hint if musty Belgian yeast

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, only a hint if alcohol warmth on the finish

O- the fruity hop profile is a bit of a switch up to the black IPA style, and works quite nicely, fruity and roasty

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:15:56 | More by Treyliff
Photo of heygeebee


3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From Jim's.

A - black with a massive pillowy tan head, fills the tulip. Fabulous lace and head on swirl.

S - somewhat charred rosts dominate, hint choc, licorice.

T - charred roasts still on top, quite bitter and burnt, with a smoothness behind, a little disconnected. Dark hugely bitter choc notes. Belgian yeast is there, but a little hidden.

M - carbonation is moderate and spot on. Velvety feel a la IPA, not a la Belgian.

O - a bit hit n miss. Doesn't really gel as a Belgian Style ale to this palate as the roast-meaty charred taste is too prevalent. comes together as it warms, but, oh boy, this was a sloooow drink for me tonight, and a 10-12 deg serve isn't going to cut it with too many folks.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 07:56:05 | More by heygeebee
Photo of hosehead83


3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Murky black/dark brown in color, with a thick cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Citrus hop and chocolate notes
Taste-A lot going on here-dark malts, fruity hops, some Belgian yeast spiciness, all barely held in balance. This brew cries out for a food pairing. Asian pork ribs or spicy teriaki would match nicely with the melange of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:09:10 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls.

Smell: belgian yeast and some earthy bitterness rise from the glass.

Taste: roasted malts, bready belgian yeast, dark fruits, chocolate, and an earthy bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. The yeast flavor lingers long into aftertaste.

Overall: a very enjoyable beer that isn't as hop forward as some other SN beers. Nice version worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 17:43:52 | More by Gavage
Photo of Spikester


4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a well stored Beer Camp 12 pack.
Pours as black as any Stout. Big tan head and plenty of lacing. Head is still there after ten minutes.
Smell is malty with a touch of Belgian yeast.
Taste is dark malts chocolate slightly burnt sugar cane a hint of dark chocolate. Hops are bold but not overly so due to huge malt presence. The Belgian yeast aspect is restrained due to sweet malt boldness.
Mouthfeel is full with a dark bitter finish. Carbonation is just right.
Overall an odd beer in many ways but very tasty. Really more like a very well hopped Stout. But then there is the Belgian yeast aspect. I would definitely have this again if available. Well recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:54:16 | More by Spikester
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown, settles into the glass as a near-black color. Huge, fluffy tan head that lingers around and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S- Roasty malts, peppery Belgian yeast, hints of pine. Yeast comes through a ton.

T- Similar to the aroma, with the smooth roasted malts giving way to huge peppery yeast aromas. Piney hops compliment, but the yeast is the main attraction.

M- Very smooth, medium carbonation, medium-full bodied.

O- A nice take on a Belgian black IPA. I think this was catagorized correctly, as the Belgian aspect comes through in a big way. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 17:14:18 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beer Camp #94 pours a large creamy tan head with very good retention and heavy lacing. Beer is a very dark brown (almost black). Smells of yeast, roasty malts, earthy hops, and licorice.

Taste starts with a yeasty breadiness, then some citrus which is quickly overtaken by roasty malts. Has a roasty and yeasty finish, with a yeasty and licorice aftertaste. Has a lighter than average mouthfeel with high carbonation, a bit of a grainyness

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 22:29:25 | More by JG-90
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2013 batch 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 14, 2013.

It is a very nice looking beer with its dark brown to nearly black pour and lingering, tan head. The look is worth very high marks.

The aroma is mainly malty with an apparent earthy hop note, licorice, and a hint of spice.

The body is medium to full.

The taste tends to have a little more character than the nose but the dark malts are forward and the hops are playing up the rear but lingering a moment. A slight bite that feels bigger than 7.7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 01:04:58 | More by puboflyons
Photo of alphagnome


4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If I didn't know any better, I'd think it to be a stout! Pitch black body allows no light to penetrate. Thick, light brown head hangs around for some time before fading away and leaving plenty of lacing behind.

Has a very welcoming peated malt character to it, reminds me more of a Scottish ale than a Belgian. Nice lightly roasted coffee notes. Lemon grass.

Complex and unique - easily the best beer I've had from Sierra Nevada! Rich & smoky malts hit up front with a hint of caramel and a fair amount of sweetness. Then a considerable amount of citrus hits the palate as earthy hop character sweep in to bitter things up. The bitterness is surprisingly restrained. A nice amount of dark fruits tickle the taste buds. Alcohol is noticeable but adds character.

Medium bodied and light on carbonation. Has a dry, smoky oak finish.

If you see it, get it! Fantastic brew! It's a really saddening experience knowing that this is a one time brew because it truly is exceptional. Here's to hoping they keep the recipe around!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:06:50 | More by alphagnome
Photo of tronester


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super dark brown in color, with a medium, creamy tan head. Very nice lacing as the beer travels down the glass. Smells like some coffee and licorice. Taste begins with an herbal, almost funkyness, then some licorice, then a bit of caramel, and finishes with a citrusy, piney ending. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a decent beer, though the combination of three extremes, the roasted, bitterness, and funkyness are a bit too much of a jumble for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:45:17 | More by tronester
Photo of BryanCarey


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark in color and with a tan- colored head of significant foam, this entry in the beer camp series has a fruity nose with elements that include dark fruit, citrus, wood, and roasted malt. It’s an interesting way to start the tasting experience and it certainly whets the appetite.

This beer has a complex flavor profile every bit and interesting as its appearance. The flavors of light coffee, roasted malt, and a dab of chocolate are certainly present and they are met with fruity components such as lemon, then finished off with spiciness. There is an almost menthol- like character to the flavor and it’s very unusual compared to other beer, including other Black IPA.

Black IPA are an interesting lot, but this one from Sierra Nevada is even more complex than the norm. The taste is a little unusual, but in a good way, and the complexity keeps you guessing. You keep trying to put your finger on more and more flavors with each passing sip and you continue to discover more flavors hidden in its back, murky depths.

This beer may not be around for long, so I suggest grabbing some bottles while you can. The unique and complex flavor profile is like few other beers I have tried. Give it a try and see for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 03:35:29 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of arizcards


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased as part of the Beer Camp 12 pack in mid August. Bottled on 7-9-13.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that is retaining well.

Nose has hints of citrus and roasted malts.

Taste is citrus hops, roasted malts, with a tobacco/menthol finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and fairly satisfying.

Overall this is a pretty good brew, definitely unique, and all over the flavor profile scoreboard. It was definitely fun to try and would have again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 00:00:54 | More by arizcards
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review was taken the day the 2013 Beer Camp variety pack arrived here at home. I'm assuming the Belgian Style black IPA #94 and the BC #94- Sleight of hand are the same beer though this said nothing about sleight of hand. Just the number 94 matches along with the style.

12 oz brown Sierra Nevada style shorty bottle with fantastic Beer Camp logo and label. This was poured into a Belgian style stemmed tulip. Note: the beer camp series labeling and art really describe for me the style of craft brewing in California. Good stuff!

A - it definitely pours dark. Black in fact. A rich black. When held to the light the deep ruby dark red shines through, but this thing is black. Head comes out very nice, darker side of off white to a tan coloring. It's creamy and lasts a good while. A nice sized ring of lacing leaves pretty good stick as well.

S - woodsy character up front. Like a man's man cologne only not. Soft coffee and burnt chocolate malt make up a nice base. Hops finally begin to show themselves with a fruity tropical like aroma. Very odd flavors, but this isn't a bad thing. It smells wonderful. The funky Belgian style yeast blends perfectly.

T - smoked coffee beans start things off with tropical fruits with lemon highlighting the fruit notes. Dark chocolate creeps up and slides to the back making way for more of that down right unique Belgian yeast strain. The hop profile In this flavor is fruity dominance with some excellent Belgian spices.

M - good feel and textured very well. Gets the flavors to touch every inch of the palate. Excellent SN style thickness to the body with an upper-medium body. Nearly full and packed with flavor. Unique flavor, but good flavor. Very enjoyable.

O - love the beer camp releases. This may be the most enjoyable Beer Camp offering I've had. Not sure, its the best, but definitely on top of my personal favorite Camp releases. I'd love to have this again in the future. It's just an perfectly crafted brew and whoever thought this up did very well at Beer Camp. This takes full advantage of a number of different characteristics and then some. Very good and I can assure you ill buy it again if its ever bottled in the future. #94 is my favorite Camp release yet!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 00:20:46 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of goochpunch


3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out jet black with a mocha head. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and citrusy malts. Chocolate malts are very strong in the flavor. Lots of lemon and butter from the sorachi ace. This needs more hop bitterness, but it's packed with hop flavor. Not picking up much Belgian character from this. Mouthfeel is creamy and soft. Overall, this is pretty good, but it could use more bitterness for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:30:23 | More by goochpunch
Photo of mooseisloose


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is part of an unexpected 12 pack that was happened upon in TW. SN is always way above the curve so this immediately went into the basket. Popping the top induces a great balance of halt and hops that rivals any prescribed imbibement. On the pour this brew,(sorry I already drank some) is a wickedly dark liquid with a tan head that is more structural than a honeycomb. Taste is without a doubt a thick and robust concoction, as the head locks into the SAPP and never retreats. This brew is way in the realm of an IPA,albeit a bit sweeter than most but the head is way more than incredible, is this some kind of new foam? Tasty none the less.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 22:03:48 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of schoolboy


3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This years beer camps are good as before. I really loved the red ale. This black is good as well, but not to the same extreme.

It pours with beautiful head and lace. The aroma is strong. Pine and roast are both in the smell.

The taste goes a long way. It is a complex mix of too many things. Loads of fun trying to figure what all is going on - bitter, roast, pine, it's all over the place. The aftertaste lingers nice and bitter.

If I can find any more of this year's I will buy a couple, but mostly because of the red ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 00:03:55 | More by schoolboy
Photo of CSFerrier


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first actual beer review, I've done several ratings but no actual reviews.

The Black IPA is deliciously thick and smoky. It's not overly hopped and it's smoky flavoring adds a smooth and bonus extra to this IPA.

The head is thick and long lasting on the glass.

The named does it justice, even when held to the lite window its as black as an anomaly. It really is a gorgeous beer in a sniffer.

Overall, I wish this wasn't limited.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 19:59:16 | More by CSFerrier
Photo of ocelot2500


3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ebony color with a big, tan head that leaves bug chunks of lacing.

Smells of yeasty notes along with a bit roasted notes.

Tastes of bigger roasted notes with some yeast and hop support. Leads off with a wave of roasted notes with tobacco, burnt coffee, molasses, and roasted bitterness. This then gives way to a bit of dark fruits along with some clove and banana like flavors. An earthy bitterness arrives next and sticks around along with a bit of pine. This combined with the roasted bitterness linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I like this, but the roasted notes are deep and burnt, which may not be for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 02:49:46 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A thick, viscose dark cola pour yields a monstrous 3+ inch dark khaki, dense foam head. The coloring is midnight black in the vessel with a moderatedly paced rise of effervesce creeping up along the glass walls. The head decays to a soapy appearence, with large cavenous voids and pockets along the sides of the glass . Head potential is lasting with tons of soapy foam deposits sticking well behind of generous coverage.

S: The nose yields a quick flash of sweet, rich chocolate, soil and tree bark earthiness, dried cola all of moderate strength.

T: The flavor was rich with a hearthy roastiness, softly charred nature, dark, moderately bitter with some doughy yeastiness. Bittering earthiness, cola, dried dark fruit of dates, earthy smoked vegetative and tobacco, with some lightly smoked pine wood. Bittering anise on the finish, burnt pine needles, with some lemony-caraway spicing and a light background of fruitiness.

M: Mouthful was doughy, chewy, full bodied with a great viscosity that was lightly carbonated. Bittering warmth on the inner cheeks.

O: Overall some good doughy yeast quality meets an earthy bitterness and roasty appeal to give this a woodsy, old camp feel. Smooth drinking, dark, roasty flavor that has its moments.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:55:34 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, dark, near black with a tint of mahogany with a full 2 fingers of light chocolate colored head. Retention and lacing are both fantastic.

S - Sweet chocolate malts, earthy hops, and tons of banana/clove/ belgian yeasty type aromas.

T - Nice dry earthy and grapefruit like hops and roasty malts initially, a very candied sugar type flavor kicks in with clove flavors which are followed by a dry earthy/resinous hoppyness at the finish which lingers through the aftertaste. The finish is pretty impressive IMO. Big belgian nose, minimally belgian taste.

M - Wow, incredibly smooth. The bitterness gives the illusion of carbonation but its incredibly smooth on my tongue. Medium bodied, almost an easy enough of a drinker to call an easy drinker. Really impressed here.

O - Wow - I'm totally surprised by how much im enjoying this. Balance and transition of flavors could be a little better but otherwise this is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 03:28:55 | More by MacQ32
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Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.