Saturday, December 30, 2017
Brooklyn Brewery has been around for a few years and brews a variety of ales and lagers. Black Chocolate Stout is an Imperial Russian Stout, a style that had its origins in the 18th century when English brewers sent some stout to Catherine the Great of Russia, jacking up the hops and alcohol content so that it would survive the long trip. But don't let the "chocolate" in the title confuse you: there's no actual chocolate. The masterful blending of American malts, including some malted wheat, give us some subtle chocolate notes.
This is an incredible brew, great for the cold winter months!
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
(Sorry, that's all I've got for that setup!)
But, hey! We have another self-proclaimed bock in the Sam Adams 12 pack! I do want to point out that the label to the left is an old label, and describes the beer as ale, which is inaccurate, since bocks are a subcategory of lager. I think there was a least one major market that had beer labeling ordinances that were inaccurate as to the actual classification of certain beers.
This chocolate bock pours a deep mahogany brown with a thin tan head. Milk chocolate aroma dominates, with vanilla notes. Very creamy. Despite the heavy presence of the chocolate, the underlying "beeriness" is still evident: it's a solid bock outside the chocolate goodness. Food pairings would lean toward desserts - cheesecake, chocolate mousse, coffee ice cream, tiramisu.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Although they don't promote it as such, the style is definitely what's referred to as a Vienna Lager. The Vienna style originated in that Austrian city, but you'll find many examples among Mexican beers such as Negra Modelo and Dos Equis. Sam Adams Boston Lager, is a great example of the style. Pouring a light amber with a short off-white head, the overall effect is a mild malty sweetness, rather than the crisp cleanness of a Pilsner. The hoppiness is subdued at 30 IBUs, and there is a caramel aroma mixed with a breadiness that makes this more complex than most lagers. This is a great year-round beer and can be enjoyed with a variety of foods like burgers, fried chicken or even bruschetta. An IGB favorite.