846. Brooklyn Brewery – Black Chocolate Stout (Winter 09-10)

846. Brooklyn Brewery - Black Chocolate Stout (Winter 09-10)Since I made a breakfast pizza today, and have been way off the diet, I decided to go ahead and enjoy a big beer tonight. This one was sent to me by my friend @jonathanmoxey when he lived in New York City, and it’s been hiding in the back of the beer fridge for 7 years or so.

Location: Poured into a TEKU pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL

Numbers: 10% ABV, 24.5° Plato OG, 360 Calories

Ingredients: Malts: 2-row, caramel malt, malted wheat and a blend of American roasted malts; Hops: Willamette and American Fuggle

Appearance & Aroma: It’s pure black in color, with no light visible through it. It never really formed a head, only a creamy, light tan ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. It has a very nice dark chocolate aroma, almost like a dark chocolate Milky Way candy bar.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is smooth and lightly viscous. The flavor up front is a very smooth light roastiness with hints of dark chocolate. In the middle, the dark chocolate flavor becomes a bit more rich. The finish is even more flavorful, with some more smooth roasty flavors. There’s a mix of dark chocolate and a smooth roastiness that’s a bit coffee like. The coffee and roasty flavors last for a couple minutes in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: There is a good amount of dark chocolate and coffee roastiness in this beer. Therefore, I’d probably load up on chocolate and pair this with a fudge brownie. It would also be great to contrast it with something creamy and tart like a cheesecake covered in tart cherries or raspberries.

Overall Impression: This beer has aged perfectly, smoothing out both the roastiness and bitterness. Even though it has a lot of dark chocolate flavor and roastiness, it’s not necessarily sweet or overly bitter, but it is very flavorful.  This was a very nicely aged beer, and it really makes me curious to know what it tastes like when it’s fresh.  Thank you @jonathanmoxey for this beer. Cheers!

My Rating: ★★★★½

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