Brooklyn “Black Chocolate Stout” Review (#051)

Brooklyn Brewery
Black Chocolate Stout
Brooklyn, New York

From The Brewery:

We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. We brew every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.

Style: Imperial Stout
Malts: American Two-Row Malts
Hops: Willamette, American Fuggle
ABV: 10.1%
Original Gravity: 24 Plato (1096)

Review:

Appearance: I poured out this blackest-of-the-black liquid into my Duvel glass, capped off by a creamy, thick, tan head, that provided lacing the whole time I was drinking this, which I nursed for a good amount of time. No light can shine through this beer at all; opaque as can be!

Smell:A very aromatic beer, with french roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and a hint of yeast esters and heat. One of the best smelling foods on earth

Taste:A flavorful stout, pretzel upfront and full of roast – coffee and malt – and baker’s chocolate. Complex earth notes, that warms up to sweeter tones of dried fruit, esters and heat. Full flavored and rich.

Mouthfeel:A heavy bodied brew, with creaminess from the head and a smooth milk body.

Drinkability/Palitability:Medium – it is a beer that goes down well as a nightcap. Not something session-able, but the one bottle is easy to consume.

Notes: This is an exemplary example of an Imperial Stout. A great dessert beer paired with chocolate. I got back into Brooklyn Brewery’s offerings as I am reading Garret Oliver’s book “The Brewmaster’s Table”. Oliver is the brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery.

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