Thursday, September 04, 2008

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Winter '04-'05 Vintage

I decided to pull a vintage beer out of my cellar tonight that I haven't had in awhile. That beer being a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from the Winter '04-'05 release that has been quietly sitting in my cellar. Luckily, I have another bottle of this same vintage sleeping down there too.

The beer pours out a deep, viscous black that lets not light through. Mild carbonation here but a inch of dark tan foam manages to form atop the beer and leave some spotty lacing as it falls. Aromas start out with deeply roasted malts and a big chocolate, reminds me of bitter chocolate personally. Vinous notes mix in with deep molasses and toffee. Licorice in the background with a note of oxidation as well. Overall though, a very enjoyable aroma after aging these past years.

First sip brings deep roasted dark malts to the forefront with a hint of sweetness. Bitter chocolate flavors rush in with notes of molasses, toffee and a mild coffee undertone. Vinous, slightly fruity flavors are these as well. Slightly burnt with a touch of licorice, the brew finishes with a wisp of alcohol heat on the end of each sip. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich with a solid, smooth maltiness all the way through. This one really grabs hold as it goes down. Slightly creamy as well. Overall, age has mellowed this brew out from what it is when fresh for sure. I can without a doubt say this is a great candidate for a beer to age and I'd recommend buying a six pack and letting it take a nap in your cellar, sampling a bottle every year to see how it changes. I'll be buying another sixer when I can to do just that!

Overall I gave this vintage brew a rating of Great.

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