"Yeah, I guess it's alright."
I have a friend who hates coffee, can't even stand the smell. I decided to put that supposed hate to the test. A couple of weeks ago I went over to Wrigleyville's famous Murphy's Bleachers Pub next to the park's bleachers entrance. They serve certain high ABV beers out of a kegerator, and, folks, it's the best. The beers come out temperate and rich.
This day, they had the venerable Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout on the kegerator tap. They poured it for me in a Brooklyn Brewery snifter (which somehow is now in my apartment - oh, weird) with a silver logo in front. It's a midnight black, akin to the coal of coffee grounds. The nose picks up coffee, deep mocha and roasted wood flavors, with a roundness showing the barrel aging effects. As for the taste, it's not short of heavenly. This is easily one of the twenty best beers I've ever tried. It offers more subtle coffee roast flavors, and dark chocolate malts. Further sips reveal more cocoa. This beer is sensational. At 10.6% it's definitely beyond session level.
Even my coffee-hating friend, when I dragged him over to try it, had to offer the understated compliment quoted above. He had three.
Holy Water, Drink or Pour Down the Sink: this is Holy Water. This is my sip at home and watch indie movies beer. Thanks for another great beer, Brooklyn! And extra thanks for making it a seasonal and not just a one-off.