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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,609
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 316
Gots: 888 | FT: 50
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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3/5  rDev -27.7%

TimH, May 19, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Bottled 8/30/2011.

Appearance - Black with a nice buildup of a mocha head. Not much room for it in this glass, but it's there. Settles quickly with some decent lacing for 10%.

Smell - Chocolate through and through. Molasses rounds it out. Overload of both aromas, really. I like it, though. Just a touch of hop in the aroma as well.

Taste - Initial smack of chocolate and molasses, but it's immediately followed by a hefty dose of hop bitterness. Not really a well-defined hop bite. Just bitter throughout, especially in the finish. Drowns out a lot of the flavors. The finish is a touch grassy with an intense roast malt finish. Almost burnt.

Mouthfeel - Not pleasant. The bitterness is intense and the beer thins out at the very end, leaving a strong carbonation and hop feel instead of a nice creamy stout feel. What gives?

Overall - First half of the beer is good, the second half is lacking. Overly hopped? Not really, as the hop flavor doesn't come through clearly. It's that burnt flavor at the end that's the most off-putting. Luckily a lot of the other flavors salvage this one.

Alieniloquium, May 17, 2012
Photo of oliverwren
4/5  rDev -3.6%

oliverwren, May 17, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours your standard jet-RIS-black with a really nice finger-plus of a creamy, mocha toned head; very respectable retention and outstanding walls of lacing. just an A+ presentation... stands apart even within the style.

in the nose i get a ton of dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and maybe a subdued dark fruity note or two in the background. great aroma.

taste is very good albeit slighty disappointing, though on the latter count mostly considering the build-up of its appearance and smell; flavor mostly follows the nose though has some bitterness to it and is not quite as robust as the aroma indicated. alcohol is perhaps not as well-hidden as it could be. still, the main players (roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, a touch of dark fruit) are present and accounted for.

for an RIS (an arena teeming with worthy foes), the mouthfeel is just OK, a bit - a bit - on the watery side; doesn't have the chewy, velvety-ness i look for. adequate carbonation... decent drinkability, more a sipper than something you'd want a few of, but a beer i'll definitely seek out again (especially considering its very reasonable price).

originally reviewed: 10-25-2010

BostonHops, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

vonnegut21, May 16, 2012
Photo of Shrews
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served - bottle into a Mug

Pours a beautiful dark brown/black color with a lacy head that connects to the mug.

Very strong chocolate malty scent. Very wholesome.

Very strong chocolate and malts with some carbonation as well. Dark roasted malts.

Strong roasty malt after taste with some carbonation as you first taste it.

A wonderful stout that fills you up and makes ya remember it. Love the chocolate aftertaste mixed with dark roasted malts.

Shrews, May 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

burningsnailman, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

smi, May 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

docrates, May 14, 2012
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

THEOPTIMATOR88, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

PatGreer, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

dspencer714, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

ejimhof, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

closisinthehouse, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

rtaps, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Edruil, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

abrodsky, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Mebuzzard, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

JustinMatthew, May 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

oneturbucfan, May 06, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.9%

Metal4Breakfast, May 05, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't add to 2500 reviews, but can note that it was not a particularly good looking beer, (no head no lace) nor was it obvious that it was a 10 %- er. Actually thought by the flavour profile was much less.

Masses of roast malts and chocolate drive an overall middling complexity experience, so while good was not great.

Won't buy again, too many other RISs competing for dollar.

heygeebee, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

JaeTea, May 04, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.9%

Rau71, May 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

olympicgatorade, May 01, 2012
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,609 ratings.