Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by errantnight:
3.3/5 rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A beer that I've never particularly loved that I keep wondering if maybe it's me, given the general adulation. May need to try it again in a blind American IRS stand-off. My latest caveats are that maybe if it isn't overloaded with coffee and other adjuncts or barrel aged to hackinsack I'm just not digging the giant 10% boozehound stouts these days? I dunno, but I found the Stone IRS I had on tap a couple months ago to be more enjoyable. Anyway, caveats out of the way:
This 11-12 winter bottling pours beautifully into an Innis & Gunn tulip. Inky black, thin, rich, fizzy head dises down to a persistent ring with nice lacing.
Aroma is chocolate and just a hint of warming alcohol and... not much else. A sort of freezer burn note hints at some oxidation, as does a slighty sherry and raisin note.
On the palate this is still plenty boozy and bitter despite the two years (this has been in the fridge for that entire time, however, which certainly would have minimized degradation). Chocolate and roast predominate, and there's a long, lingering bitterness. It's not bad, it's just not terribly complex or interesting. I'm struggling to pull nuances out of the malt character which is covered up quickly and heavily by waves of bitterness that seems like a mesh of hop, roast and alcohol derived flavors.
Ranking this just slightly above average feels like something of an apology to it. It's lacking in any obvious flaws, but it tastes unbalanced and slightly unpleasant. I've got a few more bottles from this same year, a couple of which weren't aged in the fridge, maybe some extended cellar aging did it some favors? Seems doubtful.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2013 04:39:59 | More by errantnight
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4.15/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
$ 2.49/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottled winter 13-14 at cellar temp into snifter
Aroma of chocolate and alcohol
Head small (1.5 cm), medium brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – occasional small island and atoll of small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of bitter chocolate which ends with a whiff of alcohol; no malt, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, carbonation soft
A very good chocolate stout which hides the 10% ABV well. This is one which definitely could sneak up on you. The rapidly disappearing head and scanty lacing detract from the appearance.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 13:48:18 | More by Ozzylizard
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,453 ratings.