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Fire & Ice - Brooklyn Brewery

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brooklyn Fire & Ice is a robust porter that wraps beechwood smoke around a silky core of oatmeal and roasted malts. Wood is cut in the beechwood forests surrounding Bamberg, Germany, and our maltsters use it to dry their smoked malts, which form the basis of this beer. Together with a blend of roasted malts, it creates a beer that is gently smoky and beguilingly chocolaty, with notes of coffee and caramel.
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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by donkeyrunner:
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Meadhall, Cambridge MA

Black with a grayish khaki head. Retention is wispy ring of foam. Served in a 12 Beers of Christmas glass.

One of the more inviting and complex smoke aromas I've had the pleasure to sniff. It's warm, beechy (I would have guessed birch though I don't know that I can differentiate different wood smokes but I'll pretend I can) and very inviting. Mildly charred roast malt to round out the nose.

Doesn't taste as smokey as it smells. It's enough but I love a smoke bomb. Not sure if it's the smoke or acid with the roast malt but there's a definite savory character to this beer.

Is Brooklyn hopping on George Martin's bandwagon or if there's a deeper reason for this beer's namesake? I get the Fire as symbolized by the smoked malt but what about the ice?

More User Reviews:
Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of david18
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the best balances of smoke with other ingredients that I've had. I usually don't like really smokey beers but the smoke in this was handled perfectly and I really enjoyed the beer.

Color was very dark and a surprising amount of carbonation for a beer this dark.

Aroma is very smokey but also coffee, chocolate and kind of a burnt roast.

Flavor, as mentioned, was perfect blend of roast, smoke, hops and sweet maltiness.

Overall a very good beer that i would recommend.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/14/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoked malts, some coffee, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out smoky with a hearty roasted malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of coffee and chocolate. The hops presence is very mild but there’s not much balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly bready.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth but a bit watery, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely better choices within the style.

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Modest head that leaves little lace. Near black where only a bit of light shines through.

I smell band aids. There's some burnt malt and dark chocolate.

Lots of mocha and dark chocolate. Still it's a bit "off". Good body and carbonation. Burnt malt aftertaste. No notable alcohol.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.69/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, spice and a bit of vanilla. In the taste, hardly any smoke, roasted malts and big time black licorice. The licorice flavor becomes too much, along with the sweetness and minimal hops makes this one a bit of a mess. Medium bodied brew with fair carbonation. Overall, this was a good try, but no cigar.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The imagination of the brewers are at it again- not only devising a flavor combination that circulates around toasty porter, smoky rauch and creamy oats, but putting those tastes upon a malty-sweet palate and a surprisingly crisp and drinkable finish.

But like any other well-built porter would, the ale settles into the glass with a dark and hazy "bark" brown body and a tall, creamy column of froth to cap it all off. Its long persistence reveals an arid foam structure that laces gracefully with each sip.

High smoke aromatics waft about the nose with notions of campfire, mesquite, grilled fruit and brisket. Its the fragrant beech wood that applies a "meaty" scent to the beer. Backed by nutty coffee blends, dark chocolate and charred toast, the porter is quite savory and inquisitive.

Starting off sweet, robust and with a toasted bread taste- the baseline porter flavor is alive with a malt-trending demeanor. More earthen flavors of coffee, walnut and bittersweet chocolate become the tie that binds the porter to smoke elements of the middle palate. Its growing smoke flavor starts off with grilled currant and grape but then the flavor develops to smoldering embers, then a savory smokehouse character, then to dry burnt toast to finish.

Medium bodied early, the beer's malt sweetness is creamied up a bit by its pronounced carbonation. But once the bubbles and the sweetness recedes, what's left are the dry malt textures and spicy burnt grain tannin. Its slight astringent and warming character stems from burnt husk and alcohol dryness.

Expecting excellence from the Brewmaster's Reserve series, Fire & Ice comes close but is just shy of such grandure. Instead of favoring a dry and drinkable finish, I would much welcome more residual and supportive sweetness and an amplification of alcohol to imperial strength. A touch of savory melanoidin character would certainly heighten the smoke elements and without risking any flavor of ash.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice: color is black head is tan, no lacing, some ring like retention on top.

Smell mostly malt, subtle roast, light caramel, some beechwood like smoke, mild strength.

taste is mild malt sweetness, light toast, caramel, roast, smoke is light, not overpowering, which works in this presentation.

Mouthfeel is typical for a smoked brew, light presence, a bit drying.

Overall, solid brew, i like more smoke presence and flavor, but the malt profile is solid.

Photo of Kendo
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the growler in to a pint glass. Body is dark brown on the pour, but black in the glass, with a small brownish head.

S: Smoke and roasted barley malt, with some chocolate as it warms up a bit.

T: Smoke is noted right away. Also some generic fruitiness. Alcohol is felt in the belly but not noted on the palate. Touch of wood at the finish. Ashy.

M: Medium in heft, fairly smooth feel to it.

O: Good, just too smoky/ashy.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head composed of a thick brown foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell with a light level of caramel sweetness and some vanilla. Along with these aromas are a little bit of cocoa, some oatmeal and a light smoky smell that produces a very nice aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a moderately strong roasted malt flavor that is a little bit on the drier side with only a hint of caramel. An oatmeal flavor as well as a light coffee flavor are there as well with them gaining in intensity as the flavor advances to the middle where they then maintain their strength to the end of the taste. Along with these flavor transitions so too comes a moderate smoky and woody flavors. Some light chocolate, more caramel, and light vanilla flavor join the tongue more toward the end sweetening the taste ever so slightly. At the end, with the blend of chocolate, smoke, caramel, oat, and roast one is left with a still rather dry but rather easy drinking and quite balanced taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. While a slightly thicker and chewier body may have accentuated the oat and roasted flavors slightly better, the lower carbonation was on spot and made for a nice drinking porter.

Overall – A light to moderately smoked porter that had nice flavors and a good drinking feel and taste. If you are looking for something super smoky then you won’t find it here, but you will find a nice drinking and balance porter.

Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black brew. Small head, almost for not.

Mellow smokiness, oatmeal, dark roast, earthy herbals, light astringency. Nice portery tones.

More of those mealy oats. Big roastiness, mellow wood smoke, faint coffee, and vegetal bitterness.

Mild body with an oomph. Nice tenderness to the carb.

Photo of Ego
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
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

nose...
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

taste etc...
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

verdict?
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

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very smokey porter, chocolatey, almost sharp in its flavor. Very nice brown color. Got this from a keg at the Columbus Winter Beer Fest... I'm surprised to log on here to see it says "retired"... I didnt know I was sampling the last batch of it.

Photo of PatGreer
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delicious flavors of chocolate and smoked oats. Definitely accomplishes what it set out to do in terms of flavor. Dark, dark beer with a tint of red, nearly no light penetration. A solid finger and a half of light brown foam.

Beer loses lots of points for being aggressively carbonated. My mouth wanted smooth to accompany the flavors, and the traditional feel of a porter or a stout. But instead my tongue was tortured by lots of prickly bubbles.

Still very tasty. Recommend sacreligiously stirring this one before you drink it.

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Fire & Ice from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.