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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: 315
Gots: 887 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

taddehaven, Mar 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

abmhighrise, Mar 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

mcgrodan, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

OldTime, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out very black with a small mocha head. Lots of legs in the glass. Lots of roasty aromas straight off the pour. In the glass, there's rich chocolate. The taste is a delightful balance of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, although as it warms a touch of sourness starts to present itself. Full mouthfeel, but highly drinkable thanks to a moderate carbonation level.

kscaldef, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

donquixote, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Grinnerman, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

neckbracesub, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

SquidVicious, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Thads324
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2521 1230 on the bottle
Pours a jet black with a tight, small bubbled dark tan head. Dissipates quickly. Light ringed lacing.
Aroma is of fruity esters and some chocolate malt. Light roast. A lot of rubbing alcohol aroma in the end.
Flavor starts slow and sweet. roasted, nearly burnt chestnuts, some faint caramel and heavy roasted malts. Slightly fruity sweet. Ends with a bitter malt flavor. A lot of heat at the end.
Very smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel. The effervescence tingles and while light, carries the flavor well.

Entirely too much boozy flavor and over done roasted malt. I'll let it age more in hopes it'll calm down and mellow. I'll return to this one when it's time.

Thads324, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

kaelingirl, Mar 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

durkle, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

Pours black and thick. One.5 finger deep tan head, very dense. Decent retention, and some elegant lacing. I like it.

Smell is rich, chocolatey, and slightly boozy in a way that I like. The booze comes more as a fullness than sharpness, with rich caramel. Main complaint is that it's a little faint, but I suspect that will change as it warms up.

Taste is deep and complex, though I'd like a bit less bitterness in the back end. Slightly smoky wood, chocolate, caramel. It has a slightly burnt taste, that lays on top of those delicious chocolatey malts, and doesn't quite let them shine through. Finishes rather bitter, thanks to some hops and some char. Pretty darn good, but so close to being so much better. Alcohol is very well hidden.

I LOVE the mouthfeel on this beer. So silky smooth. Heavy and thick, but the carbonation keeps it fluffy. Long-lasting chewy finish. Wow.

A very tasty stout. Just like that, my glass is almost empty. Chewy and complex. One of the better widely-available imperial stouts I've had, though I find the roast a little heavy, leading to a notable bitterness. The mouthfeel is simply exquisite.

zeledonia, Mar 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

carrollmel7, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

partypak, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

epicbeard85, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of syrupjoe
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter. Pours pitch brown (no light coming through) with a roasty tan creamy 1.5 finger head.

Nose: Licorice, cocoa, dark fruit, vanilla, oak.

Taste: Smoke, dark chocolate, fig, black cherry, aspirin bitterness.

Clean but very bitter finish. Moderately low carbonation. Residual roasted malt flavor. Overall a good but not great RIS. Won't seek out but would drink one if someone offered it.

syrupjoe, Mar 04, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Motor oil black with ruby highlights on the edges. A thin, tan head came and went. Great lacing.

S: A nice, malty/chocolate concoction with licorice backup. Dark fruits. Some smokiness.

T: Expresso, astringent. Those 6 varieties of malts creep in along with that 10% alcohol. Slightly bitter, chocolate-y finish. Even smoother as it warms.

M: medium, creamy. Big bodied. Really coats the tongue.

O: A fine IRS. Would compare to Stone IRS and slightly below Old Rasputin. Recommended. A great sipper. Now time for a nap.

brewskifan55, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Acforster2, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Hanzo, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout has a thin, tan head and a very dark brown appearance. The aroma is of grain husks, dark chocolate, dark-roasted chocolate, fudge, and molasses. Taste is of dark-roasted grain, dark chocolate, sweetness, and syrup. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout finishes dry and heavy. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


RonaldTheriot, Mar 03, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 11/12 bottling.

Pours very, very black with a finger of tan head. On the nose,
licorice, cocoa powder and an illusion of sweetness that is absent from the palate altogether. Tantalizing.

Taste wise, a rush of astringent roasted malt. Bitter chocolate first and foremost, licorice, coffee, the slightest hints dark stonefruit, vegemite and pepper. Gosh. Full-on, and delicious. 10% alcohol and not afraid to show it. Pretty big hop bite on it at this age too. A monster.

Softly carbonated and medium bodied. A beer deserving of an epic meal or special occasion... that said, I'm drinking it alongside a tin of baked beans while watching Eastbound & Down in my underwear. Still works. I will buy a whole bunch more of this and see what some age does to a couple of them, if I can resist. Magic.

Parrotshake, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

chim52chim, Mar 03, 2012
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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