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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,130
Reviews: 2,729
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,162 | FT: 58
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Ratings: 6,130 | Reviews: 2,729
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Photo of TheTrevor
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an opaque black with about a three finger dark tan head. The smell is of roasted malts and a fruitiness that's hard to put my finger on. Maybe raisins or plums or something. The taste is very strong with a definite alcohol presence. That 10.6% is making itself known. The taste predominantly bitter-sweet chocolate with alternating sips giving away to other flavors like malts and maybe molasses or prunes. A very complex beer worth sitting down and savoring. The mouthfeel is very thick, almost like a watery milkshake with slight warming from the alcohol, a very pleasant drink. I'll definitely be picking this up again sometime.

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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, almost black and opaque. Big, fluffy, long-lasting mocha head with lots of lacing.

S - Bitter chocolate, little bit of roast. Dark fruity melanoidins: raisins and prunes. Sweet caramelly malts. Big and complex.

F/M - huge roasty bitter chocolate. A little bit of burnt coffee. Caramelly sweet malts, toffee and dark dried fruit flavors. Medium high bitterness accentuated by the dark malts. Light alcoholic warmth. Medium full bodied, slick and thick. Medium low carbonation. Creamy finish with a lingering chocolate aftertaste.

D - Very good, full bodied and very flavorful. Rather easy drinking for being such a big beer. World class and very good.

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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is as well balanced a stout as you will ever have. It is good in every way. Not too sweet or chocolaty, not overly hoppy or malty. Nice taste. Pours black, with a decent sized head, with some retention. Chocolate notes are certainly present, but they do not overwhelm the beer. Alcohol well hidden. This is not a stout that will immediately knock your socks off, but I can't imagine anyone not liking it. Thanks Joe!

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3.17/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very heavy very dead of winter beer. Will warm you up almost right away.

A- Very dark heavy black. Very thick. Not a lot of light can penetrate it.

S - Smells of wonderful chocolate and toasted malts.

T - Lots of chocolate with lots of toasted malts. Tasty but to thick for me.

M - Really thick and really heavy with a little cream feel.

D - One to two is all I can ever drink at one time.

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade and just to tell anyone that is reading this, I am drinking both a 2007 and 2008. I am comparing both of them, and so far they are both incredibly tasty.

The appearance is just stunning. It pours like silk, just this great smooth 'motor oil' type liquid pours so so smooth. Both brews came to a two finger head that was the color of light chocolate. It left a really weird lacing that is sticky and spread all over the sides of the glass.

The smell is great, something that I have started to expect from a good stout. The latest 2008 smells sweeter than the 2007. Really smells like chocolate and liquior, I also get a slight spice in this brew.

The taste is pretty good. Now, the older brew has a ABV of 10.6% and the new has 10% ABV. Again, I am thinking that the new is tastier. It has more life and the malts are more vibrant, they bounce and dance on the tongue more than the aged. Overall good.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are common for a RIS. Really great on the tongue and really great on the overall drinkability. Deff. a dessert beer and one for the end of the night. This is third or fourth in my quest for perfect chocolate stouts. Would buy again, but not if there was a Rogue Chocolate there also.


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4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured into the glass black, no light penetrated the glass. Well carbonated and had to wait a few minutes until the head settled to the top. The head was a thick creamy dark beige brown color and lasted quite a long time. The aroma was of chocolate, chocolate, coffee, raisins, alcohol and some roasted chocolate. The taste was nice and creamy. Flavors of chocolate and coffee seemed to dance together throughout the mouthful, but I did notice that chocolate seemed to lead. I also noticed that during the ballet in my mouth the raisins and alcohol would try to cut in on the other two dancing and seemed to get in a step or two, first raisins, then alcohol, then raisins again before the other would ask for there partner back. At the end alcohol seemed to get the last dance with the chocolate. I personally loved this limited edition 02-03 beer. I am on the hunt for a few more to keep and cellar can I can imagine that this beer can only get better with time.

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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2006-07 vintage.

I have loved this beer since 1995. It pours jet black, with a beautiful brown head of foam. It smells sweet, of chocolate and coffee. The taste is powerful, sweet, but balanced, with espresso and chololate overtones, a little licorice in the finish. It is quite smoothe in the mouth, surprisingly little alcohol burn for a beer of this strength. At 10.6%, it is not a beer to be consumed in volume, but enjoyed sip by sip. A prize to be found.

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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Jet black with a thin dark tan head. Opaque. This beer has legs.

S: The aroma just rushes out of my dimpled mug. Barleywine like. Massive caramel malt aroma. Plenty of chocolate character here. A strong citrus hop aroma as well.

T: A very smooth taste (after the gigantic nose I didn't know what to expect). Roasted grain character. Some dark chocolate notes enhanced by a tinged bitterness from hopping I presume. Port like-vinous. Boozy. Dark chocolate bitterness.

MF: All sorts of alcohol warming. Full bodied. Lightly carbonated . Velvety smooth.

D: This is a big boozy stout that is marvelously balanced.

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3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
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4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, '11-'12 vintage with a year on it.
Fuel note on the nose and the finish has diminished, as has carbonation (slightly). Chocolate flavor now comes out fully. A very noticeable increase in refinement. Flavor and aroma scores based on this aged bottle.

12oz bottle, '11-'12 Winter vintage.
Pours a syrupy black with a thin layer of brown foam comprising the head. Alcohol is somewhat prominent on the nose, with cocoa and coffee-like aromas too. Semi-sweet chocolate flavors emerge courtesy of the roasted malt. and bitterness that's more reminiscent of coffee than hops emerges on the finish to provide balance to the flavor. Alcohol presence is there in terms of warmth but not flavor.

BCS is a a go-to Imperial stout of mine because of the high quality at a relatively low price. While not among the elites of the style, once it has some age on it, it truly becomes a great beer. Pick up a 4-pack, or two, or ten, and enjoy over several years.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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