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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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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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2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ALC. 7.7% BY VOL. Bottled on day 190 of 2013 (July 9). 2013 Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a thin toffee colored head.

Smell: Lemony with an overpowering Belgian yeast aroma.

Taste: Tart Belgian pale ale flavor, with lemon overtones. Too many flavors competing for front and center recognition. I do not even recognize any roasted malt, which may have confused this beer even more had it been more evident.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, maybe the highlight of the beer for me.

Overall: Belgian-Style Black IPA? Absolutely not my cup of tea (or beer). Just because different ingredients/beer style characteristics are at one's disposal, does not mean they all belong in one beer together. Beer camp gone bad?

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:48:13 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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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
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3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours jet black with a two finger brown head. The head fades pretty quickly and leaves...well, kind of a mess of foam. Eh.

S- nice bit of roast, slight aroma of piney hops as well. Throw in the little bit of bubblegum from the yeast, and you've got the makings of something...kind of ugly, actually

T- chocolate, roast, slight hoppiness. Almost tastes like an ash tray, and *not* in the good way.

M- the body is actually very, very thin and watery. No depth whatsoever

O- this is....not good. The worst of the three Beer Camp beers this year by far.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 00:17:45 | More by bigfnjoe
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New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Total black body, no highlights at all, topped by four fingers of loose bubbly light tan foam.

Aroma is bits and pieces of chocolate, coffee, citrus, and a big dollop of spice.

Starts with light mocha. Then fruity citrus. Big bitter snap at the swallow that lingers throughout the afterglow. Sprinkles of Belgian yeast spiciness from beginning to end.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Smooth but thin enough to really distinguish this from a porter or stout.

All the pieces of a Belgian Black IPA are here. But the finish product is a bit of a Frankenstein Monster.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 04:52:35 | More by RonfromJersey
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3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the new Beer Camp mixer, approximate cost $1.49. Deep black color, good head, looks fine enough. Aroma was muted hops, a bit of Belgian yeast, some lemon, just ok. Flavor had a bit of hoppiness, some plastic flavor, Belgian yeast, again not great, just ok. I was sort of disappointed in this beer but I think a black IPA is a hard style to pull off and when you add that Belgian yeast you are just muddying the waters. Too bad I had to drink four of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 17:17:47 | More by ArrogantB
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3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA Slatetank for gifting me a variety of these current beer camp offerings. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a matching Sierra Nevada snifter. The brew appears dark brown to black with a rich khaki head that fades leaving a wall of lace. Decent retention maibtains nearly a finger strong. A swirl brings back a strong cap effortlessly.

The smell includes notes of pine resin that gets herbal and dank with hops. Some roast like coffee and hints of mineral quality takes this brew off in a not so appeal direction. A hint of sulfur and grassy to veggie character comes out as it warms up.

The flavor has minerals and earth with light citrus notes blended with coffee and weedy herbal and dank aspects. Initially it is a bit clashing but the roast gives up the fight to the hops which are somewhat rindy. While the brew was quite clashing at first, it starts to meld together with more sips.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Initially awkward but it grew on me as the experience continues. I didnt care for the mineral aspect though once it took hold was nearly unshakeable upon every sip. I also dont understand or get the belgian aspect of this, it is seemingly no different from other black ipas with bitterness coming from both roasted grain and hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 18:49:05 | More by stakem
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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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3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cola color. A tall (3 fingers), fluffy mocha-shaded head caps the body off well. Retention is pretty good, and the lacing left behind is monstrous.

S: At first, it's fairly chocolaty, but once it's allowed to open up, it develops a strong note of hop-derived lemongrass. I really don't pick up much Belgian yeast, sadly. Still, this has a very intriguing nose.

T: There's less chocolate than the nose suggested - in fact, the dark malt qualities are really buried beneath the hop flavors. That's not exactly a bad thing. Here, they don't sneak up on you; instead, the lemon, grass, white grape, and subtle (sadly, too subtle for me) tropical fruit notes play well with the doughy yeast notes and low bitterness. Only a slight note of toast on the back end. It's well balanced when it's chilled, but the trademark Sorachi Ace flavors (read: lemongrass) tend to overly dominate once this warms up. Not bad, though.

M: It's creamy with a good (not overly heavy) body and carbonation that isn't overbearing. The finish isn't very dry, but thankfully yeast astringency is kept in check. I wouldn't call it easy to drink.

O: This one's okay. I think it's main problem is that the concept is more interesting (Belgian-style Black IPA with highfalutin' Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops) than the actual brew itself. For this to be a total success, I reckon it would need more Nelson Sauvin notes, a bit more roast, and a drier finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 20:15:19 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black, 2 finger head of foam, usual excellence for the brewery with the lacing.

S- smells slightly roasty, grainy, a stoutish kind of aroma, getting a strong alcohol smell.

T- roasted malt, maybe some bitter chocolate, again, alcohol. I don't get anything resembling Belgian from the smell or taste.

M- good mouthfeel.

O- no, I am not a fan. Too much alcohol in both the smell and taste and the abv isn't that high. I'm glad I didn't have to buy a 6er to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:20:34 | More by Bitterbill
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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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New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 21:27:51 | More by LXIXME
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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this and it has a black color body with a 1"tan foamy head. The smell is piney. The tsste is very different, up front is dark fruit and malt then followed by the hops,the hops def not the star of this beer. The Belgium influence is the star. The mouthfeel is good and overall a really different but tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 01:59:00 | More by chefhatt
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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.

Aroma: (3.5)
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.

Taste: (3.5)
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.

Mouthfeel: (3.5)
Medium bodied, slightly creamy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (3.5)
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
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger foamy tall off-white head that reduces to a medium sized thin patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of piney hops over the lighter aromas of roasted dark malts and Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted dark malts over the top of slightly lighter flavors of Belgian yeast. That is followed by moderate flavors of pine hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: This is a really strange hybrid style in my opinion - a Belgian Black IPA (Belgian Dark Ale and American Black Ale) - and not one that I am a huge fan of... I think this would have been an enjoyable Belgian IPA without the dark roasted malts.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 11:36:30 | More by dbrauneis
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3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"This beguiling black IPA takes a tropical detour with a dose of new world hops, featuring lemony Sorachi Ace and fruity Nelson Sauvin varieties. A Belgian yeast works with the exotic hop profile, emphasizing its complex and fruity flavors." Brewed in the style of a Belgian IPA. The third of three releases in the 2013 Beer Camp Variety Pack, the name "Sleight Of Hand" is nowhere on the bottle, so it was tricky finding this beer on the site, although the entry number and style match perfectly.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada snifter. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a mocha-tinged white head of a creamy consistency over a very near black body. Retention is very good, lacing is light and stringy with moderate stick. Moderate carbonation is visible on the edges. Overall it's a solid appearance for this beer, and follows the style expectations well. 4.5

(Smell) Aromas of Belgian yeast compounds- mild-mannered fruity esters, cloves and a touch of banana are notable. The malt body is surprisingly clean and doesn't contribute much to the aroma- roasted malt and specialty malt character is either very low or completely shrouded by the yeast. Hops are mellow- with a moderate fruity hop profile that completely merges with the yeast character and a secondary aroma of lemony citrus zest, very faint. Potency is medium at best. 3.25

(Taste) Up front a very mild peppery and fruit hop profile with an overshadowing yeast character of fruity esters and some spice compounds. Finishes dry with a faint medium roasted malt and a pinch of clove. It's unfortunately a bit shallow on malt character and hop character to really distinguish it from other Belgian IPAs that don't specialize in roasted malts. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth and dry, carbonation adds a touch of creaminess. Body is medium for a Belgian IPA, medium overall. Alcohol presence is moderate. Balance is moderate, although both malt and hop character diversity is shallow. 3.75

(Overall) This is probably my least favorite of the beer camp beers, as the yeast profile just takes too much attention away from the malt and hop character, which weren't bold enough to keep the beer interesting, either way. I didn't smell or taste any significant difference between the dark malts used for this beer versus the paler malts for a traditional Belgian IPA, and that was what I was really hoping for. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Beer Camp 2013 #94: Belgian-Style Black IPA (Official Name: Sleight Of Hand?)

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 22:22:21 | More by Jadjunk
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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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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Pours black, with a foamy, dense light tan colored head.

Fruity hops blend into Belgian yeast notes, which is all backed by roasty malts. A lot going on, but it all works together quite nicely.

Medium body, foamy, active carbonation.

An interesting take on a Belgian IPA. The addition of fruity hops and the light roast malt notes add complexity, but it all works together.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 08:13:14 | More by vkv822
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast and dark malts.
T: The taste has flavors of Belgian yeast along with hints of roasted malts and pine resin hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If there was such a style, I would classify this beer as a Belgian Black IPA since it exhibits properties of both a Belgian Dark Ale and an American Black IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2013 00:06:40 | More by metter98
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3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Black with 3 fingers of head. Good retention.

Belgian yeast, pineapple and pine.

Belgian yeastiness, roasted malts and caramel. Tropical notes of coconut and pineapple. Finishes with some earthy roastiness.

Medium-full bodied, smooth and crisp.

It has all the elements you'd expect. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 14:42:20 | More by justintcoons
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:26:29 | More by oberon
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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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3.69/5  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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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
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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

An incredible amount of complexity and quenching drinkability makes this Belgian Black IPA as dangerous as it is adventuresome.

Opening with a dark brown color with crimson low lights and slight haze, the ale speaks as much to Porter as it does anything. An immediate rise of very creamy khaki tan froth rises to cap the beer with confidence and glass coating lace during the entire session.

Medium coffee and piney hops rise to greet the olfactory senses first, followed by a pepper twinge, then citrus, cocoa, burnt embers, and a background of malt. Its a complicated set of aromatics that's hard for the nose to process- partly because all the scents are equal in intensity.

Burnt toffee and toast are the first impressions laid on the tongue. But those sweeter sensations are quickly swallowed up by sharp toast char, wood hops, bitter citrus pith and black pepper. After the taste settles, the beer echoes with burnt citrus fruit, coffee grounds, roasted walnuts and dry cocoa.

Medium bodied because of full carbonation and low-lying residual sweetness creates a sense of creaminess. But after the bitterness takes hold and the alcohol dries the taste, the palate turns arid, and with a sense of char astringency.

This "Belgian Black IPA" concept certainly needs to be explored further. But I think it takes some brewing techniques to better layer the flavors so that every attribute isn't at the same frequency. As is, its muddled complexities are the mouth's equivalent to white noise.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 00:04:24 | More by BEERchitect
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Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.