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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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5,435 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,435
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 279
Gots: 832 | FT: 49
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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.

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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - very dark, short but lasting foam.

S - very mild and not impressive.

T - chocolate and that is about it. Good, but like the smell, not impressive. It isn't bad, but it simply isn't as good as one would want.

M - rather tingly as if highly carbonated.

D - so so... I will pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:28:54 | More by biglite351
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VikingBeer

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a review transcribed from the notebook I thought I lost last year and just found, which gave me the push to start reviewing again. 12-oz bottle of the '08-09 vintage, kept in the fridge for about a month and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: 2-stage pour yields 1" dark-tan head, receding to 1/2" that stays in the glass and leaves thick lacing. Beer is black as hell and almost totally opaque.

S: A deep sniff opens with a blast of bitter/burnt chocolate malt, boozy alcohol, and a touch of STRONG Turkish coffee. The aroma lingers and evolves, with touches of rum, port, and dark cherries (chocolate-covered, perhaps?).

T: First sip brings a big hit of bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt upfront leading to boozy navy-rum flavors in the middle, with a sharp whiff of fusels going up my nose. On the back of my tongue comes the sweetness, with a slight ruby-port flavor and a hint of more cherries. Coffee notes prevail throughout, akin to the darkest of espresso beans covered with 85% chocolate. Aftertaste displays yet more complexity, with hints of dark-fruit Jelly Beans (whatever the hell those purple ones are). Hops appear mainly as a slight spiciness in the aftertaste, with hints of cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Subsequent sips seem to reveal a greater sweetness under all the sharp, bitter burnt-chocolate flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is excellent; smooth and slightly viscous, with just the right hint of carbonation.

D: Definitely a bit raw, especially compared to an aged '07-08 I had a few weeks ago (I reviewed it, but I lost the damn notes). Though I would only drink one of this fresh batch in a sitting, BBCS is still dangerously smooth-bodied and warming.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 20:25:51 | More by VikingBeer
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bbeerman

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A..A gorgeous dark brown, bordering on black. Reminds me of velvet.

S..Hints of chocolate and roasted malt. A slight hint of hops in my glass.

T..Amazing taste! The very dark chocolate taste hits at the beginning and the end of each sip and appears to evolve throughout the sip. This has to be the best chocolate beer I have enjoyed to date (compared with others like Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence), perhaps because I prefer dark chocolate...or perhaps because it is just that perfect. Dark malt flavor is also present.

M..Nice and heavy like a Russian Imperial Stout should be. This brew keeps getting better as I drink.

D..Easy to drink for a heavy Imperial Stout that has a 10% ABV. I would advise to take it easy since the ABV is so high, but that is easier said than done considering the marvelous taste of this near perfect recipe. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 07:47:55 | More by bbeerman
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Ntohing special.

Pours dark jet black. Visually like oil, very little foam or other activity.

Rich roasted chocolately smell. Some coffee.

Taste -chew and rich. Profound hop backing bitterness like dark chocolate/espresso. Very bitter close.

Drink this one slowly - savor the taste. Not for faint of heart. Enjoyable, but not a multiple. Drinkability fades with quantity.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 12:58:06 | More by KTCamm
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afausser

Montana

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

Appearance: Pours a thick, opaque, pitch black ink, with a decently sized tan head and nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate, with nice dark malt flavors. Smells predominantly of the chocolate, but there are also sweet molasses notes.

Taste: Chocolate again, with roast coffee and a bit of toast/burnt bready malt notes. There's a slight bitter coffee and hops aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated (maybe slightly too much, though?) and warm going down. It's amazing that the ABV doesn't show through more given the high carbonation for the style.

Drinkability: Getting down more than one glass of anything at 10% is quite an accomplishment--this one is very smooth and delicious, and goes down decently easily.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 19:54:49 | More by afausser
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jdklks

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent looking RIS. A little too light for my taste and barely any head with an aggressive pour. What there is of carbonation is a light brown mixed with tan. A lighter black bordering on dark brown, with dark amber edges. When backlit, nearly half the body is transparent. The smell is good, but not as pungent as I like it to be. Lots of roasted and chocolate malts. Some black licorice perhaps, and some sweetness. A hint of hoppiness as well.

This one is a letdown. I'm not impressed at all. Very average RIS. The chocolate is much too bitter and seems to compete with the hop profile on that account. The beer is too roasty all the way through, not allowing for any sweetness to add complexity. Super dry all the way through. Some tobacco notes. Not very complex, and not very interesting.

The mouthfeel is thicker than it looks, and even a little bit more carbonated than the lack of head would allow you to believe. It's decent, but leaves the palate and the tongue really dry. For drinkability I've averaged the taste and mouthfeel scores, because both contribute to how much I would drink of this beer, and neither is particularly outstanding. I'm disappointed, I really thought I would like this one. Oh well, on to the next!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 06:05:42 | More by jdklks
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome brew. Pours completely black with a nice deep tan head that takes a while to dissipate and leaves great lacing. beer lets no light through at all. Smells of dark chocolate and toffee, with a nice coffee aroma. taste is even better than the smell, with hoppy bitterness up front slowly changing into a rich chocolate flavor. Awesome tasting beer. Really coats the mouth. Great for a winter night.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 04:38:00 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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jpro

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (Winter 09-10) into a snifter - appears to be completely black, perfectly obsidian and opaque; head is pretty small but is a nice light brown. Aroma is chocolate (duh!), with some hints of currants and molasses. The taste of sweet, dark chocolate gives way to a dry roastiness and finishes with a touch of alcohol and bitterness - pretty complex and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and velvety smooth. Fairly drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 01:35:22 | More by jpro
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zimm421

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark, completely solid black, with a good tan head, that never completely dissipates, and leaves great lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malts with some coffee, but the dark chocolate scents dominate the nose. Nothing too overpowering, but has a nice nose too it. The taste follows the nose fairly well with the dark, bittersweet chocolate dominating, and coffee and roasted malts hiding in the background. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, and fits well with the rest of the flavors.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but does have a decent amount of carbonation. This finishes with a good alcohol burn, and you can feel it go down your throat, and warm you as you drink. This is also very drinkable, as it goes down very smooth and the flavors go together so well. Mix this together with some chocolates, and flavors that come together are simply incredible.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:02:57 | More by zimm421
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid looking inky black RIS with a deep tan head that left quickly. The nose of the beer is incredibly complex with mainly a fruity sweet alcohol coupled with chocolate, molasses, black currants and some notes coffee. Initially the beer strikes the palate with a strong molasses flavour which evolves into a slightly sweet aftertaste and a bitter aftertaste on the palate. Not as complex as the nose, nor as inviting, but still quite enjoyable. Covers the mouth thickly and lingers. Lightly carbonated. Makes an enjoyable sipper on a Friday in winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 01:10:09 | More by kjyost
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irishking1977

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Evil looking black liquid with a small tan head that disappears, leaving moderate lacing. Above average looking RIS.

S: Mild, bitter chocolate notes. Some malt as well. Sweet, sugary aromas are barely perceivable, but it's there nonetheless.

T: Smoky/sweet maltiness and some bitter chocolate. Caramel and coffee finish. Decent RIS, but nothing earth shattering. They should probably put the word "chocolate" in really small print, because other than chocolate malts that were probably used, there is no substantial chocolate taste to this brew. Just mild bitter chocolate notes.

M: Chalky and less than moderately carbonated. Not as filling as it appears. Which is a good thing.

D: Surprisingly drinkable, even with a 10% + abv. Alcohol is completely hidden, which means to me that this one is brewed with balance in mind. Deceiving brew, good balance, but lacking a bit in taste. Would probably be a good introduction to someone attempting to get into stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 01:31:35 | More by irishking1977
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed in a Duvel snifter with a 6 oz. pour from a 12 oz. bottle.

A rather hard pour produces a black body that opaque along with a tan billowy head that isn't chunky, but flat.

Aromas of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, not really any hop aromas.

Tasted is bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee. Initially sweet and and bitter on the finish. Some alcohol heat is noticeable in the finish. Perhaps a hint of smokiness as well. The alcohol heat builds with warmth. I would love this aged, but right now it drinks a bit rough.

Mouthcoating is tremendous. Full bodied and chewy.
After recently having Sexual Chocolate, this beer is not quite as big and full, but they are similiar beers. Aging about a year or so does them well.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 21:02:28 | More by rtratzlaff
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alkemy

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark opaque brown pour with a darkish tan head. Dark burnt orange highlighting on the edges of the glass when held to light. Lots of sweet malt in the nose. Dark fruits like raisin, fig, and cherry. The scent gives off the aroma of a high ABV brew. I've got to honest here, I didn't get any chocolate aromas until after I had a drink. I get a sour cherry note first and a lingering coffee/espresso last. In between there is some roasty burnt goodness and more of the dark fruits...maybe a touch of prune juice. Alcohol is supremely well hidden. This is very smooth and rich. I really dig the taste...probably because it's a slightly different interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 02:02:13 | More by alkemy
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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

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

A: An incredibly dark brown, with big, thick, frothy, tan head that leaves behind great brown rings of lacing.

S: Big chocolate aroma, followed by some major boozy notes.

T: Huge flavor of chocolate and malt, just great. Nice roasted flavor, a hint of coffee backing, more mocha, I guess. Can't say enough positive things about this. Slight after taste of booze at the end, in a good way.

M: A great full body, excellent creaminess. The high ABV is masked incredibly well.

D: It doesn't get much better than Brooklyn BCS. Incredibly enjoyable, watch out for the 10%+ ABV. Sit down on a cold day and drink away.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 17:57:16 | More by mostpoetsdo
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been trying this one for a while. Decided to do the official review...

A: Perfectly pitch black with a tiny mocha head that quickly fades.

S: Smells good. I get chocolate, raisin, and oakiness upfront. Not as strong of a scent as I'd like, but a great scent once I get a handle on it.

T: Good taste. Hops upfront with a hint of subtle chocolate on the backend. Good brew.

M: A hint too much carbonation for my taste, but still decent.

D: Goes down fairly easy. Hops make it a little heavy upfront, but otherwise good.

All in all, this is a good easy-to-attain brew. If you're looking for a dark brew that is easy to drink and still get a nice buzz, then this is definitely your beer. Awesome to get a 4 pack and cherish on your taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 03:03:40 | More by steve8robin
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 09-10 bottle. 10% abv.

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours about a finger of tan head. Fades to a thinner layer, but leaves some really nice lace walls. Color pours a dark copper brown, but in the class it is completely black.

Aroma: Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa right off the top. Some cherries, raisins, roasted malts. The aroma is very sweet, almost like candy. There is also some bitter hops in the background. I am really enjoying the aroma of this one.

Taste: Very roasted and toasty in a good way. It is a cold winter night and this beer is keeping me warm. Lots of rich coffee and caramel malty flavors. The grassy hops are a lot more present in the taste. Some light tart cherries are present along with a hint of molasses. Again, a sweet taste, but not as sweat as the aroma. It is almost a delicate RIS and I like it for that.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasted. Pretty full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, this was a very solid beer. I drank it near cellar temp which was a good idea. I got a lot of flavors and it seemed to be a more unique RIS. I really liked it and can't wait to see what a year will do to this one. Fairly drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 03:00:15 | More by mothman
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black body with a thin tan head.

S- Quick whiff of alcohol with a nice profile of chocolate malt and a faint roasted aroma.

T- Roasted malt with a big profile of chocolate malt, the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering; there is a very faint smokey/burnt taste as well. Has a dryer finish with a lingering notes from the chocolate malt.

M- Creamy, smooth and very full.

D- Definitely a top-notch RIS; great with some Stilton blue. I kept half of my four-pack back for aging; i'm expecting good things.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 14:41:08 | More by TommyW
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Richardberg

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a pint glass. Thick and absolutely jet black regardless of lighting. No head at first but as the pour settled a small, dense, dark brown foam appeared. Didn't last very long or leave any lacing though.

S - dark chocolate syrup, hint of black cherry

T - strong character of roasty boozy malts. bitter side is more coffee-like than chocolaty. has some syrupy sweetness counterbalancing things, though, and even a slight fruitiness toward the end. definitely finishes bitter though.

M - thick, heavy, sticky...in short, decadent. A little more creaminess (a la oatmeal stouts) would make it "perfect" (to my personal preference), albeit outside the RIS standard. As a straight up style exemplar, its feel is darn near perfect.

D - the ABV is definitely noticeable but there's nothing gratuitous about the strength. Just the right match for this depth of flavor, without becoming hard to finish. Wouldn't have more than one, but that's not the point.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 03:40:26 | More by Richardberg
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morimech

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle is the 07-08 vintage.

Pours very dark almost solid black with one inch of dense mocha colored head. The head did not have the greatest retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Rich aroma of roasted and chocolate malt. Hints of dark fruit, coffee, and brown sugar. Alcohol is barely noticed.

The flavor was not as robust as the aroma but it still is quite good. More coffee than chocolate. Bittersweet throughout. Faint whisps of smoke. Hints of cherries and dark fruit. Alcohol remarkably is kept in check and does not get in the way of the malt flavor.

Big and bold in body. Very nice texture. Silky and smooth.

For such a big, high ABV stout it is remarkably drinkable. My bottle had a couple of years to age, and it aged well.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 17:44:56 | More by morimech
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kirkpjr

Alabama

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick syrupy pour. One finger of light brown head forms at the top of the glass.

S: Sweet roasted malts dominate the smell. Chocolate comes through as well. Alot of stuff going on here. Notes of sweet dark fruits.

T: Mmmm, dark chocolate flavors with the traditional roasted barley. Not as dominate of stout flavor as others I've had with the same ABV. I couldn't really detect the alcohol at all. Rich sweet flavors with a minimal hop bite in the finish.

M: Creamy and thick. Feels like a dessert going down.

D: Tough to say I would want more than one of these in a sitting. Nice beer on a cold rainy night though.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:38:10 | More by kirkpjr
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drifter29

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just finished shoveling 2 feet of snow and settled in to sample 2 bottles (thanks Ned)

A - Pours almost black with a firm, tan head that lingers

S - Malty and earthy

T - Smooth and creamy up front with a strong malty finish

M - Great texture and body

D - Not a session beer but a great accent to a steak

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 19:34:22 | More by drifter29
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HopHead29

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into nonic vintage winter 2008-2009

Pours pitch black with super dark tan head. leaves a few rings of lacing.

smell is of dark chocolate and firewood

Taste, big time hot chocolate taste. lots of chocolate and very warming alcohol. with a bitter finish

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 05:55:46 | More by HopHead29
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A , pours an opaque almost jet black, with a massive 2+ finger width coffee colored head, that was very bubbly. Decent retention that dissipated to a thick film. Moderate lacing.

Smell: A , Strong milk chocolate and coffee aromas. Wonderful aroma.

Taste: A- , The initial sip is packed in with flavor. Strong expresso character with an earthy malt balance. After the initial sip the malt characters being to take over giving an earthy, grassy taste to the beer. The milk chocolate I expected from the smell never really comes outs, but as the beer warms in hand the roasted flavors begin to come out, and the dark chocolate characters strengthen to balance out the unpleasant grassy accents that dominated earlier in the drink. This beer definately gets better as it warms. The coffee flavors finally come back towards the end of the drink, and the alcohol that was masked very well also shows towards the very end. Finishes very strong, which was a pleasant surpirse.

Mouthfeel: A, medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation, and a smoothness towards the end that I really enjoyed.

Drinkability: A , it does a good job of hiding the ABV and is very drinkable despite the strong complex flavors.

Overall this is a very good beer. Not my favorite RIS but its up there. Definately worth a try, and I will be sure to try this one again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 02:48:01 | More by zac16125
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beeragent

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown forming a 1/2 inch mocha head. Medium lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malts and cocoa dominat the nose, with a very noticeable alcohol aroma throughout, as to be expected of an IRS.

T - Roasted malts and chocolate malts mixed coat the palate. Very thick. The chocolate malts do not come through the mix nearly enough though. The alcohol content becomes very apparent in the finish. As far as IRS's go, this one does not hide the alcohol as well as others. Very delicious flavor overall.

M - Heavy bodied with a bit more carbonation than expected. Very smooth considering the carbonation and abv.

D - Not the best IRS available but still highly enjoyable. Great flavor and smooth thick body. I thought there would be more of a chocolate malt presence in the taste, but IMO the roasted malts dominated the flavor. Defintely worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 19:39:10 | More by beeragent
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip at 'garage' temperature, which was still a bit too cool for this one, definitely better once warms up a bit.

Aggressive pour created espresso cloud with lacing that dotted the glass throughout. Smells of coffee, and deeply roasted almost burnt malt. Hints of dark chocolate, but neither chocolate nor coffee is overwhelming here, more dark roasted malt, which I prefer over the Founders Breakfast Stout, which is more overt with coffee and chocolate.

Good mouthfeel, more carbonated than expected, and noticeable alcohol, definitely a one-per for me. Really enjoyed sipping it though and again, gets better as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 01:45:34 | More by DAllspaw
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,435 ratings.