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There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) - Brooklyn Brewery

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There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012)
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86
very good

135 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nitro0292 on 11-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 31
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4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of brbrocc
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bguth
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of C-Dog
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of nitro0292
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this while picking up some Yakima Glory. Pours a pitch black, with an ample 3 finger creamy, tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving plenty of lacing.

Smell is minty hops (a NZ variety according to the website) with definite chocolate, coffee and roast notes from dark malts.

Taste is bitter hops on the tip of the tongue, mixed with astringent notes and balanced by subtle caramel. Very well balanced blend of hop and malt characteristics, which seems to be something difficult for brewers crafting beers of this style. Dry finish with a slightly astringent-bitter aftertaste that adds to overall enjoyment.

Mouthfeel is medium and reflective of the dry finish - good attenuation is present.

Overall this is a solid entry to the style and a delightful find. I've had better BIPAs, but I've also had much worse. Certainly worth trying, and even having again. This beer is a good example of how the style should be approached, with a balance of all chief characteristics. I would have preferred american hops to a NZ variety, but the use of the NZ strain is a unique twist.

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There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.