Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
Black Chocolate Stout
Imperial Stout
10% ABV
bottle

As Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796, Catherine the Great impressed the world with her savvy foreign policy, patronage of the arts, deep intellectual prowess, and scandalous sexual affairs. Why should a beer drinker care that she profoundly changed Russia’s position on the international stage? Or that her personal art collection was the basis of the Hermitage Museum? Or that she corresponded personally with Voltaire? Speaking of Voltaire, did you know that “Voltaire” is a pen-name of uncertain provenance (and only one of 178 attributed to the same author)? I digress.

Anyhow, what еvery beer-drinker should know is that the original version of the Imperial Stout was created exclusively for Catherine the Great’s pleasure. Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout is brewed in this style, but otherwise has nothing to do with Catherine the Great, for better or worse.

I didn’t taste much namesake chocolate in this brew, but rather a subtle hint of molasses– a hint as subtle as a girlfriend circling 18th century engagement rings in a magazine and leaving those pages dog-eared on her boyfriend’s 18th century desk.

Though slightly sweeter, and lacking the fresh-off-the-draft head, I find this beer very reminiscent of Guinness (Perry heartily disagrees).  This is also a nod to how well the alcohol is concealed– 10% and it tastes more like 6%. No sticky, syrupy, alkie sweetness in this imperial stout. За ваше здоровье!

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~ by nininja on December 5, 2009.

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