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
Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of ROBORB
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Saucer and served into a snifter glass. Poured a dark black color with a 1 finger chocolate colored head. Aroma smelled of smoke, roasted malts and coffee. I couldn't get anything out of the taste other than dark coffee. It was so overwhelming that I couldn't wait to be done with the glass. I was looking forward to a nice surprise but this was a total let-down.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours the expected pretyy much black, dark tan and fine buble minor head. Leaves a ring and fine and minimal spotted lace, upon a gentle swirl. Coffee grind nose. Thick and rich brew. Coffe all over this one, sticks tho the teath, and make me wonder if this beeer will keep me up late at night. Stout and coffee lovers go get some. If that is not your thing this one likely will not be a favorite.

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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 glid02
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger brown head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth coffee with hints of roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate. The coffee aroma is as the name would indicate.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the coffee flavors aren't quite as intense as the coffee aromas. Roasted malt flavors give way to strong coffee and espresso flavors that carry on until the bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, though the carbonation was a bit on the strong side.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could drink a few of these in one sitting.

Overall this is in the top tier of coffee stouts - just loads and loads of the bean come through. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Freshly tapped at Cole's. Pours black with a litle head. Lace is there later on. If you love coffee, here it is. Not that drinkable for me. A regular stout taste, above average carbonation. Brewery continues to brew interesting beers within traditional conventions.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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 dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
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 briancathy
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bonbini26
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Brewery 03-27-09

A- Pours a dark brown/almost black, with a 2-finger light brown head, that leaves a swiss cheese lacing
S- Aroma is of roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, not as strong as some coffee infused stouts i've had
T- Flavor is not as intense as the name might indicate, roasted malt and espresso flavors dominate the taste
M- Could be a little thinker and less carbonated
D- Pretty easy drinking alcohol is well hidden and not overpowering this drinks more as a stout than an imperial one

Not the best coffee stout i've had but certainly worthy.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap into pint glass @ Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC.

Pitch black with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Rings of solid lacing. The aroma is like something that you would find at Starbucks. Dark coffee, along with a little bit of roasted grain. The flavor has more roasted grain in it, bug again, it tastes like there is a shot of espresso in ever sip. Very smooth. Full bodied. If it wasn't for the carbonation, I would think I was drinking coffee. The alcohol is well hidden also. Recommended.

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Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler from New Beer. Poured into a Sly Fox shaker.

Big, beautiful cascading russet head. Tar black body.

Instant cocoa mix aroma, alcohol & charred custard, flour, grass. Decent, but a bit too mild.

Creamer, & medium strength coffee roast. Very low carbonation that gives a heartier mouthfeel. Sooty bitterness. Love the Yoo-hoo chocolate/vanillan thing. A little barky char on the finish. Tastes great cold. Nothing too crazy or intense, just satisfying.

Feel is pretty damn filling. I could do with a little less alcohol. So creamy really, so I could care less what tomorrow feels like right now.

Good for the early spring city humidity. Ice cold really works. As with all the BK reserve beers, I think this one is already gone, or just about.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh a bottle of this beauty straight from Bierkraft! Gotta love it! Since I never know when or if this was ever gonan be on tap around my neck of the woods, I figured this was my only shot. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one while doing some work around the house today on 04/25/2009.

The pour was amazing. Dark as night with a huge tan head that reached a height of three inches before settling down with tons of side glass lacing and thick webs all along the glass. the aroma was coffee, rich chocolate malts, an almost licorice like touch to it, very intresting. Not the huge coffee bomb I thought it would be. As I leaned in for the taste, smooth, rich, and creamy body overlapped my tongue right away. This damn thing was smooth as hell. Lots of coffee floating around at first and then giving away to chocolate and light roasted malts. Again very good, but not the coffee bomb I had hoped it would be. Still though very solid with a rich profile and for the abv, wow this was incredibly drinkable.

Overall a very solid stout which was nicely infused with coffee. Is it my favorite coffee beer, no, but would I drink it again, oh hell yeah.

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Photo of tclapper
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep coffee brown in color, nudging into black territory, with a deep mocha colored head that shows good retention

s: striking freshly roasted oily coffee bean dances underneath a body of dark roasted barley, earthy hops, mild caramel malt sweetness under layers and layers of char, coffee, and dry cocoa; spot on for the style

m: full - but not thick - bodied with a smooth, moderate carbonation

t: deeply charred barley supports flavors of freshly dark roasted coffee bean above an undercurrent of dry cocoa, woody charcoal with a mild caramel sweetness, big roasts dominant, finishes with lingering coffee and roasted grain, earthy hops - moderate bitterness and roast astringency

d: easy, a great coffee stout that easily could pass for having a lower abv

cup at Brooklyn, great use of coffee from a local roaster whose beans I had enjoyed with brunch earlier in the day, brewed at the brewery in one of the fermentation tanks, this is a coffee stout through and through and is best rated as such - rather than in comparison to all the other double stouts out there

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Photo of Amalak
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Mugs Ale House on Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn they had a tasting with a cask of this brew. Black in color with a thick head. Decent lace. It had a roasted coffee scent to it...very pleasent.

The coffee flavor really comes through and unlike many coffee stout, there isn't a sour, acidic aftertaste. Definitely a good Coffee Stout.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on on draft at Beer Run in C'ville, VA. Served in a snifter, though I was offered a choice.

A: Stark black. Head is a little short, and a kinda pale tan head. Retention is mediocre, lacing is minimal, but there is some there.

S + T: A very pleasant coffee roast... not espresso, but a pretty good dark roast. It dominates both the nose and the flavour, though there is a maltiness and a good hop presence, as well. There's a hint of chocolate, but not enough to make it 'mocha-like'

M + D: Body is a little lighter than I am used to with many stouts, but having an alcohol content that isn't 10%+, it makes it more drinkable. There's no booziness noted at all, and it goes down very smooth and easy. Quite a crisp touch of cabonation. I like the focus of the coffee flavours and the balance, though I think I'd be a little more into a slightly richer body and more robust looking pour.

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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of BZero007
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of BarBEERian
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 plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
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 +4.6%
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 IBUnit63
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking at the ransom note/eye chart that is the Sunset tap list, I find this gem. Served up in a tulip.

Again, they know how to pour a damn beer at the Sunset. Maybe a little heavy on the head (2 fingers) but it's brown sugar-colored goodness with an almost pumpernickel-dough look atop some jet-espresso-dark body. Maybe not as thick as expected but damn nice.

The smell, as expected, is coffee. What's not expected is that...that's about it. Lots and lots of coffee. Iced coffee. Maybe a touch of booze and mildly-roasted malt, but I feel like this should be a venti or something. It smells lie...but the coffee dominates a great deal. MAYBE a little earthy hop grass too.

Yup, the coffee still dominates. Not a bad thing, but it's pretty well all-encompassing. Sure, there's a fair amount of malt with a little less roast on it than expected. There's a neat earthiness to it as well. It does have the consistency of an iced coffee, which may be a little lighter than expected. It's the 4th cup of Starbucks I never had this morning.

Palate feel, as mentioned, is a little lighter than expected. Backbone is more dark stewy and cooled malt with the abundance of coffee texture and taste with slight residual brown sugar and a little booze. Finish wants me to dunk a Krispy Kreme in this thing. It's good, it's enjoyable, but I can't get the iced coffee thing out of my head.

Well, this one is interesting as hell. It lives up to its name like you wouldn't believe. And it drinks easily enough. Maybe a little too light and a bit clammy (hence the multiple references to iced coffee) but it's still quite entertaining.

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Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 88 ratings