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Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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347 Ratings

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark Belgian IPA

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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Reviews by Crazy4LegMoose:
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7.26.2013

A: Opaque black ale with 1 fingers of fizzy golden brown head. Good dots of lacing left on the glass with good head retention.

S: Strong hop aroma with a tiny bit of Belgian yeast sweetness.

T: A little bit of chocolate malt, a good bitter hop flavor in the finish with a little Belgian sweetness mixed in. This beer has a lot going on. Good chocolate honey notes up front that mix into bitter piney hops. The Belgian sweetness accentuates the honey toastiness of this ale.

M: Medium to light bodied beer. Good carbonation that blends the flavors well.

O: Very interesting beer. Quite a mix of styles and flavors going on here. I like the bitterness of the hops mixed with the Belgian sweetness. The blend well with the chocolate malt making this a unique brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly jet black in to a small tulip glass except for some brownish red highlights showing thru when hed to the light,a large blooming light tan colored head atop.Like others of the Beer Camp series Ihave today the aromas are light and somewhat unassuming,some yeasty spice and earth stood out mainly.Earthy and bitter chocolate flavors stand out most,alot of bitter chocolate,mild yeasty notes but they are heald in check well,some leafy hops in the finish.Not bad,it won't knock you over the head in flavor but it has nice subtle components to it.

Photo of MadScientist
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer camp Belgian Black IPA #31
A: Almost completely black, letting just a little bit of light through showing deep garnet hues. The head is a very long lasting, rocky brown foam.

S: The nose comes together like a blend of juniper, lemon, licorice and spice with a touch of chocolate. A medium-strong aromas of citrus and fruit hops having, a lot of that herbaceous dry hopped character,, blending with a medium phenol and a medium-low roast malt. The hops are lemony and melon-like while the phenols are peppery and somewhat clove. There is a light malt sweetness and a low floral alcohol aroma.

T: A smooth blend of melon, grape and citrus fruit flavors from the hops along with a medium-strong hops bitterness. There is a light touch of dark roast and malt sweetness but the balance is fairly bitter. The Belgian yeast character is there with a medium amount of spice and the fruit hard to name under the hops. The finish is off-dry and the after taste if a hops bitterness and a light roast.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: The hops are strong but they they still let plenty of the dark malt and yeast come through to compliment the flavor profile. When I think IPA I always want more hops but I’m can back off to enjoy a well crafted, balanced beer with a lot going on.

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer Camp 94 from the 2013 Beer Camp 12 pack
Poured into a Stone IRS snifter.
Almost as dark as a IRS but not as viscous.
Great head, even at 1/4" over the top of the glass. Very nice brown, fluffy head.
Very easy down, great mouthfeel and light lacing.
While I'm usually not a huge Black IPA fan, this was very enjoyable, very tasty and quite memorable.

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of reitzbrewing
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bsp77
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pimt.

Appearance: Just about pitch black with persistent tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Roasted, chocolate, smoke and some hard to identify fruitiness.

Taste: Strong roasted malt body with chocolate, char, coffee and smoke. Lemon and tropical notes play against the malts, but seem secondary. Some light banana as well from the Belgain yeast. The yeast is more noticeable on the borderline Saison-like finish, with a fruity spiciness. Bitterness is relatively restrained.

Feel: Fairly full body that is smooth and creamy with light carbonation. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall: The Belgian IPA and Black IPA styles are already polarizing for attempting to mesh together styles that seemingly should not, but you have to commend Sierra Nevada for taking it to the extreme and then meshing those styles together. The results are a little muddled, but overall I really do like it.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Date on the "Beer Camp" box is 07/29/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger tan head which slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty Belgian style aroma with big hints of earthy hops and dark malt. Belgian yeast upfront with some farmhouse funk, clove, and pepper spicing. Fruity esters of banana, pear, grapes, orange, lemon zest, and slight mango. Earthy and floral hops with hints of pine resin and grass. Dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, toast, grains, biscuit, caramel, and toffee. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a balanced and tasty mix of Belgian yeast, earthy hops, and dark roasty malt. Upfront Belgian yeast with some farmhouse funk and clove and pepper spices. Big hop presence with floral and earthy notes. Fairly grassy with some noticeable pine resin. Fruit notes of banana, orange, grapes, lemon zest, pear, and a little mango. Big dark malt presence with roasty notes of chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, biscuit, grains, caramel, and toffee. Tastes like a combination of Saison, piney IPA, and oatmeal stout. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty smooth. Pretty drying with well hidden alcohol.

Overall: A very good twist on a Black ale. Good Belgian style yeasty notes with a solid balance of hops and dark malt. The flavors play off each other well.

Photo of tyleeis
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of far333
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seems miscategorized as a Belgian IPA. The label says Belgian style black IPA, which also seems miscategorized.

Dark brown and opaque with a beige frothy head that settles out quickly. Low aroma of lemon and phenols. Initial flavor of roasted malt, followed by clove and phenols, some faint floral hops, not much hoppiness to offset the malt. Any bitterness is contributed by the darkly roasted malt. More phenols in the finish. An acrid and ashey bitterness lingers. Moderate to full mouthfeel, dry like an irish stout. Seems like a Belgian style dark ale or Belgian style stout.

Photo of jminch
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into belgian goblet; pure black, with a moderate dense tan head that descends steadily leaving fine rings of awesome lacing.
Smells interesting; cocoa and black malt melds with belgian yeast and some sort of odd smell...furniture polish? Could just be sharp alcohol or some other notes.
Taste is unlike anything I've had before; dark cocoa and fermented fruit blends with belgian yeast and slight alcohol, also some hops and I don't even know what's going on. Neat!
Mouthfeel is thin but smooth.
Overall, this is a very cool beer. A lot going on, but it works well together. My favorite of the Beer Camp 2013s I've had so far, if only because the last 2 had no hop flavor at all...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Oelschlager
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small light brown head and very thin lacing above a black colored beer.

Dark roasted malts with some black licorice in the aroma.

Dark roasted malts, light dark chocolate and black licorice blended taste, with a lesser degree of some hops coming through.

Dryish lightly bitter aftertaste with some of the darker tastes remaining with this medium bodied beer.

A decent enough tasting black IPA but not really enough hops tastes for me.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Beer camp 2013.

A: Pours very dark with a dense two finger slightly tanned head. Takes a few minutes to dissipate. Leaves a complete coating of lacing on the opposite side of the snifter as I sip.

S: Belgian yeast is the first thing I notice. Roastiness does come through of course. Good touch of farmhouse earthiness and yeast. Hops come through with an herbal character. Bit of sweetness.

T: Hops are prevalent from start to finish. Real nice belgian qualities with the yeast and touch of funk. The roastiness of the malts compliments the belgian tone. Booziness does come through a bit reminding you its there.

M: Fairly light body for such a boozy and flavorful beer. Carbonation is pleasant. Finish is a bit sticky from the hopping which is understandable.

Overall another good beer camp selection by Sierra Nevada. Good mix of IPA styles going on here in this brew. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of azorie
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of lcdawg
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours jet black with a light tan near 2 finger head. Good retention. Leaves a layer of suds across the surface that's thin in some spots, and clumped in others. Lacing is consistent around the glass, but is small and spotty. Good stick.

Smell - Aroma hits on caramel and chocolate, with latent roasted notes beneath. That funky belgian sourness is there, but hangs in the back.

Taste - Milk chocolate and caramel malt flavors are most noticeable, with a touch of roast that's not quite up to par hanging somewhere in the back. Green banana and funk from start to finish. Finishes much the same as it starts.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Touches on chalky texture. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - There's something about that milk chocolate/caramel combination that doesn't do it for me if it isn't supported by a strong roast character. It's the same malt character I get from Rogue's Daddy's Little Helper and Moyan's Orange & Black Congrats Ale. It does not suit my palate. It doesn't work here for me, either.

Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Beer Camp #94 is nearly black in the glass with creamy off-white head. It is slow to settle and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is milk chocolatey sweet with some citrusy hops and funky Belgian yeast.

Flavor is sweet like a milk stout at first but some of that fresh hop bitterness comes through. The yeast provides some unique character but its mostly hidden by the assertiveness of the other ingredients.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy smooth.

Overall an interesting experimental brew but one that misses the mark slightly.

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - blackish brown with a very large, dense, brownish head that has great retention

S - spicy, floral, citrus, chocolate, hemp, fruity, herbal; the dark malts, hops, and spicy Belgian yeast play very well together in the nose

T - marijuana, spicy, herbal, bitter, piney, faint chocolate, faint roasted malt

M - a bit thin for what I would expect, well carbonated

This is a strange brew. I love the concept, but I'm not really sure how I feel about the final product. The notes of hemp throughout are different. I'm not sure I've experienced that before, and I'm not sure it was intentional. The hop character is enjoyable and very pungent. The Belgian yeast offers some spicy notes which also get along with the hops. The malt character is where I'm disappointed. I find the malt character subdued and not very supportive of the robust hop/yeast spiciness. Overall, this is a decent beer. I like the concept and there is enough of a hop presence to keep me interested. Worth a try.

Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black with brown-amber highlights. Huge and frothy head of tan bubbles. Massive and detailed lace.

Nose is a bit fruity, malty and yeasty at first, with a citrus undercurrent. Definitely more on the Belgian side of things. Some floral hops pop out after the suds subside.

Taste is huge and rich -- a well-balanced mix of almost sour Belgian yeasts and sour grapefruit citrus hoppiness. A hearty and heavy-duty melange of Belgian complexity and American hop-centric, this is solid, but not one I'd pursue further.

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Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.