Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery
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4/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I'm having a mini-vertical here, tasting the 04/05 and 05/06 simultaneously. I think I got these bottles from autumnaldave a long, long time ago, and it's time they were drunk.
Appearance-wise, they're obviously very similar. Attractive creamed coffee heads and stout black bodies.
The 04 actually smells stronger than the 05 to me. Getting my nose right in the former, I get a melange of chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt and alcohol spice. Raising my nose a bit from the glass, the chocolate really floats above all else magnificently. The latter seems more muted.
They taste markedly different. The initial taste on the 04 reminds me of chocolate licorice with some anise and transitions into a delicious, mellow roasted finish. A slight hint of burnt cereal remains long after you've swallowed. The 05 lacks the dark chocolate spike at the beginning; its initial taste is more straight fruitiness. Similar finish to the 04. This seems more like a traditional RIS. Both have a bit of a sour tang, but it's more pronounced in the 05. Overall, I think the 04 has a bit of a "fuller" flavor than the 05.
The mouthfeel on both is outstanding, nice and gooey. I'm having a very easy time drinking the 04, less so the 05.
My overall rating will have to be a synthesis of the two years, which I would break down independently as:
04/05: Appearance: 4, Smell: 4.5, Taste: 4.5, Mouthfeel: 4, Drinkability: 4.5
05/06: Appearance: 4, Smell: 3.5, Taste: 3.5, Mouthfeel: 4, Drinkability: 3.5
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2006 18:45:43 | More by battlekow
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