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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,002 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,002
Reviews: 2,702
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 340
Gots: 1,075 | FT: 54
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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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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07-08 Vintage:

Pours an opaque, rich black color with some light brown frothy, creamy head that sits on top. A fair amount of lacing sticks around on this one, and comes back with every swirl. Smell is of roasted malt, and some hints of chocolate. Taste is bitter at first then a sweet middle before the rich finish of dried fruit, and some dark chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeeling. I seem to have enjoyed this one more so than the year old version.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed in a Duvel snifter with a 6 oz. pour from a 12 oz. bottle.

A rather hard pour produces a black body that opaque along with a tan billowy head that isn't chunky, but flat.

Aromas of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, not really any hop aromas.

Tasted is bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee. Initially sweet and and bitter on the finish. Some alcohol heat is noticeable in the finish. Perhaps a hint of smokiness as well. The alcohol heat builds with warmth. I would love this aged, but right now it drinks a bit rough.

Mouthcoating is tremendous. Full bodied and chewy.
After recently having Sexual Chocolate, this beer is not quite as big and full, but they are similiar beers. Aging about a year or so does them well.

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

Had this courtesy of brdc and stoutsnipas, thank you gentlemen. Poured like a black motor oil into a flute, it is opaque when held to the light. A 3 inch tan head forms that quickly recedes to a lattice-like lacing.

The aroma was subtle and included the dark chocolate/malt sweetness, we all know and love. It also included a mild hint of dark cherries. Minimal coffee is present.

The taste was quite complex and included the dark chocolate and coffee, but also a nice caramel and peppery mix that is very good. The bitter components and hops are present but not overwhelming.

The mouthfeel displayed a medium body with a high carbonation. The finish is silky and ends dry on the tongue.

Overall, I think this is a very good imperial stout and will definitely keep my eyes open for this and other Brooklyn beers. The alcohol is nicely hidden and not so strong that you can't handle more than one.

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

pours a rich dark chocolate color, with about 1 finger worth of head formation that does not linger and leaves a very mild lacing

S: huge sweet molasses, huge chocolate, and roasty malt. Dark raisins/plums are present and alcohol is very well hidden. The chocolate resembles a fudge character.

T: Huge roasty malt and cocoa with an excellent balance of raisins, molasses and sugar. I also get some tart cherry in the after taste creating more complexity and uniqueness.

O: this one is has nice complexity, and yet nicely balanced. Alcohol is very well hidden in both the nose and the taste. I find this one very appealing and drinkability is extremely high.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage a bit disappointed from what I remember fresh. Current pour is ok with head that quickly fades. Nose is alcohol forward, bit if spent coffee grinds, chocolate largely gone as far as sweet smell. Taste and feel are good but again taste is lacking from fresh version with a boozy sweetness that isn't bad but just lacking depth. Feel is thick

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4.4/5  rDev +6%
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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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark, black liquid night. tan medium sized head which decreases in size rather quickly

s: rich, creamy chocolate. slight boozy aroma.

t: immediate alcohol flavor followed by mix of roasted malts, coffee and creamy chocolate. Chocolate lingers until the end. Alcohol re-appears toward the end as well.

m: medium body. low carbonation

o: A solid RIS and a great value to boot. Looking forward to aging a couple of these. Still very smooth and drinkable fresh. Drinks a bit hot but did not bother me at all. A nice way to take the chill off a cold autumn evening.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black body with a thin tan head.

S- Quick whiff of alcohol with a nice profile of chocolate malt and a faint roasted aroma.

T- Roasted malt with a big profile of chocolate malt, the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering; there is a very faint smokey/burnt taste as well. Has a dryer finish with a lingering notes from the chocolate malt.

M- Creamy, smooth and very full.

D- Definitely a top-notch RIS; great with some Stilton blue. I kept half of my four-pack back for aging; i'm expecting good things.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch back small tan head very thin lacing

S: Boozy and chocolate

T: Starts with some dark chocolate and cocoa taste with some dark fruit in the back almost like raspberries. Moves onto a heavy roasted coffee like taste. Unlike the smell, alcohol is well hidden. mmm.

M: Full bodied. Thick. Yummy.

O: An extremely complex and delicious RIS. Could have been the year of age on it or a change in my taste, but this is much better than I remember it fresh last year.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Almost pitch black with a nice one finger mocha head that hung around for a bit and left some nice lacing. Looks great.

S-Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and a bit of figs? Smells great too.

T-A delicious malty dark chocolate/coffee flavor with a bit of bitterness. I can't tell this thing is almost 11% abv. Its not hot at all.

M-Rich, creamy, full bodied with what I consider to be a perfect carb level, i.e., not too heavy.

D-For such a big beer, this is easily drinkable.

I think this is an outstanding job by Brooklyn. I will definitely pick up another 4 pack of this. Heck, I'll probably buy a case.

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3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I hear about this one every year from folks back east. Time to try it for myself.

Appearance- Black, obviously. A full inch of cocoa colored head. Lacing nicely.

Smell- Lots of roast. Almost a coffee aspect. Sweet dark chocolate. Almost like burnt coffee.

Taste- Hurm. Starts off with a nice chocolate note. Very nice. Chocolate, a hint of dark fruit. Almost raisin. Finishes with roast bitterness. Then it lingers. And lingers. And lingers. It's just so damn bitter and burnt. Hint of alcohol, while we're at it.

Mouthfeel- On the thin side.

Drinkability- No thanks. That bitterness just won't quit.

Chocolate? Really? More like burnt black coffee. Now, I am not a coffee fan, so that's a pretty big negative in my book. I was hoping the chocolate would balance it out, but it is a dark unsweetened chocolate, and it doesn't even show up much. This is a miss for me.

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid black into my pint glass with just about an inch of brown head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S - Rich with toasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Notes of caramel, vanilla, espresso beans, and dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Very Nice!

T - Mostly sweet roasted malts at the front, caramel, bittersweet cocoa notes ( a little less than I was hoping for ), dried dark fruit, vanilla, with kind of a bitter coffee/hop combination of the back end with a little more alcohol present than I would prefer.

M - Pretty well balanced, a little lighter than I expected from the look of it, but smooth and creamy nonetheless.

D - Very enjoyable to drink, alcohol is a somewhat present as a reminder of the ABV, but I could enjoy a few without any problems.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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