Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Brooklyn Lager was sent to me via delivery service about a week ago. There is a note stamped on the label: “BB June 2013 3422 14:41”
The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.
I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?
The following are my tasting notes:
Appearance: A very dark almost opaque black brew topped with a sparkling rocky tan-colored head of small to medium bubbles that have a problem tatting any Belgian Lace.
Aroma: The first impression is a familiar deep dark-roasted malt aroma. People unfamiliar with Stout might say it is more of a “basement” aroma. A second visit finds hints of prune and leather. A third visit discovers that the aroma of raisins hiding behind the previously mentioned aromatics.
Mouth feel: This is not a thin beer… But it is not as large bodied as expected.
Flavor: After the first refreshing impression the initial flavors are hints of dried prunes, dried black cherries and dried apricot. The second sip reveals an unidentifiable sweetness that cannot be immediately attributed to either the malt or the yeast esters. By the third sip the taste receptors has begun to combine the flavors into more easily identifiable prune and leather.
Finish: There is a very quick finish to this beer with very little bitterness to remind you what you have just sampled.
Comments: This is not aggressive beer. It is much more milder than either the milk Stout or the traditional Guinness. The alcohol content is 4.7% by volume and this is a smidge by four Stout. As noted in the tasting notes, and at the beginning of this paragraph, this is not an aggressive beer. It is a beer that is very easy to get comfortable with.
The Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery