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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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93
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6,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,135
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,165 | FT: 59
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006-2007 poured from 12oz into pint glass.

Nice dark head recedes fairly quick. Light barely penetrates the edges.

Smells has a bourbon, alcohol nose. Some burnt coffee malt coming through.

Taste has the dark malts shining through rather nicely. Hints of dark bitter chocolate, melds nicely with some slight hop bittering.

Mouthfeel seems pretty light considering the abundance a malt & alcohol

Drinkability is dangerously high, considering I only picked up 2 singles, the other will age for a year.

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3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip, though I think it might have been better in a pint glass. Winter 10-11 release. **Updates are Winter 11-12 in a pint glass, makes a difference.

Appearance: I will say very few beers are black, as you can usually see some color in the light, but this is black. Small brownish head, no lacing. **Updated, there is some lacing, not too much though

Smell: Coffee, roasty malt, with a hint of sweetness. **Update, good sweetness to it

Taste: Roasty malt, hints of coffee and dark chocolate, little bit of bitterness. **Update, this has respectable sweetness with balancing bitterness, this has a nice mocha flavor

Mouthfeel: somewhat thick, crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Easy drinking, doesn't taste like 10% abv.

Overall very good, but not as good as I remember it being. Probably will let the others age some and see if that makes a difference. And, good stout for the price. **Update, the flavor is great, as good as I remember, I'm putting three bottles in the cellar to see what age does to it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to vanrassel for this bottle and the other one I'll try in a year or two...

Pours black as a foggy moonless night with a 1/2 inch lovely tan coloured head. Subsides slowly leaving some nice lacing. Intense aromatics! Dark fruity aromas that meld into herbal and medicinal aromas. Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts, brandy, chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of alcohol. Wowee wow, and it's all there in full force, no subtlety here.

Taste is no less than the nose suggests, big and bold and brash and flavourful. Sour notes meld well with the bold roasted malt and dark chocolate/cocoa flavours. Fruitiness in the background, plums and raisins. Medicinal and herbal notes are prevalent as well. The flavours are there and they are amazing, but I find they don't meld together as much as they complement each other. Mouthfeel is about right, not overcarbonated, but enough to push the flavours around the mouth. Heavy heavy body as expected with a drying finish. More than one of these will knock you on your ass and make it hard to get up in the morning I'd think, but it goes down pretty well I'd say. I'm excited to see how this ages, well done Brooklyn.

Jan. 27, 2009 - Aroma is still intense as ever, but the carbonation and head have deadened quite a bit. Flavours are still balls-out with a slight hint of the papery edge that beers begin to get after a few years. Still a very enjoyable sipper though for a cold winter night.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours thick and viscous from the bottle; the darkest of browns, nearly black with a small, short-lived tan head.

S- Sweet malt and alcohol in the nose. Dark fruits, caramel, and toffee aromas abound; smells almost like a barleywine rather than a stout as the roasted malt is barely evident.

T- Very sweet and boozy upfront. Incredibly rich. Alcohol and rich caramel are the dominant flavors here. Roasted malt doesn't really even come into play until a charred flavor comes in on the finish.

M- Very thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is minimal.

D- Not great. I'll be able to finish the 12oz bottle, but that's it. This brew is thick, rich, and makes no attempt to hide its alcohol content. A sipper for sure.

An enjoyable beer but the alcohol is a little overpowering right now. It overshadows the roasted malt profile and makes it difficult to pick out too many subtle nuances. This is one that I can pretty much guarantee will get better with age. Good now, but could be great in a year or two.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. One previous review last year, before my tastes developed.

A - Pours a very dark black with a small brown head.

S - Powerful aromas of dark, unsweetened chocolate (similar to baking cocoa) and dark-roast coffee beans.

T - Strong blend of the coffee and cocoa, and as with the smell, no real sweetness or maltiness to it. I detect a slight hint of raspberries or black cherries...not enought to carry its own flavor, but it highlights the unsweetened chocolate very well.

M - Creamy mouthfeel, but not overly thick. Alcohol isn't overbearing, but is detectable as the warming sensation takes you.

D - The first time I tried this RIS, I didn't enjoy it...this was about 10 months ago. As I could tell my tastes were developing, I couldn't wait to try it again, and it was more than worth the wait. Would make for a wonderful addition to a session tasting and I plan on cellaring the rest of my case for enjoyment in the years to come.

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2007 Vintage. Pint on tap at the Happy Gnome, St. Paul, MN.

Appearance-Inky black darkness and totally opaque. Tall light brown head is dense and fluffy with good retention. Good lacing.

Aroma-Dark Cocoa powder and fudge brownies, with some fruity, plumlike esters. Slight hint of alcohol and vinous character. No hops.

Flavor-Sweet chocolate fudge up front is slowly overtaken, first by dark fruit esters, followed by drier bittersweet chocolate and light espresso flavors. Finishes semi-sweet, with faint hop flavors making an appearance. Aftertaste is fudgy, with a chocolate liqueur character. The chocolate seems to expand on the palate forever.

Mouthfeel-Thick and full, almost chewy, and yet velvety smooth on the palate. Moderate carbonation, with some nice alcohol warmth in the finish-the only real hint of the high alcohol content.

Overall-This beer is fantastic, and wears its age well. No hops remain (except for a hint in the flavor), but the malt and alcohol are very smooth and uber-chocolatey.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a opaque black, very syrup like as it pours into the glass. A small beige to caramel colored head forms, but slowly dissolves away. A deep chocolate aroma almost smacks the nose out of the glass, there are sweet malt scents and dried fruit aromas blending in at the end. That chocolate stands out in the flavor as well, and attacks the palate, then slowly the malt comes foward, with a smack of bitterness right at the end. A thick and syrupy feel, very heavy on the palate. This is a very good beer, with a very good aroma and strong flavor, make this a joy to drink.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,135 ratings.