Friday, November 20, 2009

Black Chocolate Stout

Lots of pink cars out there today. Seriously. On the way to work, a light pink Lexus cut me off. Fortunately, I am an extremely patient man. That and my Honda CRV didn't have the giddyup to catch up with it. Then a lunch time encounter reminded me of a 48 Hours movie scene. It wasn't a piece of shit or sky blue, but this pink boat with midlife crisis dude rolled by as I was waiting to turn at a traffic light.

Finally, as I was getting in my car at my kid's school parking lot, I couldn't help but admire the pink Cadillac parked next to my car. I even tried to take my time getting out of there just to perhaps catch a glimpse of the owner, but my impatience took over. So no, I didn't get to see the pimp in person. Maybe another day!

Friday night. Stopped by Total Wine for a quick pit stop on the way home from work. Another customer tried to sell me some sweet Sauternes in the wine tasting area. I smiled and tasted and tasted again. Luckily, my Ivy League education provided me the opportunity to take wine tasting classes every Wednesday between my rocket science and micro-physical therapeutics courses. (Yes, I made some of that shit up!). But I was able to hold an intelligent conversation despite this dude's thick accent.

Over in the beer area, I happened upon Black Chocolate Stout brewed by The Brooklyn Brewery in Utica, New York. This is Limited Bottling 09-10; they brew this stuff once a year.

Chocolate, dark fruity raisin aroma--really strong and nice! The flavors start out with loads of milk chocolate, molasses and a bit of coffee. Nicely blended, complex and the flavors complement each other wonderfully. Some smokiness shows through along with some hops. The beer is lightly bitter. Very smooth and creamy texture! The 10% alcohol, yep 10%, does not try to hide itself too much. It gives a nice little bite, in a welcome way. Medium body, low carbonation; a lasting bitter coffee flavor is left on your palate. This was a really great beer in every way! Make sure you get some before it's gone this year. On a side note, I can seriously feel the 10% alcohol. That's strange because I can usually handle 5 or 10 beers easily. Whatever.

January 31, 2010 Update. Because I have nothing better to do and because I loved this beer so much the first time around, I'm going to review it again. Also the Winter 09-10 version. And a picture below from this go-round.

Rich chocolate aroma. Booze with dark fruit and cherries, too. The flavors are liquid delicious. Toffee, coffee, chocolate, they're all in there. The 10% alcohol is not hiding at all, but is playing back and forth with the raisins and cherries and other dark fruits. Not a sweet beer, if you were wondering. Rather, on the slightly bitter side. Some smokey essence comes through toward the end. I'm glad I did this review again, but this time I felt like one was surely enough. Big alcohol was stepping over the line slightly by the end! Drink it if you got it!

Update 8/13/2010: The Brooklyn Brewery was kind enough to send me the nutritional content for this beer. 10.0% ABV; Per 12 fl. oz.: 320 calories, 4.0g protein, 28.0g carbohydrates, 0.0g fat.

48 HRS.

Eddie Murphy Raw

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Nathan said...

Everyone loves beer and I love reading your very well written beer reviews. For this reason Daily Beer Review has been presented with the Best Blog Award over at

Congratulations and keep the beer reviews coming!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Nathan. Thanks for the compliments. I'm not sure everyone loves beer, but they would if they tried good craft beers. Hopefully I can entertain them at the same time!

BTW, the animals in your header are very realistic!