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

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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011)Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011)

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171 Ratings

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Ratings: 171
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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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 22:54:53 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of lifeboyq


3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 0z bottle poured int a New Belgium tulip. Color is dark black cherry mostly opaque in the larger areas of the glass but at the bottom a small area appears translucent. Head is creamy, 2 fingers, and minimal lacing as it fades. Nose is of pine and grapefruit with dirt on the backend. The thought that comes to mind is cutting the grass below a pine tree with needles that have fallen and then inadvertently running over some random grapefruit that happened to be in the yard. Oh yea, and some dirt is kicked up because the grass doesnt grow super well in that area under the tree. The only thing i can taste is grapefruit. Might as well put some sugar in it, spoon it out and call it breakfast with some toast or pour some vodka in it for a grapefruit vodka mixer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:31:30 | More by lifeboyq
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had in snifter--good choice

A: beautiful dark brown; rich head; lovely lacing
S: bark cedar, beautiful aroma that is nicely accentuated by a snifter
T: hoppy and bitter; very intense beer with strong tones of whorehound, barley, and caramel
M: a bit watery

really a quality brooding beer

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 22:23:44 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slow to emerge 1.5" head. Dark burnt umber in color with some hints of maroon. Smell was mild hops. Taste is like a mild stout with a long slightly bitter aftertaste. Decent regular beer but not a heavyweight. I'd agree with the side label that it's reminiscent of an IPA but they're going too far with the claim it's a "full bodied brew with notes of cocoa & slight roast".

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 12:35:32 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of Mebuzzard


2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Wow, a total bust by Full Sail. I"m hoping I got a bad bottle, but I won't spend money to find out.

Pours a dark brown. Glossy. Brown head consists of tiny bubbles. If it would have chunked up or provided some lacing I'd score it higher. Alas, it did neither and disappeared to a collar.

Aroma isn't very good. The hops are just drowned out...or perhaps mixed badly with...the malt. And the malt just seems stale and moldy. The cocoa is there, but it's bad, too.

Taste is a bit better. The moldy malt is cleansed a bit by the hops, but they aren't fighting too hard. I really can't put my finger on this one. I drank nearly the entire bottle just to figure out what's wrong with it. But, the last 1/4 was a drain pour. The bitterness helped it on the end, but nothing was prominent in the hops: no pine, resin, citrus, tropical, herbal...just bitter on top of bad malt.

Totally unexpected from Full Sail.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 07:49:41 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of GloopyGlooperson


2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not generally here to share reviews, but here goes, my first for BA.

Pours cola brown into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass, capped with two fingers of foam that quickly fell, leaving behind the tiniest bit of lace. Aroma is odd, like soapy root beer, but with a faint whiff of resiny hoppiness to remind me that this is actually beer. Taste is soapy hops with weak malt presence. Mouthfeel is thin, with a dry, acidic finish. Aftertaste of more soap and old citrus peel.

I'm really trying to like this. It's not awful, but I'm having trouble convincing myself to finish all 22 ounces. Flavors just aren't working together for me. I'd like a stronger malt backbone and a pleasant roastiness--really something, anything to offset this soapy hop characteristic. Keep the Pine Sol out of my beer next time, Full Sail.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 06:13:52 | More by GloopyGlooperson
Photo of Wasatch


3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is pretty nice, malty, with some hop notes, with some toffee/caramel. The taste is very nice, malty, with a nice hop note thrown in, toffee/caramel. Medium Body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, a very nice brew for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 23:26:18 | More by Wasatch
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2.1/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- color of pour is a light amber. In the glass, it is clear copper. No head, and very minimal lacing

S- hard to pull out anything. Some faint roasted malt, if anything

T- much like the nose. Not really much of anything until the end, and then it's the slightest somewhat of hop flavor. Tastes like if you took a hop pellet, rubbed it in your hand, then licked it

M- medium body, decent carbonation

O- nothing bad about this beer, but nothing worth trying again. For the style, it's quite a disappointment...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 06:06:39 | More by imagese
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3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a dark copper, certainly not black, color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose is citric and pithy with a little touch of nail polish remover. Lightly fruity, but I am really surprised by the lack of malt depth or presence here.

Taste leans more toward the IPA end of the "black ale" spectrum as opposed to porterish or stout. Plenty of hop flavor to go with the bitterness and there is a flash of roasty astringency on the finish. Easy enough to drink, but lacking in the malt and body departments.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 13:22:45 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of JMad


4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured some of my 22 oz bomber into my glass mug...

The beer is very dark, almost black with red hues with a thin, bubbly, off-white head that quickly dissipated. The beer smells of peppery hops, it's has a lot of citrus aromas as well. I noticed lim and pine. The taste is strong with lemony hops, lots of piney flavor as well with just a hint of coffee in the background. The beer is light and has some stinging carbonation, the finish is dry and has a lingering bitterness. I really enjoyed Bump in the Night, I thought it tasted like a normal IPA, didn't get much flavor from the dark malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 00:50:25 | More by JMad
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2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown and ruby red when light is shining through. Off-white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Full malty, roasted smell. Also Very bitter and alcoholic.

T: There's a lot to taste here, and the flavors are not all complementary. There's bitterness throughout, roasted, toffee like sweetness. The aftertaste was reminiscent of whipped cream. The most off-putting element to the taste was the high level of acidity present, which did not fit in everything else. The alcohol was very dominating in this beer as well.

M: Nothing surprising here-- full body with a good level of carbonation.

D: This is not a very drinkable beer because of the high acidity and the upfront smell and taste of alcohol dominating everything else. I do think there are definitely redeeming aspects of this beer, but it's hard to ignore its faults.

I wonder if aging this beer just a few months would help mellow out these distracting elements...

(Review based on notes taken from a tasting on Jan 24, 2011)

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 19:30:36 | More by amandebates
Photo of FosterJM


3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

309th review on BA
bottle to NB globe

App- It looks black in the glass but pours a watered down brown with a 1 1/2 finger head. Some nice sticky lacing.

Smell- Malt, faint hops. I don't get much.

Taste- It starts out malty and falls from there. There are a lot of flavors going on but they seem to get along but not in harmony. I'm picking up some lingering coffee as well. Smokiness and a lot of bitter.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Roasted bitter, hoppy, spicy all on different parts of the tounge. A bit convuluted.

Drink- I was dissapointed in this. With such an odd taste I found it off putting and I really wanted to like this one. I don't think I will have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 04:36:08 | More by FosterJM
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 ounce bottle into a English pint glass.

This brew seems to hold its head fairly well, and has a dark shade that looks about like expected for what is supposed to be a dark IPA. Dark, ruby, red hue with a decent head that lasts.

When I bought this brew and read the description on the side of the bottle, my initial thoughts were that it was going to be Full Sail's own version of Arrogant Bastard. While it does share similarities in terms of the style, in my humble opinion, Full Sail has a more approachable, well balanced dark IPA, that does an excellent job of showcasing a wide multitude of flavors.

The nose of this brew is a big dose of citrus, grass, and piney hops, with the dark roasted malts taking a back seat. These fairly aggressive hop notes carry over into the taste, which is met with some mild roast and semi-sweet toffee flavors, as well as tad bit of molasses, caramel, smoke, and wood. This brew was obviously fermented with a fairly high attenuation, as there is little residual sweetness in the finish, which is simply dominated by grass, citrus, and pine notes from the hops. Slight detectable alcohol seems to be present in the middle to the end.

This is overall a great offering from Full Sail. It's sort of like a variation of their winter release (Wassail), but with more of an IPA like kick and less sweetness. At 6.5% ABV, drink with care, as this one does sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 09:38:06 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of womencantsail


3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some red notes and a finger of tan head.

S: Smells hoppy, that's true enough, but there's also some alcohol (strange for a 6.5% beer). I get some funky notes, too. Spoiled chocolate, body odor, and a bit of garbage.

T: Roasted malt, grassy hops, and maybe a bit of citrus peel. Fairly bitter and somewhat astringent. Somewhat acidic and citric in nature, with a bit of coffee and chocolate.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

D: Nothing about this beer is really harmonious. Too many different flavors, none of which work well together.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 05:14:10 | More by womencantsail
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 23:33:33 | More by beerthulhu
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4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with dark red hues. Head is tan an has decent retention. Not much lacing.

S - Upfront you get a toasty candy like grapefruit sweetness. There is a good amount of citrus hops in the nose that is dominant. The toasty character holds up in the background more so.

T - Sweet, bitter citric hops, and a roasted coffee flavor. Very flavorful. All the flavors are pronounced and easy to pick up. Simple flavor combined really well.

M - Smooth and creamy and the moderate carbonation is perfect. This one is smooth and goes down great.

D/N 4.99 a bomber? That's a pretty damn good price for this beer. This stuff is delicious. I wish I had bought 2 bombers.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:18:50 | More by depechemode1983
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3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a tanned, tight foam cap. Good stick but the cap retention and recession are too quick and don't produce much geology. Not bad.

Aromas are quite average for what I've had of this style. Somewhat like a cola, earthy and herbal with the hops mingling freely amongst the darker malt content. Power for this bee is pretty good and oveall the nose is inviting.

This is an easy sipping beer, although maybe not hugely interesting compared to some other CDAs. Maybe the thrill of the new beer style is wearing off already. No matter, as the drinkably thin-yet chewy-mouthfeel is a great delivery vehicle for the pineapple and grapefruit hop notes. Cola, a hint of anise and smoke, and the dry, lingering bitterness of roasted malt contribute to the palate.

Body is good, no off-notes. Nothing really stands out here, and its a little bland compared to other hoppy black ales. Not perfect, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 04:25:26 | More by BretSikkink
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New York

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - very dark brown color with a off-white head that thins out leaving spotty lacing.

S - citrus hops and roasted malts

T - kind of an odd floral taste upfront followed by roasted malt finishing with a bitter citrus rind taste.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - goes down fairly easy but I wouldn't drink this all night long.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:46:27 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of metter98

New York

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is balanced between flavors of dark, roasted malts and a mild amount of bitterness. The hops contribute some hints of citrus in the finish.
M: It feels a bit short of medium-bodied, smooth, and crisp on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer doesn't offer as much of a full-body or strong taste compared to other beers in the style, but these qualities and the low alcohol content make it rather sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 00:49:15 | More by metter98
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3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks nice. Clear, deep brown with a coppery hue. A soapy collar formed after the pour and a thin cap of tan bubbles coated the beer. A bit of spotty lacing. Fair head retention. Grapefruit aroma, flesh and pith, plus a little dry maltiness and faint grain. Floral character dominates the nose after the citrus faded. Malty sweetness and floral hops up front, oily bitterness brought up the rear. Notes of roast, grain, and spicy/citrus hops filled the flavour out, but it seemed a little unbalanced and scattered. Fair texture, but it felt a little thin and quite dry. Overall, pretty mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 01:32:44 | More by DrJay
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New York

2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A strong pour fills the glass with a pitch black liquid, opaque and evil-looking, which is briefly topped by a finger of dark beige foam. Spots of lace hold to the chalice, and the head relaxes to a skim of large bubbles.

Not much going on in a very light aroma, a bit of caramel sweet, hints of citrus and floral, a touch of coffee.

It is lighter side of medium flavored. More roast in the taste than in the nose thankfully, and it starts the sip with some caramel sweet, some coffee and light bitter chocolate, and even lighter herbal bitter, with a bit of pine joining. Some chalky ash unfortunately crashes this party, and gives the end of the sip and the finish a strange... I don't know how to say it. Sort of an "ashtray" kind of taste, if that makes sense. I like char bitter, I crave it in a beer like this, but not when it exhibits this sort of unpleasant "muddiness".

Mouthfeel is middle of road for style, with exception of the finish which is sub par due to the muddy ash feel left in the mouth.

Drinkability is not this beer's strongest feature. It has been troublesome drinking all of this 12 oz. pour.

Impression: To paraphrase MP: This is not a good beer for drinking. It's a beer for laying down and avoiding.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:32:40 | More by cavedave
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3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the bottle a transparent brown. in the glass it is black with a burnt ruby color when held to the light. small white head which disappears quickly and leaves minimal stringy lacing.

the smell just makes me upset. it is neither roasty nor hoppy. it smells like a regular porter was given an overdose of grassy hops. although this is wack to me, it seems to be the norm for cascadian dark ales.

taste is on par with the smell.

mouthfeel is surprisingly superb. these cascadian dark ales always catch me off guard with a boom bam of oilyness and cream in the mouthfeel.

drinkability: hard to say. its just weird, and seems like it was only made because it is a popular style right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 17:54:43 | More by northaustin
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2.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cola looking dark brown. Smallish head. I thought this was a black ale?

Nose is weird. I was expecting hops but ended up with a very metal smell. It's somewhat chocolatey. Not good at all. Burnt rubber comes to mind.

Taste is not good. There's a very metallic bitterness mixed with an off caramel. Reminds me of cold coffee that was made too weak.

Mouthfeel is very thin and tea like. Had trouble getting this down. Very disappointing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:15:32 | More by chicano4craft
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3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to this beer the moment I saw it on the shelf. Cascadian Black IPA? Check. Under $5 for a bomber? Give me one!

Alas, I was disappointed. This beer is a little thin, has an aroma and flavor odd and inconsistent with the style, and its bitterness is wholly untamed. Try chewing on grapefruit pith, and you'll see what I mean.

A - Pours dark, but not black. Head is white with moderate lacing, and dissipates quickly.

S - Here's the problem. The smell is dominated by something I can only call "bad tangerine". Sure, the roasted malt is there, along with some other things, but I really have to hunt.

T - Tastes just like it smells, plus bitter pith. Would be pretty tasty, except for the slight off-taste and the bitterness.

D - Drinkable. I wanted to like this beer much more than I did.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 06:58:21 | More by DaveAnderson
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3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottled on date visible, but purchased a week prior to reviewing. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown but not black, similar to root beer. Good 2 finger head from a vigorous pour lasts for a while, then settles with little lacing.

S: A full blast of citrus, especially grapefruit, followed by nice malts and pine resin.

T: All citrusy hops at first, followed by some roasted malt that is sweet but not cloying, and lots of pine in the finish with a little cocoa.

M: A little on the thin side, medium to low body and not too sticky.

Overall, not too bad and very drinkable, but one bomber is plenty. Easily worth the price (~$4) but nothing to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 06:56:59 | More by afrokaze
Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
78 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.