The brew in question is the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from the Brooklyn Brewery in where else? Brooklyn, New York.
The website, brooklynbrewery.com, has a description from the brewer.
Available from October through March. This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, our award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style, once made exclusively for Catherine the Great.
We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.
I can’t wait to get this poured and give it thorough review!!!
This beer comes in at a very robust 10.0% ABV, 12 oz. bottle.
Once in the glass, the beer appeared a very dark brown, mostly black color with some faint ruby highlights around the edges and bottom. A nice, dark tan head was produced, which looked smooth and creamy, however it was not very large nor did it have a tremendously long retention time. It did leave some decent lacing though.
The smell revealed fumes of a sweet, burnt chocolate along with a burnt/roasted coffee. The chocolate seemed to be the dominant aroma at first, but yielded to touches of dark fruit and more burnt malt of bread and grain. Very well balanced and appealing. A touch of alcohol was detected, although it was not overabundant or heavy.
The taste divulges more of the robust, sweet chocolate, bold burnt coffee and dark fruit tones. As the profile started to develop, the burnt coffee became more espresso like to add just a bit of bitterness and sharpness. Not a hop bitterness really, but more of a “java” type tinge. A little bit of a milk profile counterbalances the negligible alcohol savor so as to not let it become distracting. Once more, very well balanced and divine.
The mouthfeel was medium/full, very dry, smooth and creamy. Slick feeling with an alcohol warmth that holds off until the last second then it comes in slowly and finishes strong. The palate is covered with towering amounts of flavor to reiterate that I need to take my time with this beer. It feels wonderful!!!
What a great brew!!! A superb smell, mouthfeel and, of course, an outstanding taste. The Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is very easy to drink and even more so during the Winter months. I will say that, to some, this may not be the beer for you if you don’t favor the robust, burnt tones that this variety conjures. Its very vigorous!!! But, if you do…. don’t miss out and track it down when it becomes available. Watch out however, 10% ABV will sneak up on you in a hurry. I would love to pick up a couple of bottles again next Fall to cellar and see how it develops over time.
What do you think of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout? Let me know in the comments.
As always, thanks for reading and enjoy some tasty craft beer!!!!
Score: 4.4 out of 5