Beer Review: Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

   March 29, 2012

Ahhh, Brooklyn Brewerybrooklyn black chocolate stout…one of my favorite breweries right now.  Their beers, or the ones I have tried thus far, seem to be consistently of high quality and quite tasty.  It’s hard to find a brewery that consistently good.  According to Brooklyn, Black Chocolate Stout is their award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style, once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. (The style, that is…I don’t think Brooklyn Brewery has existed since Catherine the Great’s time 😉 ).  According to the fact sheet that accompanied the beer, they, “use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts.”

The beer is brewed using American two-row pale malt, caramel malt, malted wheat and a blend of American roasted malts and barleys.  Willamette and American Fuggle hops are also part of this elixir.  This beer weighs in at a hefty 10% ABV.

The Pour
This beer practically oozes out of the bottle, a thick, syrupy black beer with a thin coffee-with-cream colored head sitting weakly atop the stoutness of this brew.  Coming out of the bottle, it almost resembles thick chocolate syrup.

The Nose
This smells, to me, pretty much the way I like a stout to smell.  Chocolate, dark dried fruit, wood and smoke all mingle together to tell you, “Yep, you’re drinking a stout. Throw another log on the fire, sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience.”

The Taste
With a thick and viscous mouthfeel, the tastes of wood, smoke, chocolate and roasted malt want to coat the palette and linger for the winter, but a pretty dry finish comes along and prepares you for the next mouthful.  There is more of a bitterness to this than I expected, which to my mind makes it a good middle ground where a drier stout meets a sweeter stout and both win in their own way.

Scoring Breakdown

Appearance: A nice dark, thick pour with a nicely colored head, though it doesn’t last. 8 points out of 10

Nose: As expected, a strong nose with good stout characteristics. 13 out of 15

Taste: Good dark stout flavor profile but with a bitterness that positions it as a good compromise between a drier stout and a sweeter stout. 45 out of 55

Style: This fits the Imperial Stout style to a T.  Perfect example of the style. 20 out of 20

Total rating: 86 points out of 100.

In a nutshell: A great beer to sit in front of a fire with, to let the smoke and wood of the fire mingle with the smoke and wood in the flavor profile.

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