Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout (2011)

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Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
Beer: Black Chocolate Stout (2011)
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10%
Character: Brewed using three mashes with each batch of this beer, achieving the dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specialty roasted malts
Ratings at time of Review: BA: 93 | RB: 100
Metal Connection: MACABRE – Jeffrey Dahmer And The Chocolate Factory

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brookblackchocstoutHaving a beer fridge still stocked well with some gems in it at my mom’s house, in her garage usually gives me a “Hell Yeah” moment when I see what I still have over there. Here is one of those cases. I went over one day to grab a few bottles from in there, and I see this Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. After reading the label I see that this bottle is a vintage winter release 2011/2012. So now this is a “Fuck yeah” moment, actually. This bottle was brought home and immediately cracked open as the temperature was just right from the trip back to my apartment.

Using my Craft Pride snifter glass for this session. Black Chocolate Stout poured an opaque black, motor oil looking color. It was topped with a dark tan half inch bubbly head. There was no real head retention on this beer, as it quickly disappeared after the photos were taken.  No lacing left down the glass this time.

The aroma was heavy in dark chocolate and roasted malts. Pretty roasty, actually, even after all these years. There was a nice aroma of dark fruits like plums, prunes, and raisins, and a mild sweet tartness rounding out the nose of this beer.

The taste follows the nose. Right away I am hit with the taste of the dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Just like the nose, these were pretty heavy. The body was made up of the dark fruit flavors giving this beer some plum, raisin, and prune notes. I can pick up a trace of nuttiness, like maybe almonds, aamaretto flavor, if you will. There is a nice underlying booziness, showing off that 10% ABV. I really like the overall sweet tartness that this beer gives off. The roasty dark chocolate and dark fruits really combine well, giving this beer an amazing aftertaste.

The body is pretty thick, as expected. There is a real heavy syrupy mouthfeel, and this beer finishes dry. Excellent presentation.

Overall, obviously I am in love with this beer, if you can’t tell. I believe I always will be a fan of this beer each and every year it comes out. Funny thing I noticed when looking through my Untappd check-ins is that I first had this beer on my birthday in 2011. I’m assuming that I had purchased a 4-pack that year, and this one bottle just so happened to still be remaining for aging. So, I am thanking myself for hiding this bottle at my Mom’s house for these years! Cheers self!

dahmer-513c5958ab3f6Metal Connection: Oh sweet Macabre, thank you for writing such awesome tunes like this one. I had to do it. Here is a band that has been kicking around the music scene since 1984, being an early influence on the Death Metal & Grindcore movement that soon followed that era. Since their inception, Macabre has been playing fast music that has sounds of Punk, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Crossover Metal, Grindcore while mixing in some fun stuff like nursery rhymes, Christmas carols, childhood songs, and movie music all while singing about serial killers. The band themselves say they play “Murder Metal.” In 2000, the band released “Dahmer,” their third full length album. On this album, it is obviously themed around the life of famed serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer. This song is about Jeffrey working at the Ambrosia Chocolate Factory in Milwaukee, where he worked during his killing spree. In typical Macabre fashion, what better way to have a song about a chocolate factory than using the Oompa Loompa song from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Oh, just listen for yourself!

Lyrics:
Oompa Loompa Doopity Doo
Jeffrey’s Stirring Up Some
Chocolate For You
Oompa Loompa Doompity Dee
He Worked At The
Ambrosia Chocolate Factory
What Would You
Bet Jeffrey Guzzled Down Meat
Eating A Bunch Of The
Fellas He’d Meet
If Jeff Was A Cat
And Men Were The Rats
What Do You Think
Will Come Of That
I Don’t Like The Look Of It

Oompa Loompa Doopity Dah
Jeffrey Loved Eating
Men From Gay Bars
And He Lived In Happiness Too
Like The Oompa Loompa Doopity Doo
Doopity Doo

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