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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,192 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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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:
No notes at this time.

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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since I am having this on tap and it is 2003, I am guessing this is from the '03 vintage. Solid black with no sign of light. The head is about 1/4 inch and is tan. Doesn't seem to be moving much, just a couple of bubbles here and there.

The smell is full of chocolate, malt and coffee. This is just what I expected. Upon tasting it seems different than last years. The hops seem a bit more present as well as the coffee. Once again, the alcohol is completely hidden.

Watch out, this one will get 'cha.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2003 01:32:07 | More by CharlesRiver
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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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Realale

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black. Very fine light mocha head.

Well-balanced, slightly bitter nose. Good dose of malt, chocolate leading the way. Overall its a bit subdued.

Nice in the mouth. Again, the balance is there. Chocolate leads the malt parade. Mouthfeel is good for the style, and the length is quite nice. A very good basic stout.

Tasted blind at the 12/14/03 St. Louis BA tasting. The above is my note prior to revealing the identity of the beer. Obviously, its not a basic stout, but it sure drinks like one. Don't know where they hid the alcohol. Not really up to Imperial standards in taste, but a very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 16:18:36 | More by Realale
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FranklinPCombs

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical of the style, this beer pours jet black out of the bottle, with no light escaping through the liquid. There is a good amount of bubbly tan head, which recedes slowly in to a thin collar and a churning froth on top. The smell is quite odd to say the least. The only words that come to my mind when the smell hits my nose are salty raisinettes. There is very little scent of hops or malt because they are over powered by this off-chocolate fruity smell. The taste is more pleasant than the smell is. It is a smooth beer to drink, although it leaves a slightly chalky feel in the mouth. The taste is that of burnt malt and a little coffee and chocolate, hiding the hops underneath. The smell of this beer is strong enough to influence the initial taste as it hits your tongue. The aftertaste is very subtle roast coffee. Although there is alot of flavor to this beer, it is a bit unbalanced. Regardless, its not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 08:15:04 | More by FranklinPCombs
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Well I’ve been staring at this beauty for a few days now, over a week actually. It sat in my fridge looking like one of those expensive boxes of Chocolates. A tall thin 12 ounce bottle, the obverse label has an expensive looking black and gold label with some splashes of white. The wrapped neck label states that this is “Limited Bottling – Winter 03-04”. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Pitched Tar blackness fools the eye from a distance. Closer inspection reveals a true Black Body impervious to all but the stray Neutrino. A dark brown cocoa head smoothly forms once the nitrogenous turbiduous activity settles. A smooth looking 'milk colored with chocolate rice crispies' head slowly settles to a thin covering – Nice lacing with good conditioning.

Nose: Burnt, roasted and toasted malts mixed with dark Belgium unsweetened chocolates. Simple but impressive.

Taste: Imperious is a great word, which is often bounded about willy-nilly – but this Stout IS imperious. Massive roastness and lots of rich deep thick melted dark alcohol fused dark chocolates. Astringent finish that has a mild sweetness right at the end.

Mouthfeel: Has a mouthfeel bigger than I expected, it’s very thick and smooth on the oral senses. It sits in the mouth like a fresh fluffy flannelette blanket. Viscous and lube-oil like, the carbonation helps to spread the beer around the mouth and assists the Drinkability no end. Solid and Bold.

Drinkability: EyeChartBrew had a Six-Pack of this and shared it out amongst a few BA’s. I am not sure if I am more impressed with this huge act of kindness or the fact that I am ashamed to say that I need to the visit the homes of those who have yet to drink theirs so I can pinch them. This is a very smooth easy drinking Imperial Stout.

Overall: A present from San Diego’s own Cross-Eyed Mary. Well this time, Greg Koch, erm… I mean Todd Bissell a.k.a. Squire EyeChartBrew of the Hop-Burping province really parted with something special, and it’s very much appreciated. I always feel like the beer love comes North from San Diego way too often and is always one way – so I’m glad I found a good beer recently to reciprocate with during our next collective Beer Tasting – a 1999 Alesmith Grand Cru anyone? – better start soaking the Brats and blending the Cheese BigDog.

An excellent world class Stout - Wouldn’t it be great if tomorrow, for just one day, every Guinness tap around the world dispensed this. I swear Brooklyn would be inundated with requests for this Imperial Stout until their ears bled.

This was Bloody Marvelous – Many Thanks Todd!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 07:15:59 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Quaffer

Nevada

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states, "Winter '03 - '04." I'm a little confused by one of the other statements on the bottle: "Brewed and bottled by the Brooklyn Brewery, Utica, N.Y." Utica!? What the hell?

Appearance: With some coaxing, I was able to produce a dark tan, one-finger head when I poured this viscous beer. It was jet black, and I mean jet black. The head was gone quickly, dissipating into just a few isolated patches of bubbles floating on the pure ebony liquid. There was no lacing at all.

Smell: A great smelling brew that had the very distinct odor of cocoa. Not pure chocolate, mind you, but powdered cocoa. This was strongest right after the pour, but then subsided to allow the other aromas to shine through and join in. There were the burnt smells of dark roasted malts, a sweetness that seemed to come more from the malt than the chocolate, dark bitter coffee, a light smokiness, and a hint of cream that only showed itself when the glass was agitated.

Mouthfeel: On the high-end of the medium-bodied specturm. There was quite a bit of tickle on the tongue, which surprised me, but not to the point that the beer felt rough. After I had been drinking this one for awhile, I definitely started to notice the tingle of the 8.5% alcohol.

Taste: Aside from a tart, somewhat astringent quality that pervaded the flavor from start to finish, this beer was chock full of dark malt flavors. The burnt, smoky taste of black roasted malts completely filled the mouth. I could only detect the slightest hint of chocolate malt in the mix, and that came across as dark, bitter chocolate. The finish was a continuation of the aforementioned dark malt flavors, combined with a good dose of hops. To me, the hops had an English quality to them and seemed slightly muddled in flavor.

This beer gave me the hat trick of the well-known chocolate stouts. In my mind, this beer, along with Rogue and Young's, is one of the big three chocolate stouts that permeates the American market. However, I have learned that this offering is nothing, and I repeat nothing, like the other two. While the others actually use chocolate in the brewing process, Brooklyn's is an representation of an imperial stout that uses chocolate (and other) malt only to create its flavor. Overall, a good beer, though there are other "big" stouts that I would rather drink.

Thanks Bruiser81!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 23:37:55 | More by Quaffer
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep black can't see any light coming through whatsoever with a nice sized tan head leaves nice even ring of lacing. Aroma: Dark roasts bring about hints of chocolate and seared fruit with alcohol notes around the edges this is a complex big imperial stout. Taste: Creamy chocolate tone quickly nulled by a streak of alcohol like a shot of liquer infused with cherries and other fruit notes this is one big beer here, nice and alluring just a bit overwhelming one glass at a time not a session by any means. Mouthfeel: Full bodied thick syrupy mouthfeel this a big stout. Drinkability: I am much more proned to a Young's Double Chocolate if I'm going after a chocolate character in my stout this one has alot more of everything alcohol, malts, and chocolate just may lack some balance with the searing alcohol burn in presents.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 23:31:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2003-2004 edition. 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep jet black color with 3 fingers of dark tan foam that cascaded a bit on a heavy pour. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very rich with cocoa, coffee, and caramel. A brilliant sweet aroma that fills the nose well. The taste starts with burnt malt and chocolate. Sweet, but not a bit cloying. Coffee and toffee are also present. The finish ends with a tad bit of hops. A very well balanced stout. The mouthfeel is very thick, yet silky smooth, just wonderful. The drinkability is fairly good for being 8.5%. I could sure enjoy at least a couple on this cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 03:19:31 | More by SheepNutz
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pio

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

the brawney head was dark tan with a slight ruby/cranberry tinture. very foamy and staying, nicely aroused in the glass and leaving a great amount of clingy reminant lace. oh yeah and the liquid was black as anything could be. on to the great scent of this beer. hops that smell sweet like candy and candied fruit, cherries and a number of chocolate tones. milk chocolate, cocoa, creme de cacao and so on. on the taste, whoa, what alot of coco! people might think this has some coffee but it's not more than a hint, that is cocoa, dry dark chocolate. it's totally rocking and greatly dry, it just dries up the palate like mad. there are hints of cherries here on the palate as well. it's very warming and i didn't know what the abv was until now and i'm not amazed other than how well that was cloaked by chocolate on the nose and on the palate. quite a creamy mouthfeel, full bodied and very complimentary to the beer. the drinkability i rated in accordance to the idea that this is certainly a one at a time beer, a special time. i can't go putting one of these down because i feel like a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 01:23:37 | More by pio
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drewbage

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled courtesy of the Opthamologist Brewer from a 12 oz bottle marked "Winter '03 - '04" in a Guinness Imperial Pint.

Beer pours ebony black and as clear as a night dweller with a blindfold.

Head is low, brown-tan and gone in a flash.

Aroma is intensely roasty with an oily espresso character. that is both slick and harsh on the tongue. Nutty Chocolate tones like a broken and slighty burnt dark chocolate ganache round out the palate with just a hint of alcohol.

Flavor follows suit with a starting touch of roast and CO2.Coffee roasts start to pick up with a large molasses backing. Hard dark cocoa builds and takes over for the coffee before a final finish hop fights the remaining sweetness down. REsidual sweetness from the body remains on the lips long after beer is but a dry memory on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 05:18:59 | More by drewbage
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The thick black body was crowned by a humongous beige head that lasted and laced with gusto. The engine oil look was matched by a feel like a very viscuous lubricant wanting to ease my pain. The smell of roasted grain and chocolate is very pronounced and the taste was a lovely blend of coffee and dark chocolate with an overlay of alcohol. Limited by its ABV, the drinkability can only be rated as moderate as this is very strong stout. Lovely, but with pronounced, muscular biceps.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 04:13:18 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mini-vertical tonight (28AUG08), with a bottle of '02-'03 and an '05-'06. Nothing different between the two with regard to appearance - both jet black and oily, with thin glass-rimming layers of tan bubbles. Both with a raisiny, portish-like nose, though the '02-'03 has more fruitiness. Older bier has gotten a bit thin, though still medium, with the younger bier having more weight on the tongue. As with the aroma, the older bier tastes a bit more fruity - dark fruit that is. Raisins, black currants, some roasty choco, with a floral hoppiness still well evident. The '05-'06 has the fruitiness as well, though a bit more restrained, with some choco notes still coming forth. Less hoppiness here, too. Quite strange, as hops tend to fade as they age. Older bier here has more florality. Still, both are tasty, though right now the '05-'06 is a bit better, overall, than the '02-'03. It's my last '02-'03 and '05-'06, so no big-time vertical, as I had suggested back in '03. NBD....

(Side-by-side on 06DEC03....) Comparing an '02-'03 vs an '03-'04.... Both biers have a great look...identical dark, oily black biers, with thin, mocha hued toppings and decent lacing... Aroma is about even in strength for both, with the '02-'03 showing more dark fruit hints, and the younger exhibiting more chocolatey aspects. Both biers are medium to full bodied, but the older bier has a smoother texture, the newer a bit more carbonation. The '02-'03 definitely shows more dark fruit flavors than this years version, though the newer has more roastiness and chocolate than the 1-year old bier, plus a smidge of bitterness. Definitely would not turn down either, but the older bier is smoother, and fruitier... Verrry nice stuff, and still $6.99/six. I will try this again next year, with an '02-'03, an '03-'04, and an '04-'05 for a 3-way vertical. Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

*** ***

(Original review of 09FEB03). I had some of this months ago on tap at the Sunset Grille, but I never got around to reviewing it. Well, here goes, for the bottle version, vintage winter '02-'03. Poured into the glass and I thought I had a can of engine oil! Damn, how thick and black can you get? Light is completely unable to escape this black hole! The head was a deep mocha color, though thin. A miniscule layer of tightly packed bubbles does manage to layer the top of the bier, with some lacing leftover. Nose is not overly strong like some biers, yet there is a pleasing roasty quality, along with some essence of dark fruit and a bit o' hop character. This baby has my kinda mouthfeel! A body bordering on full, and a nice creamy feel on the tongue! Almost perfect... Very flavorful concoction, here! Has some big roasty attributes, with plentiful dark fruit flavors, like black currants, figs and raisins! Finish is rounded out by some floral hoppiness, with a bit of a lip-smacking dryness accompanying the aftertaste. A nicely crafted bier (especially at $6.99/six!). (4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5 = 4.5)
Prosit!!

483

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 22:32:19 | More by Bierman9
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StevieW

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter '01-'02 bottle purchased at Harringtons in Boston Sept. '03.
Midnight black body as expected, with a dense, creamy, foamy, wet khaki head. Hints of ruby along the edges, oily bubbles dancing along the top. Plenty of aroamas of rum soaked raisans, plums, figs, and burnt fruit along a super bitter base. Taste is nice and rummy, lots of roasted fruit flavors. Chocolate taste is subtle not up front, but I think alot of that flavor has settled maybe in nearly 2 years. Plenty of Imperial Stout flavors, well balanced and burnt bitterness finishes up. Medium to full bodied, well carbonated as well. A very good beer, and dinner finisher, well worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 12:15:54 | More by StevieW
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque darkest brown bordering black with a nice medium brown colored head if poured with TLC. Black patent and chocolate malt aromas, together with coffee and toffee and other smoky and burnt aromas make for one tantalizingly smooth smelling stout. Big, big, big malt taste with a nice balance of hops in there, too. Heavy on the chocolate malt, finishing with a bitter malt tartness and a touch of fruitiness. As thick as used motor oil, yet to me maintains a certain drinkability despite it's beefy ABV. One of the finer stouts from the US.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 08:09:12 | More by crookedhalo
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scottum

Vermont

2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served nice black black with a short brown head. Chocolate is big and strong. Way too strong!!! I love how the smoked taste blends in with the rest of the malts. This beer would be very good, but they tried to pack too much chocolate into it and that just did not work out for them. My advise: try again on the recipe, but this time don't be so coco-happy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2003 13:03:58 | More by scottum
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is jet-black, with a decent tan head. The smell is a nice chocolate malt. The taste is very chocolatey, with hints of coffee and anise, and the alcohol is not at all noticable. Mouthfeel is very heavy and creamy. Drinkability...could have these all day long.

Probably my favorite Imperial Stout to date. The chocolate adds a beautiful complexity to the basic taste. Simply tremendous, and I'm glad I still have a 6 pack of this one, and it's definitely one I'll be having again!!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 18:29:08 | More by beergeek279
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Starchild

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

03-04 Winter Edition.

Brooklyn pours impenetrable black with a nice tan foam head. I smell some alcohol, some chocolate, and some toasted malt. Smells like an imperial, which of course is not very descriptive. First sips, revel big bold silky texture of chocolate masking alcohol underneath. Alcohol dominates the flavor, but is not unbearable. It’s almost a shame to review such a new imperial. I bought a case, so I’ll do another review at 6 and 12 months. Hell, maybe every two months because I sure love this stuff. As my beer sinks, the tan foam clings in the side of my pint. Mid-pint I start to taste the slightly bitter chocolate against the crisp malt backbone. For some reason, the taste brings me back to Hair of the Dog’s Adam maybe due its complex flavor. This is truly a fantastic winter warmer. Why do people drink warmed brandy….they should be having Black Chocolate Stout. For such a young imperial, I’m impressed; the chocolate sure helps a lot with the flavor. In six months I’ll be blown away. The alcohol reveals itself in the last sips of this beer, but isn’t that always the case with imperials. Sign me up for the Garrett Oliver fan club.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 01:34:57 | More by Starchild
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'03-'04 bottling
The aroma is chocolate and coffee, and it's strong it hit my nose as I poured in into a glass at least 2 feet from my nose.
Dark opaque black with a small head the color of lightened coffee.
Black chocolate is right... coffee comes out in the aroma as it warms, and there is a little bit of chocolate covered fruit. These secondary flavors are hitting me as cafe mocha, and chocolate dipped oranges.
The bitterness folds perfectly into the chocolate taste and aroma, perfectly integrated. It's like a liquid chocolate cake.
Full and creamy. I've had better Imperial Stouts, but this one captures the black chocolate name wonderfully.
Drinkability is a double-edged sword - yes it's easy to drink, but with the high abv you can't drink many. I put a 6er down in the cellar, can't wait to see how they turn out next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 21:13:17 | More by mschofield
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WaltTrombone

New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'02-'03 Bottling

I had purchased a few of these back in March, and back then thought it was a bit harsh. Now, after sitting in the basement for 8 months, I decided to crack one open, and was amazed at the transformation.

It poured a deep, inky BLACK (Naturally!), with a fluffy, medium brown head. The aromas were chocolate and espresso, and the taste was sublime! Chocolate, espresso, prune, port, grapefruit, with lots of wispy lace. The mouthfeel was smooth and medium creamy. It finished with espresso and citrus, with a hint of cocoa powder.

OUTSTANDING!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 03:47:49 | More by WaltTrombone
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byrd

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

‘03-‘04 Bottling , Sampled Nov, 2003: Small dark tan head of small bubbles that reduce pretty quickly to a thin lace. Solid black in color. Not an overpowering aroma, but good. Nose is slightly sweet with roasted notes and chocolate. Some slight sweet notes of currant may also be intermingled on the nose. Short slight sweetness in the start with a slight currant fruitiness. Very deep roasted and coffee notes quickly take over the palate. Bitter chocolate and hops finish and linger for a long period. The roasted notes are very strong, even leaning towards the burnt end of the spectrum. There’s a slight warming sensation. Good brew, but this one is a bit harsh for me at this young age. Smooth is definitely not in this beer’s profile right now, and it’s not quite as drinkable as I expected.

I wasn’t nearly as impressed with this one as most folks usually seem to be. I’ve had a few of these now, and always come to the same conclusion. Good brew, but it just doesn’t knock my socks off. I’ll take a Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, Storm King, or even an Old Rasputin over this brew any day of the week. I've set a few of these aside to age until next winter. With a year of aging under their belt, I may come to a very different conclusion in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 15:32:07 | More by byrd
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Limited bottling: Winter '03-'04.

Poured the same deep inky blackness as on-tap. Frothy layer of dark tan-colored head. Nice lacing of the glass. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Flavor lets me down. Not as big and bold as other imperial stouts. It's good, but several notches from being the best. Lots of velvety chocolate in the flavor. Mix in some espresso and some bitter hops. No alcohol noted. Nice bittersweet flavor at the end. Some smoky flavor as well. Interestingly, the sourness I detected from the tap version is not as present. Still a great sipper. Curl up by the fire and grab a book. Winter's here and this is a great beer to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 04:40:57 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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jed

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours jet black with a creamy brown head w/lace that sticks around.

Smell: Chocolate, a little bit of coffee. You can also catch a whiff of the alcohol, but nothing overpowering.

Taste: One of the best stouts I've had. Initial bittersweet chocolate with some hop bitterness, gets sweeter and sweeter as it warms without becoming cloyingly so. Nice malty aftertaste with a hint of fruit. As I got to the end of the pint I started to taste the alcohol, but again, not enough to be come unpleasant.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Nice and smooth with light carbonation. While this isn't incredibly heavy, I couldn't see drinking more than two or three of these — the 8.5% alcohol will catch up quickly.

Kudos to the Brooklyn Brewery for creating an immensely drinkable chocolate stout. While this isn't quite as good as the Rouge Chocolate Stout I sampled, at $6.99/six pack it's probably the most affordable brew in the BA Top 50. I plan to buy a case to cellar. Be sure to check this out!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 00:04:24 | More by jed
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Winter '03-'04 edition.

Pitch black! Seems to actually absorb light, like a black hole. Huge, dense, dark tan head sits proudly atop, like a crown. Amazing head retention. Thick sheets of lace are left behind as the head slowly recedes.

Dense & rich aromas of coffee, tons of dark chocolate, a hint of alcohol, & a bit of dark fruit.

Bitter roast coffee, dark chocolate, & raisins all quickly pass over the tongue. A dryish finish with a touch of orangey hops. A rich chocolate flavour linger for ages. Big, rich, & full bodied. Gentle carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 18:11:39 | More by xgrigorix
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No light will escape this black hole that has the darkest, creamiest brown frosting on top. Smells like a magic elixir that just might kill you. Bold flavors of alcohol, dark malts, and hops warn you of what is ahead. Chocolate mousse riding on a wave of alcohol, cloaked in black bitter burntness, with a crown of hops. Liquid silk. Damn.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 00:01:18 | More by waughbrew
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased the 2003 version. It pours a black color with a light brown head. There is large bubbles and nice lacing on the glass. The aromas are big on chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol. The roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and coffee are all through the flavor, with the chocolate lasting long on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol is very noticable and warms your insides. Very enjoyable, but the noticable alcohol makes this a bit less than good for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 01:19:34 | More by Gavage
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