Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Stout
ABV: 10%
Country: USA, New York

This had been burning a whole in my fridge for a while now, so I decided to break this off. On a cold, snowy day, a stout is always a good choice. Broke out the ever useful pint glass for this one. I was greeted with a dark, black body that was thick and tar like. A coffee colored one finger thick head stuck around for awhile before settling into a nice lace. The aroma had a good amount of chocolate to it with some alcohol and a hint of toasted coffee.

The first sip revealed a thick body that had a good mix of the expected stout flavors, toasted malts, coffee, chocolate and plenty of bitterness. The light carbonation allowed me to easily swish it around and savor the flavors. There was also lots of alcohol at the end which isn't too surprising seeing how this beer is a staggering 10% ABV. I enjoyed this beer more when it was fresh out of the fridge while it was colder than how a stout is typically served. The cold temperature masked more of the alcohol taste while still allowing plenty of the malt flavors to shine through. Once it warmed to the standard stout temperature, the alcohol became too overpowering. Overall, keep this beer on the colder end of the stout spectrum and it is very good. B+

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