Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout (from 2010)
It isn’t often that there is a chance to taste a nine-year old bottle of Chocolate Stout. I would like to make a point of thanking Jerry Scott for bringing this bottle of Brooklyn Chocolate Stout (2010) to see if it can still “Meet Expectations”.
What was the most interesting thing about this tasting of a nine-year old stout was the change in body as well as the development of a particular flavor profile.
Let me tell you that I have watched the Brooklyn Brewery develop over the last thirty years so my impartiality could be questioned. Nevertheless, I trust that your faith in me as a journalist will allow you to more understand my observations.
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Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Malts: 2-row, caramel malt, malted wheat and a blend of American roasted malts
Hops: Willamette and Fuggle
Alcohol by Volume: 10.0%
Original Gravity: 24.5° Plato
What the Brewery Site tells us:
Description: “Brewed since 1994, our Black Chocolate Stout has itself become a modern classic, heralded the world over. It achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six malts and three distinct mashes. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years.”
“You never quite know what will happen when you age a beer: perhaps the body will smooth out, notes of vanilla, oak, and tannins will come to the front, or hints of leather and soy sauce will make themselves known.”
Food Pairings: Chocolate desserts, passionate love and rage in front of a blazing fireplace, cheesecake, fruit tarts, big ol’ blankets, ice cream, holiday parties, strong cheeses, and mythology.
Format: 15.5 gal kegs; 5.2-gal kegs; 24/12oz bottles; 6-packs
From the Web:
Beer Advocate: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/45/680/
The Beer Connoisseur: https://beerconnoisseur.com/beer/black-chocolate-stout
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Beer tasting for Meeting Expectation are held at:
The Henry Street Ale House
62 Henry St,
Brooklyn, NY 11201