Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,886 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 5,886
Reviews: 2,675
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 326
Gots: 1,008 | FT: 53
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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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

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

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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

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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.

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

Photo of SenorHops
2.91/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark chocolate, biscuit and sourdough. Sour, vinegary aroma. Nothing special here.

Photo of Docjmachado
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jvbraun
1.7/5  rDev -59%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very bitter taste like a strong acid taste.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,886 ratings.