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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,452 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,452
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 284
Gots: 838 | FT: 49
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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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Photo of Genghis22


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very thick with about a quarter to half inch coffee brown head. Beer is absolutely jet black.

S - Smells like a great stout, with little hints of cocoa, but not overwhelmingly chocolately.

T - First sip is full of big typical stout flavor, with a sweet chocolate finish, but the aftertaste reveals a lot of coffee and a dry alcohol effect on the tongue.

M - This is a beer you can take a bite out of. Nice and thick, very chewy with low to medium carbonation.

D - This beer is highly drinkable, and at 10% quite potent as well. I feel like the title is a bit misleading though. The chocolate is only hinted, coffee flavors shine through much stronger.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 05:15:27 | More by Genghis22
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking Brooklyn Beers for ages, but for some reason this one always escaped me. I have always been happy with the quality of Brooklyns brews and after researching Imperial Stouts I figured I had to give it a shot.
I got myself a sixpack of Winter 07-08 bottles and I have to say I was impressed. I like stout and I guess I drink it pretty regularly (usually opting for Young's Chocolate, Smith's Oatmeal or old reliable Guinness). The look, smell and taste of the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout were top notch. I drank it from a small brandy snifter (which I highly recommend)and I was was totally impressed. This is not a brew to be swilled while watching the game, (it is filling and strong) but to be enjoyed in small quantities, much like a fine brandy/cognac. I recommend it with dessert or by itself with a nice cigar.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 17:27:36 | More by nasty15108
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous black with only the slightest tinge of magenta with a creamy sepia head that leaves trailers. Prune, port and muscavado sugar on the nose with hints of blueberry, ash and wood.
Espresso grounds, liqourice root, raisin and tar lead into roasty dark sugars and a branch and understated dried orange rind hop end.
Burnt caramel finish and dry, slightly acidic roasty linger.
Full, sticky, chewy, smooth, not much burn.

Winter 11-12 version.

Big and bold, with all the RIS flavors in all the right places. Lean as opposed to some of the more sweet Imperial Stouts out there. Chocolate doesn't turn up much, in spite of the name. I somehow can't help but feel that there are so many monster examples of the style that this, being merely solid and an older recipe, suffers by comparison to what's come after.

My 800th review.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 22:37:34 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of NEhophead


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Winter '04-'05.

1" very creamy, coffee colored head with great retention. Condensed and thin lacing scattered throughout the glass. A deep and rich opaque black in color.

Chocolate syrup, vanilla, coffee, and hazlenut tones. A bit of an oat aroma, as well as the 8.5%abv coming through. Very chocolately and rich aromatics.

Dark chocolate and light hazlenut. A moderate, chewy maltiness accompanied by some mild dark fruit flavors: black cherry/plum. A moderate bite of hops giving somewhat of a dark tasting bitterness. A very pleasant coffee flavored aftertasteee. The alcohol flavor is very evident and takes away a bit from the stout's natural flavors.

Full bodied; smooth, semi-chewy mouthfeel. A very low amount of carbonation yet not syrupy.

Low in abv% for the style, yet the alcohol flavor is not hidden well. An old favorite of mine; definitely worth a try. IMO, probably Brooklyn's finest offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 01:48:46 | More by NEhophead
Photo of TheDinger

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pitch black pour with 1+ finger of dark tan head that stayed around for a while. Minimal lacing, but a beautiful beer. Smell is quite complex with coffee, molasses, raisin and some notes of vanilla and chocolate. Very favorable aroma following turkey dinner. Taste mostly followed the nose, but had a good bit of licorice on it. Was wanting more of the chocolate to come through. A little boozy, but too be expected with the 10% ABV. A pretty good balance otherwise. Mouthfeel is what you would expect from a RIS. Thick and creamy a bit of silk with adequate carbonation. Overall- A can't say this beer was fantastic, but it is a very good sipper to close out a chilly evening. Wanted more chocolate and coffee and less licorice. Solid effort from Brooklyn and I would have no problems hitting another after some aging. Quite Tasty-

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 15:43:09 | More by TheDinger
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark body, black, almost opaque. A pretty good sized brown head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smells of some bitter chocolate and a little bit of alcohol. Roasted malt is also apparent.

Taste is lots of chocolate, some bitter chocolate. A touch of roasted malt, and maybe even a slight hop presence in the background. Very sweet and chocolately in the middle. Finishes with some alcohol. Leaves an aftertaste of dark chocolate.

The body is a touch below what I would expect for a beer of this size, but the carbonation is great. You do get a little bit of heat from the booze though.

This beer went down really easily. I was shocked to see the 10.60 ABV on this. Not to mention that a 6er is 10-11 bucks, which is a good price for a beer this big.
(EDIT: sold in 4 packs now).

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 00:31:28 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of cretemixer


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to francisweizen for this offering from Brooklyn. Pours pitch black with a honey colored head. The head settles pretty quickly to a thin layer after a few minutes.
Aroma is all chocolate malt, well almost. I smell dark fruit and alcohol too.
Flavor has coffee notes and a nuttiness too. Bitter chocolate quality that is complimented by the sweet fruits. Very solid, well balanced stout. Nice alcohol warmth and a lingering bitter finish.
Nice full bodied beer with a good carbonation level. One very drinkable Imperial. Thanks again Francis.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 06:45:30 | More by cretemixer
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid black into my pint glass with just about an inch of brown head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S - Rich with toasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Notes of caramel, vanilla, espresso beans, and dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Very Nice!

T - Mostly sweet roasted malts at the front, caramel, bittersweet cocoa notes ( a little less than I was hoping for ), dried dark fruit, vanilla, with kind of a bitter coffee/hop combination of the back end with a little more alcohol present than I would prefer.

M - Pretty well balanced, a little lighter than I expected from the look of it, but smooth and creamy nonetheless.

D - Very enjoyable to drink, alcohol is a somewhat present as a reminder of the ABV, but I could enjoy a few without any problems.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:25:55 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a 4-pack purchased at Wegmans for $9.50. Pours like motor oil into a chalice, opaque black with a 2 finger slightly billowy milk chocolate head that sticks around for a few minutes before receding to a ring around the glass that leaves some pretty nice, albeit spotty, lacing.

Obviously big chocolate notes in the nose, along with the typical dark fruit notes of a RIS, some sweetness, a little alcohol.

Milk chocolate sweetness and brown sugar hit the tongue first, segueing nicely into rum soaked figs and raisins, molasses, and an earthy, floral hope note. Finishes with some bitter bakers chocolate and a small hop bite and slight heat, but for the abv, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Rich and chewy, low carbonation. Spot on for the style.

I picked up a 4-pack of this for the first time in a couple years, and I'm picking all types of things I wouldn't have noticed 2 years ago. Just goes to show how ever changing our palettes are when it comes to this thing of ours. A super solid RIS, very rich and creamy, great flavors all around. Next time I won't wait 2 years to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 23:17:28 | More by cjoc83
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Of all the places that I could have enjoyed a Brooklyn Black Chocloate Stout, I purchased and consumed a bottle at Pub Garagem 23, located in the 20,000 inhabitant town of Ivoti - RS (Brazil), because Brooklyn distribution is weird and I can´t get it in SoCal. On to the beer:

Actually, I did want to try this beer on-tap on a trip to Boston three years ago, but the pub I went to tapped out of it before my arrival. Finally, I can take notes on this one. This is black with a capital B with a tanned head of rich thickness and impressive retention. Interesting nose we got here; fruity, smoked chocolate malts, and a hint of BBQ sauce. The taste goes more in the chocolate direction than the aroma; chocolate malts hit, some toasted action, and a light drizzle of smoke. Its alcohol is hidden well underneath my favorite part of the ride, the thick, creamy mouthfeel BCS provided.

My curiosity of BCS has been fullfilled. It´s worth trying out, even if you´re 6,000 miles away from home.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 14:37:39 | More by DoubleJ
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 06-07 edition.

Comes in the 330ml black bottle and logo, and indeed the Brooklyn beers are fairly plain in appearance. And then coming in the equally unimpressive style of their six pack, I wasn't expecting much. That is, IF I didn't know of the reputation of this stout. The neck label gives a little blurb about imperial stouts.

The beers pours into my snifter a SOLID ebony, with only hints of ruby or dark brown near the edges. This is no faux-black beer. The head is substantial and more red than brown. Absolutely impenetrable colour and a rich red head makes for a lovely looking elixir. Good lacing as icing on the cake.

The smell is ambrosial: first and foremost is a strong licorice/sweet rum aroma. The alcohol is definitely popping its head out of this one, but it's masked nicely by hints of blackcurrant, maple, and massive hits of strong black espresso. Dusty malts here, almost like sniffing pepper. But besides all this are the dark fruits of dried prune, plum, and plenty of red grape. Coming in later as the beer warms even more are some lactose, sweet-cream aromas.Yes, wine-like. But damn better than any red I've tried. Absolutely full of all the maltiness an imperial should have, and more. Near-perfect.

The fullness of the beer hits before the taste does. This is a syrupy, velvety, full feel alright. Adorable. It hits that perfect balance between being cloying, and being cloud-like on the tongue. The malts tower above any other taste like Zeus above the gods. Wow, dry and dusty, almost tannin-like aftertaste. Tons of coffee similarities, and red-grapes. The chocolate was not so detectable to me as the full on mocha/espresso tastes. A great deal of salinity here too, from the roasted malts. But unlike some imperials, this one does it in balance...I'm not left gagging for water after each sip. But the finish definitely shouts "fresh coffee beans." Nice.

The beer will deceivingly catch up to you pretty quick, so easy does it. The beer is easy to drink, but it IS filling. Oddly enough I found the saltiness of the malts caught up with me forcing me to stop. Still, this is one hell of a stout, and the alcohol is masked ever so nicely in the taste. World class.

Paired well with a roast beef sandwich and a slice of brie, incidentally.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 05:52:43 | More by Cwrw
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 2010 version.

The Black Chocolate Stout pours motor oil black into the glass. Astoundingly for a beer that pours this dark, the Head formed from this pour was substantial, about an inch thick and colored mocha brown. This head dissipates but forms thick lacing on the inside of the glass.

This beer has aromas of roasted malt and milk chocolate. There are hints of espresso and dried fruit. Also upon swirling a more bitter chocolate can be discerned.

Roasted malt invades the tastebuds as this beer is ingested. The dominating flavor, however, is a bittersweet chocolate. The finish is coated in bitter chocolate with the mildest hint of raspberry. There is the presence of alcohol taste, but it is not overwhelming.

This Brooklyn brew is more carbonated than I was anticipating, but is actually nice for a beer with this much body. The finish coats the tongue allowing the flavors to linger on for eternity.

I really like this beer. I feel that maybe with a full year or two of age, this beer will be even better. Kudos to Brooklyn Brewery. This RIS is pretty fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 06:08:52 | More by BamaViper1
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting bottle into Duvel Tulip...

Appearance; pours a viscous black color with less than a finger of mocha colored head. When held to light, only the very top fraction of a millimeter appears a cola colored brown... This is a black beer. Retention is non-existent and lacing follows suit.

Smell; roasty malts, coffee, chocolate and slight notes of soy... Hints of dark fruit, raisins and prunes...

Taste; coffee, chocolate and roasty malt flavors jump right out, notes of smoke and slight soy bitterness creep in as well as the slightest notes of dark fruits such as raisins and prunes...

Mouthfeel; smooth and oily, goes down exceptionally smoothly, coats the mouth, and definitely on the full side of full body, but not as thick or chewy as say Ten Fidy...

Overall; this is a damn good beer, and has all of the qualities I can appreciate in a solid Imperial Russian Stout. Doesn't taste a hint of 10%, even just a few degrees above cellar temps... I would absolutely seek this one out again, and would like to thank Peacehammer for gifting me this one!!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 07:24:55 | More by Thingus
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to Brooklyn Brewery for brewing this bad boy and making it available for a song (less than $2 each!).

A -- Black as death. Milk chocolate head of about 3/4 inch fades to an appealing pond scum.

S -- Aroma of a boozy, chocolate pound cake slathered with Hershey's Syrup.

T -- Big, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee and butter from the get-go. Booze pops out toward the finish, and closes with a roasty finish.

M -- Think and chewy, no doubt, but a slight letdown against the huge mix of intense flavors. Points subtracted for a mouthfeel that struggles live up to its dynamic taste.

D -- A leg up on other Imperial Stouts, as I could actually drink two of these in one sitting.

Overall a kick-ass IS for its huge flavor, drinkability and value.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 00:47:56 | More by masterhomebrewer
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a goblet:

Thick head over deep brown. Looks viscous, lacing for days. Smells fantastic: vanilla, tons of chocolate, and coffee, which are all present in the taste. Excellent coffee finish rounds out wonderful chocolate sweetness. Great body, great carb. Drinkability slightly lowered by hotness and level of coffee, but it's still above average for an RIS.

Overall: What an awesome beer! Really hope I can find it on tap sometime. Aging some for later, I'd bet this beer will only get better with time. Excellent RIS.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 21:28:49 | More by schroederm
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown-black body with a moderate tan head.. long lasting head.. good carbonation.

S: Yumm.. chocolate! lots of rich chocolate powering through..

T: Chocolate malts clearly dominate.. nice balance with the hops.. very sweet... slightly bitter finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Fiull bodied.

D: Smooth and sweet. Heavyness and sweetness hold back the repeatability of the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 00:08:04 | More by callmemickey
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown. A small amount of light brown head but doesn't seem highly carbonated. Smells strongly of chocolate which is great and some lighter roasty hints off the malt. Tastes strong. Tons of dark chocolate and roast. The malts hit you hard and the alcohol content is huge. Some dark fruitiness as well. A big beer that rally needs time to cool off. Slid thick mouthfeel but too potent to be highly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 03:18:23 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of darklordlager


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oil black, with no highlights when held up to the light. A good 1/3" dark tan foam layer formed after the pour.
Smell is of chocolate, booze, some dark fruits, a little bit of smoke.

Taste is BIG chocolate up front (big surprise), very sweet, almost overwhelming anything else. Finishes with an acidic/bitter flavour reminiscent of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and coats the tongue with each sip.

Drinkability-Limited by the sweetness of this brew, and the ABV.

Delicious, very sweet--definitely a dessert beer. Not all that complex, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 21:56:00 | More by darklordlager
Photo of marburg


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blacker than the sight of a rural midnight from under a blindfold. Big brown head. Very aromatic -- chocolate, coffee beans, and black cherries with a light hint of alcohol. Sweet and almost fruit up front -- like a chocolate covered cherry with sweet liquor inside. Big alcoholic finish with a lot of bittersweet notes. A very tasty beer but definitely not one I could consume in mass quantities.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 17:15:08 | More by marburg
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a thick black with a good amount of foam topping it.
(At its strength my six ounce pour was a steal for $2!)

Toffee-espresso roast aromas dance around, and pair off with a roasty dark chocolate flavor along with some heavy coffee notes. There’s a noticeable alcohol booziness (whiskey? Bourbon? Barrel aged?) that hangs around. It has a dry finish. A thick beer, yet easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 18:23:12 | More by elNopalero
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the winter of '04-'05 batch poured into a chalice.
I think this started out too cold 'cause the beverage distributor I got it from had it in the fridge. At first I didn't think it any different from Guinness, which is pretty good in my book. As it warmed its characteristics really started to break through.
People that do not like dark, somewhat bitter chocolate are NOT going to like this brew. People that dont like strong, black coffee are NOT going to like this brew. Both of these scents and flavors are prevalent in Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Bittersweet. The mouthfeel could stand to feel a little bit thicker but it has a decent viscous quality as it stands.
Beautiful black color, a mild head, sweet but not cloying.
This is really 8.5%?
After having one I believed it but I certainly couldn't detect it by taste.
It's good to see a fellow nyc borough producing something of this quality.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 20:01:30 | More by ommegangpbr
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 09-10 bottle. 10% abv.

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours about a finger of tan head. Fades to a thinner layer, but leaves some really nice lace walls. Color pours a dark copper brown, but in the class it is completely black.

Aroma: Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa right off the top. Some cherries, raisins, roasted malts. The aroma is very sweet, almost like candy. There is also some bitter hops in the background. I am really enjoying the aroma of this one.

Taste: Very roasted and toasty in a good way. It is a cold winter night and this beer is keeping me warm. Lots of rich coffee and caramel malty flavors. The grassy hops are a lot more present in the taste. Some light tart cherries are present along with a hint of molasses. Again, a sweet taste, but not as sweat as the aroma. It is almost a delicate RIS and I like it for that.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasted. Pretty full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, this was a very solid beer. I drank it near cellar temp which was a good idea. I got a lot of flavors and it seemed to be a more unique RIS. I really liked it and can't wait to see what a year will do to this one. Fairly drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 03:00:15 | More by mothman
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Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours black as ink. It's like a black hole "no light escapes when held up to the light. Has a big creamy dark tan head. The heady aroma of alcohol rises from the galss as you pour. As the beer settles the aroma of chocolate comes to the front with a little hint of coffee in the back. The chocolate flavor gives way for an almost esspresso like coffee hit. Definitely a very, very tasty treat.
This bottle was marked " Winter '03-'04 ".

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 00:56:20 | More by ybnorml
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black body with thin brown head. Leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.--When held up to the light the body remains a deep ominous black color.

S- notes of alcohol, lots of chocolate, and toffee, roasted malt.--The bitter dark chocolate is the main character with some roasted malt backing too.

T- strong chocolate flavoring with hints of alcohol and toffee. Strong malt backing. Dark chocolate aftertaste.--The finish has a hint of alcohol and roasted malt bitterness. Lingering is lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt with hints of alcohol.

M- medium carbonation with thick body. Goes down smooth.

D- This is a slow drinker and one is definitely enough for awhile. Good experience and great brew.--A great example of an RIS that isn't too thick and really accents the chocolate flavor. Great job by Brooklyn.

--edited on 11-7-07

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 23:33:19 | More by PittBeerGirl
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel goblet. Amazing 2 inch head (brown) that reduces slowly, nice lacing. Black as night.

Booze is first evident followed by bittersweet chocoloate and toasted malts. Taste is very boozy... But interestingly when this brew warmed up it had a completely different profile - alcohol profile melded more with the malts and the bittering hops and bitterness from malts came out more.

Very nice brew once it warmed up. Serve at cellar temp or warmer or the alcohol stings too much. Fantastic when you get to the last 1/4 of the glass!! Definitely seek out again

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 16:49:07 | More by phattysbox
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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