Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
Enjoyed on Nitro-tap at Pazzo's Pizza Pub. Although I have drank my share of this beer in the past, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to have it in it's nitro-fused version. The beer is delivered to the bar with a heavily viscous black with a tan, mousse-like froth resting at the top of the glass. Tough to fight through the foam and obtain that first sip. Meanwhile, filling aromas of highly roasted malt, espresso, malty / nutty scents, and an unusual lactose fill the round out the olfactories. Flavors of espresso, cocoa powder, and an underlying sweet maltiness set the base for the brew, the show some light caramel, vanilla, pecan, and light esters of dates, figs, and grapes. The nitrous seems to mellow the flavors considerably, while giving a sharp tart taste -- akin to lactic acid. The mouthfeel, while initially very creamy, later resides to normal levels and is as easy to drink as any other versions of the beer. Always a fantastic beer, but the Nitro-tap did not hold the luster that I had anticipated.
11-10-2007 18:44:17 | More by BEERchitect
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Much thanks to jaxon53 for getting me this, been a long time coming!
Poured deep black as midnight with a huge creamy head the would not fade till the end. Thick gooey lace that stuck to and clouded up the glass. This looks thick like a milk shake, gottta love it. Smell was very nice big chocolate as you would expect but hints of alcohol as well. Caramel, sugar and vanilla round it very nicely, perfect dessert. This tatstes very yummy, deep dark chocolate flavors, with a slight alcohol warming, wonderful creamy feel. This is very nice. Dry finish, smooth and for 10.5% abv it is very drinkable. I only wish I was able to get more for the cellar, as I feel this will only improve with time! Great beer and glad I could try it.
02-20-2007 12:03:38 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with dark brown foamy head with medium retention. Aroma is comprised of chocolate with strong malt and some subtle coffee in the back. Taste is very enjoyable with some chocolate being easily noticeable with again strong malt and a coffee and bitter ending. Very fine beer for those last cold winter days
03-04-2005 18:47:32 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks to TheKingsofHops for hooking it up with a couple bottles of this.
A: A 2009-2010 bottle poured into my Cigar City snifter. The pour is a beautiful, viscous, jet black with a thin layer of tan foam.
S: This beer has a very intense nose. A lot of chocolate, coffee, black licorice, roasted malt, and some alcohol. Maybe a bit of maple syrup in there as well.
T: The taste features many of the same characters as the nose. A lot of bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, and roasted malt. The alcohol is there but not all that noticeable.
M: The body is quite full, as you would expect from an imperial stout. The carbonation also fits the style, as it is low.
D: The ABV is quite well hidden in terms of the taste, but it's quite apparent upon drinking a bottle. Still, the beer is quite tasty.
11-15-2009 21:50:33 | More by womencantsail
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
3 finger tan frothy head with lots of lacing on a jet black body with no light passing though. So as I smelled this one I was waiting for chocolate which is definitly there but I was pleasantly surprised by the cola aroma that I got. Vanilla and earthy notes are there too. The flavor is mostly a robust roasted malt with chocolate notes, mostly in the finish. Not as dynamic as the aroma but very smooth as drinkable. Mild hops as well. Full bodied and moderate carbonation. Overall a highly drinkable russian imperial stout, the booze are well hidden.
01-22-2012 03:41:57 | More by kylehay2004
3.68/5 rDev -11.3%
Appearance: Pours a soulless black from which no hope can escape. Looks good!! Tan, cocoa-ish head with little to no lacing throughout.
Smell: Reminds me of Kahlua 'Especial' coffee liqueur if anyone here is familiar with that. Espresso, fudge brownies, and a twing of smoke. You can also detect the delightful zip of alcohol in there.
Taste: An unstoppable coffee-chocolate juggernaut. The flavors hit hard, full, and quite unforgiving. Moreover, there's some hints of biscuits and syrah. Finishes leaving behind a bitter coffee essence to punish the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Holds very solid in the mouth, but maintains a good creaminess.
Drinkability: This is good, but I think I'll toss it in the cellar; see if a little age will benefit this brew.
11-15-2005 01:37:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.9/5 rDev -6%
2009-10 limited bottling.
Pours black with nice dark khaki tan head and pours with a viscous quality.
Nose is clean, fresh, with an assertive sweet sugar carmel sweet coffee and sweet black chocolate character;
Medium bodied to full in the mouth-character and mouthfeel actually seems to improve is swirled a bit or kept in the mouth " a bit" before swallowing.
Flavors are assertive bright semi sweet black coffee and black chocolate. Full roasted grain flavors that are more sweet coffee/sweet bright acidic espresso that chocolate. Appealing and inviting.
Finish follows flavor but more of a chocolate character develops, to an end palate of espresso bitter. Nice stout with a "sweet and fruity" basic character. 03/11
03-05-2011 22:43:03 | More by GRG1313
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
This beer poured out as a beautiful black color with a brown head. The head left a pretty good lacing down the glass after each sip. The smell of the see had a nice hoppy chocolate aroma to it. The taste is rich with dark chocolate and bitter burnt toast. The aftertaste had a hoppy bitterness too adding to the flavor. The mouthfeel of this beer had a pretty good thickness and the feel was pretty oily. Overall this beer was pretty freaking good.
06-26-2011 20:10:14 | More by Knapp85
4.15/5 rDev 0%
Pours a deep,dark black with a nice almond colored head that leaves great lacing,the aroma is very coffeeish and slightly bitter sweet.A real nice complesx beer starts out somewhat earhty and coffeish with a dried fruit flavor comin thru and a hint of dryness in the finish.Very complex,a masterpiece of a beer.
08-07-2003 01:48:21 | More by oberon
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.
Yet another example of an "old friend" beer that's somehow gone un-reviewed by me. Time to change that. To the max. It pours a straight jet black topped by over a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts, and a hint of maple syrup. The taste is very similar, with the roasted malts taking center stage, followed by a strong chocolate powder contingent. The rest comes in in a nice dark melange in the finish. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, this probably the most readily drinkable widely-available stouts around. Get some!
07-28-2010 04:22:03 | More by TMoney2591
4.66/5 rDev +12.3%
Bottled winter 2005-06
A - Poured out a deep, dark black. No head to speak of and no lacing, either.
S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate.
T - It tasted like a dark chocolate candy bar and a good mix of roasted malt.
M - Soft and and creamy. It is fairly heavy.
D - This is an outstanding beer. Its flavors are amazing and it goes down so well.
02-10-2007 02:53:19 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Appearance - Black with a toffee-colored cap of thick foam. The head retains fairly well, eventually dissipating into a crown.
Smell - Molasses and caramel, a bit of fresh roasted coffee and cocoa. Pleasant.
Taste & mouthfeel - Full-bodied and bittersweet. The flavor shifts between rich, creamy dark chocolate and espresso. Wonderful complexity. The finish is a combination of toffee-like sweetness and bitter burnt bread, with the toffee flavors ultimately lasting a bit longer.
02-02-2008 01:28:03 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev -3.6%
355ml bottle. The most recent release - winter 2008/2009, a nice potential prep for tonight's New Year's festivities.
This beer pours an opaque black hole, with ever so slight trapped cola edges and one fat finger of light brown head, which leaves some nicely threatening storm front lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.
It smells strongly of semi-sweet baker's chocolate, roasted caramel malt, toffee pudding, weak coffee, a soft musty hoppiness, and bristling alcohol - a lot like those boozy chocolates at one's family gatherings this time of year. The taste is bittersweet gritty chocolate, toasted bready caramel malt, salty toffee, black coffee, a not so strange perception of boozy wood, more musty leafy hops, and a sidling alcohol warmth.
The carbonation is quite low, but not so sedate as to shirk its structural duties, which include, amongst others, contributing to the generally smooth and creamy mouthfeel. It finishes fairly sweet, the chocolate, malt, and alcohol all mixing and matching, simmering, yet nothing is overwhelming.
A very tasty strong stout, but not one for cycling through the four pack in one sitting. The chocolate is deftly rendered as well, so this is also a stellar accompaniment to any of my Mom's care package of Christmas confections.
12-31-2008 09:35:53 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Winter '00-'01, which makes this roughly a year old at this point. This beer is possibly the best "bottled" beer from Brooklyn - I think we all know that the non-contract draft beer coming out of the brewery is much better! This beer pours a very dark brown/black with ruby highlights. There's a nice, light tan/brown head around the rim of the glass, although no Belgian-lace is produced. The aroma is of a bittersweet chocolate and candyish malt, but without hops, which is OK for the style. The flavor starts with alot of chocolate and roastiness followed by a clear alcohol, a bit of hop flavor, and eventually mellowing into very nice coffee notes. The finish is really wonderful! The carbonation level is appropriate and the body is nice. There are no off-notes to speak of. Overall, a very nice example of the style, although I distinctly remember prior year's samples as having a bit more malt and a somewhat smoother character. I hope this will mellow a bit, but I also fear it may pick up some innapropriate oxidative flavors.
07-19-2002 15:50:30 | More by NeroFiddled
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours an opaque black with a dark tan/brown head. Nose is strong with roasted bean qualities and a bit of alcohol on there as well. Hoooieeee! Man. The first time this thing hit my tongue, I did a little dance on over to my sister to try who has recently got into stouts (cuz she read some magazine article that stout is good for women cuz it has a lot of iron in it...well...whatever it takes). Flavor is smooth and even, though she says it is kind of bitter on the end. I personally dont think it is bitter, I just think it is robust. Feel? Like silk. The first sip was amazing. Definitely drinkable, especially for a Russian Imperial Stout. I am always weary of trying to uber-hyped beers, but this one delivers. I guess it is good I will be living in Brooklyn shortly. Killer. Try it.
12-30-2007 15:52:26 | More by RblWthACoz
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
2009 release, on-tap 12/13/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with a bitter-sweet flavor of dark chocolate. Then a faint but complementary flavor of dark fruit flavor comes in. The roasted malt character is very hearty and there's no trace of the 10.10% ABV. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect from this kind of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, although there are other big stouts that I would pick first, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.
12-15-2009 01:59:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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