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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,435 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,435
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 279
Gots: 832 | FT: 49
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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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EnthusedAboutBeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-01-2013 02:51:41 | More by EnthusedAboutBeer
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m1ked

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a near black with brown edges. A very thin tight bubbled and transient cafe colored skim, that quickly transforms into a tight ring around the edge.

S- A light coffee, boozey, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, woody aroma. Nothingtoo strong here.

T- Definetly starts with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, a woodiness, a bitter coffee with a caramel sweetness with a smokey hint throughout. There is a certain tanginess in there that I don't love.

M- There is a certain creaminess, a clear etoh burn, and a bittersweet finish. Not as heavy or chewy as I anticipated- actually kind of light bodied for a 10% RIS

D- I really enjoy this style of beer. This isn't in my top 5 RIS's, I would reach for this one again & again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:06:46 | More by m1ked
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

11-28-2012 16:48:25 | More by rkcrozier
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TLove

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This flagship brooklyn brewery masterpiece is one of my favorite winter beers. Served from a bottle, it has a black, viscous color with great substance to the brew.

The beer smells and tastes of bitter chocolate and dark-roasted espresso bean, with the harshness of a heavy IPA and the smoothness of a wannabe irish dry, which happens to be a great combination.

Unlike its cousin, the smooth and welcoming Brooklyn Brown, this beer is just no holds barred, balls-out front with a classiness that is ahead of its time. There aren't too many stouts that would risk combining the bitterness of espresso bean and dark chocolate with the burnt dryness of a russian imperial and throw in some light cherry overtones and a wrenching 11% ABV.

A great winter brew for those looking for a substance-driven stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:44:56 | More by TLove
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JDM44

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-22-2013 06:52:30 | More by JDM44
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WiserBud

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-08-2014 01:54:04 | More by WiserBud
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AaronRed

New York

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'01-'02: Wow, this beer knocked me out! For a while, all I could taste and smell was alcohol. But after it warmed, the rich texture of the chocolate and malt became evident. This beer really warms the inside of your belly and is perfect for this time of year.
--
'00-'01: What a brew! I saved a bottle from last year and it evolved into an even more spectacular beer. It's like velvet, but sweet and with a kick. You can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2001 21:43:15 | More by AaronRed
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LarryV

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the fall 2006 release. Pours an inky black color with a lacy tan head. Smell of roasted malt with chocolate overtones.

Taste is heavenly with hints of roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate, no cloying sweetness. Alcohol is hidden very well. Creamy lush mouthfeel with a lingering taste. Love it, this is the best BBCS I've had yet, absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 18:41:17 | More by LarryV
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark as a moonless night with a khaki coloured one finger head on top. Smell is of good espresso, bitter chocolate and maybe a touch of molasses. The flavour is nice and deep with coffee and dark chocolate notes taking over. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is silky smooth going down and eventually finishing dry, but not too dry. Drinkability is good after a few you will start to see things in a new light. Recommended- buy them and horde them as the supply is always short.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 17:23:02 | More by TinusTime
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2011 07:25:39 | More by ScreamForMe
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infi

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

09/10 release.

Poured into a snifter.

Smoothly pours out like a typical stout and releases a thin tan head that lingers for a few seconds. A total dark and opaque color in the glass with small amounts of rising and bubbling streams around. Nice spotty lacing throughout also. Aroma is beautifully roasted and full of sweet chocolate, malts, a bit of alcohol and surprisingly coated with cinnamon. Cinnabon in a glass essentially - really appealing on the nose to the point of intoxication. Such a beautiful fragrance resonating from the glass.

Taste is moderately roasted - not as potent as other RIS's I've had in the past. Begins with a nice malty presence then enters a cocoa and chocolate element and finally finishes on a slight bittersweet chocolate astringency and warmth from the 10% ABV, which was masked incredibly well. Not a whole lot of big appeal on the flavor component, but it's textbook RIS in terms of the actual flavors.

The mouthfeel is smooth, yet light-bodied with mild carbonation. A bit lacking in the overall feel for an RIS, but other than that it's easy drinking. Drinkability is fair - not as tasty and flavorful as I was hoping. Not really worthy to drink all four in a night's session, but probably best to set some off to add some age. Not bad, but not incredible.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 03:28:28 | More by infi
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abrodsky

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-06-2012 22:32:35 | More by abrodsky
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wcintula

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Starting with the 'executive' looking black label ('09-'10)spangled with stars, I anticipated a badass beer. I poured this baby into a Sam Adams glass(what was available) and daaamn, that beer is fine. Nice black opaque body with an excellent thick head.

S- Sweet. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma. After you smell it, the beer pulls you in face first.

T- Awesome!!! Tastes like it smells. I tasted it in correctly the first time I tried it. When sipping I get a very metallic taste, but when you gulp it, your mouth is filled with sheer awesomeness.

M- A thicker feeling liquid with regular, not-too-prickly carbonation. Alcoholic dryness on the way down.

D- I drank the beer in less than 3 minutes. I'd consider that drinkable. I just wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 13:54:14 | More by wcintula
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love stouts!

A: Deep black body topped with a 1+ fingered frothy head with solid retention. Good lacing to boot!

S: Dark chocolate, toffee, molasses with a surprisingly noticeable hop profile.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, hops poke through and resonate in the aftertaste. Slightly too bitter for my personal taste.

M: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

O: Solid stout, and I'm very glad that I have three more to drink!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 22:14:28 | More by tjkinate
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-30-2011 04:21:15 | More by mscott1975
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

03-20-2014 12:58:21 | More by SourAddict
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plinythederek

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-03-2013 14:23:38 | More by plinythederek
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-17-2014 16:19:44 | More by DrMindbender
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh, if this was on tap at any local pub, I'd never leave the place.

Pours pitch black, dark brown head, little lace. Faint aroma of sweet belgian sugars, maybe some plum, plenty of roasty aroma as well. Taste heavy of roasted malts and a porto like mouthfell. Dry finish, makes you want more.

I'd kill for the recipe. Good Stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 01:50:02 | More by bloberglawp
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bs870621345

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 09-10 winter. Good stuff, very impressed.

Pours a dark brownish black, with a finger of mocha white head that fades quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is very light, alcohol and chocolate. Expected of this style.

Taste is where this thing is awesome. Chocolate and caramel sweetness. Alcohol burn is there, but absolutely necessary. Roastiness is kept in check by the malty sweetness. Very balanced between bitter chocolate and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is oily and heavy. Light carbonation as per the style.

Drinkability is very high. At 10% it'd be tough but a 4 pack is not unthinkable in this situation.

A great beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 02:16:11 | More by bs870621345
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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-29-2013 02:52:40 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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drh1382

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-17-2012 00:54:08 | More by drh1382
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a room temperature imperial pint glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Very little head at all, and I really cranked the pour. What head appeared was an attractive tan. Jet black otherwise, just like an Imperial Stout should be.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Toasted oats and dark chocolate notes and an unmistakable "sweet" smell. Promising.

-Taste 4.0: Front is sweet and there is a detectable taste of smoked grains. Middle is thick barley with a medium sweetness and a nice layer of cocoa and smokiness. Finish is more cocoa and nice bite of alkaline hops along with a slight sourness. Aftertaste is long and hoppy/chocolate. Very nice.

-Mouthfeel 2.5: This beer is woefully undercarbonated. It is nearly flat and this detracted from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 3.5: Very good Imperial Stout. Has a high ABV (10%), but this is unnoticeable in the taste. The mouthfeel of this beer really turned me off, but the taste was quite good. Don't know if I will purchase this again, as there are other, better Imperials within easy reach.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 04:15:51 | More by BeerDocT
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-15-2012 21:29:38 | More by Mullinger1980
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EJJ1848

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%

10-02-2013 19:55:11 | More by EJJ1848
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,435 ratings.