There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) - Brooklyn Brewery
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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by scootny:
4.19/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: growler
01-23-2013 03:55:29 | More by scootny
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 130 ratings.