There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.85 w/ 137 ratings

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by nitro0292 on 11-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Jacobob10
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ.

Pours black with deep brown around the edges and a one-finger off-white creamy head. Light lacing on the glass. Good amount of roasted malt in the aroma with piney hops. Slight coffee flavor with a bitter finish. Lively carbonation, almost a little fizzy. Not a bad beer, but the body just felt a little too light and could benefit from being beefed up a bit. The hops also don't seem to match up well with the malt.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As the playground for Brooklyn's brewery dive deeper and deeper into the exploratory trends and follies of flavor fantasy, they embark upon the cascadian taste of American "black" IPA. Expecting greatness, here we go...

And if they say, "There Will Be Black", then surely the beer will turn out black. The ale does this with a very schwarzbier-like attitude. Lightly brown about the edges, but the body of the beer is the darkest of browns and hinges on black oil hues. A light creamy head builds upon the beer and holds firm, as is expected from IPAs. Speckled lace and broken rings continue to reinforce the notion of the beer's high quality.

Moderate aromas of burnt toast, cocoa, roasted nuts, fresh ground coffee, and ...oh yea, hops all align to the sense of smell. First the toasty, roasty malts but then the real show starts as the scent of sharp spruce, citrus peel, and fresh cut grass fills the nose and reminds me that this is first and foremost an IPA.

Similar in taste, the flavors of burnt toffee provides the underpinnings, especially as the charred taste of grain, wood, and bread lay upon the early palate. But then the hops begin to build- first with citrusy grapefruit and orange peel, and then of sharper and spicier grass notes before concluding with a crisp woody bitterness that's reminiscent of spruce and pine resin. Although the malt character is somewhat reserved, the hops don't dominate in the way that they should; this leaves the beer lacking a bit of punch and depth that this type of beer deserves.

Medium-light in body, the ample carbonation isn't enough to bolster a creamier upstart. The dry malts release the carbonation very early on and leaves the bulk of middle palate unsupported and falling into the hands of thinness and lightness. Finishing toasty-dry and lightly ashy, the beer complements its roasty dryness with hop dryness and moderate alcohol warmth for a short-lived linger of citrus and toast.

Brooklyn's black ale is a highly drinkable beer, yet is doesn't give the strong sense of satisfaction as does many others of the trend. Unlike Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, this version is simplified and lightly thinned out.

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Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MCDub
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of wildcat29
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dudecandle
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Durge
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one at The Grille Next Door in Haverhill, MA. It's a dark, rosy black with a decent light oatmeal colored head and decent lacing. I can smell solid malt with a tasteful quotient of evergreen hops and a nice chocolate element. The flavor surprises with a harsher grass-pine hop that bites the tongue right out of the gate while the malt follows in reasonable fashion. This is fairly thin bodied, medium-light, with light, sprite carbonation and an aqueous feel. I have to say that this is a bit disappointing for a Brooklyn brew, especially for one of my favorite styles. But it's certainly not bad. There's some charcoal in the finish, especially when I burp. I won't revisit but it's worth a try for those who want a lighter IPA experience.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today at Dave's cold beer in bellport

Poured into an imperial pintglass. Pours black with a slightly red tint with a 2 finger brow head.

Smells of roasted barley and hop resin

Tastes of hops on the first sip with a very sweet malt profile coming through...lots of roastieness and a touch of a soy sauce taste.

Mouthfeel and carbonation seem just about right for the style

Overall pretty decent beer.... but not something I could see in the year round brooklyn lineup.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at Haymarket.

Something about Daniel Day-Lewis in blackface comes to mind... Anyway, this stuff pours a dark, garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises licorice, roasted malts, light vinyl, and light greens. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some toasted sourdough. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice little black IPA, nothing earth-shattering (and definitely nothing DDL-worthy), but something easily drinkable and generally enjoyable.

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Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

Ink black body through the core with some chestnut brown edges. The cap sat at about a finger and faded quickly. A tan head left some clingy lace along the edges and some spider web lacing.

The nose is clean. Roast and bittersweet chocolate with some pine resin and minty hops mixed in. Well-balanced.

Some bitter pine notes jump onto the palate first with bakers chocolate and mild roast mid-palate. A little bit of dark fruit and toffee emerge as the beer warms. The finish is bitter pine and grassy hops with a touch of mint and an underlying mild roast.

Medium body with low carbonation. A tad on the creamy side.

A nice, clean black ale with a pleasant hoppyness.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Ego
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

last growler of this @ joe canals in iselin

one fullish finger of head, mostly microbubbles with an archipelago of larger bubbles occupying the middle of the crown (from a top down perspective), the lacing leaves nice sheets of foam mapping where the beer has been and gone, dark to black tone but not 100% opaque, a fine looking brew.

toasted dark caramel spiked with hops, almost smoky, near peat but not quite wet, deep dark chocolate simmering beneath the surface doing the mamba with alcohol twinges. enticing

taste etc...
the black always makes me expect a heavier beer, even after all these tastings.. so this drinks lighter than I imagined and also is very smooth (silky even), this drinks like it smells except that the hops are a bit more pronounced and tend to drown out the really nice dark/roasty notes, when the hops fade the dark choc late notes are present on the tongue (a nice after note), the alcohol is present but in good balance here.

worth trying, a nice beer that is both easy to drink and has a good amount of flavor. did I love it ? no, but I wouldn't kick it out of bed...

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Very dark appearance, like a stout. Good head for a bar-pour. Dark, dark brown where no light shines through. Good ring lace after each sip.

Surprisingly mild smell. The usual culprits show up: toasted, near burnt malts along with

Dark malt and high hop bitterness is how I'd describe this brew.

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Photo of Googs
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Good Beer, served in a nonic pint glass.

A: jet black body with a good inch white head. Great head retention, very frothy. Sexy looking brew.

S: dark roasted barley and chocolate malts. Floral and citrus hops are on the nose too.

T: a really balanced black IPA. First I'm getting bitter chocolate and biscuity malt favors which are soon followed by the hops, bursting with citrus and pine. Finishes dry and bitter. Good stuff

M: creamy and well carbonated, this guy is easy to drink, crispy and refreshing. Medium low on fullness. Taste lingers in the mouth. Not tasting the alcohol but feeling it a bit.

O: I enjoy black IPAs, but they can be a tough style to pull off, even by the best. This hits the mark, and has all the great qualities of the style . Roasty and rich. Citrusy and bitter. They meld together nicely. I'll gladly drink more of this brew.

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Photo of JasonSiedman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MEW
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

There Will Be Black (Brewmaster's Reserve Winter 2012) from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 72.3% out of 100 with 137 ratings
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