It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s from Brooklyn. You can’t get away with a scrolling, majestic super-serif font on your label unless your beer can back it up, and this does. Tonight I tried Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout and it is most definitely all of those things. This one packs a wallop too at 10.0% ABV, hence the four-pack.
And the bigness doesn’t end with the ABV, oh no. It’s got a big mouth feel, very creamy and kind of coats your tongue afterwards. A very rich milkshake quality and black as the ace of spades. This is beyond Guinness. You’re going to get that sweetness that comes from a beer this potent, but it isn’t cloying. You’ll get the dark chocolate (obviously) along with coffee, alcohol and cherries finishing with a dry malty flavor which lingers.
Brooklyn only brews this once a year for the winter and with good reason; you’d never want a beer like this in August. It’s like a dark, warm sweater perfect for a night (like this one) where our 80th inch of snow since Christmas is falling as I speak. I’m willing to bet that this would compliment chocolate desserts fantastically. The one I actually have in mind having tried this beer is (for Boston readers) Konditor Meister‘s traditional Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest cherry cake…see below).
I’m already putting the remainder of this four-pack aside to see how it ages in time for my birthday next year to pair with that very confection. I expect great things. This is a great imperial stout.
Drinkability: B- (this is best suited as a dessert beer and is in no way a session item).