Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Belgian IPA. AKA - Sleight Of Hand

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wonderfully smooth and robust dark IPA. dark, dark brown with mile high beige creamy head. Roasts grains blend with hops for a perfect mixture, great enough to enjoy as a session, but you’ll want to sip slowly to truly enjoy the complexities here.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large head.
Nose shows roasted malt, cocoa, toast, caramel, resinous pine and floral hops.
Similar flavours, quite a focus on the roasted malt with more coca and caramel. Some pine again along with resinous hops.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours near black with a thin, tan head. Long lacing and mild light penetration of the body.

S-Nelson Sauvin hops are my absolute favorite and Sorachi Ace are up there too. I get both in the nose. The hops, specifically the Sorachi give me a sort of Piña Colada aroma and flavor. The Nelson hops could sand to be a bit more lively here unfortunately. I also get small whiffs of Beligan yeast and some solid coffee and chocolate.

T-The hops used really match the roast and dark malts well. The Nelson hops come out more here with a must, white grape flavor and some herby citrus combos. The lemongrass of the Sorachi hops also pop up too. A whispy Belgian yeast strain is enveloped by the roast and lig chocolate.

M-Medium body. Lighter than it looks. Booze is hidden. Not violently bitter but has a solid bittering factor.

O/D-Here I am thinking this would be my least favorite. Turns put it was my favorite. The Nelson Sauvin combined with the Sorachi Ace is magnificent. I also like how this brew isn't too heavy of the Belgian aspect. If only this was a normal IPA and not a Black one, then I could see greatness.

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Photo of candcholt
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice beer. Not overly hoppy. A bit of sourness More Belgian Sour than IPA. I wouldn't recommend it for IPA lovers, but those who like darker Belgian Style ales should enjoy this..

Pairs nicely with chocolate peanut butter cake.

This is a solid beer that I would have again given the opportunity, but I probably wouldn't buy a case.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $3

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There is also some hops, yeast, and a bit of a roasted bitterness.

Overall - Not sure if there were some fruity notes in this beer at some point, perhaps the age effected that. Still an interesting and tasty beer. Not something I'd buy multiples of, but well worth a try.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours black with a big three-finger foamy and creamy light tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- roasty coffee with some grainy malt, fruity hop profile with some pineapple/mango, lemon peel and grapefruit, some fresh grassy notes as well

T- the fruity hop profile continues into the flavor, papaya/mango with some citrus, nice malty sweetness mid-palate that finishes with some roasted coffee and a hint if musty Belgian yeast

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, only a hint if alcohol warmth on the finish

O- the fruity hop profile is a bit of a switch up to the black IPA style, and works quite nicely, fruity and roasty

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Photo of heygeebee
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From Jim's.

A - black with a massive pillowy tan head, fills the tulip. Fabulous lace and head on swirl.

S - somewhat charred rosts dominate, hint choc, licorice.

T - charred roasts still on top, quite bitter and burnt, with a smoothness behind, a little disconnected. Dark hugely bitter choc notes. Belgian yeast is there, but a little hidden.

M - carbonation is moderate and spot on. Velvety feel a la IPA, not a la Belgian.

O - a bit hit n miss. Doesn't really gel as a Belgian Style ale to this palate as the roast-meaty charred taste is too prevalent. comes together as it warms, but, oh boy, this was a sloooow drink for me tonight, and a 10-12 deg serve isn't going to cut it with too many folks.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Murky black/dark brown in color, with a thick cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Citrus hop and chocolate notes
Taste-A lot going on here-dark malts, fruity hops, some Belgian yeast spiciness, all barely held in balance. This brew cries out for a food pairing. Asian pork ribs or spicy teriaki would match nicely with the melange of flavors.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls.

Smell: belgian yeast and some earthy bitterness rise from the glass.

Taste: roasted malts, bready belgian yeast, dark fruits, chocolate, and an earthy bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. The yeast flavor lingers long into aftertaste.

Overall: a very enjoyable beer that isn't as hop forward as some other SN beers. Nice version worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a well stored Beer Camp 12 pack.
Pours as black as any Stout. Big tan head and plenty of lacing. Head is still there after ten minutes.
Smell is malty with a touch of Belgian yeast.
Taste is dark malts chocolate slightly burnt sugar cane a hint of dark chocolate. Hops are bold but not overly so due to huge malt presence. The Belgian yeast aspect is restrained due to sweet malt boldness.
Mouthfeel is full with a dark bitter finish. Carbonation is just right.
Overall an odd beer in many ways but very tasty. Really more like a very well hopped Stout. But then there is the Belgian yeast aspect. I would definitely have this again if available. Well recommended.

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Photo of JG-90
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beer Camp #94 pours a large creamy tan head with very good retention and heavy lacing. Beer is a very dark brown (almost black). Smells of yeast, roasty malts, earthy hops, and licorice.

Taste starts with a yeasty breadiness, then some citrus which is quickly overtaken by roasty malts. Has a roasty and yeasty finish, with a yeasty and licorice aftertaste. Has a lighter than average mouthfeel with high carbonation, a bit of a grainyness

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2013 batch 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 14, 2013.

It is a very nice looking beer with its dark brown to nearly black pour and lingering, tan head. The look is worth very high marks.

The aroma is mainly malty with an apparent earthy hop note, licorice, and a hint of spice.

The body is medium to full.

The taste tends to have a little more character than the nose but the dark malts are forward and the hops are playing up the rear but lingering a moment. A slight bite that feels bigger than 7.7% ABV.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If I didn't know any better, I'd think it to be a stout! Pitch black body allows no light to penetrate. Thick, light brown head hangs around for some time before fading away and leaving plenty of lacing behind.

Has a very welcoming peated malt character to it, reminds me more of a Scottish ale than a Belgian. Nice lightly roasted coffee notes. Lemon grass.

Complex and unique - easily the best beer I've had from Sierra Nevada! Rich & smoky malts hit up front with a hint of caramel and a fair amount of sweetness. Then a considerable amount of citrus hits the palate as earthy hop character sweep in to bitter things up. The bitterness is surprisingly restrained. A nice amount of dark fruits tickle the taste buds. Alcohol is noticeable but adds character.

Medium bodied and light on carbonation. Has a dry, smoky oak finish.

If you see it, get it! Fantastic brew! It's a really saddening experience knowing that this is a one time brew because it truly is exceptional. Here's to hoping they keep the recipe around!

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Photo of soccerman7
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super dark brown in color, with a medium, creamy tan head. Very nice lacing as the beer travels down the glass. Smells like some coffee and licorice. Taste begins with an herbal, almost funkyness, then some licorice, then a bit of caramel, and finishes with a citrusy, piney ending. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a decent beer, though the combination of three extremes, the roasted, bitterness, and funkyness are a bit too much of a jumble for me.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark in color and with a tan- colored head of significant foam, this entry in the beer camp series has a fruity nose with elements that include dark fruit, citrus, wood, and roasted malt. It’s an interesting way to start the tasting experience and it certainly whets the appetite.

This beer has a complex flavor profile every bit and interesting as its appearance. The flavors of light coffee, roasted malt, and a dab of chocolate are certainly present and they are met with fruity components such as lemon, then finished off with spiciness. There is an almost menthol- like character to the flavor and it’s very unusual compared to other beer, including other Black IPA.

Black IPA are an interesting lot, but this one from Sierra Nevada is even more complex than the norm. The taste is a little unusual, but in a good way, and the complexity keeps you guessing. You keep trying to put your finger on more and more flavors with each passing sip and you continue to discover more flavors hidden in its back, murky depths.

This beer may not be around for long, so I suggest grabbing some bottles while you can. The unique and complex flavor profile is like few other beers I have tried. Give it a try and see for yourself.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Dark brown.

S: Roasty malts with rye.

T: Burnt and roasted malts. Quite good but not too much on the IPA. Nice stout flavors though.

M: Nice prickly crispness.

O: Interesting and different. My first from their Beer Camp series. Love the idea and not everyone is going to be a knockout. Great for experimentation and innovation.

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased as part of the Beer Camp 12 pack in mid August. Bottled on 7-9-13.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that is retaining well.

Nose has hints of citrus and roasted malts.

Taste is citrus hops, roasted malts, with a tobacco/menthol finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and fairly satisfying.

Overall this is a pretty good brew, definitely unique, and all over the flavor profile scoreboard. It was definitely fun to try and would have again if offered.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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 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...

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of goochpunch
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out jet black with a mocha head. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and citrusy malts. Chocolate malts are very strong in the flavor. Lots of lemon and butter from the sorachi ace. This needs more hop bitterness, but it's packed with hop flavor. Not picking up much Belgian character from this. Mouthfeel is creamy and soft. Overall, this is pretty good, but it could use more bitterness for my tastes.

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Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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