There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) - Brooklyn Brewery
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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 rDev +2.3%
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
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
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
There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.