Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American 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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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tummy345
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a weak expresso. Needs sugar

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Photo of Fitze
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BKRaiderAce
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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 briancathy
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of craftmich
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of diverite
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of 1p5v
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tclapper
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of chcfan
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of BeerMe42
5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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 -9.7%
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 +8.2%
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 +21.1%
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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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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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2.91/5  rDev -29.5%
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 -3.1%
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 -2.2%
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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