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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,192 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 5192
Reviews: 2620
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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malcontent

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06-07 version

Foreboding black mass of a body with a lush tan head. Even after the head has died down, tantalizing lacing lingers.

Obvious chocolate scent isn’t as aggressive as one might imagine. Tobacco and unexpected hop scent blend with a creamy, lactic quality in the nose. There is an alcohol quality that, while usually something I enjoy in a strong beer, takes away from the aroma here…barely.

Wow! Richer (don’t read “better”) than the 05-06. Luxurious cocoa taste with hints of caramel, marshmallow, coffee and smoke. Decadent.

Slight alcohol feel on the tip of the tongue is all that holds the mouthfeel back from perfection. It is creamy, thick and holds on to the palate which is great as the flavors are outstanding. While I couldn’t drink more than two (I’m stopping at one) the drinkablility for the style is phenomenal. A treat I look forward to every year.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 03:39:14 | More by malcontent
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to zrrbrrt for this one!

Pours jet black with a fluffy 1.5 fingers deep mocha head. Alright lacing & good head retnetion

S: Some chocolate & iron. A little licorice as this warms

T: Chocolate & iron up front. Licorice, roasted malts & coffee surface as this warms. Finishes with a little chicory, warming boozy alcohol, dryness & bakers choclate, yum

MF: Rich & some smoothness with low carbonation

Drinks to damn easy, this is 10.6 abv? I think I can session on this until nap time

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 05:00:30 | More by russpowell
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popery

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 08-09. Incredible beer. Pours black with a small light brown head. Lots of chocolate, roast and caramel in the aroma. The flavor is rich with even more chocolate, berries, brown sugar, caramel and roast. Very soft carbonation that fits the flavor well. I dearly wish that Brooklyn would distribute it to my state.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 06:40:12 | More by popery
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this as part of the Blind Beer BIF, it is a 03-04 vintage courtesy of Prufrock. Poured into Brandy Snifter

Vision
I've never had a problem creating head before but this one pours without a single bubble appearing on the surface. My jaw drops as I think this is a beer with no carbonation, but giving it two seconds a rush of half a finger of foam rushes to my rescue. The color of this head is not the crisp wedding dress that was the last two beers but milk chocolate and coffee mixing together ( Mocha, yes? ). It quickly loses itself to the atmosphere that is my apartment and leaves not even a skin behind. As I pick the glass up, the disturbance generates that ring of mocha on the perimeter to define just where the glass is. I wish I could tell if bubbles are flowing up within the murky depths of this beverage, but it is jet black... oil slick black.

Bouquet
The smell is amazing. Its reminiscent of many other stouts and screams aging in some type of way. My tasting partner says whiskey, I say bourbon barrels. Its so sweet that its almost nauseating but it stops right before it goes over the line. Earthy undertones may balance this from causing me to find it over attenuated. Bitter chocolates perform the careful waltz that is an imperial stout with charred grains. I thought in the beginning I caught vanilla, but alas it was a fleeting dream as I can't find it anywhere again.

Flavor Profile
I realize I am a goofy taster after I told my tasting partner to mimic me today. First, I took a sip and let it rush past my tongue and into my belly. Pow! Burnt grains and a smokiness that is MILES above what I was expecting.

With that in mind, the simple sip and wash down over the tongue leaves me convulsing in joy at how great this is. I find this to be my favorite smoky texture of any beer thus far in my admittedly small tasting experience. Now, the next taste I do is to take a decent sip and perform a figure eight with my tongue. Allowing this beer to linger in a rave like atmosphere of my mouth brought out two distinct flavors. The first was what I imagine burnt grains taste like. Its not the smoky nature of before, but possibly what happens when the smoky flavor particles saturate their respective receptors and move on to different pastures. Its a creamy brother to burnt grains. As the liquid bends around my mouth milk chocolate jumps inwards from my cheeks and glomps my tongue. It surprises me and causes me to literally exclaim "Mmmm!"

The finish of this beer is driven by the haze of smog roaming in the body. It finds its way into my oral membranes and hides from all degradation. It performs the buddy system of yesteryear with chocolate, however. At first you can revel in that fantastic smokiness, but as it is peeled away to move onward chocolate peeks its head out. It is very small and only momentary before the pair is whip lashed away leaving me with a quick stab of bitterness. As that bitterness, I can only believe it to be the alcohol doing a second walk through, fades I find myself dying for another sip to relive these flavors. It is a vicious cycle of undeniable joy followed by endless longing.

Oral Sensations
I find this beer to be a conundrum. If I'm not careful, I can lick my lips and find the lingering flavors of it without even noticing it sticking to my lips. When I sip it and let my tongue explore its hidden natures, I find it to be slightly under what I want for its body. I want it to be thicker, almost more syrupy. I imagine that with this body it can't possibly display the coating capabilities that it does. It is impossible for it to hang around as it does. It is impossible for it to leave a residue on my lips. It is impossible for it to give resistance to my efforts. And yet.. it does. It could be a touch heavier, but maybe it doesn't even need to be and I'm just searching for some error here. I noticed an interesting shock, literal one, this beer gave me. When I pressed some of the fluid to the soft palate of my mouth I felt the stab of alcohol to make me jump as if it scared me. Of course, it is gone and impossible to replicate exactly, but sometimes I find the alcohol in the most interesting of ways. There is no carbonation, no fizzy nature, no bubbles to speak of when drinking this unless I swish it around vigorously. Even than, that probably isn't carbonation but my own air bubble generation.

Conclusions
Hot damn! This beer was the most fun I've had with this hobby as to date. It is delicious, it is intriguing, and it is not overpowering. I would drink this again in a heartbeat. Hell, I'm probably going to go looking for more of this if I can.

It has that pleasant generation of a 'stomach furnace' as I like to put it. Even the faults I can find are probably strengths to others. I almost want to proclaim this beer my favorite beer. I thought this was bourbon aged, but I can't find enough of it for it to be anything recently aged.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 01:11:06 | More by Khazadum
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerMasterD for this brew!

A- Pours a solid jet black with a nice 1 finger light brown head that's insanely fluffy and leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

S- Sweet roasted nose with a great chocolate background that combines with an almost wood, vanilla notes and slight alcohol.

T- Dark roasted malts and barley with a great almost chalky bittersweet dark chocolate flavor in the background. Little alcohol sting in the finish that creates a decent fullness in the body.

M- Full bodied with lower carbonation and a decent bitter dryness in the finish.

Love this beer, it's so delicious and so well balanced. Brooklyn really knew what they were doing with this one.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:49:09 | More by Arenbeer
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 27 October 2010, bottle says "Winter 09-10," temperature is 50ºF, pours black into Sierra Nevada XXX snifter with caramel-colored 2-finger creamy head, and lacing that sticks to the glass and doesn't go away for a while. This is a must-have winter stout for the East Coast....sorry West Coast, you already have enough legends out there, we get to have one now!

There is so much going on with the aroma. Myriad aromas are wrapped up in a blanket of oak. The first prevalent aroma is maple, as if you smelled maple syrup poured onto pancakes. Lastly the roasted malts show up, but don't completely cover the hotness of the alcohol. The taste is the same except for the touch of bittersweet chocolate that is mild enough not to mess with the maple. DRINK THIS BEER.

Be back in 5 years when I can do a 5-year vertical review, expecting the alcohol to become a little more mild over time.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 23:31:03 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with ABV on the bottle. Poured pitch black, with a nice tan/coffee head. Head retention is not very good, but should be expected from brews with 10% ABV. Aroma is predominantly dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is exceptional. Gets even better as the beer warms up, the ABV is not felt as much. Silky smooth stout, the taste is dark chocolate with a perfect blending of coffee and some roasted malty after taste. The mouthfeel, as i said earlier, is truly exceptional and so is the drinkability. It is an excellent stout from Brooklyn Brewery, which every stout lover must most certainly have. Highly, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 04:04:59 | More by CaptDavyJones
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JohnFatAss

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saved this for a cold, snowy night.

Poured this into a glass, almost pitch black in color. Lightly carbonated, thin brown head.

This is a thick, heavy and syrupy drink.
It has a sweet, chocolatey smell. I could sense the alcohol in the smell.

Sweet chocolate taste, with a bittersweet finish.
Slight taste of alcohol, but it does not take away from the experience.

More of an after dinner drink than a beer. I drank this with some brownies, and wow! The flavors explode in your mouth!

For such a strong drink, it is surprisingly smooth, but this is a drink that should be sipped, savored and enjoyed slowly.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 02:08:45 | More by JohnFatAss
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beertunes

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer and was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it. Thanks to OKComputer for popping open a bottle to rectify that situation. Poured into snifter and served alongside a homemade Old Rasputin brownie.

Poured black, with just a thin cap of brown head that had good retention and light lacing. The aroma is a wonderful blend of chocolate and malt. Only the slightly overpowering alcohol scent detracted from the olfactory joy.

On the tongue, the story was the same. Big, solid base malts supporting just enough chocolate to satisfy this choco-holic. The body is appropriately full and smooth, but again the alcohol presence took a bit of the happy away. Drinkability is dangerously excellent. I have drank 2 22oz bottles in a sitting before (and I rarely have more than a pint of any 1 brew at a time) and will happily drink this beer most any time. Overall, a true classic of a beer. A must try if you haven't.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 19:18:04 | More by beertunes
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jedtheavenger

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11-12 winter bottle into a pint glass.

A--Black. That's an obvious one. Pours about a half-inch tan head.

S--Chocolate, hazelnut, coffee. Aroma is full and rich. It's one of those beers where you try to pick apart the complexities, and all of a sudden find yourself sipping on it.

T--heavy roasted malts, coffee, burnt sugar, and red wine. The alcohol is fairly subtle.

M--not as viscous as other Russian Imperials, but still has a pleasantly thick/syrupy consistency. Think coffee with chocolate syrup.

Overall: This one's a sipper, folks. There's nothing more perfect than sitting at home on a cold night with a boozy stout like this. In my mind, this is the quintessential RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:29:39 | More by jedtheavenger
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shanemcp


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me first start by saying that I love dark chocolate. Let me also say that I love stouts.

I've had many a stout that claim to taste chocolatey or mocha-ish, but this is by far the most authentic "chocolate" stout I have ever had (dark chocolate to be precise).

I first drank this beer by sampling it from the glass of a friend who, knowing I like a good chocolate stout, offered it to me hesitantly knowing I would be floored after drinking it. And they were right.

It starts out smooth but the rush of flavor doesn't wait long to hit you. The chocolate flavor is perfectly balanced by the bitter taste from the alcohol (enhanced by the high level of alcohol I think) as it simmers on your pallate it gives you just enough time to ask yourself if you just drank the perfect chocolate stout or ate the perfect piece of dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 01:36:44 | More by shanemcp
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AnotherImperial

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In my opinion, this is as good as it gets for a "standard" RIS. The chocolate flavor is excellent and very prevalent. I also think this is the best value beer on the market - delicious, 10% ABV in 12 ounce bottles, extremely well-priced and easily obtainable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 23:35:35 | More by AnotherImperial
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Midnight black with two fingers of oatmeal colored head that dissipated (much more quickly than I would have liked, which surprises me) into a quarter of a finger of head that covered the top of the beer for practically the duration of the drink.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts and coffee, with a nice amount of dark chocolate as well, which should be present, considering the name of the beer.

Taste: Wow! There’s a lot going on in this beer! There’s lots of roasted malts up front, with some coffee notes, and again, as the name of the beer suggests, chocolate, but there’s also some hints of vanilla and caramel, as well as dark bread, and some very slight, very subtle dark fruit, finally, finished by some pleasing alcohol warmth. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Very, very, chewy, with a nice creaminess that coated the mouth very nicely.

Overall: Damn, this is a really good beer! But be warned this is totally a sipping beer, not a session beer! The high chewiness and alcohol content (this beer clocks in at 10% ABV) completely makes it an after dinner/desert/final beer of the night kind of beer. I like this beer a lot, but damn it’s thick and intense! In a totally awesome way!!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 23:32:56 | More by Jeffreysan
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redearth329

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. Poured from a growler into a tall tumbler at 40 degrees.

A - Impenetrably black. Two fingers of dense, light brown head that quickly disappeared. Not really any lace sticking around to speak of.

S- Dark chocolate malt notes, a bit of coffee perhaps. After that some dark fruit notes; plum, mostly, also some black cherry. Just a bit of heat from the alcohol, but you have to be looking for it.

T- Really rich and well-balanced. Chocolate is present, but sweetness is matched by roasty bitterness. The alcohol content is not obvious.

M- Full bodied with very light carbonation. A bit of lingering astringent quality from the roasted malt bitterness.

As a side note, this beer cellars very well. I once kept some Brooklyn BCS for a year, and it was really mellow after that time and the fruit (plum, black cherry, etc.) notes really gained in complexity. The restaurant I where I was working at the time served a 3-year aged BCS which was even more amazing. It could easily go longer in the right conditions. If you're disciplined enough not to drink it all, it's definitely worth trying to cellar it for a while.

Pair it with a slice of New York Cheesecake.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2013 02:29:06 | More by redearth329
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dapheet

South Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Currently drinking stouts. Decided to revisit this one. High alcohol so watch out. Taste awesome. 4.5 stars. A must taste. This one went down quickly. Gonna go in the fridge now and grab a "Thunderstruck" from Highlands brewery, right up the road in Asheville.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 06:13:37 | More by dapheet
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Apatschinn

Iowa

4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

App. - Black in color with a brown finger-thick head that lasts a few minutes.

Smell - Straight up chocolate. Bittersweet but strangely faint. Aromas are hard to pin down right away.

Taste - Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Glorious chocolate. Tastes like a Ghiradelli dark cocoa bar. Little to no alcohol flavor, which surprised me a bit.

Mouth. - Smooth. Not quite watery but not exceedingly thick either. Happy medium.

Over. - Great tasting beer. Perfect for people who enjoy chocolate! Would buy again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 01:56:33 | More by Apatschinn
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HossMcGraw

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally I've developed a taste for this beer. I've got the 00-01 season and it is the most enormous beer I've ever had. I'd imagine that there are not too many beers that rival this as far as thickness and maltiness is concerned. It appears as if you're pouring black paint into a pint glass. It is so unbelievably thick. The smell of dark roasted malts and raisins is the best part of this beer for me although the taste is pretty bomb too. Similar malt and raisin notes here with a nice hop balance and hints of dark chocolate. Aftertaste will leave you wanting to drink three or four more of these, brush your teeth, and then pass out from the high ABV, which I'm about to do right now. This is the ultimate beer for a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 23:19:18 | More by HossMcGraw
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a taste test by a panel of experts (me, myself, and I) between
3 "chocolate stouts", Young's came on top as the chocolatiest, but this mamma jamma was deemed the superior stout!
Rich mocha flavor wafts out of the bottleneck from the moment the cap snaps off! Oh, this is going to be good!
The color is as black as strap molasses, with a rich bubbling, simmering, dark brown, puddingish head. THIS is STOUT! Already, it seems like a glass of melted chocolate!
Aroma is gorgeous! Sublime! Soft, creamy, yet intense with cocoa, like sticking your face deep into a bag of the stuff, but still, somehow, subtle.
Mouthfeel is powerful, thick, viscous, chewy. When people speak of smoothness as a supreme adjective for any sort of beverage, I reply that I like roughness now and then. (I am, after all, the inventor of The Gilded Platypus, a cocktail contrived of tequila, Yukon Jack, Irish Mist, and sweet vermouth!) This is what I'm talking about! There are several hurdles for the palate to play with, little bites and burps and gurgles, all the things that make beer drinking my favorite hobby.
Many flavors mingle in the mouth, many associations gather in the mind, but largely the feeling is of a burnt cognac, a hot dark rum, and licoriceleatherespressoetceterainto infinity...
Many waves crash again and again on the palate, many happy moments occur as the rough dealings of the day are forgotten and I am lost in this wondrous, darkly beautiful, and frankly ass-kickin' stout!
Thanks, UncleJimbo, I think I liked this one!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 15:09:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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BrewDoctor

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12/13/03 - My lucky day! I was able to try this one on tap recently while visiting my wife's family in Long Island. After looking through a long list of beer's at Croxley's, I couldn't pass up this beauty.

Appearance: Black, dark and malty. However, the lighting at the bar did not allow me to really analyze the color The medium sized head was a dark mocha like espresso and remained in tact for the first few minutes.

Smell: A variety of rich roasted malts that say 'get ready, here I come' . The hop character was strong enough to rise through the malts.

Taste: Simple delicious! A symphony of roasted malt flavor, chocolate, and caramel to add a perfect level of sweetness. The alcohol flavor adds some spice, but it's not overpowering. It is relatively complex and leaves you savoring each distinct flavor. Like the smell, hops make a mild showing and add a great balance.

Mouthfeel & drinkability: A smooth, yet moderately powerful brew. There was light to medium carbonation which seemed to fit perfectly.

Overall: One of the best stouts I've ever had. Hands down, this is the best Brooklyn product I've tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 22:01:18 | More by BrewDoctor
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Loki

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with the wrapped neck label that reads ?Limited Bottling ? Winter 03-04?. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Brooklyn Black is a misnomer. Brooklyn "Void of Light" or "Black Hole" Chocolate Stout would be more appropriate. Light simply vanishes in the creamy void. The only light comes from the cocoa colored, cream head. Good lacing and great retention.

Smell: Simple, but effective. Overly roasted, almost burnt, not quite toasted malt with dark, unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Mythical, stuff borne of legends. This elixir enters the mouth as an invading horde of burnt malt and dark chocolate, quickly supressing all with its rich, thick, chewy body and flavors. As if a heat source in itself, it warms the mouth and body with alcohol and tastes as if someone had roasted the malt and melted the dark chocolate in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Thick, dominating and yet smooth and creamy. Solid and liquid all at the same time. Wonderous.

Drinkability: As long as your not driving it is suppurb. Fill this the body, mind, and soul with a warmness and bliss rarely found in a brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 18:02:53 | More by Loki
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proc

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely fantastic.

Pours out to a jet black in the glass with a brown, caramel colored head that looks good enough to eat. The aroma is that of chocolate, coffee/expresso and malt. The taste is superb, with chocolate and roasted malt exploding in the mouth, with the swallow giving off hints of a dark chocolate and a light licorice. Damn. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 02:03:18 | More by proc
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout
Limited Bottling - Winter '04 - '05

This could be the most excited I've been about a beer in a while. Always a highly anticipated winter time classic for me, I was glad to pick up a six pack this evening.

When my friends and I were about 20 years old, we ordered a log of this from the Brooklyn Brewery. We served the beer with Hershey chocolates and strawberries. It was a great night and really opened my eyes to the wonders of the craft beer movement. We had friends who rarely stepped outside the Budweiser box and were drinking pints of this that night and loving it.

Little did I know then that my friends and I were ahead of our time as far as great beer goes.

As for this review...

I served the Brooklyn BCS in a tulip glass. This is one beer that will age well with time. Pours a very dark shade of black with an attractive tannish-brown head. Dirty brown sticky lacings cling all over the sides of the glass.

Strong whiffs of espresso, molasses and berries.

A creamy and full mouthfeel. Roasted coffee & imported chocolate flavors dominate the palate. Awesome smokey and roasted malts. Rasberry tartness interjects an espresso bitterness. There is a well represented hop bitterness with each sip, but the chocolate complexities take charge. A very slight alcohol warmth on the finish, but not as prominent as in years past.

What a beautifully well-balanced beer. One of the better imperial stouts I have ever had. Becomes more enjoyable as it warms up to room temperature.

A true gem and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 02:08:09 | More by Hibernator
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soulfly967

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004-2005 edition.

Poured a deep, dark, evil black with a nice dark tan head that stuck around for a bit, leaving some lacing. The smell was dominated by coffe and chocolate notes. The taste was amazing, slightly sweet at first, then bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts and coffee slowly fade into a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is excellent, creamy, thick and begging me to drink more! The drinkablility of this beer was great, I could so easily put down a few of these. Overall, this is one excellent beer and I cannot wait until I can get my hands on another case of this!

Note: I drank this one after seeing Soulfly and Morbid Angel in Cleveland, so that made it THAT much better!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 17:06:26 | More by soulfly967
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me first start by saying that this beer is one I've been after since I started surching for something better in beers nearly 6 years ago. And Brooklyn beers final made it to Indiana.

Make no mistake this is how beer should look, 3 fingers of chocolate brown head, thick and foamy, sits on top of a beautiful ink black body. Leaves nice lace. Nose is of rich roasted malts, and dark cordial chocolates = like a bakery meets a chocolatier. Enters the mouth sweet like Godiva. The cordial hints come thru on the way to a nice long dark chocolate/burnt malt bitter. Alchol is slightly up-front. Nice belly warmer. Mouthfeel stays long with toasty malt and dark chocolate bitter. I will be buying lots more of this as long as it stays available.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 16:43:32 | More by SPLITGRIN
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Poured a jet black liquid. This beer lets no light through. Jet black, with no head, and no lacing. Aroma is molasses and coffee with a bit of toffee. Taste is dark chocolate up front with coffee, dark fruits, molasses, vanilla and finishes with bakers chocolate. What I was amazed with is it hides the 11% alcohol better than any RIS I've drank to this point. Mouthfeel is great, full with an oily coating the lets your mouth soak in the beerdom. I will probably try to get a bottle of this in every trade I do with someone from NY. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

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