Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery
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3.53/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout is as awkward as its name. "Dark chocolate" is the idiom; what is "Black Chocolate?" Or is it "Black Stout?" Aren't they all? Perhaps the brewers are trying to suggest that this beer is beyond dark. That is, it is so dark it's black. Perhaps. But, like its name, something about this beer seems slightly off.
Its pour suggests as much. Even held up right against a strong light source, the body of this black beer doesn't allow any light to shine through. Its mocha head rises and falls quickly. Nice.
The nose presents the first conundrum. The deep, roasted aromas of chocolate and coffee are there, but right in the middle sits the strong smell of alcohol. At 10.0% ABV, this is to be expected, but the smell doesn't seem well-integrated.
The taste is similar. The chocolate malts are delicious. Hints of prunes and raisins tease the palate, but are overpowered by the taste of alcohol. The flavors are not in balance here. I like a beer with a high ABV, but the alcohol must play a palpable role. In this case, the malt flavors and bittering hops are nicely balanced, but the alcohol is clumsy.
The mouthfeel is what one expects from a beer with a full body and no substantial head: Rich and chewy, but not entirely satisfying.
Black Chocolate Stout is not a beer I'd buy again. I tried pairing it with foods that generally do well with Russian Imperial Stouts. Dark mint chocolate was the only one that could stand up to it.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2012 00:11:46 | More by GMB
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