Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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93
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5,889 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,889
Reviews: 2,676
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 1,011 | FT: 53
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of VTR
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass at a local taproom. S/Roasted Malts, chocolate, slight hints of vanilla, a little nutty, and maybe a little vanilla. T/It was the thickness that I expected of such a stout. I tasted the roasted malts and chocolate on the first sip. It was very bitter, but the bitterness subsided as it warmed and that is when the flavor really started to shine revealing small hints of vanilla with the roasted chocolate. O/I would definitely seek this out again. It was well worth the purchase.

Photo of biglos97
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nctide
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBeerBeer
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ConorGolden
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TonyJ815
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KeithE
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zfw
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cam23
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pour is black as night with a huge head that eventually settles to 1 finger in size and caps the beer perfectly. The cap of the beer never recedes and leaves a good amount of lacing that leaves rings down most of the glass.

S: Smell is mainly bittersweet chocolate, with roasted malts and a faint presence of alcohol. Caramel and vanilla start to come out as the beer warms. There is also a bit of a nutty aroma with some toasty/smokiness.

T: Big, robust flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of dry smokiness on the finish. Also caramel with a touch of brown sugar. No hint of hops or alcohol whatsoever.

M: Very smooth and slick on the palate with a full body and a low level of carbonation. Very drinkable for such a big beer, with alcohol masked very well for 10% ABV.

O: This is a solid, cheaply priced RIS that I look forward to every year. It isn't as outstanding as Alesmith Speedway Stout or Founders Breakfast Stout, but it is a good beer that showcases the style well. Great aromas/flavors of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts, and at $10 a 4 pack you can't go wrong. One of my favorite offerings from Brooklyn Brewery that never disappoints. Everyone rants and raves about how well it ages, so I will have to age one and see for myself.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

Pours viscous and oil-like. Black gold. Forms a finger and a half of chewy, dark khaki and espresso-colored head. Persists well. Body is dark as the back of Forrest Whitaker's neck. 4.5

Smells of dark cherries and/or a cherry cordial. Dark chocolate for certain. Some sort of Xmas treat. 4.25

Learhery and tobacco-like, so I'm thinking it's barrel-aged. Not sure, but it seems that way. Dark cherry flavors continue true to the nose, blended with bitter dark chocolate and vanilla notes. A touch of earthy hops linger on the finish. 4.25

As the pour led me to believe, this is viscous, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is light and some hops give a touch of bitterness on the finish. 4.25

Damn great beer that probably deserves more love.

Photo of kenstogie
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsnyder61
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great russian imperial stout, great for winter

Photo of Maillard
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tommy9iron
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerCrack
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Klister
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SteveLimoncello
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Westyn
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnthonyMoran88
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love it hits nice, smooth and rich flacor

Photo of jgido759
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Premo88
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter
(winter 2014-15)

L: black motor oil coming out of bottle; a hard pour renders a huge, thick head of brown foam ... dark, almost reddish color to it ... sticks hard at top; liquid looks clear dark dark brown up to light; keeps a great collar

S: bourbon and vanilla ... dark chocolate, espresso, astringent coffee, too, but this smells like a bourbon barrel-aged brew ... lots of vanilla and bourbon; strangely as it warms, starts putting out a vodka/gin burn

T: thick dark malt notes of bitter chocolate, mocha latte, vanilla, a hint of wood/oak ... nothing is burnt, just very, very dark ... OK, maybe a *little* burnt, but it's bitter notes are smoothed out by all the vanilla and sweeter notes; mostly hides the alcohol ... mostly

F: thick, oily, slick at times, but it also comes across as relatively light ... the hard pour didn't sap it of too much carbonation, still full

O: great brew, but then I'm a sucker for the big stout ... this one amazes me in how much of the bourbon barrel-aged notes it has, especially the vanilla. shows a little bit of alcohol heat but for the most part it keeps the alcohol reined in.

good enough that I've bought another 4-pack to keep around until next winter to see how it ages. perhaps a bit lighter/sweeter than the average Russian Imperial (think milk chocolate/vanilla over semisweet chocolate/licorice), but still full of lots of dark malt goodness.

Photo of maxhock
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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