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 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 yesyouam
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Bump in the Night is a very clear, dark reddish brown ale with a bubbly, light beige head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing. It has an aroma of grapefruit peel with a note of caramel or brown sugar. It's medium bodied and pretty smooth with a hint of chalkiness in the dry finish. There's lots of mouthwatering citrusy bitterness. There's a hint of roast that's almost ashy. There's a little touch of sweetness in there, like burnt sugar. It has a little alcohol flavor, which is a little distracting and a little odd at 6.5% ABV. It's a little too zany to be a session ale. 22 ounces at lunch was a bit much.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is pretty nice, malty, with some hop notes, with some toffee/caramel. The taste is very nice, malty, with a nice hop note thrown in, toffee/caramel. Medium Body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, a very nice brew for the price.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black as night with a towering three inches of chocolate colored foam on the top of the glass. Settling slowly it left behind tons of brown lace up and down the glass. Aroma is piney hops and rich roasted malts. Touches of peat and campfire like tones coming through. Nice feel, medium carbonation and heavy enough to keep me intrested, but not overally full. Nice opening bite of piney hops come across quite nicely with a delicate dryness and touches of light hops. Quickly the roasted malts take over and offer lots of smokey and rich malty notes. Light chocolate starts to come through in the dry finish and leaves the palate searching as to which flavor dominated the most but the last gasp goes to a deep, smokey malt

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber from Raceway Citgo outside of OCMD.

A: The black ale is much more of a darker caramel brown, a dark nonetheless. The mysteriousness leads to a merely wispy head, never much worth mentioning. As opaque as a press conference.

S: Nicely roasted, the ale has a dark nose that doesn't skimp on the sweetness with chocolate in strong supply. Piney citrus is a sharp counterpoint to the black ale base, a welcome change of pace. Anxious for a first sip.

T: And I think that Full Sail nailed this one. The darker malts are austere, minimal with burnt toast and chocolate driving it. The hoppiness is a stark departure, adding tropical flavors and pine to the mix. The hops are more of a supporting act, content to not have to lead the beer. The mix of malt and hops drives minty flavors along with grapefruit, pine, and deep roast. I'm happy to report that this is the first Full Sail bottle that I was really into. Strong mix of the grapefruit hops and roasted malts.

M: The contrast of sweet and scorched is impressive, the darker malts drawing out the sweeter hops everytime. This one I liked.

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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 corby112
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz purchased and sampled on 2/12/2011.

Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown color with dark orange/ruby edges when held to a light and a two finger frothy light beige head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting ring.

Earthy aroma with lots of oily pine hop character with subtle hints of citrus and a prominent roasted malt character. Slightly smokey with hints of toast, caramel, oatmeal and dark chocolate. This beer has a strange nose which is kind of standard for this style. It's earthy and hoppy at first but is quickly overtaken by the roasted malt presence. Somewhere in the middle of an IPA and a porter.

Fuller bodied than expected with a great balance of earthy fresh hops, sweet citrus and roasted malt flavor. There is a dry bitterness up front from the hops with lots of resinous oily, pine needle flavor that lingers over the roasted malt backbone into a roasted dry finish. Very faint citrus compliments the pine notes but the hop profile is mostly dry and bitter as opposed to sweet and citrus like. The hop profile is excellently balanced by a dry roasted malt backbone. Nice and toasty with subtle smokiness, hazelnut, chocolate, biscuit and toffee. The dry bitterness and sweet roasted notes continually bounce back and forth throughout the course of the bomber. Well balanced, complex and easy to drink. One of the better examples of the style I've tried so far.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a tanned, tight foam cap. Good stick but the cap retention and recession are too quick and don't produce much geology. Not bad.

Aromas are quite average for what I've had of this style. Somewhat like a cola, earthy and herbal with the hops mingling freely amongst the darker malt content. Power for this bee is pretty good and oveall the nose is inviting.

This is an easy sipping beer, although maybe not hugely interesting compared to some other CDAs. Maybe the thrill of the new beer style is wearing off already. No matter, as the drinkably thin-yet chewy-mouthfeel is a great delivery vehicle for the pineapple and grapefruit hop notes. Cola, a hint of anise and smoke, and the dry, lingering bitterness of roasted malt contribute to the palate.

Body is good, no off-notes. Nothing really stands out here, and its a little bland compared to other hoppy black ales. Not perfect, but pretty good.

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

Roommate got me a bottle for x-mas to try. I love Full Sail.

- Pours a rather light and timid clear cola color. Fizzy foamy thin layer of especially white looking head.

- Robust grainy scent.. as usual from full sail.. rich oats, barley, slight coffee bitter notes.. zesty pine and grassy hop.

- Nice light and yet zesty bitter brew.. oats, grainy, and hoppy all in one. Like a dark version of their hop persuit.. light floral, big grassy and bitter hops. Probably one of the more bitter roasty beers I have had from them. Certainly fresh tasting.

- Chewy bitter drying.. and light bodied at the same time..

- A robust and flavorful.. yet light ale that screams all the good notes from a Full Sail beer.. robust good grain flavors with great northwest hops... their beers are never too far different from one another.. but yet far enough to be a different beer.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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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 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 Arithmeticus
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had in snifter--good choice

A: beautiful dark brown; rich head; lovely lacing
S: bark cedar, beautiful aroma that is nicely accentuated by a snifter
T: hoppy and bitter; very intense beer with strong tones of whorehound, barley, and caramel
M: a bit watery

really a quality brooding beer

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a cheater pint

a: dark amber, not really black. nice 1/4" off white head reduces to a cap and lacing. noticable carbonation

s: slight malt, gobs of citrus and floral

t: a battle os sweetness and bitterness on the tounge. Slight hint of toffee and raisen. More complex than my expectations where.

m: medium bodied, slightly drying

o: Nice to see a American Black Ale that is loaded with chocolate and roasted malts. Solid Beer.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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

This offering from Full Sail pours a deep dark brown not so much black. The aroma is piney citrus, chocolate, earthy aromatic notes. The taste is smooth, so delicious reminds me of a nice IPA but balanced with strong coffee, chocolate, maltiness. Great new seasonal offering from Full Sail and I hope it is here to stay.

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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 russpowell
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: At first glance it's a solid black with brown highlights at the edges, but when held to light, the brown notes really come through. A little murky, but a solid-black brown. The head is a dirty tan and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: Loads of grapefruit and citrus/floral notes from the hops. The whole thing is tempered by a slightly roasted malt profile that pulls deep hints of cocoa. A little grainy in the back. but the hops help brighten everything up a little bit.

Taste: Pretty much a spot on match for the nose. The big difference comes in the malt profile. Deeper roasted notes come through, but everything seems mired in the cocoa and floral hop flavors. It's a little muddled overall. The hops add a nice touch, saving this thing from being a mediocre roasted wannabe hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth with a little dryness on the back of everything. Not quite as heavy as I like for the style, but it brought a certain refreshing quality that I was not expecting.

Overall: It's not a top-tier take on the style, but for $5-$6 a bomber, it's really worth the pickup. It won't break the bank and it's a rewarding experience all said and done.

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Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color. Medium off-white head doesn't have much retention, but leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Very light aroma - just a bit of citrus and a hint of sweet malt.

Taste: Has a slightly bitter coffee flavor, complemented by a sweet, cream-like flavor at the finish. Lightly bitter aftertaste. There's some citrus undertones that come out after a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and pleasant, relatively low ABV.

A bit low on hop flavors for a black IPA, but still quite a pleasant beer to drink and enjoy.

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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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