Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
11-02-2013 23:33:30 | More by soccerman7
4.09/5 rDev +7.9%
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...
10-24-2013 04:03:31 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
District of Columbia
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
10-23-2013 02:59:26 | More by Sludgeman
4.18/5 rDev +10.3%
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!
10-23-2013 00:25:14 | More by BradtheGreat7
2.86/5 rDev -24.5%
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.
10-13-2013 07:48:37 | More by kojevergas
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
10-08-2013 03:20:20 | More by Mojo
3.99/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
10-07-2013 03:09:23 | More by thecheapies
2.43/5 rDev -35.9%
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.
10-06-2013 04:13:27 | More by corby112
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
10-06-2013 01:45:28 | More by StaveHooks
Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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