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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,373 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,373
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 278
Gots: 820 | FT: 48
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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EnthusedAboutBeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

New York

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

Pours a dark mahogany, almost black color with 1 finger of dark tan/brown head that lingers a while. Smells of roasted malt, slightly medicinal, with notes of cherries and brown sugar. Tastes creamy and smooth, with lots of sweetness and good malt and dark chocolate flavors. It has a nice warming sensation before a lingering finish of dark chocolate. This beer is a real treat!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 03:30:12 | More by curasowa
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huysmans

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-22-2012 04:00:21 | More by huysmans
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

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

Pitch molten lava, a superbly creamy tope-able head...Anise, and dark bitter malts on the nose, also dark cherries and pit fruit. Yes! A brilliant smattering of bitter dark cocoa, black licorice, and a background of bittersweet red cherry juice. It offers a medium body with creamy textures and subtle small bubble carbonation.
Overall, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:03:21 | More by JoeAmerican77
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towlea25

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-07-2012 18:39:00 | More by towlea25
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mmmaaattt

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-08-2012 01:39:59 | More by mmmaaattt
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-28-2013 23:13:23 | More by artemh
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Devman171

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-25-2013 13:40:52 | More by Devman171
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Brewer1980

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-09-2013 15:58:47 | More by Brewer1980
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palma

New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged 2005-2006 bottle.
Very dark black body. Silky looking. Minimal head. this is a cellared bottle just over three years old.

nose is extremely sweet. serious chocolate, raisin, coconut, maybe some cherry. espresso with 5 sugars. minimal hop aroma present.

taste is very chocolate with a significant fruitiness intermingled. raisin and plum. alcohol noticeable and works well with the sweetness. semi-dry at the end. lingering hidden licorice.

slick mouthfeel going down. an ever-noticeable stickiness all over the top of the glass throughout the session due to the high residual sugar content.

very enjoyable. I would recommend aging this beer at least a year. It's too raw brand new. This beer ages extremely well. It will mellow out more and more each year

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 05:46:37 | More by palma
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

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

I got this beer in a Brooklyn variety pack. It is the 2005/2006 batch.

Poured a nearly black glassfull to drink with a chocolate fondue after dinner at a friends.

Not a lot of head, and only slight lacing as I drank the beer.

Aromas of chocolate, dark coffee and some burnt toffee. Nice aroma.

Tasted very good. Not too sweet, more like bittersweet cocoa and french roast coffee. Alcohol content very well hidden. A nice compliment to the chocolate fondue.

Moderately thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Clean finish.

Nice beer to have with dessert. Couldn't 'drink a lot of these in a row, but one of them at a time with dessert is nice way to savor this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 02:09:36 | More by doppelmeup
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a finger length head which is just slightly off color. Beer itself is entirely opaque.

Smell- Not much of a nose here, some light coffee notes buts thats about it.

Taste- Thick and smooth chocolate, almost like an alcoholic smoothie, its pretty good. Lingers on the tongue and the chocolate really comes out on aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thick, really gets around to the palate.

Drinkability- Super, nigh unparalleled.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 22:04:01 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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erz316

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle into guinness tulip pint glass. nice bottle, very sexy.

A - a good pour, beer seems decently thick, or so it seems. two finger medium dark tan head, with a very appealing rocky texture across. not as creamy as it could be. the head leaves great sticky lace all over the glass. the body is pitch black no light getting through the center. but even when not held up at the light, one can see that the beer is a dark cola colour at the bottom. head lasts a good amount of time.

S - nose is mostly dark roasted malt and yeast. surprisingly close to guinness, though this beer is ice cold, so the nose might take a hit. yeah not really much beside the roasted malt notes. I can get a bit of yeast and coffee but not much else.

T - good ris for such a good price, sometimes those whom one thinks are mediocre really come out and impress sometime (what the hell am I writing? Der Alte ist so high dude!). the initial taste is a definite yeasty buzz feeling along with this delicate chocolate bitter and coffee roatstiness. birkinau. oh man, im gone. at times there is a distinct sweetness like that dark chocolate: reluctant to be sweet, and what the fuck is jason bourne doing? god, just let me get on with this review. the aftertaste is malty and a bit of choco. its a good beer, but having had some of the best, I am not convinced it deserves the half mark further.

MF&D - it looked good, tasted alright, went down quite well. a good bargain for a decent russian beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 04:15:58 | More by erz316
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

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

355ml bottle poured into a Stella Artois goblet. ABV 10%.

A - Poured a nearly black opaque dark brown with a 2cm milk chocolate head. Head slowly reduces and there's good lacing.

S - Lots of dark chocolate, some toasted bread, some dark fruit, and some alcohol.

T - Brown sugar, dark chocolate, some toast, hint of fruit, bitter hops and some booze.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, creamy, syrupy, some heat in the finish.

O - A bit boozy but it's pretty well balanced. Easy to drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:52:04 | More by decimator
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r0nyn

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my DFH snifter. Assuming this is the Winter 10/11 release.

Pours the deep, inky blackness of good imperial stouts, completely opaque and darker than night. Very minute tan head that leaves some sticky, spotty lacing. A wonderful looking beer by all accounts. Smell is initially roasted malts, with a touch of sweet caramel and maybe just a slight tinge of alcohol. As you sniff it some more, the underlying dark chocolate becomes more evident, the aroma of cocoa mingling with the rest of the scents to provide an enticing smell.

Taste is just like the smell, with roasted malts kicking things off along with some very slight notes of caramel and vanilla. The dark chocolate then takes over, providing a taste that's full of bittersweet cocoa and some figgy fruity nuances. There's also a bit of coffee in the flavor as well, providing some of the mild bitterness; it's almost like an espresso taste, but not quite. As the brew warms, there's a slight bit of alcoholic heat at the end, but it's still pretty subdued. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with minimal carbonation and a medium body. Finish is a bit less dry than I was expecting. Silky smooth sipping experience.

Drinkability is really rather good, especially for a Russian Imperial Stout. Oh yeah, you're gonna feel the 10% ABV, but it's a pleasant and tasty way there, so you're definitely not gonna mind the ride. I'd love to see what this is like with a few years on it to mellow the flavors out and add a few levels of sophistication.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2010 04:38:01 | More by r0nyn
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-23-2012 01:53:09 | More by sweisel80
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mattyrubes

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-07-2012 03:57:14 | More by mattyrubes
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nollie77

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

06-20-2013 18:25:08 | More by nollie77
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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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Achoo_Bacca

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-01-2013 00:30:39 | More by Achoo_Bacca
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

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

Bottle which says Winter 06 / 07and has been stored in my cellar for a bit shy of one year.

Impenetrable gloss black in my pint glass topped with a foamy taupe head (2 fingers) which slowly recedes leaving hints of lace.

The scent is immediately roasted grains and soft bitter chocolate.

Taste is much the same. Smooth and creamy with a long finish of soft cocoa dust. I find a faint hint of molasses in there as well. The 10.6% ABV listed on the bottle, if correct, is hidden remarkably well. Hop presence is minimal, though of course this bottle has aged for as much as a year.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rather full, though not thick.

Drinkability is very high.

Very nice smooth subtle RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 02:19:40 | More by sethmeister
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ryancl

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-03-2012 17:24:52 | More by ryancl
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is warming. delicious, and bubbly.

It poured black with no head, a milk chocolate ring, and no lace. The flavor had strong notes of dark chocolate and coffee up front with a dark fruit-flavored finish. As it settled and warmed, dark fruit flavor pushed to the front. The feel was bubbly, with a sting left on the tongue. It was not creamy or smooth.

BCS is a nice, if too highly-carbonated, cold weather beer; warming yet easy to drink with great dark fruit notes that overpower and exceed the chocolate first impression.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:18:04 | More by MetalHopHead6
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-24-2013 17:38:15 | More by jono0101
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bshiban

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.7%

06-04-2013 00:09:13 | More by bshiban
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,373 ratings.