There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) - Brooklyn Brewery
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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Ego:
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
last growler of this @ joe canals in iselin
one fullish finger of head, mostly microbubbles with an archipelago of larger bubbles occupying the middle of the crown (from a top down perspective), the lacing leaves nice sheets of foam mapping where the beer has been and gone, dark to black tone but not 100% opaque, a fine looking brew.
toasted dark caramel spiked with hops, almost smoky, near peat but not quite wet, deep dark chocolate simmering beneath the surface doing the mamba with alcohol twinges. enticing
the black always makes me expect a heavier beer, even after all these tastings.. so this drinks lighter than I imagined and also is very smooth (silky even), this drinks like it smells except that the hops are a bit more pronounced and tend to drown out the really nice dark/roasty notes, when the hops fade the dark choc late notes are present on the tongue (a nice after note), the alcohol is present but in good balance here.
worth trying, a nice beer that is both easy to drink and has a good amount of flavor. did I love it ? no, but I wouldn't kick it out of bed...
Serving type: growler
12-23-2012 06:04:21 | More by Ego
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Poured from the growler ($6.50 for the half-growler at Westmere) into a pint glass. Body appears black until backlit - then it's dark brown with mahogany hues on the edges. A solid 1-finger tan/khaki head settles on top, leaving good amounts of foamy lacing on the glass.
S: Not terribly strong in the nose - burnt bread, char and a touch of chocolate malt. Also some piney hops, but I've gotta bury my nose in the glass to really get the olfactory sense stimulated.
T: First impression: it's like a hoppy porter. Char/charcoal and a woodsy bitternesss over a base of roasted barley malt. Some sweet malt tastes are evident too: molasses, chocolate and toffee even makes an appearance after my palate adjusts to the burnt/char and hoppy flavors. Hop bitterness is pretty strong on the finish and into the aftertaste - piney or even sprucey.
M: Surprisingly a little slick in the feel; also a bit thinner than expected.
O: Good, but not great.
Serving type: growler
05-24-2013 01:29:51 | More by Kendo
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a durable tan head.
Smells quite hoppy. with a dark malt base.
Tastes less hoppy with dark malt in the background; basically as expected but rather simple. Pine and citrus from the hops seem to clash more than mix with the nutty and chocolate notes from the roast malt backbone. Slight burnt note in the moderately bitter finish.
Medium body with moderate carbonation.
O: With somewhat low hop flavor, this tastes more like a Black PA than Black IPA. Not a problem, especially given the hoppy aroma, but the failure of the dark malts to blend nicely with the hop load is a detriment.
Serving type: on-tap
05-12-2013 15:49:15 | More by chinchill
There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.