Black Chocolate Stout by Brooklyn Brewery

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Beer Name: Black Chocolate Stout

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery, New York, USA

Date Sampled: 4th November 2016

ABV: 10%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

So as the fifth of November hits and people head out into the darkness to enjoy bonfires and fireworks, I start to think about ideal beers for the occasions.

As it's a night that normally features woolly hats, scarfs and gloves, it's no surprise that I'm leaning towards a darker beer... and even less of a surprise that I'm plumping for a stout.

This Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery is a seasonal beer that they brew for winter, debuting in 1994. I've seen a number of good reviews so I was looking forward to trying it. This bottle is from winter 2015/16 but as this is a beer that is often said to benefit from aging I was not concerned about it not being the freshest bottle.

From the pour it has a luxurious thickness and settles into the glass jet black with a caramel coloured head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is amazing, full of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla and a hint of coffee.

The flavour is even better; dark fruits and black treacle give it a spiced fruit cake quality, with bitter dark chocolate coming through to the finish along with toasted malts.

It has a very boozy profile, leaving a pleasing warmth in your mouth and throat which, along with the smooth full body, has you feeling like you've just swigged the most Irish of creamy dark hot chocolates.

This Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn brewery really is a cracking beer and would be absolutely perfect sipped watching fireworks next to a roaring bonfire.

This is one beer that I will definitely be buying again.

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