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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,634
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 317
Gots: 894 | 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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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter. Pours oily jet black with a thick brown head that sticks around. Smells of bourbon, coffee and chocolate...this beer smells better than some taste. The smell after a bit changes into some standard stout roasted malt and yeast. Head leaves a lot of lacing for a stout, beautiful. Taste is glorious; creamy and full mouthfeel, with sweet caramel, coffee and chocolate swirling around with dark roasted malts. Finish is a bit boozy but it works for such a big beer. This was my first stout, and I'd die happy if it were my last.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of timmy2b
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

timmy2b, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to brandy snifter. 2010 vintage:

Pours a beautiful smoky pitch black, a thin brown cap dissolves to produce a dense lasting collar and perfect lacing. Both lacing and beading are shown with a swirl of the glass.

Smells fantastic. Delicious... obvious big juicy dark and milk chocolate. Syrupy caramel and vanilla, subtly. Just loads of sexy chocolate. Yum.

Mmm... more goodness. The massive chocolate character is beginning to bitter slightly. Still slightly sweet but a bit more roasty. Very clean finish, not cloying or overly oily.

Great beer.

Thanks Bill!

yamar68, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of JZ77
4/5  rDev -3.6%

JZ77, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of EigenBeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

EigenBeer, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of spamages
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

spamages, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of ABokononist
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of DiverJon
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours black as night with a thin head. Exactly like this style should
S: Chocolate with alcohol background. Slightly sweet but not overpowering with a little coffee in the back.
T: Very full and intense but smooth at the same time. Sip slow. Definite chocolate with the alcohol apparent but it does not overpower the malt.
M: Very full and warm. Go slow with this one as it will overpower you. Serve cellar temp not cold to get the most of the flavor.
O: One of the finest Imperial Stouts on the market. Everything about this is near perfect. Buy a case and set some back to try every 2 or 3 months. When a brewmaster is getting ready to try an Imperial Stout he/she should have one of these to see what they should aim for. Stunning.

DiverJon, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Mullinger1980
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Mullinger1980, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

A. A lovely oil slick black with about a finger of dark brown head that slowly effervesces to a light tan. Retention is pretty good at half a finger. Lacing is absolutely gorgeous and truly coats the glass. A classic looking stout here.

S. Perfect. Coffee roast, dark chocolate, mild vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, and some very very subtle hop presence. Beautiful bouquet.

T. More baking chocolate, coffee bean, dark fruit, caramel, and a little stronger zesty hop presence. Finish is slightly drying with hops and a little booze. Near-perfect balance between sweet, roasty, and dry here. Wow.

M. Creamy is exactly how I would describe this. Luscious, decadent, and smooth as a Hershey Kiss, this beer has some perfectly integrated flavor and drinks amazingly.

O. Nearly perfect, without the mildly boozy finish, it likely would have been. This is a spectacular stout and should in no way be penalized for its ample quantity and wide distribution. In fact, it should be praised for absolutely hitting it out of the park on such a broad scale. One of the best imperial stouts I have had.

siege06nd, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of RMoeNay
4/5  rDev -3.6%

RMoeNay, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of mtsmith1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mtsmith1, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of playingtrack3
5/5  rDev +20.5%

playingtrack3, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Sturdley
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Sturdley, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, very black. Pours thick and still. No carbonation to speak of. Head is a dark tan and starts off thick and creamy, but drops to a tiny collar almost immediately. Completely still.

Smell: Mega roasted. Char and burnt malts in abundance. Leather and dark cocoa. Some sweeter chocolate malts. Black patent. Sweetness is high. Seriously roasted. Meat ends. High alcohol. Some lingering caramel malt sweetness. Almost like teriyaki jerky. Very sweet. Plums and cherries. Dark fruit and wet leather. Coffee beans.

Taste: Leather, char, and jerky up front. So much leather. Dark fruit, as in plums and cherries pull through. Some nice layers of cocoa, baker's chocolate, and sweeter chocolate. It's all there. Burnt and roasted like crazy. Cooked and then some. Mild dusting of citrus. How'd that get there? Punches of old coffee. So burnt. Alcohol smacks with a burn.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full, and creamy. It drinks like a burnt dream.

Overall: I've tried this beer once a year for 4 years. It's always tasted like burnt meat ends to me. This isn't a bad thing, but it's not a good thing either. It's like someone took a blowtorch to some malts and bottled it with chocolate.

Goblinmunkey7, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of HopBrain
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

HopBrain, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of IPAFrankieH
4/5  rDev -3.6%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, with a brown head. Smells of sweet, roasted malts, dark fruits, and bitter chocolate. The taste is similar to the smell. Thick, viscous mouthfeel is complemented by rich, powerful flavors. Flavor is heavy and bitter, but finishes somewhat smooth and slightly sweet.

A very good imperial stout. The name might be slightly misleading, since the chocolate flavor isn't as obvious as some might think.

Danny1217, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of mklunk
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

mklunk, Jul 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

dextermcgurk, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of POTABLE83
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Rekrule, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of kingslotty
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
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,634 ratings.