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.

Hard Root Beer – Coney Island Brewing (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Hard Root Beer – Coney Island Brewing (brewed in collaboration with Boston Beer Company), 5.8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Brooklyn, NY, USA)


on the back label:

“The gypsy should have predicted this.The most dignified beverage of days past, reimagined for your future self. The wooden planks under your feet and a hot dog in your hand; the only difference is that now you?re tall enough to ride the ride.”


  • Style: (root beer) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Generic grocery-store bought root beer with grain alcohol
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $2.90 (after 10% off), October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours root beer brown (no surprise), quickly dissipating head, fizzy soda-like CO2.

Nose: syrupy sweet root beer, background vanilla, hints of licorice. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: incoming sugary sweetness, bitter alcohol

Mid-palate: medium-cloying (lvl-9-sweetness), cola-caramel molasses

Finish: licorice, vanilla extract

Summary: Sweet like a Barqs with a bit more rooty depth, but no beer in here at all. It tastes like a generic sugary root beer with some added grain alcohol. I’d rather just have a bottle of craft root beer.

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.

Brooklyn Local 2 (USA)

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  • My Rating: B-

Brooklyn Local 2 – Brooklyn Brewery, 9.0% ABV – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

On the back label:

“Here in Brooklyn we’ve combined European malt and hops, Belgian dark sugar, and raw wildflower honey from a New York family farm to create Brooklyn Local 2. Our special Belgian yeast adds hints of spice to the dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate flavors. After 100% bottle re-fermentation, this ale reveals a marvelous dry complexity, enjoyable by itself or at the dinner table.”

  • Style: (Belgian-style) Strong Ale
  • Taste Profile: Sweet creamy malts -> honey/brown sugar/orange/citrus oils/alcohol -> fruity malts/malty bitterness/smooth finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th (West Vancouver)
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off), July 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: bring to a party
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: Tried the Local 1, now onto Local 2. Pours cola brown with a fab sizable ultra creamy-foamed head, abundant effervescence, very good head retention. Light roasted malts, sourness, and liquid honey on the nose.

Attack: burst of 9/10-sweetness, crisp, creamy-creamy mouthfeel.

Mid-palate: med-dense malts, honey, brown sugar, orange citrus oils, tingly mouthfeel, mild alcohol detection in the background.

Finish: fruity malts, mild alcohol warmth, slight malty bitterness, smooth finish with creeper.

A high quality refined beer. The sweetness gets progressively heavier if you are soloing the bottle.

Brooklyn Local 1 (USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Brooklyn Local 1 – Brooklyn Brewery, 9% ABV – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

On the back label:

“In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we forge barley malt and hops from Germany, aromatic raw sugar from Mauritius and yeast from Belgium into our latest beer, Brooklyn Local 1. Behind the full golden color you’ll find an alluring aroma, a dynamic complex of flavors. Belgian flair, Brooklyn fortitude and a dusting of yeast after 100% bottle re-fermentation. Enjoy it locally or globally, as an aperitif or with your favorite dishes.”

  • Style: (Belgian-style) Strong Ale
  • Taste Profile:  bitter-sour malts -> grapefruit/banana/coriander/bready -> burpy/alcoholic finish. (creeper)
  • Where I got it : W.16th (West Vancouver)
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off), July 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: only shared with friends ’cause of the wow factor of popping the cork
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: I love the label – simple yet eye-catchingly unforgettable. Pours translucent golden orange with a superb large creamed-foamy head, very sticky lacing, good thick layer of retention, lots of active streams hugging the glass. Beautiful inviting orange/tangerine citrus aromas along with mild sour malts on the nose. Drinks with a rounded crispness up front, tingly mouthfeel, bitter-sour malts, 6/10-balanced sweetness, mid-palate consists of grapefruit, banana, coriander, mild bready malts, finishing burpy, off-dry with hints of alcohol and vanilla. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. Creeper effect of the 9% ABV fo sho.

Pumpkin Ale – Post Road (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Pumpkin Ale – Post Road,5.0% ABV – 355ml,(Brooklyn, NY, USA)

On the front label:

“In the 18th Century, colonial Americans brewed wonderful and interesting ales by using local ingredients. Barley was the principal ingredient but pumpkins were also used. Pumpkins were favored by brewers for their rich spicy flavors, which melded perfectly with the malted barley. Post Road brings you a delicious rendition of this traditional American classic.”

  • Style: Spiced Pumpkin Ale
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: caramel pumpkin -> malts -> cinnamon/nutmeg -> malted bitter finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$15 for 6pack, Autumn 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours medium-light brown, minimal head, micro CO2 without much retention. Pungent cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose. Drinks with medium sweetness (5/10), caramel,pumpkin, medium malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, slightly watery in mids, finishes malty and a medium rich bitterness (4/10). Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability.

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.

Brooklyn Black Ops – Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Brooklyn Black Ops – Brooklyn Brewery, 10.7% ABV, (Brooklyn, NY)

On the back label:

“Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a robust stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. Supposedly ‘Black Ops’ was aged for for months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, creating big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak notes. They say there are only 1,000 cases. We have no idea what they’re talking about”

  • My Rating: A
  • Why I like it: extremely nice balance of alcohol and flavour
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $27 (after 10%), 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., Winter 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: YES
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: YES

Tasting notes: pours coffee black, minimal head, layered retention, barely visible slow-moving CO2 streams. Big roasted coffee and alcohol on the nose. Huge chocolate and roasted coffee up front, high depth in the mids, fades into caramel and oaked vanilla. Controlled 5/10 level-sweetness, subdued alcohol presence, creamy mouthfeel and crisp and mildly bitter finish. Med-High complexity, high depth, great carry, great transitions, fabulous drinkability. Super smooth for 10.7% ABV and great flavour to boot; so glad I picked up 2 bottles.