Fire & Ice - Brooklyn Brewery
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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.81/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
01-04-2014 19:37:11 | More by BEERchitect
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
12-14-2013 20:43:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.59/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
11-24-2013 20:58:25 | More by smcolw
2.64/5 rDev -28.1%
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.
02-07-2014 18:46:12 | More by Stinkypuss
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
07-27-2014 01:20:18 | More by Gmann
3.69/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
02-13-2014 01:24:38 | More by Darkmagus82
Fire & Ice from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.