25 Beers of Christmas: Day Two – Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Hey! You made it to Friday! You deserve a treat. An indulgent Friday treat. TREAT YO’SELF! [Thanks Tom Haverford]

All in all…Pours like an extremely creamy & viscous chocolate milk (9th grade chemistry class anyone? I remember my vocabulary), and even holding it up to a lightbulb didn’t let light through. It smells like a very sweet stout (as it should), and reminds me of a malted milkshake…with only the slightest touch of dark unsweetened baking chocolate. If you’ve ever tried baker’s chocolate you know how incredible it smells, yet how bitter and unappetizing it is – I’m hoping the latter isn’t true for the Brooklyn.

And success! The first thing that comes to mind is how smooth it is, and how utterly dark dark dark the chocolate is without being dry or overdone. Dark as in one of those ungodly expensive 80% cacao bars…someone may also have dropped a wee bit of benissimo espresso in when I wasn’t watching. Probably not, but there is definitely some beautiful espresso somewhere in this glass. It’s not a packed, jittery type of taste, but more of a level, indulgent flavor. It also makes me crave biscuits. Hmm, Sunday morning brunch idea.

The moral of the story is: go have this, and make sure it is in your friend’s next six pack. If not there, then just buy it for them at a bar. How great of a friend are you?

Recommend to a friend? Yes yes yes! However, please see “lightweight” section below.

How much snow are you willing to scrape off your car for this? Between (4) Twenty minutes what! and (5) dig through a Minnesota blizzard

Safe for lightweights? Hahah oh so funny. At 10% ABV this isn’t so safe. If you want another great chocolate stout, though, with half the ABV go for a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Plus one? If it did not have the 10% ABV to go with it, I’d be all over this

And finally, from Brooklyn itself: “We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.”

  1. Joseph said:

    Great beer! Last year it was $3 at Savages for a minute… : )

    • thebakeandbrew said:

      Oh man I totally missed out on that – I wasn’t feeling the Brooklyn Black last year, so I’m extremely glad that my taste for darker beers has changed. Hopefully it will make an appearance again this year!

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