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Fire & Ice - Brooklyn Brewery

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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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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.

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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.

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

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Fire & Ice from Brooklyn Brewery
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