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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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5,372 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,372
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 278
Gots: 820 | 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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BillyB

New Jersey

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

Someone spiked my chocolate milk shake with whiskey!

Appearance is Black as night during a full eclipse.

Sweet chocalatey aroma like I've never smelled before. You'd think that Hershey brewed this beer instead of Brooklyn.

Taste is nothing short of amazing. Chocolate meets sharp alcohol in an amazing balance!

Mouthfeel is incredibly full and creamy.
Drinkability is up to you. It's a very big beer but I say bring it on! My friend had this on tap in his house and we worked on kicking it for a while. It was hard work but we did it.
Try it with a brownie and some vanilla ice cream.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2006 18:32:15 | More by BillyB
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normZurawski

New Jersey

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

Hot tuna this is a good beer! Rich, creamy, full, and loaded with goodness. Thick maltiness characterizes this well done beer. Prevalent taste of alcohol is not a detriment, but works well within the confines of this. Certainly a cold weather beer that I'm able to sneak in on a cool spring evening. Light hop flavor rides this, gives it a nice tinge towards balance. Hint of bitterness towards the back of the tongue.

Appearance is almost perfect, something that seems impossible to really attain. Pours black with a small, richly colored dark head. Smell is the only non-4.5 element. Basically "just" good, nothing more. Mouthfeel is rich, well done, meaty. Easy to drink this beer, very easy. Just not too many.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 00:42:08 | More by normZurawski
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radshoesbro

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

winter 05-06 limited brewing.

a - pours as dark as they come with a small tan head that leaves incredible lace.

s - more inviting than just about any other beer i've yet had. a rustic dark chocolate malt smell that is slightly estringint.

t - obviously strong chocolate malts hit you immediately. sweetness of the malts almost completely cover the bitterness of the hops.

m - definately a heavy bodied brew, but the creaminess of the texture almost makes it feel as if it isn't as heavy as it is.

d - i'm drinking this one on a very hot/humid new england late spring day. it is perfect! this is beers answer to port. a nice strong beverage that you can have as desert.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 19:52:10 | More by radshoesbro
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Kendo

New York

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle from 05-06 into a pint glass. The result? A motor oil-like, viscous liquid ventures forth. I'm talking used, black motor oil, not that clean, golden brown Pennzoil stuff, but rather the kind of oil that's seen its share of engine wear and tear for 5, 6 or maybe even 8 thousand miles as you make excuse after excuse for why you haven't changed your oil in awhile. A 1.5 finger mocha-colored chocolate milkshake-like head dissipates ever so slowly. As I sip it, chocolate lacing clings to the glass and shimmers in the light. Thick lacing clings to the side of the glass during the whole experience. Nice. Very nice.

Scent: I write down the following as I sniff in the essence of this brew: Raisins. Prunes. Licorice. Dark Chocolate. Malts. Slightly burnt coffee. Lots going on. I'm impressed.

Taste: At first it's all coffee, overpowering any other subtle nuanced flavors, but as it warms and I make my way down the glass, I keep thinking port -- which reminds me of raisins, prunes and maybe even figs. If you know a port lover who's not a beer drinker, have him/her try this. Anyhow, that chewy, raisiny malt flavor predominates, with a moderate bitterness finishing the assault. It's more like coffee bitter, though, than a hoppy one, and all in all, there's a decent balance between malt and bitterness, even if it doesn't remind me of a hoppy beer bitterness. A nice alcohol warmth finishes it off -- not the harsh burn of Listerine ethanol but rather the cozy heat of, say Jagermeister or [insert your favorite liquor here]. Here it is a fairly warm night in late May and I'm thinking this would be a perfect sipping companion by a winter fire. Oh well, I have a few more in the cellar; I'll try and do that one night next winter. . . .

The mouthfeel is about what you'd expect for an Imperial Stout: it's heavy with a slightly grainy feel predominating, but not in a bad way. I wonder if aging would help to mellow and mingle the flavors and give it a little more smoothness. Like I said, I'll find out next winter. . . .

As for drinkability: this is a heavy beer, in terms of being full-bodied, flavorful and high in alcohol. I like it a lot as a sipping beer, but honestly I couldn't see myself putting back more than one at a time, and thus I gave it a lower score for drinkability than other categories.

All in all it's a winner if you like Imperial Stouts. The only drawback is that despite the name, it's not all that chocolatey. After having quite a few Rogue Chocolate Stouts over the last couple weeks, there's a noticeable difference between the Rogue Chocolate Stout and the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout when it comes to chocolate flavor. This brew is not nearly as sweet, but it's more complex and ultimately just as rewarding.

Additional notes, 11/5/07:

Did a vertical this weekend, with the 05/06, 06/07 and new 07/08. The 05/06 was the most aromatic, but the consensus was the 06/07 tasted best -- there was a strong taste of black licorice in the 05/06, especially when it was cold; the 06/07 was more chocolatey; the 07/08 was bland when compared to its older brothers. . . which says a lot, as this is not a flavorless beer! The verdict/lesson: Age this for a year and then enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 02:49:17 | More by Kendo
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Westsidethreat

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Oh wow, now this is a stout. Pours like motor oil. Its like a black hole, no light is getting thru this beer. Slow fading dark tan head sits a good half inch of the beer. As it falls it leaves a lace of webbing from the foam on the sides of the glass.

S: Smells of roasted malts, black cherries and chocolate milk shake.

T: This stout engages the full palate of the tongue. Lots of roasted grains and coffee tastes. Bitter sweet chocolate flavors with an after taste of port and alcohol. Gentle milk chocolate lingers on the palate for minutes after


M: Velvety with the carbonation not very aparent.

D: Well certainly not a lot of chocolate taste going on. But a great stout non the less. What a wonderful winter warmer it would be considering it was this good in May.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 03:36:43 | More by Westsidethreat
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KyleVick4

Florida

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

12 oz

A: Hell yea it did the guiness waterfall cascade thing when I poured it. Very nice. Darkest of dark in color, with a thick tan head. Beautiful lacing all around the glass. Hellofa good looking RIS.

S: Smells of chocolate with some hints of coffee. Roasted malt is also dominant. Very strong aroma, but very good smells.

T: Delicious. Sweet, but not overly sweet. I like the fact that is has a deep dark chocolate taste and not much coffee taste. A good aftertaste of the dark chocolate is a nice addition also.

M: Superb for a RIS. Not heavy and motor oily but a good full bodied beer. Carbonation has been done correctly none of overcarbonated fizz attack, but enough so it does not taste syrupy. Im glad Brooklyn didnt do what many other brewers do and go off the deep end with a ultra thick beer. Bravo.

D: Very tastey and the alcohol is nicely hidden which means I am constantly returning to the glass for another sip. Am very glad I bought a six pack of this. I will drink it again and again and again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 01:20:53 | More by KyleVick4
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benwiley

New York

3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

ok, heres the thing: this beer is tasty, but its just too damn much! not in the booze department either. its just that this thing is so monstrously, i dont know, chocolatey(?)! i mean, my favorite stout hands down is young's double chocolate, so you know that i LOVE that the sweet oatmeals all the way...but this thing...whoo, cmon. its just too much. im sorry.
lemme put it this way: while i was drinking this beer it was just sooo sweat and soo intense that i needed a sweet oatmeal cookie to eat while iw as drinkin it to keep it in check, as it were. not that i dont enjoy the whole cookie-beer thing but i mean, cmon...this thing was just too much.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 03:20:52 | More by benwiley
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nickg902

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

'05='06 bottling

A: Pours thick, black and creamy with a thick, dark cocoa brown head

S: The smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malts with a hint of mocha and coffee

T: Here is where this wins me over. Amazing dark chocolate flavor that is not too sweet. Hints of mocha and roasted malts comes through and balances this perfectly. Bitter dark chocolate aftertaste persists.

M: Smooth and creamy, perfect feel

D: Very tasty and not too sweet, definitely enjoyed as a desert beer watching the game.

This stout quickly moved towards the top of my list of stouts. I would definitely reccommend this beer, even to the uneducated. Next time I plan on buying a few and aging for a couple of months; I feel it can only get better with time

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 01:43:33 | More by nickg902
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

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

05-06 bottle
Pours a thick, totally pitch black with dirty brown foam on top, sticks around for a while. Aromas of dark fruits, alcohol, a tad bit of coffee and chocolate, but mostly roasted matliness. Flavors are dominated by a smooth and yet slightly bitterness from the chocolate malts. Chocolate flavor is subtle, but the finish is super fresh cream creamy, mmmm, lingers a while. Alcohol finishes the twang of this delectable brew, just at the end. I had one of these back in December when it was fresh, and this one has already seen some mellowing in the 5 months. One of my favorite RISs, and I was fortunate to have a friend drive a 6er of this from NY as it's not available in these parts. I will hope to save one for next year to try, but that is very unlikely.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 23:28:52 | More by dreadnatty08
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garymuchow

Minnesota

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

Sample courtesy of SS '05. Many thanks to beergeek279 and cupbeerman for all the fine bottles.

Version '05-'06
Aroma is rich and malty sweet with dark fruit and a vinous quality. Very nice intensity. Nice roast character.
Pours fairly heavy and thick. Thin but very dense head that is dark. Black and no light shines through. Heavy lacing.
Boy is the flavor nice on this. Heavy roast without excessive dryness. Again with nice dark fruit and a vinous quality (which seems curious with minimal aging). Moderate bitterness that is pleasant tasting and precedes an equally tasty dryness.
Just short of very heavy. Very nicely carbonated. Fine bubbles and not too many. Very warm in stomach.
This one hit the spot. It's been a while since I've drank a top 100 beer. To think how low on the list this one sits and to know how good it is is mind boggling in how many exceptional beers there are.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 12:35:34 | More by garymuchow
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tfinn

Oregon

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

2003-2004 bottling. consumed April 2006.

high viscosity pour with low carbonation and only a few clinging bubbles. opaque. if I had to give color, it would be deep chocolate (high cocoa solids) brown, bordering on black.

very strong chocolate scent, with ethanol hits, and a motor-oil / truck exhaust element that reminds me of baltika. plum without the sweetness. and a bit of stinky high-fat cheese, or kelp. other than the chocolate, it's all somewhat muted though; probably the age. I was expecting more oxidation. there is some there, but it's well integrated(?) with the rest of the flavors

taste is the smoothest high-grade milk chocolate. never cloyingly sweet. it hits the tongue and hazes out the mind, revealing fuzzy outlines of chocolate and roasted malt, although the roastiness stays beneath the sweetness, and some bittering hops of unknown variety keep it in check. more chocolate than coffee, although as it warms a mocha comes out. esters? blackcurrant. buried beneath the chocolate, of course.

mouthfeel like silk. there's a consistent juicy malt thread that pulls everything to it and while the sensations of roasty astringency and bittering meander around the tongue, it comes back down to that dark malt which fades. incredible, really. like a narrator weaving a story in your palate.

drinkability? and how! it goes down almost a little too easy, and I'm actually starting to feel _full_ in my tummy from this, like a rich dessert. I also have a bottle of the 2004-2005, but based on how this one has held up, I think I'll save it for around this time next year. for the style I think the balance is just about perfect, as the youthful astringent and hoppy bite has peeled back revealing the deep dark brown chocolately soul of this brew. I will seek this out in the future.

a toast to Ben (dv8) who left me this sample. as good as this is, I bet Valhalla's is better.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 03:46:55 | More by tfinn
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danielharper

Michigan

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

Received in trade with fdrich29. (Thanks, Frank!)

Bottled Winter 04-05. (Beer consumed 4/24/06. Verbatim notes follow.)

A: Dark black body, thick and viscous fmoamy head dissipated to thin film.

S: Strongly malty aroma, notes of dry chocolate.

T: Strong dry malt flavor, slight astringency in aftertaste. Licorice, slight semi-sweet chocolate, hints of chocolate-covered cherries.

M: Thick, grainy mouthfeel. Foams nicely.

D: Scarily drinkable beer, wish I could get more.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 21:50:40 | More by danielharper
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HimerMan

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle; 03/04 Batch (Cellar aged for 2-years)

Perhaps the first beer that truly attracted me to Russian imperial stouts. I remember searching for this beer for a very long time, even calling various distributors - eventually one came through and I bought 3 cases. Well worth it.

Pours extreme black with a magnificent head that is sticky with a burnt chocolate and very mild coffee aroma. Alcohol present, especially towards the end of the bottle - however, in the aged ones almost non-existent. After I aged them, the alcohol is more mellow with a sweeter finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent - though, a lingering carob flavor seems to come out the longer you sip the beer. I prefer this at colder temperatures; the beer loses a bit of its black chocolate edge at warmer temperatures, in my opinion.

Highly suggest trying this beer, well worth the find - and truly a unique brew...brewed by a world renowned brewmaster.

Enjoy this one!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 00:40:47 | More by HimerMan
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rapid pour reveals a reddish tan head that rapidly fades back into the opaque black beer. Fairly complex aromas going on here. At first I get some tart tart apple then the chocolate comes thru in the background. As it warms the smell is almost like an old ale or english barley wine as I get some sweet raisiny and alcohol scents, but there is some roastiness there too that reminds me this is a stout. Tastes are heavily roasted with a little milk tanginess and more chocolate but in the background like it was in the smell. It is soft and smooth on the palate and not too thick. Overall a complex aroma and very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 22:38:22 | More by hoppymeal
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drops into my chalice a glowing black/ruby with a spectacular 3" cascade head-reduction. Lace peninsulas fog the chalice.

Intensely chocolately on the nose, with roast and anise. Cocoa and raisins. Reminds me vaguely of Samuel Smith's interpretation; rather English. Not quite Le Coq's Imperial in girth, though. Finish is raisins and vanilla.

Taste is strong acrid coffee roast with chocolate roundedness. The bitterness and twang of the roast is matched and balanced well by a big maltiness and a nice Eng-hop bite. Has a vague smokiness.

Sits amazingly on the tongue - a choco-lovers dream. Moderate to above-average drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 22:16:18 | More by GreenWBush
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with a tan head. Not much retention (not enough for a stout), but it leaves a great lace!

S: Alcohol is really up front, with some underlying chocolate and fruity esters.

T: Dark, bitter chocolate and dark roasted espresso. The alcohol is quite assertive as well.

M: Moderate body is a little chalky. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate.

D: This one's a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 17:04:25 | More by Derek
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

pitch black, even against a bright light, with half an inch of brown head.

sweet syrupy raisins and dates, some chocolate, and a hint of soy sauce in the aroma.

tons of chocolate in the taste. sweet sugary chocolate, then a bitter, burnt, slightly alcoholic finish with a hint of vinous dark fruits. thick, rich body. great except for the hints of soy sauce, which always put me off.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 03:21:00 | More by Prufrock
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PeatReek

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark black, very little head to speak of (might be over-chilled), but a lace of deep brown foam. Aroma is oaky and winey. Taste is a deep dark cacao/espresso flavor. Yum! A bit winey, aged fruit flavor. Very complex and delicious. Only problem with this beer is that it's discernably strong enough that I could probably only have one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 18:01:56 | More by PeatReek
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Chadbrew

Delaware

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

This was a couple years old but I must say I think it held up rather nicely. There was definitely some oxidation present but mostly just in the nose and the flavor was good enough to make the oxidation seem unnoticeable in terms of taste. It was nice and chocolaty, with plenty of roast and sweetness. No one attribute was overwhelming although the chocolate was prevailing. Amazingly well balanced. There was a number of things going on here but I think it was kept simple enough to not be over the top "throw everything in the pot" RIS, thanks... I'm sick of them.
Good 12 oz package which is just enough to enjoy without wasting or getting wasted.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 00:48:56 | More by Chadbrew
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PatYoda

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a bit of foam around the edge of the glass. Leaves a few bubbles of lacing as I drink.

The smell is superb - deep rich chocolate and ripe dark fruit intermingle with sugary molasses and caramel. Vanilla too. Not much detectable alcohol here, unlike in the taste.

The taste doesn't bring quite as much to the table as the smell. The rich chocolate is somewhat subdued here compared to the smell, but it's still there. Same story for the wonderful fruit found in the aroma. Also the alcohol is a bit strong in this bottle. I've found some slight bottle to bottle variability among the same six pack, with this bottle being about in the middle in terms of quality, so this is what I'll go by. The taste adds a mild roasted quality which rounds things out nicely. A minute amount of hop bitterness is detected in the finish, plenty enough along with the roasted character to make sure this doesn't turn into a sugar bomb.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style, not quite as mouth coating as I would prefer. Overall I liked it, but would take Rogue Chocoate Stout over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 02:00:25 | More by PatYoda
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

[received in trade from jabocu]

Winter '05/'06 batch.

The head disappears in a flash. Ends up looking like an ultra-dark port or brandy in the glass. One of the darkest of the dark, as stouts go.

Spiciness and hops mingle with the chocolatey aroma. Liqueur-filled chocolate-covered cherries come to mind. Alcohol spike in the back reminds you this is the Russian Imperial version of the style.

Tastes like: if you took a bunch of chocolate-covered cherries, soaked them in fruity holiday liqueur, melted the whole thing down and tossed the goo into a stout. It's quite good, but very bold, with the mellow spiciness and thick chocolate fighting for control.

Feels thick in the mouth, with very little carbonation. Again reminds of melted chocolate. Maybe too sticky.

Good thing Brooklyn does this around the holidays, the perfect time for something roasty, toasty, thick, warming and sweet. A real sipper. Woe be to the drinker who guzzles a couple of these in the hot July sun.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 23:05:13 | More by Metalmonk
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

05-06 batch. Pours a black color with just hints of brown around the top from light that is able to come through at the edges. A finger of dark tan head falls quickly to a full film over top. Nose is rather fruity, with chunky, sweet, and chewy fig aromas with a very creamy, almost cocoa chocolate. Roasted charate is very light and subdued. This one is all about the sweeter sides of the malt in a stout. Flavor starts fruity and figgy, but moves very quickly to a sweet chocolate with moderate coffee undertones and just a touch of alcohol. There is a light bitterness on the finish that helps emphasize the coffee tones. This one has definately started to chage a little since the release. I originally found it to be very fruity, but those fruit tones are now playing second string to the chocolate and coffee. I like it better. Feel is thick with a light carbonation. Its got a light slickness to it, but its not detracting. This one is as good as ever. The alcohol is only slightly noticable in the flavor, but nothing that lessens the drinkability. I wish this was easier to find.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 01:59:44 | More by kmpitz2
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Franchise

Oregon

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

This offering from Brooklyn pours a onyx black with a cascading body that leaves a thick brown head that stays with the beer. The nose is so complex (alcohal, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, cool whip-mashmallow) a very sweet pleasing nose. The taste is fantastic starts with a espresso hop bitterness that is smoothed by a sweet syrup dark chocolate feel. The body is surprisingly light and drinkable but don't let that fool you cause this high ABV hits you and warms you up. Love this beer one that I come back to every winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 17:32:45 | More by Franchise
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cracgor

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My pint was a stark black beer with a little ring of dark brown head. Not very impressive looking at all. Just a run of the mill look to it. It did have a nice floral, burnt malt smell to it. Not as fruity as it was just a sweet fragrance. The beer itself, had an awesome taste to it. Like milk chocolate, with a good hint of spicy hops. It is definitely an american version, but not over the top with the hops like some others I like much less. The beer is velvety smooth, like a chocolate shake. No hint of alcohol on it. Drinks very well. Maybe not enough complexity to drink all week, but enough good taste to keep me wanting a second.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2006 06:00:21 | More by cracgor
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kennyo

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

winter 2005-2006

Ususally these need to age a bit to smooth them out, but not this year.

Pours an opaque black, this what deep space might look like, when poured a small bubbly head but then it erupted, its a good thing, in the glass to a big thick, foamy tan head.

Arom is like a chocolate malted, alcohol. I lso get the aroma of some good scotch.

Taste is sweet, malty goodness, with chocolate undertones, alcohol, fruity, some wineness.

This is a very taste batch.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 20:53:35 | More by kennyo
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,372 ratings.