There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) - Brooklyn Brewery
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3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
On-tap at Brass Rail, Hoboken, NJ
A: The beer is near black in color. It poured with a finger and a half high tan head that slowly died down but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing on the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate and dark roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has some flavors of roasted malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is well balanced between the malts and hops and is very easy to drink bit makes for a good accompaniment to food.
02-03-2013 19:49:35 | More by metter98
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
As the playground for Brooklyn's brewery dive deeper and deeper into the exploratory trends and follies of flavor fantasy, they embark upon the cascadian taste of American "black" IPA. Expecting greatness, here we go...
And if they say, "There Will Be Black", then surely the beer will turn out black. The ale does this with a very schwarzbier-like attitude. Lightly brown about the edges, but the body of the beer is the darkest of browns and hinges on black oil hues. A light creamy head builds upon the beer and holds firm, as is expected from IPAs. Speckled lace and broken rings continue to reinforce the notion of the beer's high quality.
Moderate aromas of burnt toast, cocoa, roasted nuts, fresh ground coffee, and ...oh yea, hops all align to the sense of smell. First the toasty, roasty malts but then the real show starts as the scent of sharp spruce, citrus peel, and fresh cut grass fills the nose and reminds me that this is first and foremost an IPA.
Similar in taste, the flavors of burnt toffee provides the underpinnings, especially as the charred taste of grain, wood, and bread lay upon the early palate. But then the hops begin to build- first with citrusy grapefruit and orange peel, and then of sharper and spicier grass notes before concluding with a crisp woody bitterness that's reminiscent of spruce and pine resin. Although the malt character is somewhat reserved, the hops don't dominate in the way that they should; this leaves the beer lacking a bit of punch and depth that this type of beer deserves.
Medium-light in body, the ample carbonation isn't enough to bolster a creamier upstart. The dry malts release the carbonation very early on and leaves the bulk of middle palate unsupported and falling into the hands of thinness and lightness. Finishing toasty-dry and lightly ashy, the beer complements its roasty dryness with hop dryness and moderate alcohol warmth for a short-lived linger of citrus and toast.
Brooklyn's black ale is a highly drinkable beer, yet is doesn't give the strong sense of satisfaction as does many others of the trend. Unlike Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, this version is simplified and lightly thinned out.
01-11-2013 07:03:08 | More by BEERchitect
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
Served in a tumbler at Haymarket.
Something about Daniel Day-Lewis in blackface comes to mind... Anyway, this stuff pours a dark, garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises licorice, roasted malts, light vinyl, and light greens. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some toasted sourdough. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice little black IPA, nothing earth-shattering (and definitely nothing DDL-worthy), but something easily drinkable and generally enjoyable.
12-29-2012 05:13:44 | More by TMoney2591
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
4/5 rDev +4.2%
From 11/28/12 notes. Had this on tap at the Waterfront Alehouse in Murray Hill NYC. Served in a 16 oz. pint glass.
a - Pours an almost black brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of pine hops, roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts, resin, and bready malts. Very nice mix of pine and roasted notes; I like it.
t - Tastes of pine hops, roasted malts, resin, citrus hops, sweet chocolate, dark fruity malts, toasted malts. Little fruit here and more hops than the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink overall.
o - Overall a very nice Black IPA. Lots of nice pine hops and roasted malts mixing together in the nose, and the same in the taste with some ffruit and citrus. Easy to drink, well worth checking out if you're a fan of the style. Would have it again.
11-29-2012 15:59:18 | More by mdfb79
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Served in a tulip glass. Very dark appearance, like a stout. Good head for a bar-pour. Dark, dark brown where no light shines through. Good ring lace after each sip.
Surprisingly mild smell. The usual culprits show up: toasted, near burnt malts along with
Dark malt and high hop bitterness is how I'd describe this brew.
12-22-2012 19:57:33 | More by smcolw
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
On draft at Tap and Barrel, Hauppague, NY.
Poured a deep black hue with a two finger frothy tan head. There was very good retention and thick sticky lacing.
The smell featured a light herbal hop atop a slightly sweet chocolate malt.
The taste was well balanced with the herbal hop checking the soft chocolate and lactose.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style.
Overall a tasty well balanced black ale.
11-27-2012 23:40:30 | More by plaid75
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
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
Enjoyed this one at The Grille Next Door in Haverhill, MA. It's a dark, rosy black with a decent light oatmeal colored head and decent lacing. I can smell solid malt with a tasteful quotient of evergreen hops and a nice chocolate element. The flavor surprises with a harsher grass-pine hop that bites the tongue right out of the gate while the malt follows in reasonable fashion. This is fairly thin bodied, medium-light, with light, sprite carbonation and an aqueous feel. I have to say that this is a bit disappointing for a Brooklyn brew, especially for one of my favorite styles. But it's certainly not bad. There's some charcoal in the finish, especially when I burp. I won't revisit but it's worth a try for those who want a lighter IPA experience.
12-30-2012 08:29:55 | More by Durge
3.8/5 rDev -1%
Pours a dark charcoal grey tinted brown, moderate cap of brown froth and some sticky lacing. Scent brings a touch of charred and roasted grain, medium grassy and herbal hop notes with a touch of citrus and tropical. More of the same from the taste. Medium bodied, thinner than expected, dry. Expected more, but still okay - tend to prefer black IPAs with little to no roast.
01-21-2013 17:54:53 | More by rfgetz
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
On-tap, served in a pint glass
Ink black body through the core with some chestnut brown edges. The cap sat at about a finger and faded quickly. A tan head left some clingy lace along the edges and some spider web lacing.
The nose is clean. Roast and bittersweet chocolate with some pine resin and minty hops mixed in. Well-balanced.
Some bitter pine notes jump onto the palate first with bakers chocolate and mild roast mid-palate. A little bit of dark fruit and toffee emerge as the beer warms. The finish is bitter pine and grassy hops with a touch of mint and an underlying mild roast.
Medium body with low carbonation. A tad on the creamy side.
A nice, clean black ale with a pleasant hoppyness.
12-24-2012 19:18:34 | More by ColForbinBC
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
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