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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,616
Reviews: 2,646
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 317
Gots: 891 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

POTABLE83, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Rekrule, Jul 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

kingslotty, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of dumptruck81
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter 11-12 bottling

Appearance.- moderate pour gave an inch of foam which dies down to a minimal ring around the edges within a few minutes. Not the absolute darkest beer but solid black unless held to the light.

Smell- dark fruits. Fig, prune, and raisin. Finishes out with roasted malts coming through a little.

Taste- initial taste is prune, raisin, fig, and plum. Strong chocolate bitterness with a bit of coffee. Finishes again with dark fruit and alcohol sourness.

Mouthfeel- nice thick body with good carbonation keeping it smooth. The finish is light leaving me feeling like its lacking. The alcohol presence in the finish isn't good.

Overall- this beer tastes much much better with 6 months on it than it did fresh. Fresh I'd give it a 2 overall but now it's a 3.5. This beer isn't too bad for the price I guess but I won't really be to disappointed if I don't have it next year.

dumptruck81, Jul 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

pin, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Focusf111, Jul 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

wilkinswesley, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of jtb0608
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

jtb0608, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Winter 11-12 bottling.

Appearance: entirely black, letting through no light at all. Head is a finger of dense brown foam. Fantastico.

Smell: thick, sweet malt aroma with a lot of fruity character. There are dark cherry, raisin and date aromas, with plenty of chocolate when you search deeper. Amazingly, this dark-as-night brew is free of harsh, tannic smells and vegetal hop aromas. Deep, but clean ... wonderful!

Taste: big right off the bat with lots of bitterness and a hint of sourness. The coffee and general roastiness of the malt come through much more heavily in the flavor than in the aroma. There's a harshness to the flavor that is completely absent in the aroma. It is decent, but as the aroma is just so heavenly I am a tiny smidge disappointed.

Mouthfeel: big, huge body with a good carbonation. It's very silky on the tongue with a giant creaminess to boot ... excellent!

Overall: this is a great beer, but it is a bit on the harsh side, flavor-wise. If this tasted a bit more like it smelled, or was a little bit cleaner on the palate, it would really be world-class.

flagmantho, Jun 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

PermanentWaves, Jun 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Devi0us, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jlang2012, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

DanMolony, Jun 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

reyna311, Jun 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

djwhit24, Jun 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

dbert21, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

hiphopj5, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, I am not sure, but I need to get another one to try. A few people who know what I like were sure that I'd love this beer.

2011 bottle

The nose and pour were beautiful. Nearly pitch black, rich brown and foamy head with a slightly vigorous pour. Ahh the aroma, chocolate, malt, and a hint of roast. Tempting!

The flavor came through with some nice coffee bitterness, but barely anything hinting of chocolate. And I was expecting it. The finish come off with roast and ends with a peat moss flavor.

The mouthfeel was full and a bit chewy, I like that.

Overall, I didn't get the chocolate component I'd hoped for. And in certain Scotch Ales or even Baltic Porters I enjoy this flavor, but it didn't work. And I believe it shouldn't have been there. Nobody else has described the same experience. Maybe the bottle was a tad funky. I'll try it again, but it was a bit of a disappointment.

2beerdogs, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

carteravebrew, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of wingman14
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich black with a dark brown head that fades and leaves a nice ring as you sip. The smell is deep with a mix of ingredients, a hint of alcohol behind a nice deep rich malt and inviting chocolate aromas. The flavor starts with a subtle sweet malt moving into a nice chocolate flavor and rounding out with a strong dose of the high ABV. The mouthfeel is by far the best part of this beer, which says a lot considering the flavor and smells are so good. It is so smooth, a rich thick body, borderline medium heavy. Smoothest stout I have ever had. Overall a great beer, the high ABV would prevent a great session beer, but still a standout for the style and for beer overall.

wingman14, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Gww1864, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Winter 11-12 version, served in chalice.

A- Black, opaque in color with a thin layer of caramel colored head that skims the top after the pour. Short lacing on the sides.

S- Rich and sweet malt, dried figs or prunes, Chocolate, slightly burnt roasted malts, earthy, and a touch of coffee. a bit of booze on the nose as well

T- Sweet molasses and chocolate malt up front immediately following by a spicy hops kick. Notes of sweet dark fruits and a bit of coffee. Finishes very dry with a slight hop bitterness. Alcohol is noticable on the palate but not too bad for 10%.

M- pure silk, low carbonation, thick and creamy.

O- Overall a great stout. It has more of a hops kick than many Imperials but it balances well. ABV is definitely noticable, it would be interesting to see how this would hold up to a year or two of cellaring.

Treyliff, Jun 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

richkrull, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of RyanGoodman
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a half finger khaki head. Head retains only as a ring around the glass. Smells strongly of dark roasted grains. Burnt chocolate and slight yeast also suggest themselves in the nose. Tastes of cocoa soaked bread, if such a thing exists. Ends in hop bitterness mixed with a mild alcoholic undertone. Mouthfeel is slightly less than thick, with a touch too much carbonation for a stout, for my tastes. Very creamy though. Overall, a solid beer. Would enjoy again.

RyanGoodman, Jun 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

dlin0sbb, Jun 12, 2012
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,616 ratings.