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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

343 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
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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TheManiacalOne

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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Sludgeman

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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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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mactrail

California

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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cjgiant

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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives impressively, with a thick tan head covering the pitch black liquid; sheets of lacing drape the tulip glass as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Roasty, with a hint of pine

Taste: Interesting flavor combination, up front, of black bread, roasted tones and dark fruit; seemingly out of nowhere, a vinous hops arrive to change the flavor direction; after the swallow, however, the beer leans bitter with a bit of a spicy character, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An unusual beer, with a pathway through a variety of styles; interesting in that each time it changes direction it leaves the previous elements behind

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 10:40:55 | More by brentk56
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dbrauneis

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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metter98

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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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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Rosanne

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clove/ spicy taste prominent

Shared a taster on-tap as part of four flights at the brewery; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Chico, USA. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 07:59:21 | More by Rosanne
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surferdrew

California

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap. goblet. 55F.

A: As black as brown can get. khaki head. Lace clings to the glass walls throughout the quaffing.

S: Caramelized banana bread crust, garam masala spices, clove, gooseberry.

T: Sweet toffee, dried fig, licorice give way to caramelized grapefruit rind and citrus.

M: Smooth, smooth, smooth. Medium body, medium carbonation, alcohol is well masked.

O: Another great offering from Sierra Nevada. Excited that this will be re-brewed and distributed as a Best of Beer Camp in 2013. Will be interested to lay some of these down to see how the spice and malt add complexity over time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 05:50:38 | More by surferdrew
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Revolution SN tap take over during SF beer week.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose this is quite the Belgian spice bomb, as I pick up vanilla, light dry citrus, a hint of chocolate and a boatload of spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and the beer is certainly well balanced. While a bit sweet initially, the light dry citrus and licorice dry this beer out very nicely on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a fairly long, spice infused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there a bit.

While nothing extraordinary, this is very enjoyable, easy to appreciate domestic version of a Belgian IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 05:32:24 | More by johnmichaelsen
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snaotheus

Washington

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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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

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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soccerman7

Vermont

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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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

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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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

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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kojevergas

Texas

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.

C

Serving type: bottle

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

Alabama

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
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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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Zorro

California

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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MetricOcean

Minnesota

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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wvsabbath

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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bennett_loves_good_beer

Wyoming

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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Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.