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There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) - Brooklyn Brewery

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There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012)
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BA SCORE
86
very good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nitro0292 on 11-25-2012)
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Reviews by Kendo:
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Kendo

New York

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

05-24-2013 01:29:51 | More by Kendo
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csmartin6

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-02-2012 14:50:37 | More by csmartin6
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-01-2013 17:22:57 | More by Jason
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Milkysunshine

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-07-2012 23:47:31 | More by Milkysunshine
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far333

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Dark brown and opaque with an inch high frothy head that settles out slowly. Low aroma of dark malt. Rich flavors of dark malt, cocoa, and subtle smoke. Interesting balance of citrusy hops, the hops are strong enough to make themselves known, but not overpower. Perfect balance, Garrett. Mouthfeel just a bit thin. Overall a very nice beer.

03-10-2013 17:39:55 | More by far333
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

05-12-2013 15:49:15 | More by chinchill
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JasonSiedman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-20-2012 02:18:01 | More by JasonSiedman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%

A pint at Accent Lounge in suddenly temperate Edmonchuk.

This beer appears a clear, very, very dark bronzed amber hue, with one finger of creamy, dense, meringue analogue beige head, which takes a coon's age to settle, and never really does, leaving a quarter-inch of latent foam before I tuck into this slow learner. After the fact, a singular column of Mayan ruin lace presents itself around the glass.

It smells of mildly bitter grapefruit and orange hops, semi-sweet milk chocolate notes, softly charred caramel malt, and a further twinge of earthy floral hop essence. The taste is bitter citrus rind, pithy pine resin, a clammy lactic sweetness, some faintly singed bready caramel malt, and a herbaceous earthy addendum.

The bubbles are a bit sassy, but generally on the level, the body a middling medium weight, and a little too tacky to be considered all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the lightly charred malt and lingering citrus/pine hop amalgam both fading to a seemingly watery grave.

Wow. Beyond the crazy-ass and thorough retention, and very west coast IPA predilections, this eventually settles to a semi-sweet, somewhat singed hoppy morass, as confusing as it was for the first quarter hour of head appreciation (and concurrent pub atmosphere acknowledgement) for such a cross continent, confounding newbie of an offering. In the end, a rather impetuous and more importantly far-flung rendition of the style.

01-25-2013 03:49:05 | More by biboergosum
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DStoked

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-26-2013 21:17:11 | More by DStoked
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alamode

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-14-2012 12:43:20 | More by alamode
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LouDog1er

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-14-2013 15:58:48 | More by LouDog1er
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ShawneeIrish

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-26-2013 20:35:05 | More by ShawneeIrish
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RoyAlan

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

On tap @ Two Stone Pub, Wilmington DE
Black as it name implies. Smell of coffee and hops.
Nice lacing from a creamy tan head that dissipates quickly.
Tastes good. Smokey with hops on the back.
Not an especially noteworthy black IPA. More subtle. Almost a Lite Porter.

01-15-2013 17:59:22 | More by RoyAlan
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-02-2013 23:31:11 | More by Gonzoillini
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Ralphs66

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

10-09-2013 22:06:13 | More by Ralphs66
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scootny

New York

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%

Solidly dark but not quite black. Thick light brown head with a feathery top that slowly fades and leaves a good amount of lacing. When held to the light it reveal a clear super dark cola color. Smell is proper with layers of caramel, chocolate, and coffee. A zippy hop spiciness that is almost Saaz like but more herbal and minty. The New Zealand hops do bring some nice citrus and healthy pine. An English style fruitiness recalls a old time brewpub like yeast signature. Taste is full bodied and balanced with a dry hoppy finish that leaves equal amounts of earth and grapefruit. Chocolate malt is the big one here with a good amount of fllor malting evident. The NZ hops meld wonderfully on top, subsuming themselves in the body while rising in the finish. Feel is velvety with a silken swallow and a creamy carbonation that make this one one of the most drinkable BIPAs I've had. Just a super take and I am holding out for a bottling of this one. In the meantime I'll have get a 64 oz growler for the superbowl.

01-23-2013 03:55:29 | More by scootny
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +12.2%

Served on tap at Ginger Man, South Norwalk. Tasting glass, but enough to get a good feel for the beer.

Pours pitch black with white foam. Laces all over. Light pine oil aroma, and malty too. Pleasant. Smooth mellow blended bitter, buried in a late malty chocolate taste. Smooth. Chewy. No lingering bitter aftertaste. Great black IPA, very balanced.

03-16-2013 23:28:13 | More by KTCamm
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Amongst the thickest, strongest heads I've ever seen you could bounce a quarter on this thick beauty. Dark, opaque and just plain black the brown head christens a gorgeous brew.

The scent is of dry graham cracker and even drier chocolate.

The taste is chocolatey but a dry malty breadiness stands out. Not so diverse as to be confusing this black ale is exactly as billed....it's a black ale. Very dry in taste and feel, it's delicious with strong chocolate and even stronger bready crackery maltiness.

03-30-2013 02:20:17 | More by KYGunner
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MCDub

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-04-2013 20:22:41 | More by MCDub
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-07-2013 01:19:34 | More by KevinGordon
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Squidly

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-05-2013 17:55:10 | More by Squidly
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%

Tap @ Chimes Covington

Pours a nice dark brown, near black colour with a frothy brown head. Aroma had some herbal, piny hops, chocolate and roast notes with tinges of coffee. Not too bitter tasting, pretty roasty, with notes of chocolate and pine hoppiness. Nice creamy texture, low carbonation, medium body, nice overall.

Not a really hoppy ABA, but it's got plenty of character and flavour.

01-15-2013 21:58:21 | More by EgadBananas
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ArtZan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-12-2014 20:23:56 | More by ArtZan
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +30.2%

01-21-2013 02:58:15 | More by bigbeers84
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kingslotty

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-05-2013 02:41:24 | More by kingslotty
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There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) from Brooklyn Brewery
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