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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,202 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 5202
Reviews: 2622
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%


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.

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beerme626

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Good Foods in Lexington, poured into a stout glass.
Appearance was absolutely gorgeous. Thick, black beer, but still with clear, tiny bubbles running up the side. Dark brown one-and-a-half finger head on top. Enticing.
Everything else disappoints. The issue is, that unlike other high-alcohol stouts, this one is so obviously alcohol-y. The smell has rich notes of roasted malt and coffee, but it's entirely negated by the smell of... gasoline. The taste is the same way; rich, full tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee are cancelled out by the alcohol bite and feel. It's not cleverly disguised at all. The mouthfeel is higher because of the pleasant warm feeling.
Overall, a bit of a disappointment. Other imperial stouts, like Old Rasputin and Choklat, are able to cleverly disguise the high-alcohol in the complex flavors. This is binary, and it doesn't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 04:28:43 | More by beerme626
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near pitch black with reddish hues around the edges. Strong tan head which provides surprising lacing given the abv.

Smell is roasty, coffee like, slight hints of cocoa. Perhaps something slightly sour although not infection-ish.

Tastes like a quality bitter dark chocolate with a more coffee like aftertaste. Hints of dark fruit throughout, perhaps fig. Impressive.

Can't find anything I don't like about the mouthfeel. Thick, rich, silky, fairly strong carbonation for a stout. Lovely.

Overall one of the best value beers I've ever encountered. Will be buying a case next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 00:03:36 | More by CurtFromHershey
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MCain04

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn black chocolate

winter 12-13. 13 oz snifter.

a: dark brown, close to black. dark tan head, 1 finger. little to no lacing. 3.75

s: coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, a hint of sour citrus. 4

t: up front a lot of sourness, acidity, and citrus. not much coffee. chocolate on the back and and lingers, but so does the acidity. not very much heat at all. 3.5

m: medium-high carbonation. not as thick and chewy feel as I'd prefer. 3.75

o: I'd heard this was a good value, like old Rasputin, quality for little cost. this doesn't come close to OR. Only $8 for a 4 pack but I would say paying anything more would be inappropriate. I probably will pass on this in the future, but for $2, this 10%abv chocolate stout was decent. 3.75

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 19:03:35 | More by MCain04
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Brewery 'Black Chocolate Stout' @ 10% , served from the winter 12-13 release , a 355 ml bottle purchased for $3

A-pour is a deep dark brown/black with a small tan head that is quickly dissapating leaving some streaky lace along the pint glass

S-bittersweet chocolate , burnt malt , sweeter smell as it warms

T-smooth and surprisingly mellow even with a 10% ABV , the booze is very well hidden

MF-not a lot of viscosity in this medium/full bodied , moderate carbonation , a smooth sipping beer

Ov-good/great beer , that was a treat to find and try , bit pricey thou

Sampled alongside St.Ambroise 'Stout Imperiale Russe' & Howe Sound 'Pothole Filler'

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 07:42:14 | More by LampertLand
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SeamusDoyle

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with thin layer of tan foam. Decent lacing. Sweet aroma of chocolate and caramel with some roast and alcohol apparent. Sweetness first in taste of dark chocolate and then some roasty, burnt flavor, followed by brewed coffee. Alcohol adds a somewhat peppery character and is very apparent but not disagreeable. Semi full and somewhat sticky mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Nice stout. Flavors meld well together.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 00:05:04 | More by SeamusDoyle
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet at low altitude in NY. Surprised I haven't reviewed this one yet despite how many times I've had it before.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin, creamy mocha-colored head that fades away quickly.

S: Black chocolate is a very good description. This smells almost like a bar of dark chocolate with a bit of alcoholic heat in the background. Some faint molasses notes as it warms.

T: Unfortunately this one doesn't taste as good as it smells. Very bitter from start to finish -- reminds me of raw coffee grounds. The alcohol also comes through much more than expected. I remember enjoying this beer much more in the past, so perhaps I got a bad batch...

M: Full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a dry finish.

O: Definitely not one of my favorite imperial stouts. I doubt I'll revisit this one -- too many better options available.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 04:33:34 | More by schlimenhaumer
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The beer is a pitch black color with a dark tan head. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell:
A hoppy smell with roasted malts and hints of sweet dark chocolate.

Taste:
Bitter and roasted. The main flavors seem to be dark chocolate and heavily roasted malts with a strong hop flavor. A slight alcohol taste is also there.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied with very light (almost none) carbonation.

Overall:
A pretty decent imperial stout and worth drinking at least once year.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 03:15:53 | More by HattedClassic
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LITTLESTHOBOUK


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light malty chocolate notes on the nose, very smooth open smokiness and sourness on the tongue. Expected a much stronger chocolate flavour (agree with previous statement that perhaps maturing longer may be of benefit), great smoothness of mouth, notwithstanding the lack of chocolate taste, it very nearly ticks all the boxes!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:02:29 | More by LITTLESTHOBOUK
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brewtus

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark black duh, with a great dark beige head. Smell is milky, some chocolate, hops, leaves a little to be desired on the nose . Tastes hoppier than I expected, a little dark coffee flavor, nice lactic chocolate taste that isn't too sweet. It's very smooth and leaves a delicious chocolate aftertaste in your mouth, great after dinner beer

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:16:35 | More by brewtus
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pitch black, even held up to the light; minimal, mocha head disappears quickly

Aroma: anise; espresso oils; dark chocolate; acidic; motor oil

Taste & Mouthfeel: coffee, roasted malt chocolate, but wouldn't say it's the dominant flavour; creamy, slightly oily texture, silken - at least partially due to light carbonation; getting more chocolate in the lingering finish, and some mild hops provide balance; burnt malt; alcohol is well hidden; the bitter roast flavour often present in this type (particularly in finish) is minimal here, instead the roast coffee and chocolate stays rich and full

Overall: maybe this was over-hyped, or it needs some aging, because it's not blowing my mind - given the name I was expecting huge chocolate flavours and it didn't deliver; still a well made beer, could be good for a stew

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 22:41:47 | More by BGDrock
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sleuthdog

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2010-2011 poured into Bruery tulip

Pour: Poured the color of dark, dark chocolate not allowing any light penetration at all with a scant half finger khaki color head. The head dissipated into nothing but a small ring. This beer appears so still and silent. Even swirling and agitating it really does not create any head.

Smell: Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, slight coffee, and some alcohol.

Taste: An over abundance of bittersweet chocolate malts dominate with a bit of char. Fairly sweet for a RIS and interestingly a bitter snap at the back end of the swallow. The bitterness actually does linger after the swallow a little. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think I'd want this by the appearance and taste to be more chewy but that's not what you get here. It does work ok but actually I find myself drinking it a little too quickly due to the thin feel.

Overall: A nice RIS with a good balance of roast but the chocolate taste balances this out well making it seem somewhat sweet too.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:29:04 | More by sleuthdog
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with light tan head in snifter.

Smell is heavy with chocolate. Light alcohol presence. Toasted malts.

Taste follows smell with lots of toasted malt and chocolate. Very light bitter finish and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is oily and full bodied.

Overall excellent!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:31:49 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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BMMillsy

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trade from AlexFields. Thanks! Pours black as expected with a kahki one finger head. Aroma is unexpectedly fruity, almost a mix of a belgian quad an md some creamy chocolate notes. Some roastiness here and smells pretty hearty. Flavor is heavy chocolate and some fruit. Lingering roast on the finish that explodes on the palate. Nice and creamy mouthfeel. Very good. Sweetness is there but balanced by the bitterness from the roasted flavor. Reminds me a lot of Stone's RIS offering, but like this one better. Really no alcohol presence despite the double digit abv. Pretty nice for non-overpriced impy. And to think I have 3 more to drink!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 16:44:47 | More by BMMillsy
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much more carbonated than I like this stout poured a bubbly thin brown head. Deep black coloring the bubbles rose quickly through the darkness and burst loudly at the top.

The scent is subtle but has nice variation. Touch of vanilla and coconut, like many barrel aged stouts, there's evident chocolate malts and a touch of graham cracker.

The taste is of strong roasted malts, slightly burnt. There's a sweet vanilla middle that is fleeting and a hint of tinny alcohol at the end.

The mouthfeel is slightly thick and viscus, with a carbonated finish. This lends to my overall feelings in that I really enjoyed it but found the immense carbonation off-putting. I allowed it to "air out" like a wine and it behaved much better. Very strange.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:03:37 | More by KYGunner
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very dark but not as dark as other RIS I've had. A very delicious looking creamy head.

Smell: I little light here. I realize there shouldn't be a ton of aroma here but the subtle undertones were not there like I'd hoped. A little bit of the chocolate is here but overall not great

Taste: There are a few different things going on here but nothing is outstanding. A sweet licorice front lets the creamy aftertaste linger on the palette. The hop dryness comes in at the end and hangs around. The chocolate plays a role but is mainly undetectable. Not a traditional RIS

Mouthfeel: A creamy mouthfeel is here. The alcohol is hidden and the hop dryness is pleasant.

Overall: Decent. A lot of other RIS I would go with before this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 06:00:09 | More by KFBR392
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a true RIS.

Aromatics of heavy malt, baking chocolate and burnt sugar. As it warms, some alcohol rising.

Roasted malt flavor and soft bitter cocoa. Some dark fruit especially prune. Some smoke.

Has a dry wooden finish and the bitterness lingers. Not so much sweet as it is roasted.

No chocolate cake batter here or any creaminess, but pretty hot. Will put a few in the cellar. This however paired fantastically with aged gorgonzola and fig jam.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:13:41 | More by joeseppy
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AnotherImperial

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In my opinion, this is as good as it gets for a "standard" RIS. The chocolate flavor is excellent and very prevalent. I also think this is the best value beer on the market - delicious, 10% ABV in 12 ounce bottles, extremely well-priced and easily obtainable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 23:35:35 | More by AnotherImperial
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (Winter 12-13 vintage) poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Had this so many times...can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet.

A - Pours an opaque black color with dark, molasses brown highlights around the edges. A short cap of somewhat fizzy head lingers briefly and dies to a small mocha collar...lacing is sparse around the edge of the glass.

S - Roasty, coffee, a bit boozy, some dark fruits, bakers chocolate and cocoa. The cocoa and dark fruits are the biggest contributors in the aroma here.

T - Quite roasty in character. Tons of black coffee and burnt grains. Some astringency and charcoal and dark fruits. Bitter chocolate and cocoa.

M - Full bodied. Lots of char and a fair amount of astringency. Chocolate is very much part of the profile, but I wouldn't call it the dominant feature. Carbonation is mid-level and a touch tingly. Dry cocoa powder feel in the body comes thru more as the beer warms up a bit.

O - Very good imperial stout...a classic for sure. I've had so many outstanding imperial stouts lately that this doesn't stand out from the crowd that much. Still very good, but perhaps "showing its age" as its been around a while and some of the other IRS's out there seem to appeal a bit more to me. I would never complain about having this, and would gladly have another - just doesn't stand out from the crowd anymore - at least to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 01:23:26 | More by portia99
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up two cases this summer at $35.00 each. Pre aged at a discount.

12 oz bottle served in a 20 oz tulip. 2012-2013 bottle. Sitting in the the cellar since purchased. Served at cellar temperature. 10 degrees out tonight in the winter Vortex storm.

A. Pitch black. My iPhone flashlight will not penetrate through the beer. Its like a black hole. Very little carbonation. Light ring of tan head rings the glass.

S. slight sweet smell, roasty, and dark chocolate

T. Crazy smooth. I really do not detect any alcohol in the taste. In fresh bottles the alcohol is present all the time. Really nice dark chocolate finish with some light coffee tones. Pretty sure there is no real chocolate in this beer.

M. Nice. A little bit light but it works with this beer. A swill in the mouth will bring out the creaminess.

O. I really like this beer. Its crazy cheap for what it is even when its not on sale. Well worth grabbing two four packs every year to drink one and age one, if not a whole case. Not sure how long these will age but I have a lot of them so I will see.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 04:03:03 | More by Giantspace
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Craigory

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2012-2013 release, poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A-- Pours thick and black, with a one-finger mocha head. The head recedes pretty quickly, leaving a thin ring on top of the beer. There's just a wee bit of spotty lacing. Standard appearance for an RIS.

S-- Lots of bittersweet chocolate on the nose, along with some burnt malt and a little alcohol. Pretty sweet-smelling, overall.

T-- Typical roasted malt and slight alcohol astringency that you get with many RIS offerings, but with a good bit of chocolate to boot. Brooklyn does not, I believe, use any actual chocolate sources or flavorings; all the chocolate flavor is coming from the malts. A little bitterness lingers on the tongue when each sip is done.

M-- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation; with a beer this black and chocolate-y, I'd appreciate something a bit more thick and chewy. Still, it feels (as well as tastes) good.

O-- Not the best RIS out there, by far, but a nice winter seasonal. Amongst all the other stouts flooding the market this time of year (a good thing!), Brooklyn Black Chocolate does stand out by getting so much chocolate flavor out of the malts. It's also a great value, and pretty easy to get a hold of in my area.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 23:06:58 | More by Craigory
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dgilks

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown that verges on being opaque. Nice big, tan head with fair head retention.

Big alcoholic stout here. Lots of roast and some nice dry cocoa. Interesting.

Lots of malt. A little sweet. Some roast. Plenty of bitter chocolate and coffee. A touch earthy. Alcohol.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A solid stout. The chocolate flavours are good but the alcohol is a bit high and doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 10:21:28 | More by dgilks
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Into a nonic:

A: pitch black colored body, a one finger foamy yet level dark tan head appeared and lasted for a good two minutes before dieing into the body, some nice foamy and clingy lacing appeared in rings.

S: dark chocolate up front coming forth in a roasty sort of way. Some coffee notes presented themselves as the beer warmed.

T: sweet and bitter in different aspects at different times as the chocolate comes and goes and the coffee comes and goes

M: medium with a nice smoothness coating the mouth and tongue. I'd say the drinkability isn't that high, but hey for a RIS, this should be more of a sipper anyways as it shows with a fairly high ABV.

O: this was a nice winter sipper, too bad I don't have anymore.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 04:11:25 | More by BeerKangaroo
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barczar

Kentucky

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

12-13 vintage.

Aggressive pour yields an opaque black with garnet highlights and a dense 2" cappuccino head that dissipates very slowly, leaving sticky lacing.

Dark fruits...bruised cherry, plum, and raisin begin the aroma, with alcohol, chocolate, roast malt, chocolate, and toasted nuts adding to the profile. Coffee notes emerge.

Chocolate erupts on the palate, accompanied by dark fruits at the base, and ending slightly roasty and a touch dry. Dark cherry, dates, and figs are fairly pronounced, with light notes of coffee balancing.

Body is thick, almost syrupy, with low carbonation. There's significant alcohol warmth.

Much more dark fruit than I recall. Good, complex flavor profile. A touch hot, but will age well.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 21:58:31 | More by barczar
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: My first crack at this! Picked it up a couple of years ago (the bottle says "Winter 10-11") in Chicagoland. Classy, clean label, with nice info about the beer on a 12oz brown pop top. Into my Hennepin stemmed goblet.

Appearance: Pitch black, with a touch of ruby highlights in the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Nice big tan head that shows good retention.

Smell: Lots of chocolatey fudge up front, with a bit of fruity booze. Really pleasant, but surprisingly no real roast; only detractor here is a lack of complexity.

Taste: Largely lacking the deep chocolately notes present in the aromas. Dark, fruity booze (hints of cherries). Dry roast (black malt?) on the finish . Some alcoholic heat, but not particularly hot. A nice imperial stout, though I'd lack a bit more richness and depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, but not quite what I'd expect for a big RIS.

Overall: For between $9-10 a 4-pack, this isn't a bad RIS. The aromas are nice, as are the flavors, though both could use a bit more depth and definition. Still, a nice, traditional English-style (not as hoppy or overly roasty, and with dark fruity alcohol) RIS. I was just expecting a bit more from such a talked-about and highly-rated beer.

85 = B

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:03:29 | More by BedetheVenerable
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jmaharaj

Maryland

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

I'm drinking from a bottle that had been in the cellar for one year.
Really do love this beer. It pours pitch black with a foamy brown head that quickly recedes to an elegant lacing. Big dry fuit notes on the nose, cherry in particular. Bitter chocolate in the back. Tastes like a dessert. A rich dark chocoalte with a cherry filling. Not overly long, but well layered. It ends with some surprisingly smoky roast notes, which taste a little out of place but keep the beer from becoming to cloying. Mouthfeel is decently thick and the beer initially stings the tongue, it is 10% after all. Strangely I prefer this beer fresh when its a little less sappy, but even now, a year later its fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 22:40:44 | More by jmaharaj
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,202 ratings.