Friday, March 15, 2013

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (Winter '12-'13)

Happy Friday everyone!  Thanks for coming by!  Since I last made my proclamation to get back into running, I've jogged 7.1 miles over 6 outings.  Not too bad if you ask me, I'm pleased.  I've rested for the last 2 days to let my body rest, but I am planning on getting back out on the pavement tomorrow!  

For tonight's beer, I'm drinking Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout, brewed and bottled in late 2012.  Black Chocolate Stout is released every winter, I think in either late November or December.  How about we crack this beer open and check out its specs?

Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Black Chocolate Stout (Winter '12-'13)
Imperial Stout
10.0% ABV
51 IBUs
12 oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass

Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours dense black in color.  It has a small brown head, which subsides quickly and leaves a small crown on the surface of the beer.  In the nose, I get aromas of alcohol, chocolate and roasted malt.  As the beer warms, the alcohol goes on the backburner a bit, and the chocolate and roasted malt comes through more.  There's a similar profile in the flavor.  When the beer is freshly poured out of the refrigerator, alcohol and chocolate are the main flavors.  The carbonation and alcohol bite are in your face.  However, as you let Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout sit and warm up (I'm talking around 30 minutes), it really smooths out.  The carbonation level mellows out, and the chocolate comes more forward,.  You still get the alcohol, but it's more in the background.  The body on Black Chocolate Stout is heavy throughout the session.

Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Overall:  Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout is an intense Imperial Stout with lots of flavor.  It's a great beer fresh, but I have no doubt that it will get only better with some age on it.  I can't wait to come back to this one in a year or two!

Have you had Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout?  What did you think?  Let me know in the comments!

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2 comments:

  1. When aged this beer approaches perfection! Your hypothesis is correct.

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