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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,722 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,722
Reviews: 2,648
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 329
Gots: 924 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Andy1022, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

wtfdic, Aug 21, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.9%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

bigbeers84, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

marine1975, Aug 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

JBarx, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

lupercmda, Aug 19, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Review: Poured from bottle into Westvleteren tulip. This is the winter 2011/2012 vintage. Less than a finger of dark mocha head thins out to almost nothing, leaving the glass looking like a cup of black coffee. I have to say the color is pretty much black, but if I look closely enough at the edge of the beer in the glass, I can make out some dark browns and reds. Smell consists of sweet coffee with loads of brown sugar, bitter chocolate, sweet floral notes, maltiness, maybe some molasses. For me, the taste is dominated by bitter chocolate and artificial coffee. There are hints of oatmeal, malt, and this metallic flavor that I'm not a fan of, probably just the bottle. Mouthfeel is rendered bitter and sharp as a result, unfortunate because I bet this is much better fresh, but do not know for sure. I give this a 4 overall, and hope to have a fresh bottle in the winter.

Re-reviewing this beer, 12-13 vintage. Poured into a Founders snifter. Huge dark tan three finger head, spills over. Recedes to a thin layer with some dark tan lacing. Almost black in color, looks like an amazing stout.

Aroma is rather subdued, not too different from what I remember last time. Nonetheless, roasted malt dominates, with chocolate and coffee notes to follow. Smell intensifies as beer warms.

For taste, re: smell. Though at first, chocolate is ever-so-slightly present. What I get most is malt, roasted malt, and more malt. Chocolate and coffee are very much secondary. As it warms, which I recommend, chocolate becomes much more noticeable and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel calms down too as a result of warming up a bit. Very smooth and sweet.

Overall, this is a very decent stout, but recommend enjoying after a bit of warming. Cheers.

rodlavers, Aug 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Soneast, Aug 18, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost black in colour with a deep brown two fingered head that retains and laces well. very impressive.

S - Roasted sweet malts, dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee that is very prominent.

T - Sweet malts, chocolate and some cherrries throughout but get the coffee and a slightly boozy finish at the finish.

M - Fairly viscous and full bodied with medium carbonation.

O - An impressive beer this one. A massive stout that is full of complex flavours although a little boozy on the finish. Highly recommend.

PolarBear3, Aug 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

diverite, Aug 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Keith_R, Aug 14, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

***2010-11 Vintage***

Thanks to wordemupg for a mini vertical of this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before a rubbed out month in 2013.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark chestnut brown with mild red clay hues. Thick as night with 2-3 fingers of head. Settles to a fat creamy ring with some lacing.

Smell: Alcohol soaked raisins, oatmeal cookies, chunks of chocolate, dates.

Taste: Begins with a rich decadent chocolate with a nice espresso but the finishes with an abrasive and chalky chocolate flavor. Permeates for a good while but when warm it's better and has a sweet macadamia nut flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness gets to the enjoyment of this. Harsh and though it smooths out, it still leaves a not so pleasant impression.

Overall: Have had this at 3 separate occasions and not entirely impressed. There are better ones out there for sure.

papat444, Aug 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

slowdaddy, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Mike925, Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jhhollier, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

rpstevens, Aug 08, 2012
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4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An 11-12 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep black with a small mocha colored head. This is what imperial stouts are supposed to look like.

S: Smells of burnt dark chocolate. I caught some alcohol on the nose along with some roasted malts and some toffee sweetness.

T: Dark chocolate is the star here. I also caught some java and roasted malts. The alcohol presence is pretty much non existent which allows the flavors I've described to really shine.

M: A medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. Pretty much a standard feel. Nothing to write home about.

Overall: This is definitely my favorite low cost stout. A great value and this brew really shines after having a year on it. The chocolate taste is very prominent in this and the subtle complexities really allow this to come together.

RichD, Aug 06, 2012
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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,722 ratings.