One of my new favorites (why do my favs always have to be brewed in limited batches?) Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve Dark Matter is like nothing I’ve ever tasted.
I happened upon Dark Matter on Thursday night, which was the first night of my 29th birthday celebration. I came into Goodbar expecting to start with Ommegang Abbey Ale on tap but alas, the keg was kicked. After glancing over the new additions to the draft board, I saw it: Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve Dark Matter. With a name like that, I knew I had to have it.
I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into but one thing I do know is that I love dark beers, so this had to be at least drinkable. Drinkable is an understatement. I went back Friday night and Sunday afternoon for more of the delicious, bourbon barrel aged American Brown Ale that is Dark Matter.
Dark Matter poured a deep, dark brown with hints of ruby when I held it up to the light. Its head was thin and dissipated quickly, but this baby still had legs. Its aroma was heavier in alcohol than I would’ve expected for an ABV of 7.5% but, then again, it was aged for 4 months. The bourbon nose was nowhere near that of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout or Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, but definitely present (just a tad heavier than I would’ve thought, honestly). I also smelled hints of chocolate, wicked sweet malts and a hint of bourbon.
The mouthfeel of Dark Matter is like no other brown ale I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Saying that it’s “smooth” really doesn’t touch how silky it really is, from beginning to end. What a superb surprise! Medium heavy body is smooth like satin without being syrupy. And the taste? There’s a hint of bourbon but what really comes through is the chocolate and toffee, with a touch of vanilla. It’s a tad oaky too. Honestly, I was surprised in every way with this ale… not to say that I don’t dig Brooklyn’s offerings, but damn. I had no idea how tasty this would be.
Most definitely recommended… and I’ll be back at Goodbar for another pint before Good Beer Club on Wednesday.
[techtags: BROOKLYN BREWERY, DARK MATTER, BREWMASTER’S RESERVE, BEER REVIEWS, AMERICAN BROWN ALE]