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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,867 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,867
Reviews: 2,670
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 326
Gots: 995 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of MmmIPA
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me thank the "Rebel" of the BA board for trading with me to get this beer.I drank this beer a little colder then room temp cause I was anxious to have it.Its a little ironic that im drinking a Stormking while I type my reply for a BCS.Ive been waiting to try this beer for atleast 4 months.Here it is

Very black body with a light brown head that was 1/2 in. thick.Some lacing but it dwindles on the glass as I drink it.

There is a very dark fruit smell to this beer and I do smell some phenols? I dont know if im using that word right.

Not as "stout" as other "RIS" The roasted taste isnt as prominant as other 'RIS" ive had in the past.I taste more fruit then choco. in the aftertaste .Plum taste is very evident.

The mouthful is a bit thin and the booze is evident and so is the fruitiness.

This is good but its very complex for me.All of the flavors seem to blend in together.I want to have this again but save some till my palate gets more intune with all different flavors.

Photo of flannelman808
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The deepest Mars black with the most subtle ruby red highlight ever. This stuff is crazy opaque... Almost no light shines though (even on a tiny wine glass pour). It's topped with a tan head which has ok retention and pretty solid lacing.

S: Super duper rich milk chocolate bon bon (the legit french deal filled with chocolate mouse which is more dense than then our sun).

T: This stuff is crazy effing rich. Wow, I'm glad it's my dessert and I would recommend everyone else to look at it that way. Seemingly infinite layers of chocolate of varying cacao percentages. Hidden deeper, hop driven, bitter citrus peel (orange, lime) sneaks into the scene almost pushing the line between bitter and tart... awesome!

M: Devils food cake

O: This is truly a dessert beer. And it should make for the best vanilla beer float of all time. Sweet and bitter merge, finishing sweet (too much so but what the hell). A must try for lovers of the style!

Photo of pburland23
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

I've been drinking Black Chocolate Stout for about a decade now, but am just getting around to reviewing it.

Beer pours an almost opaque black with hints of a rubyish brown around the edge. The head is thin and camel colored. It's an attractive pour.

The smell is dominated by dark chocolate and intense coffee aromas. The taste features coffee upfront (very assertive coffee...espresso perhaps) and then finishes with a rich, dark chocolate taste.

It's a well carbonated imperial stout and the mouthfeel is thick and full. The drinkability is dangerous as this beer hides its 10% abv incredibly well.

Black Chocolate Stout is a winter tradition that has stood the test of time. I look forward to enjoying it for years to come. As an added bonus, I've decided to cellar a few bottles to see how this year's version evolves.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Neorebel
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night into my pint glass with a frothy, tan colored head. The roasted malt aroma is creamy, with hints of milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. A sharp, yet subtle sweetness is present in the background as well - could it be from the esters or perhaps from hops? As the extremely full bodied beer coats my mouth, pleasantly bitter dark chocolate flavors erupt at first, with a bit of raisin, giving way to a dry spicy finish. As I drink, the head clings to the side of the glass as it should. This beer really warms you up, but I wouldn't say it is not 'drinkable...' I put mine away rather quickly! I'll definitely get another six pack before the winter's out this year!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, thin tan cover that faded quickly to a thin ring

S- Dark chocolate, alcohol, black coffee, slight auroma of dark fruits

T- Coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted black patent malts, barley, hint of raisens

M- Medium body, low carbonation, smooth, rich, bold, warming of alcohol throughout

D- Worth buying again and again

This is one great brew, but one a night is about all you need. The alcohol definitely strikes hard with this beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: An incredibly dark brown, with big, thick, frothy, tan head that leaves behind great brown rings of lacing.

S: Big chocolate aroma, followed by some major boozy notes.

T: Huge flavor of chocolate and malt, just great. Nice roasted flavor, a hint of coffee backing, more mocha, I guess. Can't say enough positive things about this. Slight after taste of booze at the end, in a good way.

M: A great full body, excellent creaminess. The high ABV is masked incredibly well.

D: It doesn't get much better than Brooklyn BCS. Incredibly enjoyable, watch out for the 10%+ ABV. Sit down on a cold day and drink away.

Photo of readbaron
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with a small amount of tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin lacing with decent retention

Smells of maltiness and chocolate with hints of molasses and coffee.

Tastes outstanding - smooth, creamy, chocolatey and a hint of bitterness. Alcohol comes through. Finishes well - definitely retains the chocolate and coffee flavors after each sip.

Exceptional mouthfeel - perfectly carbonated, nicely viscous - but not too heavy, creamy, smooth.

Dangerously drinkable considering its abv.

Photo of Auracom
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my targets while in New York. Opened a 12 oz. bottle on March 23rd, 2011 into an over-sized wine glass.

BCS is a pitch black coloring. Swirls around with semi-thickness. Light brown, thin head with so-so lacing and very little retention. It's a standard appearance.

Aroma exhibits dark/semi-dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and coffee notes. Pretty apparent hint of booze. Taste is similar - more of a primary dark chocolate character that is slightly sweet but mainly bitter. A little roasted quality is also combined with more coffee flavoring.

Finished long from the dark chocolate bitterness with semi-dryness. Carbonation is great. Medium-thickness in the brew's body.

Not sure about drinkability. Abv in the nose but not so much in taste. Strong bitterness across the middle and late portions of the drink make it a bit harder to get through than it'd have otherwise been. It reminds me of a more refined and complex version of Rasputin in terms of availability. If I lived on the east coast this would be a frequent visitor in my fridge.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich, dark brown, bordering on black. Head is tan and a nice size. Nice lacing as well.

S: A big roasty chocolate aroma comes through. A bit of alcohol is present as well, but not unpleasantly so.

T: Like the smell, lots of roasted malts and chocolate are in the taste. Sweet dark fruits are also there. Also, some bitterness and a little bit of alcohol, which blend well with the flavors.

M: Creamy, thick and smooth, with a surprising amount of carbonation. Nice.

D: Scarily drinkable for 10% ABV. Can barely taste the alcohol, and it blends well with the flavors. The taste is well balanced as well, not too sweet (as some chocolate stouts tend to be) and not too bitter.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,867 ratings.