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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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2,735 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,735
Hads: 6,337
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 406
Gots: 1,297 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Reviews: 2,735 | Hads: 6,337
Photo of VicBorghiani
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the favorite's from BB. Pour on a 6oz plastic cup from the Brewery. Had this stout at least four times on the tour. There's a hint of chocolate to it .....great aroma indeed. This is a top notch beer and would highly recommend.

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Photo of brap
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This chocolate stout retains bitter and earthy flavors. Not as "chocolaty" as some others I've tried recently, which I actually prefer. Spicy, meaty, and smokey. Think mole rather than Mars Bar. Not my favorite offering by Brooklyn Brewery. I absolutely adore Local 2 which is one of my favorite beers but this is certainly interesting and complex.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3-13-15. Brandy Snifter. Bottle 2663 1333 (December 2013 release).

Appearance: Great smoke on popping the cap. Pours a deep black, totally opaque. Thin, tan cap fades to spotty islands of tan bubbles. Retains that tan skim down to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Sweet, fruity, some alcohol. Malt. Grapey, smoky.

Taste: Savory, meaty, salty, bitter, medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, slick, no carbonation.

Overall: A year old. What a year. This is so big, so bold, and slightly unpleasant. Sip slowly. Perhaps because the snow has melted, I am not feeling this; I love the aroma, and don't care for the taste. I love BBCS [one of my favorite brews, period], but I think maybe it's better without the age! [Or at least a full year of age].

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Photo of drmeto
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-pours the darkest of brown with a creamy,khaki head
-no light coming through
-Plums,raisins and figs coming through as the Beer warms up
-strong coffee and mocha finish
-medium-full body,low-medium carbonation
-not boozy at all
A great Imperial Stout

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Photo of hopsputin
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: a super rich and luxurious dark black color. like motor oil. head pours tan, and is about 2 fingers at first, but dies down to a thin film on top

s: a combination of dark and milk chocolate. sweet berries, roasted malts, some generic dark fruits, vanilla. ends with a smooth aroma of caramel

t: taste follows the nose. milk chocolate, huge malt sweetness, sweet raisins, plums and figs, toasted malts, molasses, a nice leathery flavor with some more chocolate (similar to what you'd get in an old ale), and the mildest alcohol tinge to help balance the sweetness

m: heavy. carbonation level is pretty high as well considering how heavy the mouthfeel is - thats not a criticism, just an observation

o: whoa. seriously impressed with this. its heavy, for sure. the taste is sweet, yet not overpowering. its malts and chocolate. its a sipper beer that will put meat on your bones. as said before: i'm impressed

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Photo of Ferran
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 14-15.
Boníssima però gairebé sense gas ni espuma.
Tot i ser del mateix any, potser ha tingut problemes amb el transport.
Per tornar-ne a comprar i provar-la de guardar un temps.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark. With dark tan head. Minimal lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, chocolate and dark malts? Taste is defintley strong, boozy mouthful. Almost tastes like a porter to me, chocolate and robust. Thick, hearty, full of flavor. Very strong... goes nice with Muenster cheese.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, tan head

S: Alcohol forward, faint roast

T: Some sweetness up front, dark chocolate, then faint fruitiness along with alcohol heat. Finishes with roasted dark chocolate.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation

O: Can't wait to see how a year changes this one!

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Photo of MatthewSDraper
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoy this beer. It's at a great price, looks, smells, and tastes great... It just works for me. Has become one of my favorites along with Founder Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of dleigh
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I kept going back and forth between "wow, cool chocolate notes" and "meh, this is okay" while drinking this beer. Not quite sure why, but it just didn't jive with me.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

so many roasted & smoky chocolate-y flavors I don't know where to begin.
lots of body, nice deep tan head that laces nicely.
boozy without being crushing on the ABV. leaves a nice warmth in your gullet. easy to drink.

one of the better chocolate stouts I've tried, and a must try if you like deep complex chocolate or imperial stouts.

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Photo of mchegash
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pours pitch black, with about a finger of dark tan-brown head. Dissipates down to a thin layer of head.

Smell - 3.5/5
Strong chocolate smells along with a little alcohol smell. Perhaps a slight breadiness as well. The aroma is not sweet.

Taste - 4/5
Chocolate, slightly sweet. Cocoa, slightly fruity malts. Small alcohol taste is detectable.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body. Smooth. Little to no bitterness. Carbonation is light.

Overall - 4/5
This is a decent beer. The chocolate taste is nice. I would have liked a more complex smell and taste. And perhaps a tiny bit more carbonation. Otherwise, a good Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of MTLDOG
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a perfect black with a light brown/dark khaki head. 1 finger, some lacing. The nose is dark chocolate. Not pure cocoa but rather strong 75-80% dark chocolate because there is a sweetness in there. Some coffee notes but I can only really describe that as a Vienna roasted burnt coffee. It tastes very assertive at first but really smooths out as you go. At first it seemed a bit boozy but I was drinking it a bit too cold. As it warmed the complexity of this beer really came out. Creamy mouthfeel, perfect gentle carbonation. Finishes a bit sweet and malty and not roasted and bitter enough for my taste of Russian imperial stouts. This was a very good beer and it has some potency too at 10% abv.

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Photo of HansFranz1
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Lace: 140 plus SHV factor, creamy, chewable, delightful depth, strong Cocoa and espresso infusion, lack of turpid creates a wonderful dark beauty, pure Russian poetry in a glass.

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is cocoa, chocolate with faint espresso but not a lot of roast. Pours very dark brown to black under a vigorous, finely bubbled, persistent, lacy light tan cap. The palate has chocolate flavors from the malts blending with the added chocolate flavors over a variety of grain flavors and hints of caramel. It finishes with lingering bittersweet chocolate flavors. Very well balanced. The texture is very creamy, close to a nitro beer and is very full bodied to chewy. The carbonation is very fine and soft.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Dark chocolate, licorice and slight coffee aroma. Maltiness is more light bodied with a stronger black licorice taste. You can detect some dark chocolate smoothness. Hints of coffee at the end. Not much of a roasted taste, which I come to expect from Imperial stouts. A little too much licorice for my taste as well. It does hide the alcohol very well. Probably could have used some more aging to bring out the chocolate taste better.

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Photo of Mateer
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: From a 12 oz long neck from a 4 pack with date. Says the 2014-2015 season.

Appearance: Like it says...black. I can't even see through it when I hold it up to a light. Maybe a little brown. Superb lacing that remains in it's place. Moderate carbonation is present but it's hard to see because of the black.

Smell: Coffee and yeast, fresh bread like smell.

Taste: Dark robust coffee, dark bitter chocolate, burnt malt undertones, some sweetness (that is thankfully fleeting), and then hops are present towards the end to complement the coffee and dark chocolate.

Overall: This is one of my favorite stouts. High ABV with a prefect pairing of chocolate and coffee. A lot of times these double stouts or high ABV stouts have a sickly sweet taste and aftertaste that prevails. This one avoids that brewing mistake and gives you what you want from a stout...something to get through the frigid cold of winter. I highly recommend this brew!

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Photo of beer488
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark pour with thin short lasting head. Roasted malt nose and dark chocolate. Sweet bitter taste. For a beginning beer drinker, this is kind of strong. A little chocolate, a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into stout snifter. Dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet to start with dark chocolate and vanilla flavors then switches to moderately bitter featuring coffee roasted malts, and anise. Alcohol is not masked. Medium body, creamy texture, medium-light carbonation, long bitter roasty finish with warming from the alcohol.

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Photo of guityler83
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A finger of tan, long sustaining head poured from the bottle then slid into the pitch black beer leaving behind a trail of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Moderate sweet chocolate, cocoa and toffee aroma. no hops. Light alcohol/ethenol. roasty and ashy notes mild to moderate.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate and slight roasted character. Middle malts with toast, cookies and sweet toffee. Sweetness overall is mellow and not clowing. Slight underlying nutty flavor. hop bitterness is mild. Balance is on the roast and chocolate malts.

M:Big round viscous body with a creamy mouthfeel. Mild carbonation and slight parching dryness on the tongue from the roasted malts. Medium alcohol warming.

O: A chocolate forward, creamy stout that paired great with a big piece of german chocolate cake.

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin bubbly head that sticks around for a while. Medium carbonation, dark-brown essentially black. (3/3)
S: Light chocolate and sweet malt with a healthy amount of ethanol. (9/12)
T: Chocolate much more solid with a metallic middle and bitter coffee finish. (16/20)
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing special. (4/5)
O: It’s a strong chocolate stout, that’s for sure. Would have liked a little more chocolate or coffee to balance out the metallic taste and alcohol burn, but it’s certainly not a bad beer. Pair this guy with a sweet dessert or some dark meat, and it’ll take the edge off. (7/10)

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: black black black with pinky size head that leaves in hurry
S: dark coffee beans dipped in dark chocolate
T: same as smell with little alcohol and malt finish
F: smooth and creamy
O: this is a great stout even if u do not like stouts this is a must try 10% of pure happiness

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing stout indeed. Super fragrant and tasty, dark chocolate and coffee play between a wonderful roasted malt backdrop. Plenty of alcohol warmth and a sweet, fudge finish make this simply wonderful. Super creamy, full body. One of the best stouts, and best values, available today.

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Photo of auswild
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding stout indeed, although I certainly notice an inconsistency with the strength of the chocolate flavor from bottle to bottle. However, putting any imperfections aside, it's still a highly drinkable 10% ABV beer.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage served into tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Look: Deep opaque black with ruby edges. Generous dark tan head develops with nice cascading effect, settling to a film with bubbles and lacing around the edges.

Smell: Roasty, boozy, fruity

Taste: sweet roasted malt with fruity alcoholic twang, very mild bitterness towards the finish. Strong alcoholic signature.

Feel: Smooth mouthfeel, thick body

Overall: A very complete imperial stout, with a complex palate and a fine presentation. In the end, it may be a bit on the sweet side for my taste and the alcohol is more apparent than with some stouts of this strength. Overall, though, a really fine brew.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,735 ratings.