Brooklyn Dark Matter | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Dark MatterBrooklyn Dark Matter

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by waltonc on 11-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 79
Reviews by bobsy:
Photo of bobsy
2.61/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Coles in Buffalo. I ordered a pint of this having no idea what it was, but vaguely hoping for either something roasty or a black IPA. The waitress described it as like a porter, but she was way off the mark.

It arrives at the table pretty much pitch black with only a thin ring of tan head. No real retention or lacing beyond that. The aroma was all sweet vanilla and very little else. Kinda reminded me of a shitty local vanilla porter I had earlier this year. Huge one-dimensional flavour... almost all vanilla, and too cloying. Eric nailed it as a brown, and I nailed it as barrel-aged, and frankly there's nothing in the brown ale that can stand up to the barrel character and this one gets swamped. Light body and medium carbonation fail to help any.

How not to do barrel aging. I love Brooklyn, but this is one of the biggest misses I've had in a long time. I probably only finished a third of my pint, and that wasn't very enjoyable. I feel I'm being too generous...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I like a good boubon once and awhile but quite honestly I think some breweries overdue the boubon barrel aging,this beer was somewhere in that general area for me.Poured a deep chesnut brwon with a thin wispy head.Huge oak/vanilla boubon like aromas,basically thats what you got,vanilla soaked oak.Heavy handed bourbon flavors dominated by the oak and vanilla,a bit of spiciness as well.To much bourbon not enough brown ale for me really.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this handbottle.

The beer pours a medium brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is very sweet with some chocolate, brown sugar and oak. The flavor is caramel and chocolate along with dark fruit, alcohol, bourbon, brown sugar and oak. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown that's almost black with a big fluffy light brown head that fades fast to a small light brown rim with light lacing. Nose is nutty, roasty, hits of raisins and bready oatmeal.

Mouthfeel is big full and smooth very rich and easy drinking with a really satisfing warming in the gut. Taste is like an oatmeal cookie with chocolate, raisin and toffee. Really excellent beer!

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Photo of glid02
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis.

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth toasted malts with good amounts of vanilla, bourbon, and milk chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust caramel and toasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of heat and light vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip the flavors darken a bit, allowing milk chocolate flavors to work their way into things. The bourbon and vanilla flavors reassert themselves before carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. Much like the Black Ops I had a while back it doesn't have enough heft for a beer this big, however the carbonation is soft.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer had piqued my interest for some time and I'm glad it was re-released. Not spectacular but certainly worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of Varkias41
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Stigs
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz pour, served in a mini-snifter

A - pours a kind of hazy dark brown color. just a thin film of light tan colored foam, leaves spotty lacing through the drink.

S - lots of sweetness: vanilla, toasted dark malts, milk chocolate - bourbon throughout.

T - very bourbony. now, i'm a fan of the hard alcohol this is almost to the point of too much. becomes more and more present as it warms, masking some nice vanilla, oak, caramel and brown sugar flavors.

M - thickish body, subtle carbonation accents nicely. finishes sweet and a tad drying with some lingering bourbon and booze.

D - again, bourbon fan...but not a big fan of this one. really struggled on getting through the second half of the glass. needed something else to distract from the booze, which is a shame because the other flavors which are there (just barely noticeable) are nice.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's. Wafts bourbon. Very dark brown colour. Easy creamy brown ale that is very bourbon, well integrated. Mouthfeel is middling. Understated carbonation, would love this on cask. Some coconut in the finish, but not too woody, its like the two were blended together.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had some of this from a growler that Garrett brought to an MBAA meeting at The Gutter, but I'm guessing that goes to "on tap" as it probably came right out of a bright tank!

It's "Brooklyn Brown" aged in oak (I think Bourbon barrels), set aside in the warehouse across the street from the brewery, and allowed to mature for, I think, a whole year but I really don't remember. - Keep in mind, Brooklyn used to distribute so they've got a lot of room over there!

Very nice. Similar appearance of course to the Brooklyn Brown, but perhaps a little bit darker. It also shows a little bit of wood and a hint of vanilla in the nose and the flavor. It's smooth, and richer than normal (of course). I didn't find it at all alcoholic, and it was very nicely rounded.

If you can find it, it's well worth trying.

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Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of nickd717
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's. Man, I love me a -bal aged beer, that's for sure. Garrett Oliver also rarely disappoints.

This beer is darkest brown in color with frothy tan foam and good lacing.

The aroma is very nice with caramel and brown sugar, oak, bourbon, roast, and vanilla.

Really excellent flavor, with the barrel aging asserting itself nicely. Very light sweetness and fairly low bitterness. Oak, bourbon, and vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, brown sugar, and roasted nuts.

Medium-full bodied and very smooth on the palate. Good carbonation level. I really enjoyed this one overall.

Drinkable despite the heft.

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown color with a short creamy tan head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma is not very distinct but does have a booze soaked dark fruit scent and some vanilla. The brew has solid bourbon flavor that hits right away. There is some nice oak and vanilla flavors. Not much from the malt which is a tad disappointing, perhaps some tea like characteristics. The feel is quite light with softer carbonation, finishes sweet from the bourbon flavors. I don't know what to think about this brew. It has nice whiskey flavor that is in great balance for the body but there is not much else flavorwise to this brew.

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Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown and cloudy brew. Decent head and lace. Smell has a bit of the floor malt from the Backbreaker with an earthy hoppiness. Light notes of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. A molasses tinged fruitiness. Taste is very British for an American brown. Much like the nose with a dry long finish. Bourbon is bigger with sharp sourness in the back. A bit of cookie dough as well. Feel is medium with a dry crispness. Goes down easy and quick. A very good one for cool spring nights.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo.
Served in a pint glass

A - A medium amber/brown colour with some visible carbonation and no head at all.

S - Some sweet malts but overall not a very pronounced nose.

T - Sweet caramel malts. Vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon is not overly pronounced but is visible and is well balanced with the other flavours.

M - Light to medium body. Slightly silky.

D - A good beer. Different and interesting but not memorable. Towards the end of the pint I noticed that I was enjoying this less and less.

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Photo of ComputerBeer
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very brown would not call it a very 'dark' beer. Little to no head, the beer might have been to cold? Some bourbon notes in the aroma. The taste was overly sweet, out of balance sweet, but had nice oak tones. Very drinkable like all of the Brooklyn beers, just don't know what all the fuss is. It was nothing special.

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Photo of jsanford
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah on 5/22/10

A - "Root Beer" brown, nice creamy tan head

S - Lots of sweetness. Bourbon, roasted nuts, dates/raisins, chocolate

T - Milk chocolate. Bourbon, brown sugar. "Rum raisin".

M - Medium bodied, bit low on carbonation. Boozy.

D - Low drinkability, rather unpleasant alcohol burn. Really not crazy about this beer. There's a lot going on but it seems kinda messy. Struggled getting through my glass (and generally I'm a big barrel-aged fan).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to get a little mini growler of this one. I had wanted to try it but it tapped out up in Asheville before I could get around to it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/02/2010.

Nice pour, deep hazelnut in color with a small off white head that capped off the top quite nicely. Faded down leaving just a touch of lacing along the sides but kept up a minimal amount along the top. Aroma is deep vanilla and caramel straight away. Warming brings out some decent touches of oak, hints of bready malts, touches of butterscotch and a rich note of brown sugar. Each sip seemed to bring more and more of the barrel up front as the richness of it really was coming along quite nicely. Rich touches of vanilla and butterscotch dominate the flavor with a smooth, herbal, meadow like hop presence that backs in after a good while. Well hidden abv offers up a nice warming without being too over the top and made it much easier to drink then I normally would have thought. A hint of light tobacco back in now as well as the flavor really starts to spread its wings. Very nicely done I have to admit.

Overall I really was quite impressed with this one. Fantastic brown ale that was aged nearly perfectly. Rich and sweet, delicate and yet still a full bodied ale. I would be thrilled to try this one again any day.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with some red highlights. It appears very dense and is difficult to see if there are any bubbles rising from the bottom.
S: There are some aromas of mocha, chocolate, and bourbon.
T: The taste is very complex and well-balanced. There are lots of bourbon flavors, which are accompanied with notes of caramel, chocolate and vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and the carbonation lends smoothness.
D: It's relatively easy to drink and probably better sipped to appreciate the complex taste and the effects of the barrel aging.

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Photo of Axic10
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with no head.

Smell: Bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla and brown sugar.

Taste: Bourbon-booziness, vanilla, brown sugar, hints of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: A definite sipper for sure. I don't know if I could put back more than 2 in a sitting, but this was damn good. I'm really digging these Brewer Reserves from Brooklyn.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint on tap at Coles in Buffalo. Waitress described it as "sorta like a porter".

Arrives a dark auburn brown, glints of ruby in the light. A thin creamy head on top with not much staying power at all.

Nose... uh, this is certainly no porter. Loads of vanilla and rush of solventy liquor fumes rush up out of the nose to create a unique combo. Bit of sweet brown malt in there, I was able to pick it out as an amped up brown.

The barrel is all over this one like a fat man on an April ham. All vanilla, all bourbon, touch of wood, some sweet raisin, plumb, biscuit malts in there somewhere. The alcohol comes across as a touch solventy, very heavy like someone had poured at least a shot of bourbon into my glass.

Normally I am a huge fan of bourbon aging but this one the base beer could not hold up to it and it was all bourbon all the time. Not my favorite....

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of megahurts4
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Dark Matter

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and good lacing.

Smell: grainy malt, slight hops, and banana.

Taste: banana, slight dark fruit, and grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a good brew. The bananas can be tasted first followed by dark fruit. While not incredibly complex, this brew is well balanced and aged nicely. I waited almost a year before opening, yet I'm unsure how old it originally was.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Parker Pie Company in Vermont...
Appears a semi-transparent dark brown with a small, light tan head that quickly whisps away into a tiny cap.
The smell is of light traces of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, caramel, cream, brown sugar, and toffee.
The taste is of the aromas with more of the bourbon coming through as this beer warms.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, smooth on the finish, and mildly warming.

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Brooklyn Dark Matter from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 103 ratings