On pouring, this has a brown foam head on a deep black liquid, with the aroma of dark dry chocolate normally only found in a real chocolate shop. It is smooth and hoppy to the taste with a chocolate and coffee taste present but not overwhelming the beer. It leaves with a lingering dryness and the warmth of the high alcohol, yet remains refreshing. Not a beer to be rushed this is a very rounded and enjoyable beer that would be ideal by an open fire on a winters night.
And that may be exactly what the Brooklyn Beer company had planned. The Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is made only once a year at winter time.
In the last century, British Brewers made strong stouts for the Czars Court. They were called Imperial Stouts. The Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout follows in this tradition, and is brewed once a year for the Winter months. The chocolate flavour and aroma is gained from the artful blending of 6 varieties of black chocolate and roasted malts.
The Brooklyn Brewery has a range of beers; the Brooklyn Lager is its first and top selling lager, which bodes well for the others as this lager is certainly not the dull taste of mass produced American beer. I look forward to sampling the others in the range, when I can find them, and reporting back.
Note: There is the option to visit the Brewery on Saturday afternoons. Not easy if you are in the UK, but a must-do if you are in the NY area.
|Region:||America, Brooklyn, NY|
|Contains:||Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast|
|Closure:||Bottle Top, 355ml|
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