Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout is a strong stout infused with Guatemalan Finca El Injerto Full City Roast beans from Duane Sorenson at Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

Added by JohnQVegas on 03-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BKRaiderAce
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, roller coaster of a beer. The pour and look is inviting, the scent makes you drool. You taste it and it's just......good. A complex mix of coffee, hops, a hint of chocolate? A few sips and you realize that although a great experience it's not all thst sessionable.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout, 32-oz growler filled at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan for five dollars.

Odd to see it tapped now, as this beer was released in March 2009 and has not been around for almost a year. Maybe an aged batch?

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, a rather aggressive pour produces a perfect one-finger mocha-colored head that dies soon, leaving a rim and a mantle. Carbonation is low and lacing is nil. Color is black at first glance and brown as the beer swirls on the glass.

Smell: Pungent, penetrating aroma. Brine, black olives. Olive oil, hummus. Bitterness, stale coffee. Smoke. Umami. Weird! Not bad, but not great either. Uncommon for sure.

Taste: More coffee, this time grounded and disposed of all over a dirty sink. Again that savoriness, like a charcuterie plate. More olive, in tapenade form this time.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, with more of that brine detected in the nose and an outrageous roasted bitterness that bites the tongue. Finishes dry and incomplete, kind of a coitus interruptus beer. Medium-to-low body and carbonation.

Overall: At first I was taken mighty aback by the pungency of this beer. But I had it the next day and didn't feel it was so offensive. It drinks real good, never boozy or uncomfortable. And yet the coffee bitterness is overpowering and makes me unwilling to seek this again. Reminds me of the first time I had Founders Breakfast and ended drowning in coffee.

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Photo of biggerboat88
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pitch black brew with some significant creamy-brown head that had some real longevity as I finished the glass. Smelling this one I got a lot of burnt malts and a quick whiff of coffee beans. At first I thought it was a pretty standard stout but then the bitter coffee flavors really started to show their stuff on the back of the tongue. This is a pretty dry stout with an extra helping of coffee and a little bit of chocolate to round things out. I have to admit that towards the end of my glass I started to loose the coffee as the stout characteristics really took over. There was also a healthy kick here from the alcohol which left a lingering warmth to keep me happy. I do wish that the coffee flavor had been a little more complex though, I don't need it to be overwhelming but I was hoping it would have lent more to this beer. Still a fantastic stout but didn't feel the "intensity" they seemed to be striving for.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Very, very nice coffee stout. Poured black with a thick tan head, very creamy. Smells just like a cappucino! I really enjoy coffee stouts that exhibit a cream element and not just black coffee- those can work as well, but too often the combination of the coffee roastiness and the grain roastiness can be overwhelming. This one demonstrates beautiful balance. The taste is a bit more bitter than the aroma, but still has nice balance. Thick and viscous in the mouth, this is definitely an intense beer.

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Photo of Ahoney67
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Had it at a place called Busy Bee. Which was last summer and haven't been able to find it since. Poured a nice black color with a nice foamy head. Wonderful coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate. Exactly as a stout should be. The beer was a true treat to drink. I became a regular at Busy Bee until they ran out. I truly hope this magical beer comes back to Raleigh again. If anyone knows how to find it please let me know!

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with a thin tan head. Not much carbonation is evident.
S: There are nice aromas of mocha and chocolate.
T: The taste is filled with malty, coffee flavors. The flavors are good, but aren't very strong. Hops are not discernible in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and comes across as smooth but feeling a bit thin.
D: For an 8% abv, it comes across as being extremely drinkable. This is a great beer to session if you like stouts with a lot of flavor, but just don't drink too much of them or the alcohol will catch up to you.

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Photo of BarBEERian
2.91/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seeing as that the only beer from Brooklyn that I've truly loved was their Black Chocolate Stout, I was expecting a heaping batch of delicious and toxic sludge when ordering something as ominous and devilish as the Intensified Coffee Stout. Pouring a glass that looked like a dark chocolate and beer lover's dream, the ICS smelled like a roasty and malty pint of heaven. A heavy and dark-hazelnut brown head perched itself above the brew and hung around for the remainder of the pint.

The taste wasn't nearly as terse and boisterous as I was hoping for, with just a gentle waterfall of slightly roasted and creamy chocolate flavor touching at the front and smoothly cresting toward a finish of leathery and warm cream notes. The bitterness up front wasn't overly high, but the end flavor made the mouth tingle for quite some time and got me thinking that this was a rather uniquely bitter beer. Subsequent sips revealed that intensified coffee flavor, with what felt and tasted like a dark roast coffee mixing in rather nicely with the laid-back chocolate splashes. Indeed, this was a rather tame beer, but in a rather toned-down, and, dare I say it, boring sort of way.

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at hopcat jan 23/2010 as part of their 2nd annual extreme beer fest.

pours black and pretty much opaque with a small dense brown head. the head quickly drops to a wide ring around the glass and leaves lots of spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. lots of coffee, with a bit of cream. medium roast. milk chocolate and a bit of dark chocolate too. light alcohol. anise. at first it makes me think of shorts cup a joe, but maybe a little more intense. that milky character is definitely there though.

taste is good. medium roast coffee, but without the cream this time. bit of milk chocolate, but mostly dark chocolate coming through here. light anise. earthy and a bit woody. well, maybe some of the milky character is there, just less of it than there was in the aroma. light caramel. light alcohol. touch of sweetness in the caramel, but not much.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. well integrated medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance and decent depth, but i think i liked the cup a joe a little more. even so, it's a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of jt31914
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as night with hardly any carbonation. Not much head retention either.

S: Smells creamy with strong coffee reminiscent of Cup a Joe Coffee Stout from Short's.

T: Taste is pretty good but a little watery. Strong coffee/cream notes.

M/D: Drinkable and smooth.

Overall, the beer wasn't fantastic but it was worth having for sure.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: black as night with a mocha colored head.

S: I've never experienced a beer with as much coffee aroma as this one. Very fragrant, but not too much gets past the coffee.

T: coffee through-and-through. Tastes like high-end coffee. If I had t guess, I would say south American bean with a light roast.

M: full body with a gritty texture that suggests heavy use of chocolate malt. Low carbonation. The mouthfeel perfectly complements the flavor.

D: a must have for any coffee drinker. This is. The most coffee oriented stout I've ever had. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of DawnL
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Slight lacing atop a jet black brew.

Smells like Starbucks meets Manhattan Coffee Soda. It gives this brew a retro feel.

Caramel and coffee on the palate - like a Frappucino without the milk/cream. Really does remind me of Manhattan Coffee Soda.

This brew kind of gets old fast. It's not evolving. The caramel goes away. It keeps getting more bitter as I imbibe. This coffee could use a little sugar. It's like the bottom of the pot at Starbucks.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrived at my corner of the bar a jet black body with a lasting half inch of sandy-colored foam riding on top.

Smell: Roasty robust mix of blackened barley and chilled morning time coffee with notes of darkened grains and baker's chocolate.

Taste: Richly roasted malts soothed and smoothed over with sweetish tastes of chocolate and even dark caramel. Then you get a roasty boost from the Lightly earthy hop bitterness component along with the imparted roastiness from the blackened malts. Though some sugary influences perk up in the back end, giving it a finish akin to an iced coffee sans cream.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This one is pretty good for a coffee stout and, as always, I do enjoy seeing a brewery play around and experiment with new brews.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap at the source, Brooklyn Brewery, with Capra12

A: Poured black, though not as dark as some other imperial stouts, with a one finger tan head. Retention was relatively poor and left little lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate flavors are very prominent. Very little alcohol aroma though I could make out a bit of the roasted malts.

T: Coffee, as the brewmaster described, it was like a chilled espresso. Though comparatively to other coffee stouts, not as intense a roasted coffee flavor which I liked consider I could actually make out the chocolate sweetness in this brew.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. It was quite smooth.

D: Definitely worth the trip out to the brewery and I wish I could get a 6 pack or a bomber of this.

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Photo of capra12
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed with the help of Speedwayjim at the Brooklyn brewery.

Appearance: Jet black with dark tan/brown head, 1 finger head which retains pretty well.

Smell: Rich coffee and hint of lightly roast malts.

Taste: The open to this is very smooth where the deep flavors of lightly roasted malts and coffee beans come through and fluctuate quite elegantly. It almost feels like I'm sipping on a ice cold expresso. There is a very forfilling end to this where I cannot wait till my next sip.

Mouthfeel: This brew is surprisingly medium bodied and I almost want to argue that is it light but I cannot.

Drinkability: For a coffee stout I definitely would not hesitate for another and as far as a beer I would gladly surrender my tender for another pint.

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Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a pure black hue with a one finger frothy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a pungent cold coffee and very dry.

The taste consisted of an upfront dry coffe and some charcoal.

The mouthfeel was thin for the style.

Overall a tasty coffee forward stout. Good drinkability.

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Mainly coffee rules this one.
T: Following the nose, it has a huge coffee flavor that is kind of nice, almost like I was getting woken up with my morning cup o' brew. There is also hints of chocolate and caramel and some deep roasted malts in there as well.
M: Very smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable coffee stout. Loved it, especially with the amount of alcohol it had, I didn't figure it having that much at all.

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Photo of ToddT
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A black beer topped with a tan head. Head fades to a ring but leaves some lace on the glass.

S- Could be mistaken for an espresso if I was blindfolded. Huge smell of strong roasted coffee, some notes of dark chocolate in the background too.

T- Roasted coffee, strong but not overly bitter. Caramel and a slightly bitter dark chocolate round out the taste. Finish is slightly dry and makes you want to go back for another long drink.

M- Creamy and smooth, better than medium but not heavy in body, light in carbonation and not distracting from the taste.

D- At 8% ABV it's not a lightweight but the alcohol is well hidden and it goes down easy. You'll want to session this one but don't try it, it sneaks up quick.

Brooklyn you need to bottle this, one of the best coffee stouts I've had to date.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap, poured into a tulip glass.

A: dark brown to black. one finger brown head that laces well.

S: complex aromas of roasted grains and coffee. although the ABV is 8%, the roasted aromas mask any alcohol sense.

T: caramel sweetness, coffee, chocolate. the tastes balance well, it's hard to just sip this beer.

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy and refreshing

Drinkability: pretty damn good coffee stout. the coffee flavor really is "intensified" compared to other coffee stouts. would be great with some pancakes and syrup.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler into an oversized tulip glass. This was filled @ the Hopcat (Grand Rapids, MI), one of my favorite beer bars to boot! HUGE, HUGE, thanks to Hoppymeal for hooking me up with this. You da' man Derek!

Pours a deep dark brown/near black, with a tight half finger of burnt mocha colored head. This shrinks down and spreads out into a thin foamy layer, retaining with a thin ring around edges, and some wisps in the center. Swirling gets some fairly decent flareup, throwing a foamy cascade up that slowly descends, leaving oily brown residues back. The aroma is rich smelling with roasted coffee character. Quite pungent actually, with a nicely burnt and acrid quality to it. Deep malty character rides along side, with additional notes of chocolate, toffee, smoke, and roast. Lightly floral spicy tones and just the tiniest bit of warmth emerge as well.

The coffee is just as strong in the taste, with a solid burnt bitterness to it, mixing with slick espresso and spicy hops to really make this linger memorably on the palate wiht just the right amount of astringency. The intenseness of the coffee is tempered by a stickily sweet malty combo of chocolate and caramel tang. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fuller carbonation that spreads out more up front and then gets firmer and more prickly towards the back of the swallow. Underneath rides a smoother and more flat feel, which carries some of the heavy sweetness and slicker coffee aspects. The 8% is actually pretty well hid for the most part and seems to be catching up with me after a few glasses of this.

Very nicely down Coffee Stout from Brooklyn here, and Intensified is an apt name for it, considering just how fierce the coffee character got at times in this. As a lover of coffee brews, this really hit the spot!

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Photo of smithflipper
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at max's taphouse.

Pours deep black, with a lovely tan head that stays just long enough.

Plenty of bittersweet coffee, some caramel chocolate malt, not a huge amount of yeast smell.

Taste's as smells, bittersweet coffee with caramel chocolate.

A great breakfast beer if ever i've tried one.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the galaxy hut in arlington

cell phone notes

appearance: served ien a standard pint and consumed in the alleyway at galaxy hut...dark mahogany body and a light chocolate head

smell: great coffee roast aroma - the high point of this offering. fresh roasted beans, roasted malt, a touch of cream

taste: strong coffee stout for sure - fresh roasted beans, creamy chocolate, low bitterness...roasted malt, cream, cocoa bean

mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, medium body

drinkability: a little astringent, easily consumed

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Photo of TehAnkh
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the tap in to a Brooklyn Snifter, which Mark at Vine & Barley tells me is a brand new glass from the brewery.

A: It came out looking as it should, poured a gorgeous black, but not too thick. You can see hints of dark ruby around the edges as the light hits the glass. Looks like a full pint of espresso with half a finger of light brown/tan head that fades relatively quickly to a thin layer of small bubbles. After a few sips, the foam takes on a wood-grain like pattern. It was pretty trippy.

S: It also smells as it should. It smells like a fantastic irish dry stout with hints of caramel, burnt malt, toffee and just a touch of raisin riding a tidal wave of coffee. Not a single hint of hopping to be found. The alcohol is completely hidden in the smell.

T: Oh man, oh man... The caramel, toffee and burnt malt make a reappearance. But this time it has it's friends raisin and chocolate in toe. The coffee flavor is that of some of the best java I've ever had. Like a cup of Kona Coffee in the middle of a forest in Hawaii. Super complex and warm, but not overwhelming in the least. Very little in the way of bitterness, and just a tad sweet.

M: Smooth, drinkable, refreshing and on the lighter side of medium bodied... But so far from watery it's insane. They got the mouthfeel and drinkability JUST RIGHT on this bad-boy. Medium carbonation and that draft creaminess make this an experience to be had.

D: The drinkability is up there with Guinness Draught if you ask me, if not higher despite the huge ABV gap. Incredibly refreshing and dangerously drinkable considering the alcohol content. The last few sips can be a little harsh as they warm, so I recommend drinking this when there's still a bit of a chill on it. Not exactly a summer beer, but it did very well for me in the Florida summer heat.

I'd still rather have an Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, but this is a damn fine entry by Brooklyn. I hope they bottle it!

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Photo of seaoflament
2.53/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jw347 for the opportunity to try this beer. I guess this 22oz bottle from Bierkraft qualifies as a growler. I shared this beer last night (6-16-09) at La Bella Pizza.

The beer is dark with some ruby tones on the sides and a creamy half inch of head.

The aroma of this beer is a bomb of dark, and acidic, roasted coffee. After that first wave of coffee I could smell some vanilla wafers, maybe some toast, but it was full on coffee. One dimensional, decent, but I've had better coffee stouts before.

Very acidic coffee upfront, acidic cherries covered in chocolate, and toast on the first sip. There were only 3 more sips or so after that, the coffee was just way too acidic to make this one drinkable and the mouthfeel didn't help either.

High carbonation, too much carbonation, a tad boozy and also thin on the palate. Didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. Not sure if there was something that went wrong with this bottle/growler.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Beer Bistro in Chicago. This beer arrived in a Brooklyn Brewery goblet. The head was a half an inch of tan foam. Retention is good, with some lacing. The aroma is a nice mix of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. The taste has a stronger coffee edge, but it is still quite balanced. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice coffee stout. I really like it's balance. Too many breweries are making coffee beers that have way too much coffee, and are thus way out of wack. Kudos to the people at Brooklyn Brewery for crafting a wonderful coffee beer. I hope I get the chance to taste it again.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

Apperance was a very dark color with no light shining threw. The head was a brown color with pretty good formation. The aroma is just amazing as it smells like coffee and hops in the background. The taste is something to be disected as my group and I did while we tested this brew. This brew's coffee flavor is not your usual roasted malt and etc to bring out a Coffee like The Coffee flavor is straight up home/office brewing coffee, and there is no doubt to it. Half my group loved it and half were just amazed at the intense flavor lol. Mouthfeel is not bad as the brew is smooth and the alcohol is covered by the extreme coffee. as for me not being a serious Coffee drinker I would have to hold back on secounds on this particular brew. This is a seriously interesting brew and would recomend to anyone to give it a whirl.

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