This is the third review in the series “12 Beers of Christmas” – Everyday for 12 days we will have a review on a Christmas/winter beer.
On the third day of Christmas, Santa gave to me a Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout. Nothing says winter like a nice full bodied imperial stout. Some may like fruited, spiced beers at winter time, but personally I like a high gravity, thick malty brew, one that will warm you up on a cold winter’s eve.
Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout is a limited batch that is released every winter, and every winter I seek this one out, you should too. Don’t fear, the limited release is not that limited; you should be able to find this one at your local case distributor or bottle shop, maybe even on tap at your favorite taproom.
This brew pours thick, and finishes with a nice light brown head. Mmmm, there’s a subtle chocolate aroma and taste to its namesake. The malts in this beer are what grabs your taste buds. Dark dry malt with hints of chocolate give it its unique flavor and a light hop gives it a little bite at it’s finish. The ABV comes in at a heavy 10%, and the booze is evident while enjoying this beer.
Every time I have one of these, I remember a few Christmas’s past, with my brother-in-law, craving a bourbon aged stout talking me into making my first ever beer bourbon mixer. Knob Creek and Black Chocolate Stout… it wasn’t that bad. Tread lightly with this Winter Brew, it will warm you up and make you do silly things if coerced by a family member.