A Year of Beer #6 - Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Another part of our (hopefully) year-long video project, A Year of Beer. looking at the idea of beer and seasonality - how different styles of beer are more appropriate to different seasons, weathers, festivals and so on. There will also be a bit of beer and food matching thrown in because, hell, we love to to eat as much as we love to drink.
This week: Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout gets violated (in a good way).
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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.
This beer is in the "imperial stout" style, a style exported from England to the tsars and tsarinas of the old Russian empire. It isn't for the faint-hearted, but neither should you be scared off by it's uncompromising unctuous texture, huge roasty aroma, and enormous bittersweet flavour. It's no more of a shock to the system than a double espresso, and you can substitute the caffeine kick with a soft, warming glow from the 10.6% abv of this particular example.
Garrett Oliver brewed ths beer as his calling card when the Brooklyn Brewery were looking for a brewmaster. It's the equivalent of answering an exam question, but rather than just writing on paper with a biro, instead you carve a perfect essay into marble and assemble a building in which to display it. Perhaps you also gild a few lilies while you're at it. Whatever, this beer is ace - with or without ice cream.