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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2006
12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
West Lakeview

06-07 Bottling

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours (gurgles actually) midnight black with zero light coming through the body. No light escapes this beer, it's a black hole in a glass. A one finger brown head came forth on the pour. The head was so dark there was a bit of purple tint to it. The head did recede rather quickly (not surprising due to the high abv.) to a skimming with a thick collar. Leaves drink lines after each sip. Looks like a stout should look.

The aroma is heavy upfront with dark chocolate and heavy in the middle with dark berries. Dark chocolate and a lactic creaminess show up first and, while they do fall to the back, are present throughout. In the middle comes a sweet dark berry character that compliments the chocolate and cream nicely. The middle reminds me of some of the better Baltic porters I've sampled. There's hints of roasted malts gliding through there.

Flavor goes right along with the nose on this beer. The drk chocolate is up front and in your face with a smooth bitterness. There is some heat on the finish that adds to the complexity and, in my opinion, rounds out the flavors nicely. Quality stout. I'm in between the 4 and 4.5 here for the flavor rating. After some contemplation it deserves the 4.5.

The mouthfeel of this beer is out of this world. Heavy bodied with a luxuriously velvety mouthfeel. I couldn't ask for more in a stout. The heat gets your cheeks warm after a few sips.

It's a little bit of a chilly night and this beer is going down way to easy. On a downright cold night I can't think of many things I'd rather drink than this beer.

Another great brew from Brooklyn. I'm going to head out and buy a case of the 06-07 and the 07-08 tomorrow. Can't wait for a vertical in a couple more years. I can imagine this beer changing a whole bunch over time.

Reviewed: 10/21/07

Price: $10.99 Served In: Pint Glass