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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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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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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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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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oberon

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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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazel colored with 3 fingers of khaki colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Coffee, a bit of dark fruit & woody notes

T: Faint coffee, roastyness, faint carob notes & a bit of musty yeastyness up front. Slight cloveyness & a hint of Band-Aid, along with some white wine notes, along with carob & more roastyness as this warms; a touch of mushroom as well. Finishes dry, roasty, slightly dirty & shroomy, plus a bit of anise & plums, with a dab of smokeyness

MF: Medium boded, fairly assertive carbonation. that smooths out over time

A interesting take on this style. Not a bad drinker for the style, but not sure why this would be a Belgian IPA, vice a Belgian dark, or are we at the Black Belgian IPA divide?

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 07:45:49 | More by russpowell
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a nice head that holds up pretty well, leaving ample lacing.

The smell goes in different directions, but comes together nicely. Bubblegum/cotton candy mixes with chocolate and citric hops.

The taste is the same - traditional "Belgian" cotton candy/bubblegum weaves in and out of mildly roasted chocolate and citric fruits. It leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

It is full-bodied and creamy. Very smooth, with alcohol well-covered.

This is a nice, unique dark, hoppy brew! It goes in different directions, but comes together nicely - not an easy thing to do.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:04:29 | More by jwc215
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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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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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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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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

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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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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Beer Camp #94 : Belgian-style Black IPA

LOOK: Dark brown color, almost black, with a slight off white head and plenty of lacing on the pint glass. Looks like what you might expect from porter or stout.

SMELL: Chocolate, bubblegum, toast and a little bit of earthyness and wood like hops. Just a hint of dank herbs as it warms.

TASTE: Great flavors to this beer; roasted malt, coffee, toast, charcoal, caramel, as well as some earthy hop character, mild citrus, and notes of pepper and spice. Big malts, big hops, expressive yeast. Much more hops in the taste than what the aroma led on. Well balanced flavors of exotic hop, expressive yeast, and sturdy charred malts.

FEEL: Full bodied, smooth and creamy feel. Has a good medium-high level of carbonation, which really holds well and makes for a fine drinking experience.

OVERALL: One of the finest hoppy, black, American-belgo brews I have come across. The black IPA or hoppy porter is a budding style, and brewers are already taking it up a notch with Belgian yeast. This is a great example. Solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 22:55:08 | More by Stinkypuss
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased in the mixed case best of beer camp -enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a oversized wine glass.

The color is black as night with an opaque clarity with thick 3 finger light beige cap with rocky head and average bead with a webbing of lace. The smell is very fruity and tropical with a lot of dark malt aroma almost like french roast with citrus and char pretty equal in the nose. The feel is bitter but juicy too with some intense roasted almost char in the texture with dry and moderate carbonation level with some light acidity and moderate sweetness to balance.

The flavor is a very intriguing combo of citrus like tanginess almost lemony with some black coffee and mild mango type tropical juiciness which sounds odd, but it works it has such a nice dry spice from the belgian yeast bringing out some more bitterness and biscuit-like flavor from the malt. I really enjoy how the slight sweetness seems to bring it all together with the hop flavor and acrid dark malt somehow being interwoven with yeast and light spice in the finish. Overall I really like the way the combination of ingredients came together in this beer, a really array of hops in the taste foremost yet the dark malt was not forgotten in favor of a black looking IPA, it carries some of the char of black malt into the flavor with a nice blend of black beer and IPA yet still dry and earthy with a west coast flair -the best of the batch in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:00:54 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black hue with a thick brown head. I haven't been much into black IPAs as of late.

Spicy, earthy yeast notes compliment a pine hop aroma with a touch of molasses upfront. It definitely isn't a typical dark IPA.

Again, a strong emphasis on the spiciness and earthiness of the yeast here with a touch of pine hops and bittersweet chocolate in the finish.

The mouthfeel was dominated by hops and lingering traces of bittersweet chocolate.

I enjoy the complexity of this fine example of a Belgian Pale Ale. It's the best of both worlds for lovers of the former style and the newcomer American Black Ale style.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 21:03:27 | More by Brad007
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky tan head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light char, banana, clove, pepper, lemon zest, pine, floral, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt, yeast, and moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, pepper, clove, banana, lemon zest, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pepper, clove, banana, lemon zest, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt, yeast, and moderate hop flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Black IPA. All around great balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:27:08 | More by superspak
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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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with ruby highlights around the edges and a dense, filmy, clingy, light tan head that quickly settles into a thin coat. Aromas of roasted grains, pine tassel and pitch, earthy notes, hints of chocolate, and a subtle spicing of oregano and pepper. Flavors of roast initially, with a resiny hops backbone, a touch of Belgian funk, earthy and spicy notes, and an underlying dark fruit sweetness of cherry, tropical fruits, and fig. Very dynamic, layered palate. Smoked and rich aftertaste, with more of a chocolate and fruit blended sweetness. Midbodied and rich throughout. Smooth, slightly frothy finish, with a bittersweet linger. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 00:30:31 | More by GarthDanielson
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque in the glass with a fine two finger light tan head with great retention and lacing. An unusual and intriguing looking IPA. Aroma of earthy spices, clove, herbal and grassy hops, Belgian yeast and sweet malt, interesting. Flavor brings out more of the black ale components, charred coffee, toasted malt, vanilla, but with the earthy spiciness and Belgian yeast flavors of the aroma as well as cola influences. Finishes with clove and light grassy, herbal hops. Medium, creamy bodied. A very idiosynchratic take on an IPA. There is a lot of complexity here and some that doesn't seem like it should work, but I really liked the combination of flavors. The Belgian clove spiciness really fit in well with the toaste malt. I'm impressed. Not much of a hop bomb, but very enjoyable. Second and favorite of the pack so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:49:15 | More by LiquidAmber
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tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 20:14:48 | More by tdm168
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance –The beer pours a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a huge billowy brownish colored head. The head fades quite slowly, leaving a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma is of darker roasted malts and chocolate mixed with a Belgian yeasty smell with lots of spice. Along with these smells there are some grassy hop and herbal smells as well as some earthy notes.

Taste – The taste begins nice and roasty with a nice roasted malt and lighter sweeter chocolate flavor. With these flavors, there is a lighter Belgian yeast and spice flavor of clove and coriander which grow a bit stronger as the flavor advances more toward the middle of the taste. A bit of banana and some pine join the taste more toward the middle, with the pine growing stronger as the flavor advances. Toward the end the chocolate increases a bit and is joined by a rather stronger coffee taste as well as some herbal and earthy hop that in the end create a nice blend of roast and bitter leaving a very satisfying roasted, kinda sweet, but nicely bittered taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The creamier body and lower carbonation combo are quite nice for the roasted malt and chocolate flavors of the brew as well the blend of hop flavors that are present in the beer.

Overall – While not a hop powerhouse, it has a wonderful roasted flavor as well as enough hop to keep it an IPA all while having a good sweetness to balance everything out.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:09:34 | More by Darkmagus82
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cjgator3

Florida

4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a tan colored head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark malts that are slightly roasted with some floral hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty up front from the malts with a wonderfully flavored bitterness in the finish from the hops. I'm really digging the combination of the roasted malts and hops in this one, they both work very well together.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I think that Sierra Nevada hit a home run with this offering. I really enjoyed this brew, highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:40:07 | More by cjgator3
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