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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,419
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 279
Gots: 828 | 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:
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Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of Victory's Storm King Stout in hand when an employee of the local beer shop approached and stated that while my choice was good, Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout was really good this year. I took his advice, and, while I still have yet to try Victory's offering, I'm ecstatic over this beer.

It pours like so many in its style: black and thick. Not as thick as some, but thick. A thin head of tan bubbles formed, but they quickly dissipated and were replaced by a lace around the edge. The aroma is wonderful; it's full of malts, coffee, and chocolate, with hints of sticky dried fruit.

The taste is something to behold. It commences with a smokiness combined with dark, bittersweet chocolate. A nice espresso hue fills the middle, and the finish is slightly hoppy with hints of pine. The sweet fruitiness was only detectable by me after the beer had warmed considerably. All variations on the flavor during its time in the glass were appreciated.

I like the mouthfeel. It's full, but not too full, a little sticky, and the aftertaste–which is mainly of coffee and dark chocolate with some bitterness–lingers for quite some time. This is great beer, and a great model of the style. Cheers to Brooklyn Brewery!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 00:34:02 | More by CWiggins
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New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been significantly improved over the past 5 years. It has become an awesome example of what I know to be a Russian Imperial Stout. Bought a six pack of this at Wegman's back home in Syracuse, NY. Enjoyed in a nonic glass. Hard poured it to get some of that dark brown head and lacing on the edge of the glass. As far as aroma and taste goes, there's only one word and that is MALT! Sooo much awesome malt flavor in this beer. Mouthfeel is sticky but smooth. Perfect amount of alcohol warming as well. I had three of these during Thanksgiving day...I felt so at home.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 17:44:44 | More by BeerHonky
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm having a mini-vertical here, tasting the 04/05 and 05/06 simultaneously. I think I got these bottles from autumnaldave a long, long time ago, and it's time they were drunk.

Appearance-wise, they're obviously very similar. Attractive creamed coffee heads and stout black bodies.

The 04 actually smells stronger than the 05 to me. Getting my nose right in the former, I get a melange of chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt and alcohol spice. Raising my nose a bit from the glass, the chocolate really floats above all else magnificently. The latter seems more muted.

They taste markedly different. The initial taste on the 04 reminds me of chocolate licorice with some anise and transitions into a delicious, mellow roasted finish. A slight hint of burnt cereal remains long after you've swallowed. The 05 lacks the dark chocolate spike at the beginning; its initial taste is more straight fruitiness. Similar finish to the 04. This seems more like a traditional RIS. Both have a bit of a sour tang, but it's more pronounced in the 05. Overall, I think the 04 has a bit of a "fuller" flavor than the 05.

The mouthfeel on both is outstanding, nice and gooey. I'm having a very easy time drinking the 04, less so the 05.

My overall rating will have to be a synthesis of the two years, which I would break down independently as:

04/05: Appearance: 4, Smell: 4.5, Taste: 4.5, Mouthfeel: 4, Drinkability: 4.5

05/06: Appearance: 4, Smell: 3.5, Taste: 3.5, Mouthfeel: 4, Drinkability: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 18:45:43 | More by battlekow
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First sampling of the Winter 06-07 edition, noting a whopping 10.6% on the bottle. Fans of this brew know it for it's deep black color, no light's getting through this one. A creamy foam head sticks to this beer all the way down, leaving it's lace on my glass. Don't let it's smell mislead you, smells medicinal, almost chemical...Once it hits your tongue it is a complete sensory overload. What first amazes me is the creamy, rich mouthfeel. This beer is like drinking silk. Up front is a warm, dark chocolaty smooth flavor. The maltiness is what hits you first, and is quickly followed by an incredibly pleasant hop bite and some alcohol as you swallow, leaving a roasted chocolate hop flavor to linger in your mouth. I wouldn't have guessed this was 10.6% by the flavor, but you definitely can taste the alcohol. This doesn't bother me, i feel it adds to the flavor in this case. The complexity of the flavor is almost impossible to describe, you'll have to get your own and make your own judgements. I could probably ponder the flavors of this beer all night but after 2 or 3 it's lights out! Such an amazing accomplishment for American beer, I'm really surprised this isn't top 100 material on BA. Thanks Brooklyn!!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 10:09:55 | More by smcyrone
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not a big brooklyn fan, except for the historic Dodgers, but this is an outstanding brew. Pours a huge creamy almost whipped creamy head. Has lacing dripping down the glass. Malts dominate the beer, with chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Finishes with a slight whiskeyish finish. Slight hoppiness at the end. Is dark black in color. Terrific price and an even more terrific beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 05:31:40 | More by bigdeuce
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

06-07 edition

a - pours deep black and thick looking, one-inch tan head from an aggresive pour, retention around the edges, great lacing

s - big roasted malt and chocolate aroma, alcohol noticeable

t - sweetness right up front with strong bitterness following, lots of chocolate and roasted malt with some espresso on the end with a strong alcohol taste as well, very complex

m - full-bodied, not much carbonation, dry finish

d - might be a little big and hot to be overly drinkable at this point, some age would probably smooth out the alcohol a little bit making it slightly more drinkable

Very impressed with this stout, and it's a great value to boot. I could see this brew getting a lot better with some age as the alcohol is still a little bit harsh, but I'm enjoying it right now.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 02:47:25 | More by WeisGuy
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a short chalice from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Deep, dark brown/black. Thin reddish tan head that settles to a ring.

S- Very burnt and charcoal smell. Bitter dark chocolate. Malty.

T- Starts out smooth and warming then the bitterness shoots down the sides of the tongue. Dark chocolate, well blended with a dark roast coffee taste. Sweet and malty, a little dry to finish. Really complex and nice.

M- Sticky, but thinned due to the high alcohol. Just the way a RIS should be, IMO.

D- Strong but soo good. Drink it late after dinner on a winter night.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 02:17:11 | More by Rudgers73
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New Hampshire

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

Sampling the 06-07 edition. Pours a completely opaque black with a very thin dark tan head. Aroma is melted chocolate, with some spicy hops and some sour fruitiness as well. Taste is dark roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate, with some hoppy bitterness that melds well with the chocolate flavors in the finish. Some sort of sour fruit, too, but I can't quite place it - maybe black currants? Super slick mouthfeel, with very little carbonation evident, and leaves a thick coffee syrup aftertaste, but that's what I'm looking for in an Imperial Stout, so it's good. Very drinkable, and I appreciate that the bottles are 12oz, so if you drink one you don't get completely hammered.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 01:50:36 | More by ColForbin
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3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Midnight color with a large frothy mocha head, good retention, and a layer of thin sticky lace devours my snifter.

Dark chocolate is obvious in the nose with hints of dark fruits dominated by plum, hints of currant, and black cherry as well. A good amount of alcohol is also present in the nose.

Well I'm not sure this is a fair review. This beer is way too young to review. This is big and everywhere. Needs time for things to settle down and meld together. However I will do my best interpratation. A thick bitter chocolate fudge is most noticeable and leaves a unpleasant bitter taste on the palate. Like eating a 90% cocoa bar. Also there are the dark fruits that add a layer of complexity too the brew. The same plum domination, black currant, black cherry, and a slight bit of hop. Hints of alcohol on the long finish.

Mouth is full and discombobulated. Again I think this will age into a winner. I will review again in 2 years.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 22:33:15 | More by mcallister
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black, slight red around the rim. Very little head or lacing. Smells first of chocolate, slight vanilla, just traces of citurs hops.
Tastes first and foremost of chocolate. Bitter, dark, lingering chocolate. Hard to overcome the blast at first. It lingers like glue and overwhelms most other notes. Once you're used to it you can begin to pick out the vanilla, toffee, bitter coffee, espresso notes.
All around a good beer if you're in the mood for a chocolate experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 17:43:23 | More by kirok1999
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours a deep opaque black with a cream brown head. Huge aroma of chocolate, dark malts, toffee and raisins. Flavor is more of the same, a big malty backbone of roasted and caramel malts. It's sweet, but not overly so for its strength. There is a strong hop bitterness that barely balances the beer. Alcohol is definitely present, but very well hidden for almost 11%. A steal at $8 a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 07:27:35 | More by ericj551
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New York

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

Finally got my hands on this year's model after rave reviews from everyone. I was not disappointed

A: Deep, dark jet black color on the pour. A little bit of thick brown head at the top which would leave its mark on my glass the whole way down. Opaque as opaque can be.

S: Chocalate and carmel is the strongest scent you get. There are coffee notes as well and a bit of alcohol because well...it is 10.5%

T: Thick taste of caramel and coffee, not as blatently chocalate as expected, but it was delightfully subtle. A lot like rauchbiers in the sense that you could get some burnt flavors as well.

M: The only way you could coat your mouth any thicker is with liquid hershey's chocalate. Its a mouthfeel you can savor for a long time

D: To be drank one at a time, save a couple, impossible to be chugged so you don't have to worry about jackass friends stealing it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 18:04:32 | More by jdoherty
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle a thick black with some dark brown foam that dissipated quickly to a thin layer over top the beer. Smells of alcohol, dark chocolate, and a bit of sweetness. Taste of alcohol, unsweetened bitter chocolate, and some burnt flavors. The mouth feel was thick and creamy. I like this brew a lot but the high alcohol keeps me from enjoying a few of these at a time. A great winter warmer I'll have on those cold days.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 17:30:14 | More by Alkey
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4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Made in winter of '05-'06 - tasted in mid-November 2006.

Pours jet black with a thin tan head. The head thins to barely a covering, and leaves some trails of lacing.

The smell is of robust dark chocolate wrapped around dark fruits with coffee notes.

The taste is incredible. Semi-sweet, creamy dark chocolate and dark fruits. A bitterness that comes in the form of espresso beans offset some of the sweetness. Rich, robust chocolate-covered dark fruits remains in the foreground, while the coffee notes intermingle. It's full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to make it smooth and not overly thick. A nice warming alcohol touch is noticeable, but does not interfere in the tastes, esp. considering the high abv.

It's silky smooth and, almost too, easy to drink. There's a nice, full, chocolatey, complex aftertaste.
This is a wonderful dessert/nightcap brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 00:35:43 | More by jwc215
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black color with a fluffy, brown head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer smells strongly of burnt malts. It has a sweet caramel aroma. I can smell some bittersweet chocolate also. A slight coffee aroma is present. If I look deep enough, I can ever so slightly smell the alcohol.

Wow. This beer is so smooth. It tastes of chocolate up front. Behind that I get a slight coffee flavor. It has a sweet calty flavor also. It also tastes of dark fruits. Plumbs, and raisins. It has a slight alcohol like taste also.

This beer goes down very smoothly, leaving a bitersweet chocolate aftertaste on my palate. It is low in carbonation, but perfect for the style.

This beer might make a good session beer, if you could watch out for the 10.5% ABV. It is so smooth, and the flavor is not overly agressive.

Overall: This is the Winter 05-06 release. Thanks to HimerMan for hooking me up. He also sent me the 03-04, and the 04-05 releases. I will be reviewing those as well, to see how this beer ages. I really liked this one, so I have high hopes.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 20:24:55 | More by OStrungT
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4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Blitheringidiot and TheDarkertheBetter for giveing me the chance to try this winter 04-05 Black Chocolate Stout.

Appearance: This beer poured a super dark black,no light can be seen through this whatsoever. The tannish bubblely head rose up just enough to cling the edges, creating a minimal amount of laceing and a few bubbley spots here and there.

Aroma: The aromas are most infused with dark chocolates, cocoa bean, fresh coffee grounds, vanilla extracts, a strong sweet bourbon is definitely there as well.

Taste: At first splash on my palate, its instant alcohol with a sudden change to dark chocolates intertwined with coffee. Some vanilla notes are all throughout the palate, and then the alcoholic fumes come right back. Perhaps some dark fruits in there as well? A very splendid delight indeed!!

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with low carbonation. Instant sweetness on the tongue followed by alcohol vapors. Leaves a nice sweetened film in my mouth to last. Super smooth, wonderful, overall this beer rocks!!

Drinkability: The best way to sum this beer up in one word is...Wow!! I am very impressed. This beer definitely exeeds most stouts by far and is on "Cheers2Beers" top 5 list!


Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 01:22:28 | More by cheers2beers
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a couple bottles in a recent trade with froggyfrog - thanks JE! Dated: Winter '05-'06. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Nearly black (extremely dark brown), a thick-looking pour resembling motor oil. Capped with a rusty/tan head, nearly 2 fingers-worth, which faded gradually to a film. A brown-ish film coated the glass, with nice lace banding

S: Rich chocolate malts, coffee, sweet fruit, maple, leather, tobacco, peat, hints of alcohol and a tinge of sour citrus and balsamic vinegar. Complex aroma - wow!

T: Malty dark-roasted coffee, chocolate fudge: those are the two main flavors I got. Robust flavor also includes some ripe & slightly sour cherries. Finish has some smoked wood and a tangy bittersweetness. Alcohol is well-masked. This is a rich RIS and a very well-balanced one.

M: Full body and mouthfeel. A smooth coating covers the whole mouth, not being too sticky; it envelopes the mouth with a warm smoky/roasted malt bittersweetness.

D: Simply an excellent beer. It was wonderful to try an example that had aged a year, bringing out the depth of the flavors and aroma. This one is going on my list of favorites...

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 20:51:33 | More by msubulldog25
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The clerk at a great local beer store recommended this one to me the other day. At $1.55 for a 12oz. bottle I thought, WOW what a deal for 10.6% alcohol.
This beer poors jet black with a decent brown head that slowly fades away. Smell is fairly sweet with chocolate/roasted malt overtones.
Taste is very smooth with a dark chocolate sweetness to it, slightly syrupy and plenty of the dark roasted malt. Overall it is well balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick with plenty of alcohol packing a punch, although it is less than you would think. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.
Overall a solid brew and a great value.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 23:20:04 | More by treedoctor5002
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very near-black with a nice coffee foam head. Very nice. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, although it is more designed for aging. The high alcohol (10.6%) is a bit too dominant in the smell and taste and is the only thing (though very minor) to hold this back from being priceless. Still, this has a wonderful combination of coffee, chocolate, and burnt-nutty malts. Very complex and a wonderfully balanced mouthfeel. I'm very eager to see how this one ages.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 04:22:01 | More by Neehan
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North Carolina

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

What a pleasant surprise tonight. Found this at my favorite BP for $2 a single. What a steal! First time trying this one. Label said 10.5% ABV, but you can not tell with all the chocolate malts. Bitter like Hershey's Special Dark, this one is an enjoyable and affordable RIS. Does not equal Bell's or Stone, but a worthy experience. Worth getting a good number of these and see how they age.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 03:50:33 | More by Backer2004
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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Poured from bottle brewed for 2006-07 release

A: Oh boy, is this dark or what! Beautiful, dark roast color with a matching burnt head that lingered to the end.

Smell: Nice roast malt and chocolate notes that make you want to taste it. Slight alcohol smell that tells you that you are drinking a serious beer.

T: So many different flavors hit you that you don"t know where to start. First, a dark chocolate note, followed by the burnt malt, and then the warmth of the alcohol.

M: This beer is rich from the start. I felt a burn as I retained it, but enjoyed the complex nature of this beer.

D: I would (and will) get this beer again. I have always liked Brooklyn and the praise for this beer is deserved. The ABV and the rich nature are only good for one nice beer after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 03:01:20 | More by mobud
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 06-07

This is the Scarlett Johansson of beers. Completely gorgeous, but so many layers to be revealed. From the exuberant foam pour to the nasty lacing that demands attention of it's brilliant web, your Grandmother's doiley is found here. So dark, one can almost imagine what non-existence would look like. Trust me, you will love this body.
Robust nose that supercedes innocuous burnt embers to reveal a completely subdued chocolate that becomes your new found master. Awesome.
My tongue is in a tizzy. Clean, yet malty. Burnt, yet exact. Garrett has pushed it, and found the masterpiece. This is beer bliss. The complexity won't allow you to be a dick about the details. This beer is Art. This beer is near perfect.
Very nice job, Sir...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 02:30:46 | More by scott
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful jet black from the bottle with a somewhat thin, creamy tan head. I may have poured it too cold and the aroma was faint. Smelled like chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Tasted like chocolate at first, then coffee and a hint of nuttiness. Finished chocolatey and alcoholic. The mouth feel was very nice, oily and slick. This was my first impy, so it was quite an experience. As it warmed up, the aroma was more pronounced, but toward the alcohol side. Some people seem to be of the opinion that sitting on this for a bit is best. I agree with that camp. See you next year Brooklyn BCS.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 17:19:31 | More by MaxxDaddy
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New Hampshire

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

This is from a 12 oz Winter '06/'07 edition and the ABV% on the lable states 10.6 %. Poured into an oversize'ed wine chalice.

AP:Very deepest brown, nearly black thick and heavy looking. Created a very active mocha-brown colored head that dissipated to a scattered 1/8" covering rather quickly for the style, I like the head to stick around longer and be a bit fatter overall. Not great retention for a RIS.

Nose: Sweet maple sugar and dark roasted chocolate-like malt scent dominates, coffee bean, and cream with some minor alcohol detected in the nose.

Taste: A dark chocolaty>oaky>oaty>semi-bitter roasted coffee>leafy hop finish and a bite of alcohol as it goes down.

MF: a syruppy, slick and heavy feel (just like it should be!) Big Full body.

DA: I gotta admit, I was FEELIN' this after my second one...10.6%ABV is no joke, but since I love these monster stouts you KNOW I'm having another(too many)

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 15:57:36 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S - 12 oz bottle from '06. Nouseforotacon hooked me up with this spectacle of a beer.

A - Pours a black with a deep red center. Head is fluffy, smooth, and creamy chocolate colored. Looks delicious. spiderwebs hangs on the walls of my glass.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, powedered chocolate, fruity twinges, malty, slight hop hit, kind of grainy as well. Smells great.

T - Fruity, chocolate covered fruits, slightly roasted malt, bitter bite in the finish and is perfect, balances it all out perfectly. Delicious, I can only imagine this vint. a year from now.

M - Creamy and smooth with a balancing act of carbonation as well. perfection.

D - I could drink these until I black "chocolated" out (corny I know, but its true)

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 05:08:02 | More by rsyberg01
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,419 ratings.