TheHopsHoney, BeerGoggins, Garrett Oliver, me and HurraBier!

I had the luck of scoring two tickets to the Brooklyn Brewery launch party of their new Brewmaster’s Reserve brew called Dark Matter.  The event was held at the Brewery’s tasting room and included meat and cheese platters from The Meat Hook and The Bedford Cheese Shop respectively, and, of course, flowing taps of Monster ’09, Blast, Cookie Jar Porter and some of the other BK Brews.

While the highlight of my night was the tiny chat I got to have with Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn’s brewmaster and a very smart and charming man, the Dark Matter came in a close second.  The pour on the Dark Matter surprised me a bit – it was dark, but not as dark as the Ops; although, from a Brown Ale (Dark Matter) versus Imperial Stout (Black Ops) perspective, that makes total sense.

Dark Matter smells exactly how it tastes- vanilla oak with chocolate caramel undertones.  The brew is lighter than expected in the mouth- tiny carbonation and only a slight lingering cling.  At 7.5% ABV, there is a slight sting of bourbon to the sip, but it does stay smooth all the way down.

The first thing I thought while tasting the Dark Matter is how its juxtaposition of darker malts with a lighter texture make it a great beer for the seasonal transition from the heavier, roasty toasty Winter porters to the crispy and refreshing Ales of Spring and Summer.  It paired quite nicely with the beef and cheese spread, but didn’t rely upon the food to bring out its flavor (or, in worst case scenarios, conquer the “bad” tastes found in the Dark Matter).  Overall, this brew is very versatile and quite delicious- and my friends, it’s only on limited release draught… so get your glasses ready while the going’s still hot!

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