Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I poured a 12 oz bottle from 05-06 into a pint glass. The result? A motor oil-like, viscous liquid ventures forth. I'm talking used, black motor oil, not that clean, golden brown Pennzoil stuff, but rather the kind of oil that's seen its share of engine wear and tear for 5, 6 or maybe even 8 thousand miles as you make excuse after excuse for why you haven't changed your oil in awhile. A 1.5 finger mocha-colored chocolate milkshake-like head dissipates ever so slowly. As I sip it, chocolate lacing clings to the glass and shimmers in the light. Thick lacing clings to the side of the glass during the whole experience. Nice. Very nice.
Scent: I write down the following as I sniff in the essence of this brew: Raisins. Prunes. Licorice. Dark Chocolate. Malts. Slightly burnt coffee. Lots going on. I'm impressed.
Taste: At first it's all coffee, overpowering any other subtle nuanced flavors, but as it warms and I make my way down the glass, I keep thinking port -- which reminds me of raisins, prunes and maybe even figs. If you know a port lover who's not a beer drinker, have him/her try this. Anyhow, that chewy, raisiny malt flavor predominates, with a moderate bitterness finishing the assault. It's more like coffee bitter, though, than a hoppy one, and all in all, there's a decent balance between malt and bitterness, even if it doesn't remind me of a hoppy beer bitterness. A nice alcohol warmth finishes it off -- not the harsh burn of Listerine ethanol but rather the cozy heat of, say Jagermeister or [insert your favorite liquor here]. Here it is a fairly warm night in late May and I'm thinking this would be a perfect sipping companion by a winter fire. Oh well, I have a few more in the cellar; I'll try and do that one night next winter. . . .
The mouthfeel is about what you'd expect for an Imperial Stout: it's heavy with a slightly grainy feel predominating, but not in a bad way. I wonder if aging would help to mellow and mingle the flavors and give it a little more smoothness. Like I said, I'll find out next winter. . . .
As for drinkability: this is a heavy beer, in terms of being full-bodied, flavorful and high in alcohol. I like it a lot as a sipping beer, but honestly I couldn't see myself putting back more than one at a time, and thus I gave it a lower score for drinkability than other categories.
All in all it's a winner if you like Imperial Stouts. The only drawback is that despite the name, it's not all that chocolatey. After having quite a few Rogue Chocolate Stouts over the last couple weeks, there's a noticeable difference between the Rogue Chocolate Stout and the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout when it comes to chocolate flavor. This brew is not nearly as sweet, but it's more complex and ultimately just as rewarding.
Additional notes, 11/5/07:
Did a vertical this weekend, with the 05/06, 06/07 and new 07/08. The 05/06 was the most aromatic, but the consensus was the 06/07 tasted best -- there was a strong taste of black licorice in the 05/06, especially when it was cold; the 06/07 was more chocolatey; the 07/08 was bland when compared to its older brothers. . . which says a lot, as this is not a flavorless beer! The verdict/lesson: Age this for a year and then enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2006 02:49:17 | More by Kendo
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