Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
This is one beautiful stout. It pours a dark black color with a dark brown head on top. The head stays for a spell and slowly gives way to a thin sticky lace. The aroma is of burnt coffee, deep roasted malt and a slight sweetness in the air. There is also a faint wisp of alcohol roaming around. The taste is wonderful; Deep roasted malt combined with the coffee and the hints of sweetness (plum, raisin?) attack the tongue. There is a slight warming of the lips with a slight presence of the alcohol. Also present is a smooth creamy feeling in the mouth. It is a very enjoyable and defiantly easy to drink. I need to get more before it is all gone!
10-11-2003 19:36:02 | More by Stubbie1
2.48/5 rDev -40.2%
06-07 bottle - 10.6% ABV
The pour into my big ol' snifter raises a one finger light brown head that recedes quickly to a surface littered with large bubbles. Lacing is thin and sudsy. The body is utterly black, even when backlit. I'll let the head retention slip by, considering the extra alcohol. The nose reeks of roast and alcohol, with strong coffee notes and subtle hints of chocolate. Seems fairly one-dimensional, though - not much depth. The taste is sweeter, more acidic, and less roasty than I expected, or what I recall from last year. It's tasty, but here too, there's no depth. It does hide the alcohol well, though. The mouth is more than medium, but not the thickest I've ever had by far. Overall, an easy drinking strong beer, but without much to call me back. I'm glad I didn't buy a case like I originally planned...
10-30-2006 23:41:19 | More by mjc410
United Kingdom (England)
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
Solid jet black body with a small creamy tan head, however, it fades quite quickly. Very light carbonation. Rich chocolately aroma, with dark heavy malts, slight smokiness, and loads of sweet dark fruit. There is lots of bitter chocolate from the start, alongside a strong coffee flavours, sweet dark malts and a slight hoppy kick in the finish. Thick and full in the body with an almost tar-like feel. Love this beer, one of the best chocolate stout available.
01-24-2010 20:03:24 | More by PartyBear
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured into a St Sebastiaan Tulip, 11-12 bottling.
A: Motor oil black, produced a finger of brown khaki head that receded to a skim.
S: Dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocloate, raisins, figs, plums. Faint espresso aroma.
T: Not overly chocolatey, some coffee/espresso smoke, dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, sweet mollases, figs, and some sour tang. Touch of alcohol in flavor but hidden enough to not detract from flavor.
M: Full bodied, very smooth, very little carbonation, a bit filling. Alcohol is there but not overwhelming, some warmth going down.
O: Very nice RIS, rich, tasty and maybe the most affordable RIS 4 pack at 7.99.
03-25-2012 18:08:10 | More by Dools9
3.33/5 rDev -19.8%
This was the last bottle that I bought from this past years release.
It looks nice really. Perfectly black with a nice brown head that sits on top. The head kind of fades to just a few rings and swirls of bubbles. There's a tiny bit of lacing and bubbles cascade down as you drink. The smell is decent, you get a hint of alcohol with some chocolate and roasted malts. The taste was kind of harsh, even a few months after I first purchased it. I remember thinking it was nice and sweet at first with a nice taste of chocolate, and its still there, but after finding lots of other imperial stouts, I realize that this one doesn't quite make it to the top. There's an intense bitterness and burn from the alcohol and the dark roasted malts. It's kind of smooth, but I get this feeling that's like eating a slimy fruit or something. I can't actually tell whether this beer is thick or thin. It actually drinks rather quickly, and I enjoy it, but it could be better. Try it some time.
01-19-2009 23:53:52 | More by taylorhamrick
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Three finger hot chocolate head, creamy, thick sticky lacing, big retention - scent is choclate, floral hops, some dark fruit, taste follows the nose with some fresh dark bread, hint of coffee - full bodied, smoooth, some bitterness, sweet but not cloyingly so, plenty boozy heat - top notch chocolate RIS
12-23-2012 03:51:07 | More by Stocean1
3.18/5 rDev -23.4%
appearance: black... yummy black, with a chocolate brown head. this beer is absolutely gorgeous, i only wish the head remained a while longer.
smell: the aroma consists strongly of bakers chocolate, but i picked up on a hint of alcohol that was a tad disconcerting.
taste: this beer changed drastically (in a good way) as it warmed. the bakers chocolate was evident through out, as was a taste of alcohol... the two cancelled each other out in my rating. the roasted malts hit harder as it warmed, and harder than i wished when combined with the taste of alcohol, but still was ok. it at least showed some complexity.
mouthfeel: thick and bitter, it makes the roof of my mouth tingle, and i don't think i like that, but i'll keep thinking about it.
drinkability: the alcohol taste and funny mouth tingling really impact this one, and although i will try it again, if i have the same/similar experience as i did this time, i don't think i'll want more than a sip after that. this too gets better as it warms though.
02-08-2006 03:18:12 | More by dbalsock
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours a solid black with a big, tan head that laces.
Smells of sweet, caramel malt with a small roast character and chocolate and coffee notes...big biscuity smell.
Up front sweet, roast character with a creamy chocolate character with a sweet, bitter character that has some awesome coffee and alcohol and ends on a roasted note. Complex and damned tasty.
Full bodied with a lower carbonation...not heavy or cloying though.
A big, complex stout that I look forward to every year.
*Update: I tried this next to a one-year old bottle and the aged bottle had a huge coffee note in the finish that lasted forever. It also had a creamy taste and a much more muted hop character. It tasted less "bright" and more subtle. I liked both versions for their respective tastes.
10-08-2011 00:06:35 | More by TenHornsProud
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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