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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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LXIXME

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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BierStein711

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass, beige three finger head with a jet black body. The brilliance of off white lacing coats the shaker pint.

No carbonation

Smells: herbal, and grassy

Taste: grassy, medicinal, green tea, toffee, chocolate, coffee, the hops at the end smooths the sweet roller coaster out with some balance

Overall: It was not as good as Summit's Black Ale, but it comes in at a close second!

I'd get a sixer of this brilliant beer anytime!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 05:15:39 | More by BierStein711
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Jadjunk

Georgia

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?)
3.58/5.00

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 22:22:21 | More by Jadjunk
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Beer Camp #94 is nearly black in the glass with creamy off-white head. It is slow to settle and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is milk chocolatey sweet with some citrusy hops and funky Belgian yeast.

Flavor is sweet like a milk stout at first but some of that fresh hop bitterness comes through. The yeast provides some unique character but its mostly hidden by the assertiveness of the other ingredients.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy smooth.

Overall an interesting experimental brew but one that misses the mark slightly.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 01:33:16 | More by GilGarp
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

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

Pours to a dark brown color and tan head with good lacing. Aromas are spicy, earthy, phenolic and very Belgian with strong catty hops. Flavor is where the color expresses itself with toasty coffees and biscuits mix with hops to make good, complex, savory brew. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 23:47:30 | More by EagleTalon
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Belgian Style Black IPA from this years Beer Camp Series a couple weeks ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. This is the one I was most interested in trying from this years Beer Camp series and I hope I saved the best for last, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is ok and it's the typical Beer Camp label with a decent description of the beer on the back. It poured a nice looking dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had three fingers worth of creamy slightly darker tan head that died down down to a very thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice sheets of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a nice fruity hop aroma coming through which seems to be an even mixture of citrus and tropical fruit hops that come together nicely with no one fruit sticking out more than the other. Up next comes that malts that impart a nice roasted malt and chocolate like aroma with a slight coffee aroma in the background. Towards the end comes the Belgian yeast which imparts some spicy and banana like aromas. This beer had a very good aroma, it had the roasted malt, hoppy and Belgian yeast aspect that name describes and all three aspects came together nicely with none of them being too overpowering or hidden.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a higher amount of bitterness followed by some roasted malts that still have that nice roasted, chocolate and slight coffee aspect to it, but the roast is much heavier than it was in the aroma and it tastes slightly charred. Up next comes the Belgian yeast that imparts a spicy flavor with cloves seeming to stick out the most. On the finish comes the hops which impart a slightly bright citrus hops flavor with a roasted and slight Belgian yeast like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, but I wish the taste was a little more complex and more like the aroma.

M- A little smooth, creamy, velvety, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied, with a slightly lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well, but the strong bitterness up front seems to hurt the drinkability.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of the style, I don't think I've had a Black IPA with Belgian yeast but I thought that the combination worked out nicely, I wasn't sure how the yeast would work with this style, but the malts, hops and yeast all blended together nicely and it made for a pretty unique and interesting beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth and the flavors did a nice job at holding my attention, but that stronger bitterness up front doesn't make it as drinkable as it could be and I think one would be enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was how well the malts, hops, and yeast, worked together neither one was too overpowering and the Belgian yeast seems to help enhance that fruity hop aspect a little. What I liked the least about this beer was the higher bitterness up front, I would have liked it more if the bitterness was toned down just a little and showed up more towards the end. I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't buy it often and probably only one bottle at a time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes hoppy Belgian ales and it would probably help to like Black IPA's also. All in all I liked this beer, but I thought it was still a little rough around the edges, but I think with a couple slight changes this could be a really good beer. I also like how unique it is, I can't say that i have had a beer that tastes similar to this one. Good job guys this was a pretty interesting beer and I like that you guys took a chance and decided to distribute it. I'n glad I gave this beer a try and it's been my favorite from this years Beer Camp series, but all in all I prefer last years Beer Camp selections, but this years was still pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 03:55:23 | More by StoutHunter
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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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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is dark brown to black with a light tan head that presents 1/2" thick then dissipates to a light top and ring.

Smell is light roast malts, hints of off notes and phenols from the the yeast off products, nice hop bitterness noted, clean more grassy style.

Taste is a wonderful blend of the perfect amount of roasted malts, hints of toffee, chocolate and coffee with the subtle yeast off products and phenos, light spice. Very solid hop bitterness but subdued flavor, grassy.

Mouthfeel is right where you would expect a dark, belgian style ipa - lingering flavors on the tongue, good bitter mouthfeel and mild carbonation.

Overall, a very nicely done brew, perfect amount of roast and belgian style yeast flavors with neutral flavored hops in the background.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 17:02:54 | More by mvanaskie13
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black with brown-amber highlights. Huge and frothy head of tan bubbles. Massive and detailed lace.

Nose is a bit fruity, malty and yeasty at first, with a citrus undercurrent. Definitely more on the Belgian side of things. Some floral hops pop out after the suds subside.

Taste is huge and rich -- a well-balanced mix of almost sour Belgian yeasts and sour grapefruit citrus hoppiness. A hearty and heavy-duty melange of Belgian complexity and American hop-centric, this is solid, but not one I'd pursue further.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 16:56:39 | More by secondtooth
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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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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of aggressive head that seems as if it will have excellent retention. The head is medium beige with mocha aspects while the body is an opaque black. Already, a good amount of lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Starts off strong, both from the bottle and the glass, with lots of lemon. I don't think I have a beer with Sorachi Ace but I think I see what it brings to the table. From the glass, this opens into brighter lemon which progress into floral and perfume notes. This fades from the bottles and shows some caramel and coffee. Some hints of grape and raisin as the lemon from the glass fades.

Taste- Lemon is on the front and is quite bright while coffee tones follow and become even brighter than the lemon. This transitions into a mild hint of Belgian spice and wood bitterness. A very round flavor profile that seems to dip into particular note and revel in it while smoothly moving to the next disparate element. Normally, these notes would clash but they seem to work in harmony. What really brings them together is the pepper, coriander, and slight cinnamon from the yeast which melds in to a slightly bitter woody finish. I drank all of my Beer Camp beers from the bottle before finally reviewing them and the Belgian black was the winner then and it's the winner now. The linger of cinnamon is delightful and the incongruous flavors actually meshing is a treat. It's definitely one of those beers that is more than the sum of its parts. Some evidence of raisin and grape but the presence of blended coffee and Belgian spice/yeast notes is the defining aspect of this beer. Solid beer that I have enjoyed both in the bottle and in the glass. Some minor chocolate. A bit of clove.

Mouthfeel- Close to medium bodied with ample carbonation that doesn't interfere. Some syrup in the texture.

Drinkability- The flavor profile propels this. And price wise? This made 2013 Beer Camp. And it pretty much made it worth the price.

Overall- Solid beer. I would definitely try this beer. It might not be the easiest beer for the palate to comprehend but it never fails to be interesting to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:06:48 | More by artoolemomo
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 7/23/13 (tried in a tulip and snifter; preferred the snifter).
Appearance - great looking brew! black, no light coming through, thin tan head with very nice lacing!
Smell - some floral hops but more citrus and some banana bread.
Taste - wow! More hop forward than I expected based on the nose. Hints of the Belgian yeast, but this is more of a refreshing black IPA for sure!
Feel - nice! Hop bitterness in the finish, very well balanced with the dark malts, and the belgian yeast; medium body!
Overall - this is a terrific beer! I am a huge Black IPA fan, and this is wonderful and complex...hopefully Sierra Nevada brings this back!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 00:39:43 | More by DenverHopHead
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dbauer78

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: the beer is black, if you look hard you can see some cloudyness to it as well but very hard to see though the beer. The head is thick and a light brown, leaving alot of lacing the whole way to the bottom of the glass.

S: the hops take most of the the nose. mostly fruity as well as some pine. some of the dark roasted malts peak though the hops but not much.

T: there is alot going on hear and hard to pick it apart, the burt malt mixed with the hops mixed with the spicy belgin yeast.

M: smooth mouthfeel, mixed with a mild amount of carbonation

O: very complex almost seams like all the flavors are trying to fight each other for your attention. its a grate beer and they hit everything on the label, belgin yeast, hops, and dark malts.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 12:47:37 | More by dbauer78
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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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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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Dsimenson

California

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz pilsner. Color is black. Held up to a high-intensity track light in the kitchen ceiling I see a deep, dark ruby red. Forms a 3/8" head which dissipates after a couple sips, to lacing that persists. I'm not good at describing aromas, but this one has a moderate hoppy/citrus smell. Taste is very good, but not as complex as some other black ales I have tried. It has a good medium/substantial mouth feel. Overall I like this one a lot. I enjoy checking out the Beer Camp brews each year. I think I like the Sierra Nevada Stout a bit more, but this is different, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:59:31 | More by Dsimenson
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pils Glass

A - Pours ruby brown/black nice thick soapy two finger tan head, thick lacing.
S - The aroma is really subdued, not a whole lot of amazing hop aroma, but there are some mildly earthy tones, nice floral presence, but there's a big smoky base and some roasted malt, and an assortment of belgian style spice.
T - Taste is really good, big forward roasted malt and a nice smoke touch, then you get some belgian tartness along with earthy hop character and a touch of spice.
M - Full and very complex, but a good aftertaste.
O - Very good mixup of black and belgian for IPA, very complex. To me its like FD's Gonzo met up with a good belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:34:33 | More by Omnium
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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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chugalug06

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep black brew with tan crispy foam head. Lacing is slightly above average, but head retention is very nice.

Roasty, chocolate, banana, clove, spice, pepper. Slightly awkard aroma, but unique for sure.

Creamy, milky, roasty chocolate with lots of bizarre flavors brought from the Belgian half. Tons of dry biting bitterness on the back-end. Wet and forward roasty clove flavors on the front-end. Banana-chocolate shines at the beginning giving way to piney bites. Carbonation is spot on, but dryness sucks the back-end out of the brew. Moderate drinkability.

A very complex and unique brew. Reminds me of the Belgian Yeti from Great Divide. A very solid brew. Glad I grabbed this one on a whim.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 04:18:03 | More by chugalug06
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Coal black with a thick beige head. Retention is excellent, the head stands at a tall two fingers for the duration. Lacing sticks everywhere in a web-like pattern.

S: Tropical hops jump out on the nose first. Lots of peach, mango, and pineapple, white grapefruit. Some peppery phenols and black licorice. Sooty malt. Bakers chocolate. Earthy yeast.

T: Oily and green hop tastes open. Herbal and spicy. Citrus and tropical fruits: pineapple, mango, white grapefruit, and peach. Phenols contribute pepper and clove. Spicy alcohol. Malts lay down a uniform base of soot, charred crust, and toasted bread. Burnt crust and oily hops in the finish.

M: Medium-thick body seems lighter than it is. Creamy and whipped in texture. Ample but soft carbonation. Mild warming alcohol presence.

O: Interesting concept, I'm actually surprised it took someone this long to commercially brew a Belgian black IPA. Style sticklers should love this one. It's a pretty solid effort. More or less what I would expect the style to taste like. It just lacks a little bit of the 'wow' factor that would put it over the edge.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 03:16:23 | More by ryan1788a5
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a healthy two fingers of head on a black body. Looks great.
The aroma is strong roasted malt and a little campfire smoke.
The taste is bold: lots of roasted malt, almost burnt toast, with a lingering moderate bitterness to finish.
The texture is chewy with moderate carbonation.
It comes across more of a stout, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:24:38 | More by Fatehunter
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2 single bought at Fairway Sav-Mor. Bottled 184th day of '13, so I think that would be early July.

Appearance: Wow. Appears black, but has a nice ruby tone to it when held up to light... appears to be filtered. There's about two or three fingers of a creamy sand colored head. Don't pour aggressively! I got half of my bottle in and the head filled the rest of the glass. Great looking beer, though. Nice lacing. The most impressive thing is that about a finger of head hangs around the whole way through.

Smell: A very pleasant spicy hop character that I'm really liking -- exactly what I expected. There's also definitely a roasted malt character that gives the impression of coffee. Great stuff.

Taste/feel: A great example of the style, in my opinion. Distinctively Belgian, distinctively awesome. Nice complex, hoppy coffee flavor, followed my some roasted malt, and then finishes with a spicy dark coffee flavor. I'm not sure of the IBUs on this, but it's not terribly bitter. There's a decent kick of it, but it goes down smooth and tastes great. The back of the bottle claims a lot of fruity flavors/aromas, but I don't really get that. I suppose there's an essence of it, but in a very mild way. The mouthfeel is medium/heavy, which gives a great body that I was hoping this beer would have. Medium carbonation. So tasty.

Great beer. $2 is a steal for it. It's rich. It's interesting. It's pretty complex. It's also different for a lot of people. The Belgian character seems to slip away a little bit in the flavor as I drink on and it tastes quite a bit like a black ale or something like that, but this is a fantastic beer that's well worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:07:00 | More by Alextricity
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RonfromJersey

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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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

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

(4.0) A: Near black with a very tall and creamy mocha coloured head. Commendable retention and lacing.

(3.75) S: Roasted malt aromas, herbal, black licorice, smoke, pineapple & mango, and spices. An interesting mix of aromas across a number of different styles but takes a bit of digging to uncover.

(4.0) T: Roasted malt flavours (including cocoa), herbal qualities, black licorice, caramel, coconut, pineapple & banana, and spices. Very flavourful and all the varied tastes work surprisingly well together. Moderately bitter (herbal bitterness) with a fairly sweet finish but it works.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Syrupy with an appropriate slick and oily texture.

(4.0) D: A great diversity of flavours that culminates to a very drinkable black IPA. Herbal and tropical elements are certainly present and pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 04:13:34 | More by Digimaika2
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

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

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