This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, the award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. They use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specialty roasted malts. They brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.
Excellent Stout, 30th Jul 2010
Reviewer: David Marra
(Winter '09/'10 bottling tasted)
The Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a massively complex beer. It has a weighty mouthfeel from the high gravity and aromas of (surprise, surprise) chocolate, coffee and molasses. What I really like about this stout is that it doesn't have an obvious chocolate "flavouring" aspect like the Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but instead, seems to rely on the use of what must be a very large amount of chocolate malt in addition to the roasted barley. This dark, roasted, almost bitter chracter perfectly balances the apparent sweetness of the higher alcohol and the richness of this beer's overall texture.
The alcohol is easily hidden by the balancing components in this beer and could probably even handle an extra percentage or so without becoming unknit. For me, high gravity stouts are the greatest kind of stout as they achieve a concentration and powerful richness that you just can't get at 4.2%-5.5%
At €3/bottle, this is an insanely good deal for a beer of this size and complexity. I have one bottle of the '07/'08 bottling which I am very excited to try to see just how well this beer ages.