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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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5,379 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,379
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 277
Gots: 823 | FT: 48
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Comes out of the bottle a rich, nearly opaque sable with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is strong and inviting, like semi-sweet chocolate mixed with roast coffee. Flavor is chocolaty and has undertones of coffee and smoke, with a touch of hoppy bitterness. Texture is silky-smooth and has a good tingle. Lip-smacking and very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 01:51:18 | More by Cyberkedi
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright I'm tasting this as a vertical with my brother. 05-06, 07-08, 08-09. Review was based on the overall of the three.

A- For all three they are all dark jet black. The head goes from a thin film on the newest, to spotty on the middle, and none on the oldest.

S-
08-09 has a roasty caramel smell, very buttery with a touch of bourbon. Reminds me of GIBCS smell wise.
07-08 the smell of alcohol is very present with this one. The roastyness is there, but definitely some mellowing.
05-06 this one has the most mellow of smells. There is some vanilla and molasses in this one. Slight roastyness, but it isn't there as much.

T-
08-09 Very rough around the edges. I would have hoped for some more chocolate taste in this one, but it is a very bitter dark chocolate. Some coffee taste and lots of robust roasted/burnt malts.
07-08 More chocolate taste, less burnt flavor in the malts, and a touch of chocolate. Not much else.
05-06 This one is very sweet. Lots of molasses taste, a touch of vanilla, with very little burnt malt flavor, more lightly roasted. I'm getting a slight fig taste too.

M- For all of them they feel good, the older it gets the smoother it becomes.

D- All of them are fairly drinkable, but the older it gets the easier it becomes. The heat is still there in the older one, but I don't mind it.

Over all the one everyone liked the best was the 05-06, then 08-09 and the last was 07-08.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 04:31:41 | More by Wetpaperbag
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bsend

Massachusetts

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

Poured this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

This beer looked gorgeous from the pour. It poured a jet black color with light carbonation. It provided a nice dark mocha chocolate head about a 1/2 finger. It slowly dissapated demonstrating gasoline swirls. Holding it up to light it was impossible to see through the beer. It was completely opaque.

The smell was definitely admirable. We get heavy roasted malts, followed by sweet sugar, rich cocoa, and definite alcohol.

The taste was impressive. This beer has bitterness to it that clears off to a nice roasted malt flavor. Cocoa powder tastes like pleasant baker's chocolate. The sweet beginnings come to clear alcohol finishes with the heavy 10.0% abv.

The mouthfeel is clearly viscous. A heavy almost sludgey texture left the flavor on the mouth for a while.

The drinkability is decent however I wouldn't be able to drink more than a few of these. The heavy alcohol flavor provides an amazing brew however a couple are good for me.

Final Thoughts - This brew is incredible. Brooklyn Brewing company produced an excellent Russian Imperial Stout here. Incredible is the only way to explain it. Try one!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 01:40:19 | More by bsend
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into Duvel. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Winter 08-09 Bottling

Appearance: Pours black with dark tan 1" thick dark tan head composed of fine bubbles that recede slowly leaving lacing on the glass and a ring of foam with a thin layer of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves nice lacing pattern on the side of the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of dark chocolate from the roasted malts, a hint of dark caramel, no hops noticeable. The alcohol shows itself only in a faint prickling sensation in the nose.

Taste: As expected from the aroma, the first impression is of semi-sweet dark chocolate with undertones of caramel and/or burnt roasted malts. Sweetness comes in and then fades again into a faint hop bitterness in the finsih. Some sips leave both sweet and dark roasted flavors bouncing around the palate at the same time. This is a complex beer!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied with nice creamy carbonation. Finish is medium long with faint dry bitterness.

Drinkability: As with most imperial stouts I find this quite sipable but not something I want to consume more than one of in one evening. Each sip leaves me wanting a bit more both to enjoy and to try and pin down the different flavors, etc. It will be interesting to see what a year or more of bottle age does with this beer and how it comes out with a 3 or 4 year vertical tasting.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 01:39:48 | More by drtth
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johnmichael712

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. Bottle has "Limited Bottling - Winter 08 - 09" written on the top label. This beer pours an inky black color with a nice, dark tan, almost cinnamon colored head that required a very vigorous pour to achieve. In my experience this is necessary of most Russian Imperial Stouts I've tried and this one doesn't seem any more or less carbonated than most examples of the style. The head is very sticky for the high ABV (unlike the description on the site this year's BBCS is 10% ABV) and leaves behind a good amount of lace for the ABV. Overall this is a gorgeous beer and is one of the better looking Russian Imperial Stouts I've seen.

Smell: As soon as I popped off the cap and began to pour the beer I was hit with intense aromas of roasted malts and of chocolate. Swirling the glass and bringing my nose closer allows me to pick up the incredibly sweet nose this beer has. As mentioned before the nose smells strongly of dark chocolate and roasted malts and is complemented by aromas of coffee and, very faintly, alcohol.

Taste: The chocolate taste of this beer is incredible and huge, and Brooklyn has done a great job utilizing the chocolate malt. This beer starts off sweet and chocolaty, moves to very rich, spicy, and intense, and finishes with the wonderful tastes of roasted malts. It also finishes very mild compared to other Russian Imperial Stouts I've had and doesn't have too much in the way of hop bitterness. This beer also finishes with a significant amount of alcohol taste and warming effect, but in my opinion this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it might not be everyone's cup of tea. BJCP guidelines for Russian Imperial Stouts mention them having a "noticeable alcohol presence" and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is definitely a good example of that.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is big and full-bodied and feels very smooth, a good example of the style, but not the best. The carbonation is fairly heavy, but still a very big, chewy body. Overall the mouthfeel is pretty darn good

Drinkability: Because of how strong the alcohol in this beer is I wouldn't recommend drinking too many at a time. The taste, however, would make it possible if I were in the mood.

Notes: After sampling this beer a few times for this review I also paired it with a brownie with nuts, something I recommend doing. Michael Jackson recommends eating it with the Viennese desert Sachertorte, something I'll have to try some day. Overall this beer is good, but it isn't great. I'm anxious to lay down the extra six-pack I bought and try it in a year and so in hopes that the strong alcohol flavors will diminish and the taste will smooth out. Look for another review in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 00:21:56 | More by johnmichael712
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

08-09 vintage

I finally have a chance to review this one. I've enjoyed several bottles, but never had the chance to sit and contemplate a review.

This is a very nice beer, starting with the appearance. I love how the head erupts from within on some of these Imp Stouts. This one is no exception. A wonderful tan head rise from within. Lacing sticks all over the place and is surprisingly thick. The beer is basically crude oil... lots of brown tones. Maybe better described as the dirty oil you take out of an engine when changing the oil. I don't mean that in a bad way.

Aroma is a touch musty, but also charred grains, and cocoa.

I really enjoy the depth of flavor here. The malts are deep and layered. There is a burst of dark roasted goodness, certainly some chocolate tones. The more you drink it, the more the chocolate flavor comes through. There are some creamy tones as well.

The mouth feel of this beer is unreal. Thick, creamy and just a touch of texture... Not grainy, but something is there.

Lovely drinkability. Lovely beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 21:52:34 | More by Reagan1984
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

07-08 Vintage - sampled 14/03/09

Raven black with negligible (where any) highlighting; there are no concessions when it comes to opaqueness, which really, is only appropriate given the persuasive suggestions in its name. Equally personifying to its title, a surprisingly ample level of cocoa butter is lathered atop. It appears creamy and fully capable of enduring the entire tasting.

I know it isn't, but this smells bourbon-barrel aged to me. Then again, for a product that must contain literally hundreds of aromas I don't think I could be considered wrong for imagining any of the flavours that are found swirling around my consciousness. On that note, I'll also add espresso, Zambuca, nuts, dark berries, and again, a whole bunch of aromatic wood essences normally traced back to the inside cavities of a well-worn barrel.

Attention flavour technicians: study this beer. It offers such a myriad of flavours that it can be difficult to identify exactly what the taste is foremost, especially when not every flavour comes to fore with every sip. I would place the most prominent feature - chocolate - as being a cross between a dark, bitter, heavy concentrate of cocoa and a sweetened milk chocolate with the balance, perhaps, just in slight favour of the former.

Due to the prominence of very biscuity, almost cookie-dough like malts the beer embodies an English confection, something to be had alongside afternoon tea. With its rich, unyielding bitter persona, however, I'm reminded more of an Italian digestif espresso and tiramisu dessert. It's also as rich as a French or Belgian truffle. The more North American staple of a bittersweet milk chocolate is also tasted. Altogether, it's hard to determine the inspiration for this Black Chocolate Stout, but as far as the 'chocolate' is concerned, it's covered its bases.

Instantly, I can see the appeal of cellaring. Not only can I sense the beer has all the might and character capable of enduring years of aging, I feel it might stand to use a couple more. This batch, brewed last winter, still has enough warming to carry one through a cold winter's night. Fortunately, it's strength is more than equaled by complexity and this remains decadently rich with long-lasting notes of bourbon, truffles, and vanilla.

Chocolate has been drank since its discovery, some 2000 years ago (it was not until 1849 that the first solid chocolate went on sale). To the ancient Mayans, chocolate was used as an aphrodisiac, it was given to warriors prior to battle, it was a unit of currency and was an important part of religious rituals. It is a product that has long been associated with powerful psychoactive, erotic, and commercial properties. So on that note, I'll leave you with the words of international confectionery historian Tim Richardson...

"... and when we have gobbled the chocolate we become calm and sated, almost as if we are a different person, although the craving can return again quite quickly. Perhaps this repeated sensual cycle, from extreme enjoyable stimulation to employable satiation to relaxed serenity, is one reason why sex and chocolate are so readily linked. As with sex, the desire for chocolate ca be sudden and overwhelming."

... and so too can the desire for Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 22:54:59 | More by biegaman
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kels

Virginia

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

Finished off my evening at the Comet with one of these on tap, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a short, tan head that fades immediately to a skim. Dark, viscous liquid provides no visibility.

Smell: Very present alcohol in the smell, accompanied by sweet cream, chocolate and vanilla.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very great balance of tastes come through, from creamy, bitter dark chocolate to the light, sweet, roasty malts. The bright hop finish is a little sharp, but it adds uniqueness to the beer compared to others of the same style. The feel is creamy at first, followed by a slight wet effervescence. The big alcohol definitely creeps out in the taste as it warms.

Drinkability: Phew - take it slow. I think of it as "naptime" beer, as in, I wanted to go to sleep as I finished drinking it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 05:49:13 | More by kels
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hustlesworth

Ohio

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

A- very viscous, dark dark black with barely a shred of mahogany reflecting off the thick bottom of the glass. chocolate milkshake colored head is dense and sturdy with a ton of globular lace.

S- smells chocolatey and roasted, with lots of toasted grain aromas as well, like putting chocolate syrup on some raisin brain. a touch of smoke and dark tart berries, raisin, prune, and fruity alcohol. charcoal, espresso, and some earthy and piney hops.

T- very intense flavor but not insanely bitter, hops are about right on par with the burnt bitterness and together they seem to perfectly balance the big cocoa sweetness. cocoa powder, dark chocolate that transitions to semi-sweet chocolate, hershey's syrup, pipe tobacco, strawberry, sandalwood, big colombian coffee flavors. mid way a tart, liquor soaked fruitiness sets in and from there it's roasted black grains and spicy almost peppery hops.

MF- just under medium carbonation, the body isn't quite as full as i suspected it would be. from something with this much flavor i expected like melted chocolate in my mouth. still great, perhaps the carbonation is a bit too aggressive to present this type of sensation. either way, palate is coated with grain powder and burnt stuff.

D- for 10+% alcohol is very well hidden. its noticeable alright, but with all the other flavors/smells goin on, it seems subtle. on the level with the best RISs i've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 00:39:44 | More by hustlesworth
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the final beer of the night, so it was nice to finish up with something sweet. This beer is wonderful, pretty complex and of course, like many stouts, much better as it warms. Poured from the tap into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark, viscous. Looks chewy and even a little sticky - interesting to say the least as there was a slight lacing that was holding on tight to the sides of the glass. Came with a very short dark tan head that faded very quickly into a thin skin.

Smell: Dark malts, a little caramel-esque and a bit of burnt sugar. A slight roastiness as well somewhere in there, but not a very overwhelming sense of it. Alcohol is definitely present and as it came to me a little colder than what I would have preferred, I just know it's going to come out a lot more as it warms in my hands... Yep, it's warmer now and the alcohol is all over this...

Taste: More of a hoppier presence than what I would have expected - very nice, not quite accustomed to the hoppiness in a stout of this caliber, but it's definitely there and it adds a dimension that is kind of unique. Chocolate is there, but subdued, as is the alcohol (at first anyway, see notes above regarding the alcohol presence in the smell as it's the same here in the taste department as well). Carmelly goodness starts to crepp in as it warms, and then a "chocolate-covered cherry" type of flavor becomes more and more present as well... Very interesting... I'm noticing this more and more in certain stouts, most recently Yeti Oak-Aged...

Mouthfeel: A dry and sticky mouthfeel - the higher alcohol has to be what's drying the palate, but the additional hoppiness is making it a little more sticky as well, very interesting as well. Leaves a very thin coating and lingers a bit.

Drinkability: With the higher ABV, nothing beyond one serving for me. An amazing beer though and I will definitely have it again. A great way to end the night.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 03:37:05 | More by bamadog
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LordHammer

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black, totally opaque, with about an inch of brown head.

S: Roasted malts, a tiny bit of fruit, a bit of hops, and some alcohol. If it tastes as good as it smells, then this is a winner.

T: Lots of roasted malts out front, a bit creamy, and some significant hop bitterness at the end, all of which is lovely. The burn in the middle is a bit rough, however. Definitely smooths as it warms into a lovely beer.

M: For something this strong, fairly heavy and chewy.

D: One is the limit, but it's a delicious one.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 23:43:25 | More by LordHammer
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mjw06

Pennsylvania

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

black in color with a thick three finger size frothy brown head that leaves a sticky lacing.

very sweet chocolaty smell that smells so sugary you would think your smelling candy. then there is just a hint of nut.

a rich roasty chocolate taste with a warm alcohol finish. left a sticky roasty taste on my lips.

a very soft a frothy mouthfeel.

a very drinkable brew, was offered to me and had no idea while i was drinking it that this was an imperial with a 10.6 abv. very rich taste that went perfect with my chocolate cake. cant wait til the next time i get to enjoy this beer.

seasonal draft selection at matchbox in chinatown, dc. 3/6/09

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 05:16:39 | More by mjw06
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therica

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My apologies but this didn't impress us as much as our expectations. There's no comparison between this and the outstanding Southern Tier Choklat (also an Imperial Stout) if you want a true chocolate beer that's more akin to refined milk chocolate as opposed to pure bitter Swiss dark-chocolate taste.

One cool thing is that once this has gone flat, store the unused leftovers in the bottle (if there's any left) for some great cooking for stews or sauces. It's excellent.

A= dark dark black, with a dirty-brown head and modest lacing.

S= liqueor and roasted malts, very robust.

T= very nice for an Imperial Stout but a bit heavy on the alcohol aspsect, to be expected at the 10%ABV. The chocolate malt flavor is more like a 90% pure Swiss dark bitter chocolate, definitely not Hershey's/Ghirardelli style at all. Basically a very dark burnt-stout with a chocolate-bitter taste. Some hops florals apparent.

M= brandy-esque alcohol residue, very dark burnt chocolate and black malts and some dark chocolate residue.

D= I guess if you love the stuff, maybe a few bottles at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 04:12:23 | More by therica
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abecall98

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Wow, this beer is a beauty. Pours a dark-ass black. Pitch black. Amazing half inch brown head. Lacing shows exceptionally well.

S - The weakest aspect of this beer. The smell is a sour sweet bitter smell. I cannot pin point my exact description of the smell, but it is not the best smelling beer in my opinion.

T - The taste is of roast, chocolate, malt, and alcohol. The dark malted barely delivers the biggest blow in the flavor. Backing up that, is the dark chocolate, with an smooth alcoholic finish.

M - The mouth feel is very carbonated, with a creamy texture. Hard to explain, but it is rather pleasant.

D - For the high ABV, this beer is highly drinkable. Although it is a sipper, I do not see myself denying a second helping. I could imagine two back to back BCS beers in succession would make you feel rather buzzed, and that is a nice feeling.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 03:04:44 | More by abecall98
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porntipsguzzardo

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Tizzasty. Whoo! Dark black, brown head, rich, a strong alcohol flavor, powerful as all hell. Really, really thick mouthfeel. One of the most opaque beers you're gonna find out there. A real imperial stout that is not to be messed with. Not a great session beer due to the strong flavor and the high alcohol content, but the upshot is that one beer will get you drunk, so it all turns out okay in the end. The intense alcohol flavor cancels out some of the richness a bit - I prefer some of the richer, more mellow stouts for the most part. And it smells powerfully of alcohol, sugar cane, and other sweet yet really strong things. However this remains a tasty-ass beer. Yessir. I am drunk.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 00:12:22 | More by porntipsguzzardo
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Dark black in color with a very thin dark tanned head.

Smell: Initial hints of the high alcohol content give way to a sweet aroma.

Taste: Impact is high alcohol that diminishes to tones of chocolate and burnt bitters.

Mouthfeel: Heavily coats the palette with mild carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 21:22:45 | More by stakem
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank on 11.13.08

Great looking beer. Dark, practically black in color. Nice head, but dissipated rather quickly. A nice dark tannish colored head. Huge malty nose (which was expected). caramel malts, some slightly burnt toast, a little molasses and honey too. lots of stuff going on in this one. Alcohol pretty strong in the nose as well.

Supermalty taste as well with an alcoholic tingle. Mild chocolate taste, expected a little bit more. good tatse overall, but underwhelmed with the chocolate.

mouthfeel was heavy body, slightly crisp and carbonated up front, smooths out nicely with alcohol present throughout.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 04:26:20 | More by Hophead101
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joerodiii

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

04-05 bottle I've been cellaring for 4 years

I wish I had reviewed this beer 4 years ago when it was fresh so I could compare notes. Oh well.

Thick, black, opaque, almost syrupy in appearance. Serious red-wine like fingering down the sides of the glass. Alcohol and chocolate dominate the nose with hints of toasted malt.

Full, rich, roasty flavor. The alcohol has definitely been subdued over time and really takes a back seat to the roasted malt. Not much hop flavor, but the bitterness has remained so that the beer does not taste very sweet at all. Mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy.

This is a very drinkable RIS. By no means a session beer, it is extremely enjoyable from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 18:06:18 | More by joerodiii
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Phillyduke

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Winter '08-'08 bottling served into a snifter.

A: Beer is an opaque motor oil black (without the motor oil viscosity) and sports a thin head of mocha colored foam that quickly recedes to a thin rocky cap. Some fine lacing gathers around the meniscus and clings to the glass in round clusters, but that too fades eventually.

S: HUGE nose of rich chocolate and dark roasted malts. A noticeable whiff of alcohol stings the nostrils.

T/M: The bitterness is what strikes me first. Bitter dark chocolate followed by the syrupy sweetness of dark roasted malts cutting through the bitterness. There is a slight raisin-y metallic taste that's a bit off-putting, and the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Towards the end the syrupy sweetness becomes a tad cloying, which saps some of the enjoyment for me.

D/O: This is a beer that needs some time, IMO. It's a little too hot and one-dimensional right now, with the dominance of the sweet chocolate flavor really overpowering whatever else might be trying to reveal itself. I'd like to see a bit more balance from a roasty flavor to offset the sweetness. This is a prime candidate for the cellar, though, and I believe it has the proper characteristics to improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 17:58:07 | More by Phillyduke
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beer2day

North Carolina

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

Pours jet black with a well-retained 2-finger cream head. Excellent lacing.

Bitter chocolate dominates the nose with a little bit of raspberry sneaking through.

Very smooth and creamy on the hit. Mouthfeel is just perfect - not too thick at all. Finishes with bitters and chocolate. BBCS really is all about the C.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 00:40:31 | More by beer2day
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gruberbeer

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is impenetrable, midnight black. Beautiful. The head is thin and off-white to tan in color. It tastes quite bitter and ashy. The chocolate flavor resonates like a bitter dark cocoa, but it's not overwhelmingly chocolaty. It's very enjoyable to sip on a cold day. Smooth down the hatch, and the effect is almost like comfort food.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 22:25:39 | More by gruberbeer
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irishtjb11

Maine

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

great beer, realtively new to brooklyn and russian imperial stouts. appearance is night black, looks like dark roast coffee, with a nice off white brown head. the head sticks around and laces the glass quite well. lots of great sweet and marlty flavors in the nose. great great flavors, the taste is without a doubt my favorite aspect of this beer. the alcohol is very present, along with the dark, bittersweet flavor of unsweetened chocolates and malts. great beer. only could drink a few or so, but the mouthfeel is super smooth and silky. awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 21:28:25 | More by irishtjb11
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TMinton22

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black; no light coming through. Poured 2 finger chocolate head with excellent retention.

S: Big roasted malts, burnt bitter coffee, chocolate. Finishes with dark fruit and alcohol.

T: Consistent with smell; roasted nad chocolate malts most dominant. Earthy bitter hop brought balance to the big malts. Finish was dry and full of warming alcohol.

M: Full body. Litte carbonation. Smooth, rich, creamy and soothing.

D: Let this one warm a bit and sip it slowly by the mouthfull; you'll be pleased.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 14:07:32 | More by TMinton22
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixpack of this when I was in Boston for work. Since we cannot get Brooklyn in WI, I was excited to try this. It pours out very black with a mocha colored head that rises rapidly, but controlled, at the end of the pour. The aroma very heavy on the burnt sugars, molasses, and sweet cocoa nibs. The taste comes through a bit hot on the alcohol and the maltiness shines through. There are definitely major layers of roasted malts, but it becomes a bit messy at times. The flavor is clearly evident but the balance is lacking. I would have liked a little stronger roasted profile to tone down the sweetness. No doubt a nice stout that makes itself known, but I am a bit surprised to see such a widespread love for this with all the other wonderful stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 22:32:36 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Limited Bottling - Winter 08-09

10.0 ABV

Poured a thick motor oil looking black with a dense thick dark mocha colored head that was very well retained with very good lacing. The best part was the excellent cascade effect.

The beer had a heavy roasted malt aroma with some chocolate which also provided a hint of sweetness. The alcohol was noticeable as the beer warmed up; at times it gave off more of a Scotch aroma than a straight up astringent alcohol aroma.

The taste was very good. Followed the nose really good, well balanced, with some hints of the alcohol, again after the beer warmed. Certainly not as much chocolate as one would expect.

The beer had a heavy body with good carbonation. The beer was thick/chewy, rich and creamy. Overall an excellent beer and one that I will be picking up every winter. Brooklyn brewery is one of the best in the country.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 18:54:30 | More by PhillyStyle
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,379 ratings.