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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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very good

180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TeamMathis on 10-06-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Photo of neil2me
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of goochpunch
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of meehandennis
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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.

Photo of purppy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jordan444
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mayerale
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of civicm87
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Photo of barneysdad
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jpd026
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

Photo of kwkurdziel
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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.

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.

Photo of chanokokoro
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.