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Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnQVegas on 03-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout is a strong stout infused with Guatemalan Finca El Injerto Full City Roast beans from Duane Sorenson at Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
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3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout, 32-oz growler filled at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan for five dollars.

Odd to see it tapped now, as this beer was released in March 2009 and has not been around for almost a year. Maybe an aged batch?

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, a rather aggressive pour produces a perfect one-finger mocha-colored head that dies soon, leaving a rim and a mantle. Carbonation is low and lacing is nil. Color is black at first glance and brown as the beer swirls on the glass.

Smell: Pungent, penetrating aroma. Brine, black olives. Olive oil, hummus. Bitterness, stale coffee. Smoke. Umami. Weird! Not bad, but not great either. Uncommon for sure.

Taste: More coffee, this time grounded and disposed of all over a dirty sink. Again that savoriness, like a charcuterie plate. More olive, in tapenade form this time.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, with more of that brine detected in the nose and an outrageous roasted bitterness that bites the tongue. Finishes dry and incomplete, kind of a coitus interruptus beer. Medium-to-low body and carbonation.

Overall: At first I was taken mighty aback by the pungency of this beer. But I had it the next day and didn't feel it was so offensive. It drinks real good, never boozy or uncomfortable. And yet the coffee bitterness is overpowering and makes me unwilling to seek this again. Reminds me of the first time I had Founders Breakfast and ended drowning in coffee.

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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pitch black brew with some significant creamy-brown head that had some real longevity as I finished the glass. Smelling this one I got a lot of burnt malts and a quick whiff of coffee beans. At first I thought it was a pretty standard stout but then the bitter coffee flavors really started to show their stuff on the back of the tongue. This is a pretty dry stout with an extra helping of coffee and a little bit of chocolate to round things out. I have to admit that towards the end of my glass I started to loose the coffee as the stout characteristics really took over. There was also a healthy kick here from the alcohol which left a lingering warmth to keep me happy. I do wish that the coffee flavor had been a little more complex though, I don't need it to be overwhelming but I was hoping it would have lent more to this beer. Still a fantastic stout but didn't feel the "intensity" they seemed to be striving for.

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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Very, very nice coffee stout. Poured black with a thick tan head, very creamy. Smells just like a cappucino! I really enjoy coffee stouts that exhibit a cream element and not just black coffee- those can work as well, but too often the combination of the coffee roastiness and the grain roastiness can be overwhelming. This one demonstrates beautiful balance. The taste is a bit more bitter than the aroma, but still has nice balance. Thick and viscous in the mouth, this is definitely an intense beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Had it at a place called Busy Bee. Which was last summer and haven't been able to find it since. Poured a nice black color with a nice foamy head. Wonderful coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate. Exactly as a stout should be. The beer was a true treat to drink. I became a regular at Busy Bee until they ran out. I truly hope this magical beer comes back to Raleigh again. If anyone knows how to find it please let me know!

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with a thin tan head. Not much carbonation is evident.
S: There are nice aromas of mocha and chocolate.
T: The taste is filled with malty, coffee flavors. The flavors are good, but aren't very strong. Hops are not discernible in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and comes across as smooth but feeling a bit thin.
D: For an 8% abv, it comes across as being extremely drinkable. This is a great beer to session if you like stouts with a lot of flavor, but just don't drink too much of them or the alcohol will catch up to you.

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2.91/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seeing as that the only beer from Brooklyn that I've truly loved was their Black Chocolate Stout, I was expecting a heaping batch of delicious and toxic sludge when ordering something as ominous and devilish as the Intensified Coffee Stout. Pouring a glass that looked like a dark chocolate and beer lover's dream, the ICS smelled like a roasty and malty pint of heaven. A heavy and dark-hazelnut brown head perched itself above the brew and hung around for the remainder of the pint.

The taste wasn't nearly as terse and boisterous as I was hoping for, with just a gentle waterfall of slightly roasted and creamy chocolate flavor touching at the front and smoothly cresting toward a finish of leathery and warm cream notes. The bitterness up front wasn't overly high, but the end flavor made the mouth tingle for quite some time and got me thinking that this was a rather uniquely bitter beer. Subsequent sips revealed that intensified coffee flavor, with what felt and tasted like a dark roast coffee mixing in rather nicely with the laid-back chocolate splashes. Indeed, this was a rather tame beer, but in a rather toned-down, and, dare I say it, boring sort of way.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at hopcat jan 23/2010 as part of their 2nd annual extreme beer fest.

pours black and pretty much opaque with a small dense brown head. the head quickly drops to a wide ring around the glass and leaves lots of spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. lots of coffee, with a bit of cream. medium roast. milk chocolate and a bit of dark chocolate too. light alcohol. anise. at first it makes me think of shorts cup a joe, but maybe a little more intense. that milky character is definitely there though.

taste is good. medium roast coffee, but without the cream this time. bit of milk chocolate, but mostly dark chocolate coming through here. light anise. earthy and a bit woody. well, maybe some of the milky character is there, just less of it than there was in the aroma. light caramel. light alcohol. touch of sweetness in the caramel, but not much.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. well integrated medium carbonation level.

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as night with hardly any carbonation. Not much head retention either.

S: Smells creamy with strong coffee reminiscent of Cup a Joe Coffee Stout from Short's.

T: Taste is pretty good but a little watery. Strong coffee/cream notes.

M/D: Drinkable and smooth.

Overall, the beer wasn't fantastic but it was worth having for sure.

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4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: black as night with a mocha colored head.

S: I've never experienced a beer with as much coffee aroma as this one. Very fragrant, but not too much gets past the coffee.

T: coffee through-and-through. Tastes like high-end coffee. If I had t guess, I would say south American bean with a light roast.

M: full body with a gritty texture that suggests heavy use of chocolate malt. Low carbonation. The mouthfeel perfectly complements the flavor.

D: a must have for any coffee drinker. This is. The most coffee oriented stout I've ever had. Worth seeking out.

Photo of DawnL
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Slight lacing atop a jet black brew.

Smells like Starbucks meets Manhattan Coffee Soda. It gives this brew a retro feel.

Caramel and coffee on the palate - like a Frappucino without the milk/cream. Really does remind me of Manhattan Coffee Soda.

This brew kind of gets old fast. It's not evolving. The caramel goes away. It keeps getting more bitter as I imbibe. This coffee could use a little sugar. It's like the bottom of the pot at Starbucks.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrived at my corner of the bar a jet black body with a lasting half inch of sandy-colored foam riding on top.

Smell: Roasty robust mix of blackened barley and chilled morning time coffee with notes of darkened grains and baker's chocolate.

Taste: Richly roasted malts soothed and smoothed over with sweetish tastes of chocolate and even dark caramel. Then you get a roasty boost from the Lightly earthy hop bitterness component along with the imparted roastiness from the blackened malts. Though some sugary influences perk up in the back end, giving it a finish akin to an iced coffee sans cream.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This one is pretty good for a coffee stout and, as always, I do enjoy seeing a brewery play around and experiment with new brews.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap at the source, Brooklyn Brewery, with Capra12

A: Poured black, though not as dark as some other imperial stouts, with a one finger tan head. Retention was relatively poor and left little lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate flavors are very prominent. Very little alcohol aroma though I could make out a bit of the roasted malts.

T: Coffee, as the brewmaster described, it was like a chilled espresso. Though comparatively to other coffee stouts, not as intense a roasted coffee flavor which I liked consider I could actually make out the chocolate sweetness in this brew.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. It was quite smooth.

D: Definitely worth the trip out to the brewery and I wish I could get a 6 pack or a bomber of this.

Photo of capra12
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed with the help of Speedwayjim at the Brooklyn brewery.

Appearance: Jet black with dark tan/brown head, 1 finger head which retains pretty well.

Smell: Rich coffee and hint of lightly roast malts.

Taste: The open to this is very smooth where the deep flavors of lightly roasted malts and coffee beans come through and fluctuate quite elegantly. It almost feels like I'm sipping on a ice cold expresso. There is a very forfilling end to this where I cannot wait till my next sip.

Mouthfeel: This brew is surprisingly medium bodied and I almost want to argue that is it light but I cannot.

Drinkability: For a coffee stout I definitely would not hesitate for another and as far as a beer I would gladly surrender my tender for another pint.

Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a pure black hue with a one finger frothy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a pungent cold coffee and very dry.

The taste consisted of an upfront dry coffe and some charcoal.

The mouthfeel was thin for the style.

Overall a tasty coffee forward stout. Good drinkability.

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Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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