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Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94
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very good

507 Ratings

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Dark Belgian IPA. AKA - Sleight Of Hand
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Ratings: 507 | Reviews: 124
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of TheDoak
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Dsimenson
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Omnium
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of dfillius
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jsf14
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of chugalug06
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of capnamerica
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  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.

Photo of ChipMurray
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of georgiaboy8686
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Alextricity
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.11/5  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.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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