Fire & Ice - Brooklyn Brewery
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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Ego:
3.56/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
pretty loud sizzle on this one, it rises up quickly into the 3 fingers stacked high range but cools its jets quickly into a more packed and uniform one finger tall, this stuff is pretty black, no light is passing through whatsoever, lacing is pretty good but the head retention is not all that hot after just a few minutes
beechwood smoke for sure but with a heavy dose of european bitter chocolate, definitely that really distinct smoke laying on top of a quilt made of sweetness, I am picking up a little of the alcohol as well which I thought odd considering this is not an ABV monster or anything, the smoke gives this a distinctly dry aroma, the smoke is the star here for this taster, the beechwood is so damn distinct
pretty full in the mouth, the carbonation is actually a touch prickly rather than being smooth which I think is a distraction here, if you let this sit in your mouth the smoke flavor is outstanding and over powering (in a good way for this taster), you can almost taste the ashes,
after that massive smoke wave passes there is some big sweetness (almost like a milk stout sans the lactic tone), the chocolate and bitter notes are somewhat subdued, it is sort of strange, certain sips have a stronger note of chocolate than others... am I just crazy ? I'm sure
the missus would certify that
worth a shot, I personally love the beechwood smoke but it does not carry this home, there is just something missing, a solid brew though
Serving type: growler
02-09-2014 05:57:44 | More by Ego
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4/5 rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a cola like brown color with a short tight bubbled head that settled into a small ring.
The aroma is of a big bready malt with a shot of smoke. A bit meaty with some soy notes.
The taste is of a smokey meaty malt. Nice bacon notes. The base porter is fairly plain. I don't pick up much complexity to it. Some caramel notes. The beechwood smoke adds a lovely smoke and meaty flavor.
The feel is light to moderate with softish carbonation. Slightly sweet slightly sour and an ashy bitterness. Slightly dry and sticky? in the finish.
This is a really nice smoked porter. Not overly strong but a good smoked presence. I'd buy this again.
Serving type: growler
07-27-2014 01:20:18 | More by Gmann
Fire & Ice from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.