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

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

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TeamMathis on 10-06-2013)
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Photo of mooseisloose
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

mooseisloose, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

schoolboy, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of purppy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

purppy, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of spw109
4/5  rDev +4.4%

spw109, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of schaffer9252
4/5  rDev +4.4%

schaffer9252, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Jordan444
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jordan444, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of mayerale
4.25/5  rDev +11%

mayerale, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jaydoc, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of civicm87
3/5  rDev -21.7%

civicm87, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JohneHoodlum, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of scotorum
4/5  rDev +4.4%

scotorum, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of CSFerrier
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

CSFerrier, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of barneysdad
4.25/5  rDev +11%

barneysdad, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of jpd026
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

jpd026, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

ocelot2500, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of kwkurdziel
4.25/5  rDev +11%

kwkurdziel, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

MacQ32, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of chanokokoro
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

chanokokoro, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of srhoadsy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours dark black with half an inch of dark tan head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of pine and grapefruit with a hint of coffee.

Strong flavors from the dark malts; coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of smoke. Hops follow through with grapefruit and pine.

Medium bodied with a fairly dry finish. Moderate carbonation and a lingering aftertaste.

This is an interesting one. I enjoyed it very much, but if the hops were a little more subdued, I would almost classify it as a Baltic porter from the influence of the roasted malts. Would like to try again.

srhoadsy, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jheezee, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of JohnBender
4.25/5  rDev +11%

JohnBender, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ElijahRivera
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass and consumed on October 1st, 2013.

A- As black and opaque as any beer I've ever seen. Huge showy, creamy, tan head that actually glistens in the relatively low light. Had a lot of staying power at first, but died down to about one finger after several minutes leaving a very tight lacing pattern. There are some visible carbonation bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass, but no rising carbonation is visible. Really impressed by the appearance of this beer.

S- Very yeasty aromas that commonly go along with a lot of Belgian styles. Dark stone fruit and burnt candy sugar accompany a modest floral hop aroma. Also, a slight roasted barley aroma.

T- The dark, bitter roasted barley is a lot more pronounced in the flavor. The hops come through, but not as much as the the bittersweet malts. There is also a strange flavor that I can't identify, and I am leaning toward not liking it. I think it is the way the Belgian style yeast is manifesting itself in the flavor. According to the bottle, it is probably the interaction between the hops and the yeast flavors. Somehow, for me, it works better in the aroma than on the palate. I appreciate the balance in the beer as no single flavor dominates another. They all are mostly melded together except for the prominent dry fruity finish. It is possible this would have tasted better a bit fresher. There is no freshness date on the bottle, however, it can only be a few months old at most, because it is a summer release. There is also a bit of a coffee flavor in the retro-olfaction.

M- Mid bodied with low soft carbonation. Leaves a slightly bitter and almost medicinal and astringent sensation in the aftertaste.

O- As I drank and the beer warmed, I warmed up to the beer a bit. But something about it still seemed off and unappealing. Not horrible by a long shot, and still better than what I would categorize as an average beer. However, if I were able to purchase this beer again, I probably wouldn't. Also, I paid about $26 for the 12 beer camp 12 pack. At that price, I'd have to say it wasn't worth the money. I can get variety packs that I enjoy more for less dough than that.

ElijahRivera, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black. Tan, frothy head.
Smell: Alcoholic? Gas or oil!
Taste: Alcohol, some fruit in the aftertaste. Hoppy.
Mouthfeel: Thick and moderately carbonated.

This black IPA is black all the way through, even when held up against a light. I couldn't quite place the smell. It certainly smells like an Imperial. The taste is thick, alcoholic with some very light citrus fruit hitting the top back of the mouth. While I had trouble placing the particulars, I loved it. I would definitely get this again. Don't let my individual descriptions mislead you. The experience is excellent.

TeamMathis, Oct 06, 2013
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Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.