I feel almost like saying hello to a long-lost friend drinking this beer. Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewing Company is a real heavyweight of a beer coming it at 10% ABV, 24.5 Plato OG and 51 IBU. This beer is a long-time favorite of mine and I look forward to it every fall/winter, but what I did this year just took it to another level.
Pours opaque jet black as an Imperial Stout should. Two fingers of tan head recedes to a thin ring and laces the glass like crazy. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate a hint of estery fruit and a slight alcohol astringency. Beautifully complex flavor dominated by dark chocolate (not surprising given the name) but with smooth understones of roasted and caramel malt, coffee, vanilla and currant. One of the longest finishes of any beer I’ve tasted leaving a little bit of all the flavors on the palate until the next sip. Slight alcohol burn going down. Thick bodied, velvet smooth and a subtle carbonation. Drinks easily enough for a heavyweight beer but not chuggable.
As mentioned, one of my favorite beers year after year. I can’t find any fault with it whatsoever. Rating: 5/5.
As a side note, I found this beer paired beautifully with a 601 Steel Anvil, a 6″ x 60RG gordo cigar – a Nicaraguan puro featuring an oscuro wrapper and a variety of ligero fillers. The cigar is full-bodied features prominant notes of chili pepper, dark chocolate and a smooth leather. The chocolate and chili notes make for a match made in heaven with this beer. I don’t often drink beer with a cigar (I usually prefer Scotch) but you just can’t beat this pairing.