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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
78
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172 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available January to mid-March; new for 2011
ABV 6.5% IBUs: 65

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-10-2010)
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Reviews by StoneBrewFanatic:
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light brown to ruby in color into my pint glass with a little over a finger of off white head, moderate retention and little lacing. Not the typical appearance for a CDA.

S - Roasted malts, toasted oats, caramel, smoke, and a bit of bittersweet cocoa. Earthy hop presence is there, but rather masked.

T - Similar to the nose, however the hop presence comes out a lot more in the taste. Nice earthy hops and roasted malt combination. Hops are very resinous, along with smoke, a mild nuttiness, and some caramel sweetness. A dry nutty bitterness really sticks to the palate as is washes down.

M - Feels a little thin to me, or perhaps it just lacks some character.

D - This is for sure drinkable, it's a little off the mark for the style, but a nice offering nonetheless.

StoneBrewFanatic, Feb 19, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured dark, still somewhat translucent, like walnut wood...high head, fades to a covering, low carbonation.

S - Hoppy nose, mainly citrus with a touch of floral. Roasted malts are also present, but not that strong.

T - The hops come though nicely with both the citrus and floral being present, roasted notes are nice and enjoying in the middle, and then there is a bit at the end...not the hop bitterness, but a burnt/acrid flavor...ouch.

M - Crisp and clean, not much carbonation but the lighter body does not require it.

D - This beer could be really good, but the acrid bite at the end makes it not as drinkable as it could be.

Overall, I like this beer, but it could be oh so much better.

steelerguy, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a vintage date on the label.

LOOK: Dark, nearly black, edges of garnet.

SMELL: Soft dank hop resin, hemp oil, floral, pine sap, burnt sugar, highly toasted bread.

TASTE: Slight roasted grain, smooth, medium body, burnt sugar, treacle, brown bread, hop oil, floral, mild citrus.

I'm still having a ton of fun exploring this style, lots of talk of what it is supposed to be and different regions making their own path. Full Sail clearly pulls it off here ... not that I had any doubt.

Jason, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, $4.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. I can find no bottling date or "best before" type info.

Pours dark auburn, under a looser medium mocha head, that sticks around at about 1/2 inch. Leaves ample scattered lacing.

Cola, dark malts, some smoky wood and lite gingery spice in the nose.

Flavorful brew, flavors follow the nose, plenty of dark malts, again I'm getting a subtle ginger note, more cola and quite dry hops in the finish. Nicely done.

Could have a bit more body and added depth of flavors to stand up to the heavy hitters of the genre, but this one holds up pretty well.

One that I would gladly go for again. Hope I have the opportunity, not sure how long this one will be around for....therefore go get some and enjoy

Billolick, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a murky looking dark brown to black. Not much head or lacing, tan color I guess, offwhite. Aroma was almost nonexistant.

Taste, horrible off flavor of bitterness and bread going for this one. Had this with a kneedeep and they were both almost equally disappointing. Talk about running the gauntlet of letdowns! No appreciable hop flavor, just bitterness and a wet, rotten wood flavor. Body stays relatively light, but that damn bitterness. Seems like no dry or aroma hopping going on.

Only saving grace was that the beer is less than $4 a bottle. But so many better options out there.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Thurston
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Thurston, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Bump in the Night is rootbeer brown in color with good clarity. The head is creamy but short and settles quickly. No lacing either.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. It's a sweet citrusy hop smell and the malt comes through just as strong. So, not so much an black IPA as I expected.

Flavor is really usual and I don't mean that in a positive way. Yes, it's bitter, but not fresh and vibrant like it should be. This tastes like a "refrigerator clean-out" kind of beer where everything that's left over gets tossed in the boil. It's basically a hopped up porter with nowhere to go.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, too light in fact, but the carbonation is fine.

Overall a total disappointment. I expect better from something labeled "Brewmaster Reserve" and selling for $6.

GilGarp, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chemical aromas got me off to a bad start. Roast, black with some white head, cat peepee. Doug's bottle.Below average mouthfeel, a little watery. More sweet than bitter. Not very drinkable. Disapointing for a black IPA, or black style anything.Pass if you see it.

Sammy, May 08, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Every single Cascadian Dark Ale I've had until now, and I like that name for the style, has been excellent. Both Deschutes' Hop in the Dark and Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous brews have been excellent, especially Stone's. Whenever I see someone else with the same style come out then I'm very tempted to try it. Hopefully this Bump in the Night will impress and since I haven't had a Full Sail beer in a long time I am eager to see what they've come up with.

This was a bit of a strange pour. Others, like the Stone and Deschutes, poured more like stouts with caramel colored frothy heads and ruby colored liquid. Bump in the Night has a more off-white head that is the color of toffee. It takes awhile for it to form, is very frothy, and leaves some film on top. A fair amount of lacing is left too. The beer looks black regularly but in the light it is a dark but clear copper color. I'd say this definitely looks like a root beer except with a frothy head.

The smell is...interesting. I get a lot of earthy hops and a very prominent mealiness that is off-putting to me. I can pick up some roasted malts there too but it's not significant. There is a bit of sweetness to it as well.

When tasting this I wouldn't say it tastes very much like a Cascadian Dark Ale. It definitely has hops in it but there is not that dark, roasted, cocoa/coffee aspect to the beer that gives it the full-bodied goodness that is expected from the style. At least compared to the Hop in the Dark and Sublimely Self-Righteous, the two Cascadian Dark Ales I've had before this, Bump in the Night just doesn't have what they do in terms of having a great balance of hoppiness and the roasted dark cocoa/coffee that makes the style one of my favorites. It has the mealiness in there too that I picked up in the smell. I wouldn't say that tastes bad...but it's not something I find interesting or tasty. I don't pick up too much roasted malts or cocoa. It has a medium to full body to it but it simply doesn't have the full flavor expected from the style. Still, it does have hoppiness and there is some additional malt breadiness that doesn't make it taste watery (that I would guess it would taste like without it).

The mouthfeel is a bit watery but gets a lot better after you let it sit out. It's smooth, medium-bodied, and has mild carbonation. I will say it's easy to drink (after letting it sit out a bit to warm up).

Overall I am not impressed by this beer and I think it's not characteristic of the Cascadian Dark Ale at all. Compared to Stone's and Deschutes', and I hate to keep making the comparisons, it is very inferior in every way. I wouldn't say this is a bad beer but it's definitely a disappointment.

BeardedRiker, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Bump In The Night: I love the name, but will I love the beer?

A rough pour brings up a massive head of khaki. I can smell light pine at arms length... and some sweetish maltiness. It's taking a long time to settle, but that's alright, a beer like this needs to warm a little bit to reveal its full character. Waiting is tough, but I want to top it off; and you can't really smell a beer through so much head. At least it shows good lacing as it settles. There we go, finally; down the side of the glass and a little slower this time. It looks almost like a Guinness at this point, but the body's much lighter - I'm guessing about 36 SRM, a dark mahogany. The pine's still there in the nose, soft and wet like underbrush. Fresh. There's a hint of gently citrusy fruit. It's not bold; I like that, it doesn't need to be. You get a suggestion of the malt as well... some toastiness and mild roastiness. It tastes the same. There's a bit of spiciness to it as well, but it's mainly light pine with a delicate spritz of grapefruit/tangerine within a gently caramel and cocoa malt base. I get some other fruit as well, and an edge of roastiness. I like that there's a quick dollop of sweet caramel along the way; and that it doesn't finish too dry and piney/resinous. It's really nicely balanced. The roastiness lingers a bit in the finish, along with some minor residual pine, and it reminds me of camping. More specifically, it reminds me of first leaving the tent in the early morning, moving out into the cold air and tossing a few pieces of kindling on the fire to get it going again - damp earth and light smoke. What's this beer called, "Cascadian Dark Ale"? Yeah, for this one I'd definitely go with that over "Black IPA". But what about its drinkability... it's "overall" character? Well I'm pretty impressed. It would have been quite easy to go sharp, bitter and resinous with this one, but it's not. It's very finely tuned - it's polished and well-rounded. The dark-malt acidity, hop resins, alcohol, and bitterness are all kept in check. Absolutely superb! Whomever created this knows what they're doing. Worth checking out!

NeroFiddled, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber color with ruby red highlights. Aroma is fairly sweet, with notes of lactose and maple among a mild, roasted malt character. Palate is sweet malt (crystal?) with very little roast character. A mild, barely-detectable flourish of fruity hops comes through briefly before the swallow. A lingering maple character on the finish is odd but not unpleasant. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness - why is this called a CDA?

ElGordo, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Ralphs66
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, dark brown with a reddish tinge. Brownish white head that didn't hold on for very long but did leave a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is a bit boozy, which is unusual for such a low alcohol content. Sweet odor showing fig and a tad of vanilla. Carbonation bites quite a bit and the alcohol definitely comes through. Not bad, but not great. Dry and long on the palate. I'll finish the bottle, but I've had enough. It was on sale for $4 a pop and certainly worth the try.

Ralphs66, May 08, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my fast dwindling CO haul...

Pours an effervescent brown/walnut with 2 fingers of khaki head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Musty grain, herbal & woody hops

T: Follows the nose, rye peppery notes & crispness, plus a whisper of smoke & some grassy hops climbing up as well up front. Grassy, piney & herbal hops lead the charge, some oaky/woody, ceddary notes, a bit of nuttyness as well once warm. Finishes piney, with touches of wood ruff & pecan

MF: Medium bodied, fairly crisp, there is some smoothness as well. Some balance, the extremity of this is bringing flavors I like to the front, but dragging others to the party as well...

This kind of takes this style in a different direction compared most other examples I've had. Not a 100% in love with this, but drinkable enough

russpowell, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a deep clear amber, topped with a finger of light mocha colored head. This retains with a smooth foamy look that rings the sides of the glass with rich lace. The aroma is floral and green smelling up front, with a weird coconut flavoring (that reminds me of suntan lotion) working its way in as well. Ripe fruit and cocoa accents sit underneath, while any roasted character is parked way in the back of the nose, as the hops mostly dominate this. Some sweet warmth and spicy alcohol fusels dance around on the edges of this as well.

The taste has a lot of green earthy bitterness going on with it, which layered on top of chocolate and caramel sweetness (but mostly chocolate) and a touch of smoky roast that glides along the back. That green citrus character is strong here, lingering hard in the finish with notes of dry earth and rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp crispness to the carbonation that then gets more slick towards the back of the feel. Alcohol is fairly well hid in the body but at only 6.5% ABV, I was surprised by how much of this came out in the nose at times.

Honestly, this just wasn’t a very strong take on a Black Ale at all. Too much raw bitterness, too little roasted character, and an all around package here that just didn’t leave me impressed. I expected more out of Full Said with this one.

Kegatron, May 25, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large wine glass from a standard 22 oz. brown bomber. Shows a medium brown in color with crimson highlights. A half inch cap settles to a light film in short order.

Bit of milk chocolate and coffee on the nose along with some yeast notes. Hop notes are mild on the aroma, coming around a bit with some warming yet never really occupying your attention.

Taste is of bittersweet chocolate with some roasted malt/coffee flavors and a hint of sweet black cherry. Feel is slick and moderate initially, gaining some texture and depth as the glass warms a bit. Still a bit thin overall and rather light bodied for the style. Has a notable drying bitterness on the finish, yet without the balancing hop notes on the aroma.

HalfFull, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with two fingers of head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. I do not think I have seen a brown Cascadian Ale befores.

Grassy, herbal, and pine hops primarily. Not picking up any roast or dark malt.

A bizarre flavor. It has a really sweet caramel malt base that is offset by an equally strong grassy bitterness. The flavor could of really benefited from some darker malt.

The body is not as bold as the flavors. A bit thin and weak actually. Has fairly good carbonation.

Not a good example of the style. The malt just does not seem right for the style or the hops.

morimech, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours more of Coke/Rootbeer brown into a pint glass with about a finger of creamy bubbled head.

Lightly roasted nose with some hops pineyness.

Taste is thin but prickly with carbonation, lots of hop bitterness that lingers on the back end. There's some very slight roasted malt flavor or burnt caramel.

Overall a bit too bitter for me - I've had much better in the style. If they hadn't said it was a "full bodied" with "notes of cocoa" I wouldn't have been so disappointed.

OldIronLungs, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of Bung
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Black pour with quite a bit of amber accents, ample white head.

Aroma has about equal parts pine, roast, citrus zest.

Taste, also pretty equaled out compared to some black IPAs. This is not overwhelmed by the roast, more citrus and resiny hops. Still plenty of malt backbone, but much more of a toasted nature. Finishes pretty dry again with more hops than roast.

Lighter mid body. Actually liked the overpowering roast of some others more, but this is solid and more drinkable because of the low abv and less astringent roast.

Bung, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some hops are present. Taste is very hoppy, considerable bitterness, lacking in any malt balance or citrus flavors. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, was lacking in any complexity.

tone77, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Franchise
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Full Sail pours a deep dark brown not so much black. The aroma is piney citrus, chocolate, earthy aromatic notes. The taste is smooth, so delicious reminds me of a nice IPA but balanced with strong coffee, chocolate, maltiness. Great new seasonal offering from Full Sail and I hope it is here to stay.

Franchise, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Flat black with a tan rigid foam head that holds steady. Tiny traces of effervesce creeps up along the glass walls. The lacing is good, spongy, with some thick substance build up providing good coverage.

S: The nose was hoppy of pink grapefruit with a bit of sweetened citrus truly dominating the roasted malt. Looks are deceiving here, with a nice level of ipa hoppiness with a dark visual nature and very little roastiness coming through. With closed eyes you could swear this was all pale malts.

T: Sweetened pink grapefruit continues the trend on the flavor, citrus pulp and a strong taste of pine really stands out. Tastes like a wet hopped ipa with pale malting, again with only the slightest indication of roastiness that only appears late in the drink. The finish is pine juice and a light coffee roast mingling together with good results. Like the nose the taste was deceiving of the visual.

M: Good tingle of carbonation, light and smooth creamy texture. The finish finds a hearty dose of citrus and pine juice hops with a delightful wet bitterness on the tongue.

D: I could see this a good summertime ipa drink with a dark and deceiving visual nature. Light and hoppy enough to satisify in the warmer weather with only a slight indication of the 6.5% alcohol that only appears noticeably on the first consumption. I could easily enjoy this in multiples and a solid example per style.

beerthulhu, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber from Raceway Citgo outside of OCMD.

A: The black ale is much more of a darker caramel brown, a dark nonetheless. The mysteriousness leads to a merely wispy head, never much worth mentioning. As opaque as a press conference.

S: Nicely roasted, the ale has a dark nose that doesn't skimp on the sweetness with chocolate in strong supply. Piney citrus is a sharp counterpoint to the black ale base, a welcome change of pace. Anxious for a first sip.

T: And I think that Full Sail nailed this one. The darker malts are austere, minimal with burnt toast and chocolate driving it. The hoppiness is a stark departure, adding tropical flavors and pine to the mix. The hops are more of a supporting act, content to not have to lead the beer. The mix of malt and hops drives minty flavors along with grapefruit, pine, and deep roast. I'm happy to report that this is the first Full Sail bottle that I was really into. Strong mix of the grapefruit hops and roasted malts.

M: The contrast of sweet and scorched is impressive, the darker malts drawing out the sweeter hops everytime. This one I liked.

akorsak, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of fivetime
3.5/5  rDev +2%

fivetime, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Docer
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roommate got me a bottle for x-mas to try. I love Full Sail.

- Pours a rather light and timid clear cola color. Fizzy foamy thin layer of especially white looking head.

- Robust grainy scent.. as usual from full sail.. rich oats, barley, slight coffee bitter notes.. zesty pine and grassy hop.

- Nice light and yet zesty bitter brew.. oats, grainy, and hoppy all in one. Like a dark version of their hop persuit.. light floral, big grassy and bitter hops. Probably one of the more bitter roasty beers I have had from them. Certainly fresh tasting.

- Chewy bitter drying.. and light bodied at the same time..

- A robust and flavorful.. yet light ale that screams all the good notes from a Full Sail beer.. robust good grain flavors with great northwest hops... their beers are never too far different from one another.. but yet far enough to be a different beer.

Docer, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of n2185
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany with about a finger of beige head that fades into a very thin ring with little lacing.

S: A little dark roasted malt up front followed by a blast of piny hops.

T: Similar to the aroma, some dark roasted malts up front followed by some piny hops. There's a little bitterness on the finish with a slight warming from the alcohol.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

D: Without much bitterness, it goes down pretty smooth.

Overall, a decent beer. I wish both the roasted malts and hops were more pronounced, though.

n2185, Feb 20, 2011
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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
78 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.