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)

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available January to mid-March; new for 2011
ABV 6.5% IBUs: 65

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark brown color with a finger of frothy light-tan foam head. To me this fits the old "Cascadian Dark Ale" definition than a "Black" name of any kind, but I think it looks pretty good.

Smell: bright, citrusy hops with a decent amount of funk to them as well. A little hint of rich malt sweeness comes through as well; overall, I rather like the combination.

Taste: tart and bright along with nicely bitter. Hops retain that bright citrusy character, but the rich sweet malt aroma does not translate into the flavor well at all. I want to like this beer, but it is way too acidic and bright for me. I like where it is going, but the execution just doesn't like me.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a bit of astringency, probably from the acidity. Carbonation is quite nice, though, so there's a little bit redeeming here.

Drinkability: like I said, this beer is heading in the right direction but its execution leaves something to be desired. It's just way too tart and tangy for me to want to drink a lot of it.

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Photo of iD9
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tuliped-pint

Appearance: A crisp, clear chestnut brown with notes of red through the thicker body of the beer. Head pours a bubbly, slightly off white. Diminishes quickly and leaves a viscous foam topping.

Smell: Slight fruity aroma and notes of roasty grains. reminds me a bit of rye.

Taste: Roasty grains throughout. A very earthy pallet with a touch of bitterness on the end. Pretty decent.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Unlike most darkified ales it doesn't seem lacking in body. Smooth and clean, good work.

Drinkability: Good, nothing terribly remarkable. I think the roastiness of this beer does diminish the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
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 silentjay
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

almost black, but light penetrates with some mahogany highlights. a standard flat tan colored head raises to barely two-fingers, retains and laces ok.

aroma is at first very roasty, but is quickly overtaken by pine and citrus hops.

flavor shows very little of the roasted malts, but has an odd grainy character that doesnt mesh well with the hops which are woody, piny, and a little bit of citrus. would like more "black" flavor (read: roasty) in this black IPA.

thin and flat for the style. small head translates to a lack of carbonation paired with a watery mouthfeel thats not a great representation of the style.

drinks okay. needs a lot of fine tuning to compete with other offerings. not bad, but not great.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Spider889
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I keep digging up really old notes. This bottle is thanks to JohnGalt1 and was reviewed sometime in February or March most likely.

The head is the color of antique lace. The beer is blackish in the shadows, though held to light it is a murky black tea color with good clarity.

Floral hops to this one. They are very herbal in aroma, not really any citrus of pine going on. The aroma actually reminded me a lot of a porter (which I am sure is of little surprise to some given the style). Roast and dark malts solidify this assertion.

The taste features some bitter coffee and mild chocolate. Again, really heavy dark malts in this one. The hops are a tad vegetal with appreciable bitterness.

Gritty char on the mouthfeel. Medium bodied with light carbonation for a CDA.

Overall not bad; definitely a maltier take on the style. Though I would have preferred a more crisp and hoppy beer.

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Photo of MrOH
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown with 1 finger of off-white head, decent lacing

Pine, grapefruit, the funk, hint of cocoa if you really get in there

minty pine first, then grapefruit, marmalade, and caramel mixing it up, followed by a touch of cookie and drying out with the minty pine again.

Feels pleasant enough, medium bodied, and the hops and medium carbonation cleanse the palate well.

I could easily finish the bottle, but not too sure this would be that great of a beer to make a night of. Just too much going on.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet, it has a dark brown appearance that shines a deep red when held up to the light. The head is pretty small but that's alright.

The aroma is malty with a little hop flavor to it. I catch more bitter hops at the beginning before the malts take over.

The flavor is a little more hoppy than the aroma, warm though and the bitter flavor lingers. It's good but not great, and it's tasty but not mind-blowing.

Another solid beer.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark rusty brown, good clarity, nice layer of tight-beaded foam that collapses to a thin cap

Aroma: toasted coconut, chocolate, malt syrup, hint of molasses

Flavor: dryish malt profile with a fair amount of roast acidity; vegetal hop flavor and a raspy bitterness at the back of the tongue; bitterness lingers beyond the dry finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, somewhat astringent

Other comments: Much lighter in color and less hoppy than other CDAs I've tried. Not too crazy about it.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of beagle75
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown color showing ruby highlights, with less than one finger of parchment-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Freshly toasted grain, with somewhat restrained floral and grapefruit citrus hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with estery hop aromatics that are slightly dizzying in their variety, showing spicy herbaceous, earthy, and floral qualities as well as lesser citrus. Flavors focus more on the vegetal in the middle, staying fresh but showing a little astringency before moderate bitterness develops into the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly resinous on the palate while acidity remains restrained, with low carbonation.

D/O: While not among the top tier of black IPAs, this beer is interesting in its own right. It begins in remarkable fashion, with the marriage of esters and dynamic--bordering on schizophrenic--hop flavors, although the rest of the sensory profile is less noteworthy.

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Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: light roasted tones and some earthiness are all you can pull from the glass.

Taste: mild roasted malt profile with a bit of grapefruit, a moderate bitterness, and some woody and earthy tones round it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied but thin feeling on the tongue. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived as the flavor leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: decent beer to consume. For a black ale this is OK overall, and would pair well with some red meat.

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Photo of n2185
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany with about a finger of beige head that fades into a very thin ring with little lacing.

S: A little dark roasted malt up front followed by a blast of piny hops.

T: Similar to the aroma, some dark roasted malts up front followed by some piny hops. There's a little bitterness on the finish with a slight warming from the alcohol.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

D: Without much bitterness, it goes down pretty smooth.

Overall, a decent beer. I wish both the roasted malts and hops were more pronounced, though.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from West Salem,Safeway. $4.99 This is not the usual CDA in appearance being more a deep reddish brown rather than dark..with a small light tan head. Nice light, fresh piney aromas..bit of chocolate in the back. Taste is like the aroma..light oiney, juicy hops, chocolate and dark coffee roast like flavours..bitter to finish. The palate is OK not the greatest..and does tend toward over drying. Overall though not a bad beer, but not top of this class.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a very dark golden black with a thin, but fair head that dissapates leaving spotty lace. Smell of sweet roasted malts, bread and citrus. Taste has bready roasted malts, light sweet citrus having a good balance with the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. I'm personally not a roasted brew kind of guy, but not bad.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 dgilks
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colour with garnet highlights. Creamy, dense, light tan head.

Slightly nutty malt aroma with a piney, resinous hop note. A touch bready.

Smooth sweet malt with a nutty edge. Earthy, resinous bitterness. Good, crisp edge from the hops. Nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer but the cask isn't doing it's job as this lacks a bit of creaminess. The hops could also be a touch fruitier.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a citrus hop nose along with a bitter, roasted malt scent. It's bitter with a mild musty character. The taste is decent as well. It's overly bitter with a ton of citrus hop character. The malt content is adequate, but dwarfs the hop contribution. It has a dry, bitter, roasted malt taste that goes down quick and easy with a hop centric finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a beer with much potential. It's off-balanced with too much hop character. As far as black IPAs' are concerned, this is the weakest malt content I've encountered.

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Photo of kagent777
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into New Belgium snifter. Split with mjyoung.

A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a thin dark tan head that faded into a bubbly film.
S: Hoppy notes of smelly herbal and earthy hops reminiscent of hops' danker more herbal cousin.
T: Note very potent in the flavor department but it's definitely hoppy. Hops are earthy and balanced by some subtle dark malt in the finish. Finish is thin and lightly bitter. Very straightforward and not complex.
M: Thinnish body, good bubbly carbonation and a light mouthfeel.
O: Easy to drink, not a bad ipa but pretty average.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.42 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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