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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,131
Reviews: 2,729
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 351
Gots: 1,166 | FT: 59
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-13 vintage.

Aggressive pour yields an opaque black with garnet highlights and a dense 2" cappuccino head that dissipates very slowly, leaving sticky lacing.

Dark fruits...bruised cherry, plum, and raisin begin the aroma, with alcohol, chocolate, roast malt, chocolate, and toasted nuts adding to the profile. Coffee notes emerge.

Chocolate erupts on the palate, accompanied by dark fruits at the base, and ending slightly roasty and a touch dry. Dark cherry, dates, and figs are fairly pronounced, with light notes of coffee balancing.

Body is thick, almost syrupy, with low carbonation. There's significant alcohol warmth.

Much more dark fruit than I recall. Good, complex flavor profile. A touch hot, but will age well.

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Presentation: My first crack at this! Picked it up a couple of years ago (the bottle says "Winter 10-11") in Chicagoland. Classy, clean label, with nice info about the beer on a 12oz brown pop top. Into my Hennepin stemmed goblet.

Appearance: Pitch black, with a touch of ruby highlights in the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Nice big tan head that shows good retention.

Smell: Lots of chocolatey fudge up front, with a bit of fruity booze. Really pleasant, but surprisingly no real roast; only detractor here is a lack of complexity.

Taste: Largely lacking the deep chocolately notes present in the aromas. Dark, fruity booze (hints of cherries). Dry roast (black malt?) on the finish . Some alcoholic heat, but not particularly hot. A nice imperial stout, though I'd lack a bit more richness and depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, but not quite what I'd expect for a big RIS.

Overall: For between $9-10 a 4-pack, this isn't a bad RIS. The aromas are nice, as are the flavors, though both could use a bit more depth and definition. Still, a nice, traditional English-style (not as hoppy or overly roasty, and with dark fruity alcohol) RIS. I was just expecting a bit more from such a talked-about and highly-rated beer.

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I'm drinking from a bottle that had been in the cellar for one year.
Really do love this beer. It pours pitch black with a foamy brown head that quickly recedes to an elegant lacing. Big dry fuit notes on the nose, cherry in particular. Bitter chocolate in the back. Tastes like a dessert. A rich dark chocoalte with a cherry filling. Not overly long, but well layered. It ends with some surprisingly smoky roast notes, which taste a little out of place but keep the beer from becoming to cloying. Mouthfeel is decently thick and the beer initially stings the tongue, it is 10% after all. Strangely I prefer this beer fresh when its a little less sappy, but even now, a year later its fantastic.

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12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a black color with a slight head and some lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and espresso. Very inviting.

T: Just like the nose, the flavors are exceptional. The chocolate is subdued, which I very much like. Some chocolate stouts these days just have too much chocolate flavor. Alcohol is not evident in the least.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: I am very pleased with this beer. It's one that could get you in trouble though...easy to drink and no alcohol detectable.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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