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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,732 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,732
Reviews: 2,650
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 932 | FT: 47
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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3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a nice looking stout. Looks full with some appearance of viscosity. Small amount of lacing and a mocha head.

Smell of dark chocolate. Maybe some coffee, espresso notes too.

Tastes of its namesake. Chocolatey sweetness. Some caramel sweetness. Leaves some bitterness on the finish. Really like the taste. Also just a touch of booze on the finish. I will be interested to taste this with several more months on it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with minimal carbonation.

Edit, coming back to this beer 7 or 8 months later. Really have to downgrade taste. A lot of the chocolates have dropped off an given way to dark boozy fruits.

Powderhornphil, Oct 06, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout '11
Aged ~1yr (30 Sep 12)

A- Not much to look at. No head or lacing at all. Looks a lot like black coffee.

S- chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol sweetness.

T- bitter chocolate on the cold side, tons of dark fruit after it warms up. A lot of flavors hitting the palate, helped my the small bubbles, most are a sweet dark fruit flavor. Not much alcohol taste.

M- Surprisingly thin mouthfeel with moderate amount of carbonation.

O- tastes nothing like I remember. The dark chocolate flavors have faded and given way to a Complex dark fruit flavor. Given the thin mouth feel and the more fruity flavors that have developed, this could easily be mistaken for an Old Ale. Pretty good.

starkmarvelo, Oct 03, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout is as awkward as its name. "Dark chocolate" is the idiom; what is "Black Chocolate?" Or is it "Black Stout?" Aren't they all? Perhaps the brewers are trying to suggest that this beer is beyond dark. That is, it is so dark it's black. Perhaps. But, like its name, something about this beer seems slightly off.

Its pour suggests as much. Even held up right against a strong light source, the body of this black beer doesn't allow any light to shine through. Its mocha head rises and falls quickly. Nice.

The nose presents the first conundrum. The deep, roasted aromas of chocolate and coffee are there, but right in the middle sits the strong smell of alcohol. At 10.0% ABV, this is to be expected, but the smell doesn't seem well-integrated.

The taste is similar. The chocolate malts are delicious. Hints of prunes and raisins tease the palate, but are overpowered by the taste of alcohol. The flavors are not in balance here. I like a beer with a high ABV, but the alcohol must play a palpable role. In this case, the malt flavors and bittering hops are nicely balanced, but the alcohol is clumsy.

The mouthfeel is what one expects from a beer with a full body and no substantial head: Rich and chewy, but not entirely satisfying.

Black Chocolate Stout is not a beer I'd buy again. I tried pairing it with foods that generally do well with Russian Imperial Stouts. Dark mint chocolate was the only one that could stand up to it.

GMB, Oct 03, 2012
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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,732 ratings.