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

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BA SCORE
79
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175 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 175
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 9InchNails
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off white creamy light tan head. Ruby red color body that has some visible bubbles moving at a medium pace.

Citrus, some piney hops meeting some caramel malt. Nice smell.

Big time citrus hops, some bitterness meeting a well balance of toasted bread, sweet caramel, a hint of coffee and a nuttiness. I'm enjoying the taste quite a bit.

Creamy medium body, light to medium carbonation bite, a slight dryness but feels nice.

This is definitely worth a shot if you're into porters, IPA's or possibly even stouts. Nice mouth feel, taste and smell make this a well above average brew. I was hoping for a darker looking beer since it is called Bump in the Night but I got nothing more than a ruby red color; nonetheless, I believe, it's a nice representative of this interesting and tasty style.

Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber at Blanchards WR for $4.99. Poured into a stemmed beer glass. Light caramel colored body. Nice sized head with a bit of surging carbonation at the top. More than enough lacing on the glass. Faint aroma of floral hops in the nose. Taste was pleasant. It had a slight flavor of roasted malt, and dark bitter chocolate at the end. Mouthfeel was a bit thin but it was certainly drinkable. I liked this beer and I found it pleasing to drink, but there's nothing that stood out here. Good not great.

Photo of kagent777
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from Utah state system Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: This is a hazy brown beer with a head that settled quickly.

Smell: A bit of chocolate roasty malts with some earthy hop fragrance.

Taste: They took this one a different direction than other CDAs that I have had. Not bad, just different. I would not have expected the roastiness that come forward in this light brown colored beer. This beer does not taste like 65 IBUs of bitterness, like the label claims and does not have floral hoppiness either.

Mouthfeel: A solid body on this beer with a good carbonation, pleasant.

Overall: A seemingly different take on this style is OK but does not shine.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains some piney hops up front along with some roasted malts and a little bit chocolate and coffee.

T: The taste starts out with a dry and bitter dark chocolate flavor followed by a strong burst of grassy hops. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. However, there isn’t much sweetness to balance things out. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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.

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.

Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For me, 'Bump in the Night' conjures memories of an early 90s stop-motion animation cartoon of a booger-monster who lived under the bed of a ten year old; this beer, however, with its eerily dusky complexion and crow black colour and quirky streaks of lacing that look like jagged tree branches, seems more like something out of a Tim Burton movie.

My honest first impression of the beer was that the bottle must be infected. A thorough Google search, however, turns up no evidence of the brewery acknowledging such and previous glances over others' reviews would indicate that this is a fairly common reaction. There's little evidence of hops, apart from bitter pine notes, and certainly nothing citric.

What prevails in the bouquet similarly prevails in the taste: a slightly off, creme caramel kind of sweetness that is partially obstructed by a hefty roast element and an interfering bitterness that, overlooking a tree bark-like note, has no redeeming flavour to its credit. The darker malts, too, are without proper chocolaty or coffee-ish compensation.

Things improve as it warms, but by now it's obvious that this won't be making the style's 'best of' list. In truth it starts to resemble a poorly done clone of Stone Arrogant Bastard, something that, contrary to how it might sound, actually wins the beer some favor with me. It shares the singed malts and leafy, woody-pine bitterness with faintly citrusy finish.

And so, by the second pour, marks have been upped and the overall impression becomes more positive. Still, Bump in the Night is unquestionably beneath Full Sail's usual standard of quality and makes a fairly disappointing special release. While it shows flashes of a quality Cascadian Dark Ale, it never quite reaches the heights you'd expect from a brewery situated in the heart of America's hop growing region and microbrewery haven.

Photo of liamt07
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Doug, 22oz poured into a tulip.

Pours dark brown with some reddish hues. An offwhite head which settles quickly to a think film and a collar. Nose has some grape and indistinct dark fruits. Smells off, and doesn't have any hop character going on here. A bit of some odd chemical too, slightly basic. wtf? Taste redeems this somewhat, but still has little to no hop character to speak of. Some more defined malt and bread character, and a general sensation of dirt but not much else. Medium body, and adequate carbonation. Calling this a passable Black Ale is questionable, very few redeeming qualities. Poured this one out.

Photo of BeerOnTheWall
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at P Wexford's Pub in Modesto served in a standard shaker pint.

Pours dark brown w/some slight orange around the edges. 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly...leaving behind decent lacing.

The nose is understated. Cascade hops and mild caramel malt...citrus and sweet.

This Is the best tasting "Black IPA" I've had so far. Not much roasted malt. Grapefruit and pine dominating with toasted marshmallow. Bitter finish let's you know, "this is an IPA."

Mouthfeel on this is a little disappointing. Light bodied with avg carbonation that clears your palate quickly...leaving behind only bitter hops.

Overall...this beer could define the "Session Black IPA" style. Easy drinking...has all the flavor you're looking for, without being very complex. I've had two and I think I'll have another. Cheers!

Photo of Derek
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahoganny with an off-white head, good retention & Lace.

S: Mild aroma of grapefruit rind and pine with underlying toffee & biscuit.

T: Plenty of biscuity malt flavour, some nice protein in this brew. Grapefruit rind, hint of pine, tangerine, nectarine; roasted nut with hints of caramel; pleasant bitterness.

M: Body is on the heavier side of moderate, fairly smooth with a light acidity.

D: An easy drinker & overall a good brew.

It comes across as more of a big pale or amber than an IPA, but I really like it.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a roasty deep mahogany brown. Looks like a brown porter. Decent amount of light tan foam. Quickly dissipates leaving spots of lacing.

S - the hop aroma is dominate. Very dank and resinous. Floral and piney with a touch of citrus. Not as roasty as I was expecting but more chocolatey. A little nutty as well. And maybe a bit of red fruit esters.

T - a starts off with a mild sweetness. Almost dry. The hop character is a bit more subdued than expected. Piney. Dank. Actual bitterness is not as intense as nose suggests. Maybe a little chocolate from the malts but overall the flavors seem much more mild than the aromas.

M - medium bodied. More on the lighter side. Low carbonation.

D - easy to drink. Decent flavors with a nice aroma. It was nice to try and I would like to try it on tap as this is an old bottle and I'd like to get a fresh representation of this ale.

Photo of biglite351
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - dark honey with a tall creamy near white head.

S - hops, fruit, honey, citrus and a hint of malt.

T - tastes like an adjunct lager mixed with an IPA. bitter hops, malt, yeast and a Bud.

M - medium coating with a slight tingle on front sides of tongue.

O - I would rather have a cup of coffee.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I always pass this beer up, but for 3 bucks bought it a month ago, figured I would try it tonight.

Appearance-Dark Brown, some shades of maroon coming through when held up to the light. A pretty nice 2 finger tan head. Slowly fading, now at 1/2 head, but no lacing.

Smell-Hops and Malt, nothing really else, and I've let this beer warm up alot.

Taste- Citrus, Pine and an upleasant bitterness. I'm not exactly a black ale expert, but this doesn't taste very good.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, Smooth, but could definitely use alot less carbonation. Doesn't coat the mouth with anything.

Overall-Nothing special. Just an average reasonable beer. Nothing memorable, but I've had worse. I'll finish it.

Photo of ebrauser
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a sticky beige head.

Aroma: Bittersweet malts with a little bit of citrus grapefruit. Very earthy and woody.

Flavor: Deep wood and earth in the flavor, matched with some 'dark' yeasts and bittering hops. The bitterness lasts into the finish and the aftertaste.

MF: Medium bodied beer with some big bitter flavors. A little intense for more than one tall boy, but loving just one.

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

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!

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.

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.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks pretty much black but is actually a ruby red color when held to light. The head isn't huge, but the retention is good.

S: Roasted malt, a slight caramel sweetness, a little bit of mint and a bit of charcoal.

T: Heavy on the roasted/almost burnt malt flavor. The finish is bitter and a bit acidic. The finish has some hop bitterness mixed in with the acidity, but it's I feel like this beer would be a bit better if there was a little sweetness to offset all the bitterness. As it is, this is a bit too one dimensional for me.

Photo of LittleDon
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber to a pint glass.

Clear cola colored with an off white short lived head and some lace. Light roast aroma. Medium to slightly soft carbonation. Medium roast middle and bitterness at finish that grows to moderately strong. In fact, the bitterness linger long after the finish.

Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased at K & E in New Paltz for $4.89.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is dark brown but appears more ruby in color when backlit. Not really black enough for the American Black Ale/Black IPA or, as they apparently prefer to call it at Full Sail) the Cascadian Dark Ale category. Small stone-colored head leaves some lace behind.

S: The nose is hoppy - I get some citrusy grapefruit with a bit of roasted malt.

T: Brown sugar-dusted grapefruit and strong pine form the hop profile, which dominates over the malt. Tastes like a fresh or wet-hopped ipa, with very little to give it that "Black IPA" taste (I like some chocolatey malt in my Black IPAs). Finishes with wet pine bitterness, some lemon and a touch of weak coffee or even green tea underneath.

M: Good carbonation, with a smooth, creamy texture. Heft is lighter side of medium, bordering on thin but not quite.

O: A decent beer, but not what I've come to expect (and like) from the style. Needs stronger malt foundation for me to bump this one up. Again, I like the beer, it's just not what I expected. Closer to a hoppy American Amber or even a hopped-up ESB or Pale Ale than a Black IPA.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a super clear dark brown with white head and leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is of biscuity malt with slightttt hops.

The taste is of bitter hops with not much depth and bready malt on the back.

This beer wasn't what I expected at all but wasn't bad at all for $3.50!

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.

Photo of StaveHooks
2.28/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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...

Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
79 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.