There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) - Brooklyn Brewery
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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rangerred:
2.99/5 rDev -22.1%
Had on tap.
Appearance is pitch black with just a smallish tan head. Not very good head retention and just a little bit of lacing.
Aroma has a good deal of yeast esters witch seems a little out of place. There is pine coming through as well but not enough to keep the banana at bay.
Some light roast in the flavor along with a little bit of caramel. Piny hops shine through but that annoying yeast presence is still there. Mild bitterness with too much sweetness for the style IMO.
Overall, not a good example of an American Black Ale. If the yeast was dialed back this would score a few points higher but there are many better examples out there.
02-11-2013 20:44:37 | More by rangerred
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.