Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout


Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Russian Imperial Stout

10.00% ABV





Commercial Description:
This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, our award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specialty roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12oz bottles: ~$8.00 4 pack ~$42.00 case

Background:
I have had this beer many times over the years. I last reviewed it back in 2009 and gave it an A+. The ABV on this beer seems to change from year to year. I thought when I first had it (before this blog) it was over 11%. In 2009 it was at 10.6 % ABV and I have seen it in recent years to be as low as 8.5%. I just sampled this beer last week at Chocolate Beer tasting at State Line Liquors and noticed that it was back up to 10%. I also thought it was pretty good and worth revisiting.

Review:
The beer poured a dark brown completely opaque with no light getting through and a modest dark tan to chocolate milk head.

The nose is nice with dark roasted malt aromas, sweet alcohol and a touch of chocolate. There is no doubt that this is an Imperial Stout.

AHHH what a great first sip; smooth rich and warming, perfect beer for a chilly winter’s night.

This impressive ale starts out with a touch of dark malt sweetness up front then smooth but intense mouthfeel as the rich ale rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. This is certainly a “Big Beer” as sensed by the noticeable hesitation at the top of the swallow. The finish is fantastic with rich roasted malt flavors with notes of chocolate and a touch of coffee followed by sweet alcohol and a most soothing warming. The final aftertaste is of lingering rich roasted malts.

The ale is getting smoother and richer as it warms. This is still one impressive stout.

A+ | Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a most impressive Russian Imperial Stout with rich dark roasted malt flavors a smooth mouthfeel and warming finish with notes of chocolate and a touch of coffee. A wonderful experience that was rich and sweet to the last warm drop.

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