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

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-10-2010

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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 DrJay
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks nice. Clear, deep brown with a coppery hue. A soapy collar formed after the pour and a thin cap of tan bubbles coated the beer. A bit of spotty lacing. Fair head retention. Grapefruit aroma, flesh and pith, plus a little dry maltiness and faint grain. Floral character dominates the nose after the citrus faded. Malty sweetness and floral hops up front, oily bitterness brought up the rear. Notes of roast, grain, and spicy/citrus hops filled the flavour out, but it seemed a little unbalanced and scattered. Fair texture, but it felt a little thin and quite dry. Overall, pretty mediocre.

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Photo of cavedave
2.56/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A strong pour fills the glass with a pitch black liquid, opaque and evil-looking, which is briefly topped by a finger of dark beige foam. Spots of lace hold to the chalice, and the head relaxes to a skim of large bubbles.

Not much going on in a very light aroma, a bit of caramel sweet, hints of citrus and floral, a touch of coffee.

It is lighter side of medium flavored. More roast in the taste than in the nose thankfully, and it starts the sip with some caramel sweet, some coffee and light bitter chocolate, and even lighter herbal bitter, with a bit of pine joining. Some chalky ash unfortunately crashes this party, and gives the end of the sip and the finish a strange... I don't know how to say it. Sort of an "ashtray" kind of taste, if that makes sense. I like char bitter, I crave it in a beer like this, but not when it exhibits this sort of unpleasant "muddiness".

Mouthfeel is middle of road for style, with exception of the finish which is sub par due to the muddy ash feel left in the mouth.

Drinkability is not this beer's strongest feature. It has been troublesome drinking all of this 12 oz. pour.

Impression: To paraphrase MP: This is not a good beer for drinking. It's a beer for laying down and avoiding.

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Photo of northaustin
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the bottle a transparent brown. in the glass it is black with a burnt ruby color when held to the light. small white head which disappears quickly and leaves minimal stringy lacing.

the smell just makes me upset. it is neither roasty nor hoppy. it smells like a regular porter was given an overdose of grassy hops. although this is wack to me, it seems to be the norm for cascadian dark ales.

taste is on par with the smell.

mouthfeel is surprisingly superb. these cascadian dark ales always catch me off guard with a boom bam of oilyness and cream in the mouthfeel.

drinkability: hard to say. its just weird, and seems like it was only made because it is a popular style right now.

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Photo of chicano4craft
2.03/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cola looking dark brown. Smallish head. I thought this was a black ale?

Nose is weird. I was expecting hops but ended up with a very metal smell. It's somewhat chocolatey. Not good at all. Burnt rubber comes to mind.

Taste is not good. There's a very metallic bitterness mixed with an off caramel. Reminds me of cold coffee that was made too weak.

Mouthfeel is very thin and tea like. Had trouble getting this down. Very disappointing beer.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to this beer the moment I saw it on the shelf. Cascadian Black IPA? Check. Under $5 for a bomber? Give me one!

Alas, I was disappointed. This beer is a little thin, has an aroma and flavor odd and inconsistent with the style, and its bitterness is wholly untamed. Try chewing on grapefruit pith, and you'll see what I mean.

A - Pours dark, but not black. Head is white with moderate lacing, and dissipates quickly.

S - Here's the problem. The smell is dominated by something I can only call "bad tangerine". Sure, the roasted malt is there, along with some other things, but I really have to hunt.

T - Tastes just like it smells, plus bitter pith. Would be pretty tasty, except for the slight off-taste and the bitterness.

D - Drinkable. I wanted to like this beer much more than I did.

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Photo of afrokaze
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottled on date visible, but purchased a week prior to reviewing. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown but not black, similar to root beer. Good 2 finger head from a vigorous pour lasts for a while, then settles with little lacing.

S: A full blast of citrus, especially grapefruit, followed by nice malts and pine resin.

T: All citrusy hops at first, followed by some roasted malt that is sweet but not cloying, and lots of pine in the finish with a little cocoa.

M: A little on the thin side, medium to low body and not too sticky.

Overall, not too bad and very drinkable, but one bomber is plenty. Easily worth the price (~$4) but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of diamondc
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 for a bomber. 2011 Brewmaster Reserve.

A: Standard porter appearance. Mahogany, clear, ruby tint. Not much head or lacing.

S: Pine, burnt toast, with some dark chocolate overtones. The dank smelling hops leap from the glass.

T: Heavy roast and pine flavors. Sweet citrus, mainly apricot, from the hops. Dry, slightly astringent bitterness at the end.

M/D: The roast and hops meld nicely and I don't get much hotness here. I really like this CDA. I find it better than Stone & Victory's dark IPAs.

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Photo of potownbill
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Forget the Black Ale category. It was not what I would expect from a Black Ale, but still a very good beer. This is a very enjoyable beer.
Appearance: brown with reddish tones, decent white head wit good lacing.
Smell: Certainly bitter citrus.
Taste: Bitter hops, citrus, some mild malt.
Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, lingering hop oiliness.
Drinkability: Easy to finish the 22oz. Alcohol level is above the average, but not mind numbing.

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Photo of GilGarp
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Bump in the Night is rootbeer brown in color with good clarity. The head is creamy but short and settles quickly. No lacing either.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. It's a sweet citrusy hop smell and the malt comes through just as strong. So, not so much an black IPA as I expected.

Flavor is really usual and I don't mean that in a positive way. Yes, it's bitter, but not fresh and vibrant like it should be. This tastes like a "refrigerator clean-out" kind of beer where everything that's left over gets tossed in the boil. It's basically a hopped up porter with nowhere to go.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, too light in fact, but the carbonation is fine.

Overall a total disappointment. I expect better from something labeled "Brewmaster Reserve" and selling for $6.

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Photo of spree92
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks LazyL for my last beer in BC for a while.

Poured a deep brown with a red hue on the border. A massive head, aggresive pour, that left a scrambled lacing all the way down. A spicy malt aroma hits first and a caramel scent comes later. The bitter hops are also here.
Maltiness is first ditected taht are heavy on the palate. Almost espresso like. The bitterness of the hops are hidden in the taste, but here. Leaves the mouth a little dry but tasty. A chewy caramel is also prevelant.
This is a really good beer but even more interesting. Full Sail took a chance this year and I think did a pretty good job.

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Photo of LazyL
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with some nice red tones and a thick light toffee head. I like the nose here. Some stout notes, like coffee and a good piney hop. There is an initial sourness like a stout again and then a medium bitterness to offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel is dry and the carbonation level is good. Its complex and balanced. Different and interesting.

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Photo of kiddwhiz
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Came across this at my local establishment and tossed in the cart to see what it was all about. Poured dark "cola" brown with a two finger cavernus head similar to root beer. Stale smells of hops, roasty malts.

The Bump has an initial sweet hop taste but it transitions like a rocket in to a bitter, chared maltyness that is not appealing. Hints of hops, raisins and malts are pushed aside by an artificial taste that I marked as rubber. The alcohol was also prevalent making for a general disappointing beer.

This beer had me wondering about the process of brewing a new craft beer. Did this meet Full Sail's expectations? If it didn't, did they push it out the door anyways? I guess this is something to remind me of what average, above average and exceptional is.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a slight shade above black. Strikes the look of a classic porter. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of light khaki head. The head falls to a ring. Some lacing is left down the glass.

The nose offers a fairly typical Cascadian Dark Ale aroma. Hops hit the nose first. Herbal citrus stands out front. A fair bit more roastiness comes through compared to other Cascadians. A licorice quality comes through along with some coffee notes. A light bit of chocolate rounds things out.

The taste follows along with the nose. The hops are at the forefront. Grapefruit, backed up by some herbal qualities hit first. Some roasty dark malts flows underneath the hops striking a bit of a balance. Light roasted coffee stands out. Some dry licorice notes present as well. Semi-sweet chocolate notes play out in the drying bitter grapefruit finish

Bump in the Dark sits in the middle of medium bodied. A solid carbonation lightens things up.

Thanks to full sail for another tasty offering. This is a solid Cascadian Dark ale. The hops and dark malts are balanced well. Bump in the Dark doesn't quite have that refreshing quality others seem to have. Even so, this is a tasty brew for hop heads.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ShortSnoutBrew for this one.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium to dark brown with a slight amber glow when held up to the light. A small amount of tan coloured head.

S - Citrus notes from the hops are present up front with some light piney notes present as well. Cocoa and roasted malts are present as well but are definitely the background smell.

T - Bitterness at first, followed by a roasted malt profile. Some citrus notes are present from the hops but don't pack the punch that the nose indicated. There is a strange tartness in the aftertaste that lingers and becomes off-putting. Neither the hops nor the roasted malts really stand out here; nor do they come together well.

M - Medium body with some chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

D - A sub par CDA. The off-putting tartness really became noticeable after a few sips and ruined this one 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 lovindahops
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bump in the night to go with my aprihop tonight

A- another massive black ipa with a great that is gone as fast as a... Well, bump in the night. Not much in the lacing dept

S- an herbal black coffee scent. Ending is kind of alcohol like somewhat. I wanted more roasted flavor

T- slightly sugar cocoa with a sweet toffee like flavor. Again not the best black ipa flavor

M- creamy and syrupy flavor

D- not full sails best brew. More roasted malts will do this justice

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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 abrethanson
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - poured this bottle into a smokestack tulip glass with single finger head and average lacing around glass. Dark, coffee, cola color at first glance. Shows a mysterious auburn/red when introduced to a light. Feels like I am looking into the Evil Queen's mirror waiting for a reply.

Smell - I have no sense of smell, so nothing comes to mind.

Taste - Mild hoppiness through out, coffee beans, with a cola/ burnt coffee aftertaste. Maybe the appearance is playing mind games with me. I was assuming more alcohol in the flavor but I guess it is only 6.5%. A little watery and weak to the taste buds. Makes more for an average pale ale

Mouthfeel - clean, carbonated, weak

Drinkability - A decent drink but far from monumental. I could probably knock back a few of these in a sitting, but I have no reason to.

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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 keepersj12
2.32/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is OK. Maybe a bit below average for an IPA. High marks for the after taste which is quite nice, very hoppy and bitter. Low marks for the aroma, not much and palate, watery, very thin. Flavor was nice with a nice dryness. An average IPA at best.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light brown to ruby in color into my pint glass with a little over a finger of off white head, moderate retention and little lacing. Not the typical appearance for a CDA.

S - Roasted malts, toasted oats, caramel, smoke, and a bit of bittersweet cocoa. Earthy hop presence is there, but rather masked.

T - Similar to the nose, however the hop presence comes out a lot more in the taste. Nice earthy hops and roasted malt combination. Hops are very resinous, along with smoke, a mild nuttiness, and some caramel sweetness. A dry nutty bitterness really sticks to the palate as is washes down.

M - Feels a little thin to me, or perhaps it just lacks some character.

D - This is for sure drinkable, it's a little off the mark for the style, but a nice offering nonetheless.

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Photo of Rizalini
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear mahogony-red color, with a foamy light tan head.

S - Almost woody and slightly spicy.

T - Dry on the front, with a slight bitter finish. Sadly, not much taste.

M - Light mouthfeel, with a very clean, crisp finish. I expected bigger from a 'Brewmaster Reserve'.

D - Average drinkability, but there's not enough there for my preference.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, $4.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. I can find no bottling date or "best before" type info.

Pours dark auburn, under a looser medium mocha head, that sticks around at about 1/2 inch. Leaves ample scattered lacing.

Cola, dark malts, some smoky wood and lite gingery spice in the nose.

Flavorful brew, flavors follow the nose, plenty of dark malts, again I'm getting a subtle ginger note, more cola and quite dry hops in the finish. Nicely done.

Could have a bit more body and added depth of flavors to stand up to the heavy hitters of the genre, but this one holds up pretty well.

One that I would gladly go for again. Hope I have the opportunity, not sure how long this one will be around for....therefore go get some and enjoy

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Photo of steelerguy
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured dark, still somewhat translucent, like walnut wood...high head, fades to a covering, low carbonation.

S - Hoppy nose, mainly citrus with a touch of floral. Roasted malts are also present, but not that strong.

T - The hops come though nicely with both the citrus and floral being present, roasted notes are nice and enjoying in the middle, and then there is a bit at the end...not the hop bitterness, but a burnt/acrid flavor...ouch.

M - Crisp and clean, not much carbonation but the lighter body does not require it.

D - This beer could be really good, but the acrid bite at the end makes it not as drinkable as it could be.

Overall, I like this beer, but it could be oh so much better.

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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 178 ratings
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