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Style Russian Imperial Stout · ABV 10% · 355 ml bottle
Brewed by Brooklyn Brewery · New York City · New York · United States
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I’ve been dying to try this famous seasonal from Garrett Oliver and his crew out in Brooklyn. I mean, a highly rated and appreciated Russian Imperial Stout at almost the same price as a macro lager from one of the majors, is that really possible? Let’s see what this calorie bomb (yes it does weigh in at a staggering 320 kcal) can to do me!

Appearance 3/3

Black Chocolate Stout is a fitting name, this beer’s completely black, like a night of a new moon. The emptying of the bottle builds a compact and creamy finger of beige to light brown head. Minuscule bubbles hang on for dear life, painting lace around the edge of the glass.

Aroma 9/12

A wall of roasted malts to climb initially, it almost has a burnt and tarry profile. Following is nuances of rye pumpernickel, light citric acidity intertwined with a combo of soy sauce, figs and sweet licorice. Letting it breathe for a moment there’s a strong dark chocolate and espresso bean profile coming through that only increases with time and a higher temperature. Lingering in the back is a perfume booziness.

Flavor 16/20

A malty and boozy welcome, followed by dry bitterness blanketing the whole of the tongue. It’s a complex and somewhat vinous brew with roasted malts, sweetened dark rye bread, dark fruits, soy sauce plus some light espresso and dark bittersweet bakery’s chocolate. I also get Italian Amarelli licorice mixed with tar permeating the other flavors. The 10% ABV do make themselves known (lending an close to a minty profile to the beer) and there’s a bitter coating of the mouth.

Mouthfeel 4/5

A true heavy weighter indeed. Body’s heavy and thick with a syrupy and creamy feel to it. It’s loaded with carbondioxide and its fizzy bubbles spring to life once on the tongue. Finally there’s a dry bitterness in aftertaste.

Overall impression 6/10

Spontaneously said, this is a great and complex “designer beer”. Coming with such a hard to beat and happy price tag I’d say this something you necessarily have to try at least once, there aren’t simply any arguments against it. You just get so much goodness for your money’s worth.

On the negative side it’s slightly too boozy and has a raw bitterness in taste. I’ve had imperial stouts before with the same ABV not producing the same alcohol burn. Well I cant wait for year to have another bottle of this stuff can I, so I’ll simply have to have one of my remaining bottles with a bit of chocolate cake or simply a piece of chocolate, just to get some sugar that hopefully will balance the alcohol and bitterness some.

Other than that this is, hands down, a really solid Russian Imperial Stout and at a bargain price too. In Sweden, go get at least one at Systembolaget while stocks last.

Total Score 38/50

Excellent – Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.


Style English India Pale Ale · ABV 6.9% · 355 ml bottle
Brewed by Brooklyn Brewery · New York City · New York · United States
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It’s become a routine thing really by now. Monday’s I mean. And not a dull or bad routine. It usually begins with a late Sunday evening text on the phone, just a heads up on what’s coming the day after. Two dad’s and their respective daughters hangning out that is. Also this very particular Monday, Tomas and his daughter make it over to my place and like usually we have something Middle Easternish for lunch and then start walking, usually towards the southern part of the city center and this Monday’s no exception. We wind in a new place everytime, there’s nothing unusual about this, and always order a beer we’ve never had together before, still nothing new.

Sitting in front of me on table is a bottle of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale. Your usual IPA?

Appearance 2/3

Pours a dark amber into a lead heavy four-cornered whiskey tumbler. Not much of a head but it’s bright white. No retention what so ever and no lacings.

Aroma 9/12

The aroma escapes me somehow, could be the tumbler not being the optimal choice here but I’ve also read that people experience the same thing. What I do gather is oranges, bitter oranges and spices a very malty background. There’s also but aromatic hops present that balances pretty well with the malt.

Flavor 14/20

The recurrence of citrus fruits, mostly orange, bitter orange, bitter almonds and lots of spices, I’d say cloves. Hints of not too well-hidden alcohol too. A medium bitterness (that of a pink grapefruit) stays on but the other flavors disperse fast. There’s also flavoring hops but it’s easily overtaken by the spiciness. A musty and earthy brew, which takes me back to 1995 and my first brewery visit in Prague, walking by the open-top foam-topped fermentation vats at the Staropramen Brewery.

Mouthfeel 3/5

A lightish medium body with a watery liquid carbonated with lots of small and coarse bubbles.

Overall impression 7/10

No I wouldn’t call it you’re regular IPA. EIPA’s is a spicer version of you’re average IPA. It’s a good IPA, it’s an agreeable, it’s session IPA, but it’s not your usual IPA.

Total Score 35/50

Very Good – Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws

Style Saison / Farmhouse Ale · ABV 7.6% · 750 ml bottle
Brewed by Brooklyn Brewery · New York City · New York · United States
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I’m at the kitchen table chopping away at a big pile of vegetable, putting them on skewers, preparing them for the grill burning bed of charcoal. To my help is friend Marcus and bottle Brooklyn Sorachi Ace.

The name comes from the Japanese bread hops, developed in 199, it supposedly has a lemongrass profile.

Appearance 2/3

Entering the glass is a pale yellow similar to Hefeweizen, due to it sedimentary appearance. It produces a pretty little head at the top.

Aroma 10/12

Bouquet is hoppy, hoppy! Following is a tart and herbal intense whiff. Sensing some lemons and prunes too.

Flavor 17/20

For starters dry and hoppy, making a turn to round sweetness, making me think of peaches and Dr Pepper.

Mouthfeel 4/5

Full and smooth like the Batmobile. An abundance of stringy bubbles.

Overall impression 7/10

Jesus! This is one mother lode of ales. I’m baffled and stunned by this one. If water wasn’t the greatest thing you could drink on Earth I’d have this stuff coming out of my faucet.

Total Score 40/50

Excellent – Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.

Style English Pale Ale · ABV 4.5% · 355 ml bottle
Brewed by Brooklyn Brewery · New York City · New York · United States
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Alas, summer is upon again after a long and hard winter/spring. I love the warmth our beloved sun blesses us with and what better a companion in the sun than a summer beer to spread some warmth inwards as well. This light dinner ale originally popular in England between the 19th century up to the middle of the 20th century now sees the daylight again reincarnated as a summer ale.

Appearance 2/3

Pouring into my drinking glass is a golden yellow with tiny widely spaced bubbles. Not much of a head which dissipates in no time.

Aroma 8/12

Floral and herbal, a tad of tobacco and bitter orange.

Flavor 16/20

Excellent balance between malty sweetness and dry hoppy bitterness. Small citric strain and some of that bitter orange. Overall very very very dry. Covering everything is a nice warm blanket of elderberry.

Mouthfeel 3/5

A medium body, somewhat dry and stark mouth-feel.

Overall impression 8/10

This is the true and rare thirst quencher ale of the summer of 2011, this tasty and easily gulp-able brew. I was seriously getting ready for some lager drinking this time of the year but BSA is giving me second thoughts. I’m certain many of my fellow country (Swedes) men will feel the same, only further cementing Sweden as the second largest market for Brooklyn Brewery outside Manhattan. So grab that 6-pack of them and head to the beach or rocks for a sun-downer beer.

Total Score 37/50

Very Good – Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws