Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.15/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2003-2004 bottling. consumed April 2006.
high viscosity pour with low carbonation and only a few clinging bubbles. opaque. if I had to give color, it would be deep chocolate (high cocoa solids) brown, bordering on black.
very strong chocolate scent, with ethanol hits, and a motor-oil / truck exhaust element that reminds me of baltika. plum without the sweetness. and a bit of stinky high-fat cheese, or kelp. other than the chocolate, it's all somewhat muted though; probably the age. I was expecting more oxidation. there is some there, but it's well integrated(?) with the rest of the flavors
taste is the smoothest high-grade milk chocolate. never cloyingly sweet. it hits the tongue and hazes out the mind, revealing fuzzy outlines of chocolate and roasted malt, although the roastiness stays beneath the sweetness, and some bittering hops of unknown variety keep it in check. more chocolate than coffee, although as it warms a mocha comes out. esters? blackcurrant. buried beneath the chocolate, of course.
mouthfeel like silk. there's a consistent juicy malt thread that pulls everything to it and while the sensations of roasty astringency and bittering meander around the tongue, it comes back down to that dark malt which fades. incredible, really. like a narrator weaving a story in your palate.
drinkability? and how! it goes down almost a little too easy, and I'm actually starting to feel _full_ in my tummy from this, like a rich dessert. I also have a bottle of the 2004-2005, but based on how this one has held up, I think I'll save it for around this time next year. for the style I think the balance is just about perfect, as the youthful astringent and hoppy bite has peeled back revealing the deep dark brown chocolately soul of this brew. I will seek this out in the future.
a toast to Ben (dv8) who left me this sample. as good as this is, I bet Valhalla's is better.
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2006 03:46:55 | More by tfinn
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