Monster Beer: Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Beer Monster Review

This week’s review is something of a last minute rush, as I left everything to the last minute (as usual!) and then found myself in an excellent pub instead of at home with my beer supply.

Happily, The Bull has a wonderful beer list, including plenty of tasty monsters. And so, with apologies to the crappy phone photograph, here is today’s offering.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

This is Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout, a 10% extra strong imperial stout from the US. It sits jet black and guinness-like in the glass, with a deep tan fine foamed head.

The beer has been served chilled, which cuts the aroma back initially. It has a sweet rich nose which is quite malty, and with a hint of molasses. There’s not much in the way of alcohol, and I’m not really getting chocolate either.

In the mouth, it’s very thick, syrupy and big bodied, just as a stout should be. There’s a sticky black treacle taste, with quite a big belt of bitterness at the end which cuts that sweetness back – although its almost overdone. There’s a hint of roasted coffee but I’m still not seeing any real chocolate to the flavour. The alcohol is still understated and that bitter tail is slightly overpowering but overall it’s a tasty beer.

It’s thick enough to be a monster but surprisingly lacking in punch and complexity. Overall, it’s a nice beer but there are better imperial stouts to be had.

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