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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
510
Reviews:
125
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
9.97%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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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.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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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.

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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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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.

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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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Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 510 ratings.
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