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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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Reviews: 128
Hads: 177
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-10-2010

Available January to mid-March; new for 2011
ABV 6.5% IBUs: 65
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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 177
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours dark brown with a small tan head.

S - Spearmint, rye bread, astringent mildewed pine, caramel malt underneath.

T - Follows the nose, solvent pine, rye seeds, dry spearmint, all above a thinly flavored charred malt.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body.

This one's hard to drink. The hops seemed off and the malt was watered down and wasn't even trying. The only thing that kept me drinking was to find out what the weird off-putting flavors were. I love Full Sail but this is a whiffer.

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

nose....roasted malt..potato chips...pendelton shirts...

mouthed....a nice coffee roast and malts...a decent amount of hops but not hoppy per se...a nice easy drinker at 6.5%...bold enough...like an abyss without all of that depth....but a handsome drinker...

something i will certainly buy again...

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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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color. Medium off-white head doesn't have much retention, but leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Very light aroma - just a bit of citrus and a hint of sweet malt.

Taste: Has a slightly bitter coffee flavor, complemented by a sweet, cream-like flavor at the finish. Lightly bitter aftertaste. There's some citrus undertones that come out after a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and pleasant, relatively low ABV.

A bit low on hop flavors for a black IPA, but still quite a pleasant beer to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of morimech
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear deep garnet color with a small 1/4" head of tan bubbles that was active, but seemed to be maintained by numerous bubbles rising because it was still pretty solid after a minute, despite being fizzy. There is some pretty solid cream left on the glass, that fades slowly back down into the beer after you quit messing with it.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by grassy and somewhat catty hops. There is some citrusy notes from hops in here too, but they are reserved compared to the cat. When you really try, you can pick up some toasty notes as well as a subtle dark caramel. The aroma doens't change much as the beer sits.

Taste: The flavor is slightly more balanced than the aroma suggested it would be. There are some caramel notes and some bread crusts in here that give the hops a slight "run for their money", but it is the bittering hops that win out in the end for domination of the palate for the longevity after the sip. As the beer is sitting some, and it may have to do with the fact that I have drank about half of it, but it is getting much easier to drink as it warms up some. The balance doesn't change, but the final mouthfeel is softening up some.

Opinion: This is an alright beer. I personally think that the malt complexity was lacking and the hop presence was too high, but I think that about a whole lot of beers that are produced, especially in the US. If we forget the balance, the choice of hops on this beer was a bit unusual and gives the beer a bit of an unpleasant edge. I would think that they would co a bit more citrusy and exploit the fact that this is an American beer, but as it is the fresh-cut lawn mixed with a cat really isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of lifeboyq
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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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".

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.29/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of GloopyGlooperson
2.71/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of imagese
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...

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of amandebates
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)

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Photo of FosterJM
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
79 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.