Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is one of the beers I look forward to every year. Even though they've gone to four-packs, Brooklyn prices this very reasonably, and a $45 case isn't hard to come by. It's worth every penny, this is one of the best beers on the planet. Drinking a fresh Winter '10/'11 bottle. It's as tasty as I ever remember it being. Not as roasty and big as '08/'09, not as thin-tasting as '09/'10 (judging from my notes, anyway) but a lot more drinkable and delicious.
A: Ink-black with a light brown head. Definitely a big-looking beer, intimidating you with its look. I don't know what the heck is going on with this beer though, because the look is a lot bigger than the final product ends up being. And I mean that as a compliment!
S: Smells of baker's chocolate and faraway espresso. Definitely not a coffee flavored beer, but smells of the roasty character that coffee stouts usually carry, only without the coffee.
T: Tastes beautiful. The best balance of any beer I've had. There are other beers that are more drop-dead delicious, but they abandon their beer character for sweet chocolate-milk deliciousness. And there are other beers that are stronger and more bitter (Storm King, for example), but they give up some of this sweet, tasty drinkability for that. This is the perfect blend of chocolate, roast, and dark anise/dark fruit/hop character. The perfect beer, taste-wise.
M: Smooth and tasty with just enough chocolate sweetness and bitter hop finish. The 10% alcohol is dangerously imperceptible.
D: Maybe the most drinkable Russian Imperial Stout out there. The heightened dark chocolate character makes it more drinkable than most beers of this style, and the fact that it isn't a coffee stout or the fact that it's missing a lot of bitterness is something that can be counted in its favor, as it makes it a very unique beer that I haven't ever experienced a duplication of. Sure, there are other amazing stouts out there, but this is a delicious interpretation of a RIS that I hope never goes out of rotation at Brooklyn Brewery. I buy several 4-packs a year and will continue to do so.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2010 01:43:51 | More by mfunk9786
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