There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Fluffy, off-white head, high retention on a black body. Soapy, suddsy, sticky lacing. Aroma is a nice blast of resinous piney hops with some roasted malt in the background. Very nice. Taste is biting and bitter, grapefruit like, again with roasted malt in the background. Interesting mix of flavors. What I like most about this one is that the hops are the dominant flavor and they don't have to fight it out with the dark malts. It truly is a black IPA. Nothing muted about the bitterness. Overall, excellent.
01-14-2013 06:12:16 | More by KickbacksSteve
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
4.19/5 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
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
I got it at the Beer Boutique in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A. It is completely black, with a huge tan, foamy head that leaves a good deal of lacing.
S. It has a lovely hoppy scent and some smoke.
T. The hoppy scent really comes through in the taste. It's complex. It is smokey and burnt. There's a hint of chocolate. But the hop dominates, in a good way. A bit of peppermint?
M. Full bodied and carbonated.
O. It has a really complex flavor. Quite enjoyable.
12-14-2012 01:58:30 | More by Amalak
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
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
On tap at Good Beer, served in a nonic pint glass.
A: jet black body with a good inch white head. Great head retention, very frothy. Sexy looking brew.
S: dark roasted barley and chocolate malts. Floral and citrus hops are on the nose too.
T: a really balanced black IPA. First I'm getting bitter chocolate and biscuity malt favors which are soon followed by the hops, bursting with citrus and pine. Finishes dry and bitter. Good stuff
M: creamy and well carbonated, this guy is easy to drink, crispy and refreshing. Medium low on fullness. Taste lingers in the mouth. Not tasting the alcohol but feeling it a bit.
O: I enjoy black IPAs, but they can be a tough style to pull off, even by the best. This hits the mark, and has all the great qualities of the style . Roasty and rich. Citrusy and bitter. They meld together nicely. I'll gladly drink more of this brew.
12-20-2012 03:22:14 | More by Googs
There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.