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

Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94

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very good

343 Ratings

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%

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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3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass at 41 F. 319012123 and 185 13 C-2 1333 S are both printed on the bottled. I was at a barleywine festival earlier today, where I sampled many but consumed not so much. I haven't had any beer in about five hours, so hopefully my palate has recovered a little.

Pours black with a big, slowly dissipating, light brown head. Medium carbonation. Smell is yeast, with some slight roast/toast, spice.

Taste is chocolatey and fruity up front, hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste, something rich and creamy in here.

Mouthfeel is thick but not heavy. Overall, not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 04:15:54 | More by snaotheus
Photo of Bosoxfan20


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
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Rhode Island

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
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Harpoon Leviathan glass. Thanks Ian.

A - Pitch black with a tan head. Sticky head lingers. Nice.

S - Roasted malts. Hops are sharp. Fairly intense. Caramel malts linger on the tale end.

T - Sharp bitter malt and hops. Very drinkable. Roasted coffee, earthy hops, touch of caramel. Belgian character is very subdued. Pleasant.

M - A bit thin. A little dry on the mouth feel. The roasted malt lingers.

O - Not my favorite. Well done and interesting, but not something I want to drink regularly. A bit too much going on for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:33:30 | More by soccerman7
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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...

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 04:03:31 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Anchor in Wichita.

A - Black, great lacing, tan head.

S - Spicy funk - barnyard meets rye.

T - Peppery spice, some easy bitterness.

Mf - Medium bodies, slight creamy with a bite at the end.

O - Not enough sweetness to balance the spicy rye and the belgian yeast. No mistaking this beer - it is all about the rye.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2013 02:59:26 | More by Sludgeman
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4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review was taken the day Beer Camp 2013 variety pack arrived here. I'm reviewing both versions being the 2013 Beer Camp #94 Belgian black ipa and #94 sleight of hand are what I'm assuming is the same beer.

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 00:25:14 | More by BradtheGreat7
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2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have no idea what is "Belgian style" about a Black IPA, but okay...

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a Sierra Nevada beer camp variety 12-pack at Wheatsville Co-Op and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Reviewed as a Black IPA because it clearly identifies as such. 2013 vintage. 7.7% ABV confirmed per the label.

Nowhere does the label say "Sleight of Hand," but I believe this discrepancy on the site is due to the scheduling of the beer camp releases; Black IPA sounds more marketable than the less descript "Sleight of Hand."

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a four finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness; decent frothiness. Head retention is good - about 7-8 minutes. Has a nice soft complexion. Decent consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass when I tilt it.

Body colour is a predictable opaque black; not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style, but the head retention is nice. Not unique or special. No obvious flaws are noticeable.

Sm: Dreadful caramel, molasses, and vinous malts. No real roasty presence. Dark malts, chocolate malts, a hint of stale cocoa dust. Cream. Floral hop character, pine needles, evergreen, and noticeable earthiness along with some fennel/anise. Pine is dominant. Unwelcome spearmint. It's a striking aroma, but I don't know that it's a good one; I fear the "Black" aspect of the beer is clashing with the IPA aspect. An inoffensive aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Awful spearmint. Aggressive pine needles/evergreen. Earthy tree bark. Anise. Fennel. Licorice. Burnt caramel. Has some charred character. Plenty of bitterness - but more from the earthy anise than from the hops. Floral hop character is submissive to the pine. I'd love some roast, but no dice. Dark malts. Generic chocolate malts. I do like the slight cream on the finish.

Not much balance here. It has a loose cohesion, but the notes from either "side" of the Black IPA style frequently clash here. Not much subtlety either. Very limited complexity. Not a gestalt beer. Note layering is average.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: More smooth than coarse, more wet than dry. A biteen sticky. Chewy. Decent thickness and body. Complements the flavour profile decently. A biteen overcarbonated. Nice presence on the palate for what it is. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile, but it suits it in a very general sense.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: A drinkable Black IPA that falls prey to the key mistake of the style - a lack of balance. This needs some work to warrant a second purchase; I wouldn't get it again. I'm not a huge fan, but it's passable. More pedestrian work from Sierra Nevada. Not recommended, but it'll draw its fans. If you're not big on anise/fennel/licorice, I'd caution against trying this one. Hides its ABV okay.


Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 07:48:37 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Mojo


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass

A - obsidian black pour with generous overflowing khaki colored head, great retention, and great lacing.

S - pine, grass, and bread are the dominant notes

T - roasted malt with caramel notes with a finish that is a combination of cola, chickory, and black licorice.

M - thick and chewy, load of carbonation, some aftertaste.

O - This may be the best of this years beer camp.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 03:20:20 | More by Mojo
Photo of thecheapies


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

Beer Camp! Here we go...

Pours a soft black with a firm holding of tan foam. Laces like a motherf***er. Has that jiggly creamy consistency when you shake the glass. Prime.

Creamy/buttery esters that cross orange-y sweet, apricot jam, and honey with perculator coffee, dark roasty grain, and earthy hops. IPA takes a backseat in the nose for its most memorable ingredient. Smells like a Belgian stout, and a good one.

Hops. Check. They're minty, floral, and bittersweet. Pairs well with a happy Belgo yeast strain. Notes of earthy malt roast, cocoa, almond, and char. Belgian in aroma, but in flavor, it just adds a softly sweet nuttiness. Very good.

Supple feel that doesn't sacrifice carb for creaminess. Works well. Satisfying. Not to say the booze doesn't offer a slight sting.

Pretty good. Some 'wow' factor involved for a Black IPA. Much appreciated.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 03:09:23 | More by thecheapies
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2.43/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pouts a dark chocolate brown color that appears black in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a one finger beige head quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly chalky aroma with roasted dark malt notes and ester-y dark fruit notes. Most of the hoppy/IPA characteristics are muted with subtle resinous pine and grass. The tropical fruit notes mentioned on the label are nowhere to be found in the nose. Feels more like a roasted dry stout/Belgian strong dark ale hybrid. Toasted malts along with dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal followed by plum, raisin and fig. Not offensive but disappointing for an IPA.

Medium bodied with a stronger hop presence than the nose hints at but it's still dominated by roasted dark malt and sweet dark fruit esters. Dry, earthy and bitter but the hop profile is one dimensional with grass and sticky pine needle flavor lingering throughout. Again, the tropical/citrus fruit sweetness is completely absent. The bitterness is complimented by roasted/acrid dark malts. Slightly smokey with burnt toast flavor along with bitter dark chocolate, stale coffee and oatmeal. Thankfully the Belgian yeast provides some much needed sweetness with hints of grape, fig and other dark berries. Still, it's not enough to overcome the overwhelming roast and one dimensional bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 04:13:27 | More by corby112
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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

A - Very dark brown, almost opaque, with a 2 finger kahki head that moves slower than a sloth. Generous amounts of lacing coat over half of one side of the glass.

S - Fresh leafy green hops jump out with bready Belgian notes. Perfume-like roast character, floral hops show up,

T - Spicy green hops, roasted malts, anise, rye, sharp lemon citrus pushes against the roasted toffee malts creating a non-typical flavor profile. Toasted bread crust are acidic fruits, and notes of chocolate malts are showcased in the middle with a sweet center that is surrounded by spicy dryness. A a rush of leafy green and pine hops emerge toward the dry finish leaving a semi resinous feel on the palate.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, flowy and lush feel,dry finish.

This is an interesting brew. Nice hop profile but the Belgian yeast didn't seem to influence all that much. Above average but nothing mind blowing here.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:45:28 | More by StaveHooks
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the current Beer Camp variety pack under an Alias.

Listed as "Beer Camp #94 Belgian-Style Black IPA."

Clear black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells hoppy and deeply burnt. with a carrot scent. Scents of coffee and patent malt with the spicy scent of Belgian beer yeast. Some coriander and ginger with a slight sour edge. Strange aroma of parsley.

Starts out deeply roasted in flavor with slight chocolate. Slight bitter stout like edge to this but is very mildly flavored and smooth. Belgian beer yeast flavors are in here but the patent malt really hides them.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

Overall a tasty beer. The Patent malt elements are stronger than the Belgian parts.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 00:16:00 | More by Zorro
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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at California Kebab in Pacific Beach. Very dark in the nonic. Long-lasting foam with plenty of lacing down the tall glass. Spritzy on the tongue, and that lasts to the bottom of the pint.

Flavor is quite striking-- there is a malty sweetness but it has an intriguing nutty, even coconutty taste with a big, spicy quality. Dark roasted malt with a hint of mint. the caramel is substantial with some burnt sugar. A tasty sipping beer with more alcohol than is probably needs. On tap, this is one of the better dark IPAs I've had. I liked it a lot better than the bottle Beer Camp version, which I just had two days ago.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 07:06:07 | More by mactrail
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3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not as bitter as I expected, but little to no roasty notes which is a plus. A bit of warmth going down even at 7.7% only. The belgian yeast doesn't crowd out the other flavors in this beer but it does show up. Could be my palate tonight, but I'm not getting a whole lot of a hop profile. Soft bitterness, coffee or chocolate, and a subdued hint of clove make this an interesting beer style. Overall it is not very aggressive. Smooth and comfortable. 81/100

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 01:09:56 | More by MetricOcean
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West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with tan tint, monster 4+ inch, foamy head with tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Floral hops and spices, lemon, banana, apple, raisin, plum, cherry . Belgium yeasts, Brown sugar and molasses.

Taste - Floral fruits and Belgium yeasts start this brew out. Hoppy with oranges, lemon and grapes. Honey and chocolate along with some smoked malts are present. Brown sugar/molasses sugars ad sweet bold flavors.

Mouthfeel - Hops, yeasts and spices coat the tongue. Palate gets malts, more fruits and spices along with some molasses. Aftertaste is smokey malts, hops and sugars.

Overall - Pretty good. Lots of flavor, nice mix of two styles and smooth. Great balance really lets both styles shine. A winner, one of the best of the beer camp releases so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:23:27 | More by wvsabbath
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3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Apperance: Poured into a new Belgium globe glass. Pours black with little light penetration and two fingers of a light tan thick and frothy head with a little bit sticking to the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malts, cloves and bananas. The belgian yeast dominates the aroma. Some fruity hops come through as well.

Taste: Bananas, cloves, bitter fruity hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied feel that is just a bit off. Just a little light and over carbonated.

Overall, the belgian yeast and the large addition of tropical fruity hops makes for a solid beer. It is pretty well balanced with the belgian flavors smoothly giving way to the hops. Definitely enjoyed this one. This style is definitely starting to grow on me.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 23:44:11 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours black, as expected, with a sustaining head and good lacing.
Smell isn't too strong, but a little sweet and smokey.

The taste starts off a little in the bitter side, with some minor cocoa notes. This is followed by some smokiness and a hint of sour raisin (is that a thing)?. Ends with a resin coating on the tongue and a little copper taste in the roof of the mouth.
There is a bit more carbonation than expected, as well.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer more than I expected for a black IPA, although the smoke combined with a bitter hop back kept it from being better rated. Up until the final tastes, I was into it, with the flavors being fairly well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2013 22:39:13 | More by cjgiant
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:47:33 | More by TheSixthRing
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:27:30 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SN hop glass.

A: Pours a cola brown color with a huge dark tan fluffy head that slowly faded into a thick pillowy film. Chunky lacing was left down the glass.
S: I get notes of citrus rind, floral hops, mild tropical fruits, mild roast.
T: Super hoppy with a solid bitterness. Lemon citrus, faint tangerine, fresh hop resin, and a balancing amount of roast, chocolate, and spice come through. The finish is full of spicy herbal hops and fruity yeast, and the aftertaste is roasted and bitter. Belgian yeast comes out more in the aftertaste as the beer warms.
M: Medium body, soft and smooth carbonation, bitter, slick and drying mouthfeel but not a desert.
O: A solid, well rounded, and balanced black ipa. Belgian yeast adds another dimension but not super noticeable. Drinkable but forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:56:52 | More by scottfrie
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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a stout with it’s tan foam head.

Smell really gives the Belgian flare as the yeast give more character than the American hops do.

Taste surprises by being more stout-like than IPA. Again, the Belgian yeast lend strong character, and this tastes less like a black IPA than I had anticipated. My first glass (on tap) left me underwhelmed, but my second time around (in bottle) had me appreciating it more. Again, though, the dark malt make this seem more like a hopped up stout with Belgian yeast. Semantics aside, I enjoyed it, particularly because I haven’t tasted anything like it in quite a while (Belgian Yeti).

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 17:05:53 | More by JEdmund
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3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Thick, fluffy mocha head with long retention and black body. Looks great.

S- Tropical hops, brownies, chocolate and warm malts. Nice combination of roasty and hoppy.

T- Roasted malts. Chocolate. Tropical, bitter hops.

M- Roasty dry feel, medium bodied.

O- Not much to say about this beer. Or maybe there is and I'm just not trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 02:50:41 | More by Murrhey
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours just short of pitch black with a frothy two fingers of khaki head. The head dissipates somewhat quickly to leave a sudsy film on top that remains for the entirety. A great looking beer with good sticky lacing.

Smell is subtle, mostly piney with some tropical fruit.

Taste follows the nose for the most part, although the tropical fruit flavor is vague and nondescript. There's also a really pleasant burnt note (burnt toffee, perhaps?) hiding somewhere in there. Semi-sweet chocolate balances out the cool, minty hops.

Overall, this is a tasty beer that suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. It's labeled as a Belgian style black IPA, but the Belgian spice/yeast notes are just barely perceptible. It's also not big, hoppy and nuanced enough to compete with some of the better American style black IPAs out there, so it's a little confusing.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:32:05 | More by Mongrel
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 12:44:13 | More by far333
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Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.