Black Chocolate Stout – Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Black Chocolate Stout (Limited Bottling – Winter 13-14) – Brooklyn Brewery, 10% ABV, 355ml., (Brooklyn, NY, USA)


on the neck label:

“In the last century, British brewers made strong stouts for the Czar’s Court. They were called Imperial Stouts. Our Black Chococlate Stout, brewed once yearly for the winter season, achieves a chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six varieties of black, chocolate and roasted malts.


  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Heavy med-sweet roasted barley malt alcoholic burnt bitter
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $4.25 CAD (after 10% off), February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: not after my 2nd tasting

Visual: Pours jet black with a smallish dissipating head, a big island w/ ringed retention, micro fine bubbles on top, barely visible slow micro bubble streams.

Nose: roasted caramelized barley, molasses, brown sugar, faint coffee/fig. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: slick-thick, slight crisp

Mid-palate: heavy malts, lingering (lvl-7-sweetness), espresso

Finish: sweet liquid roast barley, mild alcohol hit, burnt toast bitterness, mild chocolate notes

Summary: Although clocking in a whopping 10% ABV, this stout drinks pretty smooth and with some alcohol in the backend. The flavour is predominantly roasted barley and halfway through it becomes rather predictable. Above average, but there are more interesting imp stouts out there.

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager 1988-2013 – Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

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  • My Rating: B-

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager 1988-2013 – Brooklyn Brewery, 9% ABV – 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

on the back label:

“(front label artwork: Breathing Head, Fred Tomaselli, 2002)

I first met Fred Tomaselli in the early ’90s at Kasia’s, the Bedford Avenue diner that was the main meeting place for artists living and working in Williamsburg. The brewery was in its second year, and Fred’s painting career was just starting. Today, Fred’s painting is known all over the world, and so are our beers. This Silver Anniversary llabel is based on Fred’s 2002 painting, Breathing Head. In 1988, we introduced Brooklyn Lager, an American original inspired by the beers of 19th Century New York and Vienna. Today, we salute our beginnings with this Silver Anniversary Lager, brewed to a doppelbock intensity and re-fermented in the bottle.”

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  • Style: Doppelbock
  • Taste: creamy-sweet texture -> malts/honey/cola -> bittersweet hops/malty-sweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek Liquor Store
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off) – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, it’s quite smooth

Visual: High quality cork seal and twisty-tie metal cap. Pours hazy medium-dark brown with a small but super long lasting ultra-foamy head, thin sticky lacing, a plethora of activity.

Nose: faint sweet malts and cola. (2/10)-aromatic strength.

Attack: lasting super-foamy texture,

Mid-palate: (8/10)-malty sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, honey, dark fruit/red fruit (HINT) cola

Finish: soft & mild-hop/malt bitterness, smooth sweet finish.

Summary: Good texture, drinkability, and flavour. Overall solid, but lacks  any memorable qualities imo.

Sorachi Ace – Brooklyn Brewery (NY, USA)

Sorachi Ace – Brooklyn Brewery,7.6% ABV – 1pt 9.4fl.oz., (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

On the back label:

“Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, a cracklingly dry, hoppy unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, but featuring rare Sorachi Ace hop. Fermented with our special Belgian ale strain, we add Sorachi Ace hops post-fermentation. After 100% bottle re-fermentation with Champagne yeast, the beer emerges with a bright spicy lemon zest aroma. It tastes like sunshine in a glass, and that suits us just fine, especially with seafood dishes and fresh cheeses.”

  • Style: Saison
  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: super smooth creamy ale
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $12 (after 10%), 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: maybe, with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: def yes

Tasting notes: pours clear mellow yellow with a thick foamy creamy head, very nice clustered fast-moving champagne CO2 streams. Very nice aromatic tangerine oils on the nose. Super velvety mouthfeel, tastes of smoothtangerine, medium sweetness (5/10), light and soft hoppiness, coriander, finishes mildly tangy and off-dry soft bitter. Medium complexity, med-high carry, excellent transitions, great carry, fabulous drinkability. The creamy velvety mouthfeel is 2nd to none.