Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottled on July/9/13
Poured into Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.
Pours a clear, extremely deep, dark brown with some red undertones. The beer quickly sprouts a gigantic, 3 fingers tall khaki head that has tons of retention. As the head dissipates it leaves some thick curtains of lace down the edges of the glass. Pretty impressive looking Black IPA.
A wave of Belgian yeast becomes immediately apparent as you bring the glass to your nose; mostly banana and faint plum. Alongside the yeast, there are some fruity hop aromatics; white grape, subtle tangerine, and lemon peel. Beneath these somewhat subdued hop aromatics, there is a sizable, chocolate forward malt backbone, bringing with it notes of nuts and lightly roasted coffee.
Pretty similar to the nose. Sweet notes of banana and plum from the Belgian greets your palate first, with some fruity hops right alongside it; The hops have a slightly tropical tone to their notes of white grape, lemon peel and slightly dank pine. Playing counterpoint to these fruity tones is a lightly roasted malt backbone; impressions of baker's chocolate, coffee and a distinct nuttiness. Finishes off dry and bitter with lingering impressions of pine, bananas, chocolate and that toasted nuttiness.
Medium bodied, slightly creamy with moderate carbonation.
A very complex IPA, but I feel that the sweet Belgian yeast, combined with the rich, chocolate malt profile overwhelms the soft, lush hop profile. If Sierra Nevada toned down the yeast phenols, as well upped the hopping regiment, this really could be a winner.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2013 03:26:50 | More by flayedandskinned
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A- Pitch black with a light khaki head of 1.5 fingers that settles into a ring around the edge. Deep red accents and superb lacing make for a very tasty looking treat.
S- Some earthy and fruity hops of lemon zest. Slight lingering musk and dirt. A roasted malt base.
T- A harmonious balance of roasted malts and fruit hops. Tangy, acidic, and raw as it tantalizes the palate. Some coffee, smoke, and pine help it to settle in nicely on the taste buds, but then quickly fades to the fruity, lemon character. Spot on bitterness.
M- Creamy and heavier than most IPAs, but not at the cost of losing some crisp drinkable character. Mid body bordering on full. Alcohol fairly well hidden.
O- First encounter with the Soriachi Ace hop, and I am quite smitten. Straight forward and well done.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2013 22:40:30 | More by Bosoxfan20
4.24/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On-tap 11/20/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.
A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large foamy beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some hops.
T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not to filling, good kick, very good combination of styles, this is a very nice beer to pound down for a long time.
Serving type: on-tap
11-21-2013 16:53:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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