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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,420 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,420
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 279
Gots: 828 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-06-2012 02:22:31 | More by kaelingirl
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durkle


5/5  rDev +20.5%

03-05-2012 22:44:51 | More by durkle
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

Pours black and thick. One.5 finger deep tan head, very dense. Decent retention, and some elegant lacing. I like it.

Smell is rich, chocolatey, and slightly boozy in a way that I like. The booze comes more as a fullness than sharpness, with rich caramel. Main complaint is that it's a little faint, but I suspect that will change as it warms up.

Taste is deep and complex, though I'd like a bit less bitterness in the back end. Slightly smoky wood, chocolate, caramel. It has a slightly burnt taste, that lays on top of those delicious chocolatey malts, and doesn't quite let them shine through. Finishes rather bitter, thanks to some hops and some char. Pretty darn good, but so close to being so much better. Alcohol is very well hidden.

I LOVE the mouthfeel on this beer. So silky smooth. Heavy and thick, but the carbonation keeps it fluffy. Long-lasting chewy finish. Wow.

A very tasty stout. Just like that, my glass is almost empty. Chewy and complex. One of the better widely-available imperial stouts I've had, though I find the roast a little heavy, leading to a notable bitterness. The mouthfeel is simply exquisite.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 04:31:16 | More by zeledonia
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-05-2012 03:19:41 | More by carrollmel7
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partypak

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-04-2012 23:34:42 | More by partypak
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epicbeard85

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-04-2012 17:33:56 | More by epicbeard85
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

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

12oz bottle into snifter. Pours pitch brown (no light coming through) with a roasty tan creamy 1.5 finger head.

Nose: Licorice, cocoa, dark fruit, vanilla, oak.

Taste: Smoke, dark chocolate, fig, black cherry, aspirin bitterness.

Clean but very bitter finish. Moderately low carbonation. Residual roasted malt flavor. Overall a good but not great RIS. Won't seek out but would drink one if someone offered it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:12:08 | More by syrupjoe
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Motor oil black with ruby highlights on the edges. A thin, tan head came and went. Great lacing.

S: A nice, malty/chocolate concoction with licorice backup. Dark fruits. Some smokiness.

T: Expresso, astringent. Those 6 varieties of malts creep in along with that 10% alcohol. Slightly bitter, chocolate-y finish. Even smoother as it warms.

M: medium, creamy. Big bodied. Really coats the tongue.

O: A fine IRS. Would compare to Stone IRS and slightly below Old Rasputin. Recommended. A great sipper. Now time for a nap.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 22:40:11 | More by brewskifan55
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Acforster2

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-03-2012 22:34:39 | More by Acforster2
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-03-2012 21:59:34 | More by Hanzo
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout has a thin, tan head and a very dark brown appearance. The aroma is of grain husks, dark chocolate, dark-roasted chocolate, fudge, and molasses. Taste is of dark-roasted grain, dark chocolate, sweetness, and syrup. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout finishes dry and heavy. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 16:54:14 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Parrotshake

Australia

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

Winter 11/12 bottling.

Pours very, very black with a finger of tan head. On the nose,
licorice, cocoa powder and an illusion of sweetness that is absent from the palate altogether. Tantalizing.

Taste wise, a rush of astringent roasted malt. Bitter chocolate first and foremost, licorice, coffee, the slightest hints dark stonefruit, vegemite and pepper. Gosh. Full-on, and delicious. 10% alcohol and not afraid to show it. Pretty big hop bite on it at this age too. A monster.

Softly carbonated and medium bodied. A beer deserving of an epic meal or special occasion... that said, I'm drinking it alongside a tin of baked beans while watching Eastbound & Down in my underwear. Still works. I will buy a whole bunch more of this and see what some age does to a couple of them, if I can resist. Magic.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 06:33:36 | More by Parrotshake
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chim52chim

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

03-03-2012 05:25:30 | More by chim52chim
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-03-2012 04:51:00 | More by HumanParaquat
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Mkfos13

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-03-2012 03:25:49 | More by Mkfos13
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bckayaalp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

03-03-2012 02:51:50 | More by bckayaalp
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Ljoreilly

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-03-2012 02:23:06 | More by Ljoreilly
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-02-2012 18:08:59 | More by kayrex
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SuyoonShin

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-02-2012 06:56:00 | More by SuyoonShin
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Louski

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had On-Tap at Grey Lodge in Philly. Poured into standard pint glass.

Deep black body with thick, tan head. Smells of chocolate and malt with hints of coffee. Very distinct dark chocolate taste in that it has a nice bitterness and is not as sweet as I thought it would be. A very filling beer (to be expected) although I must admit that it also served as dessert to a hefty lunch. Overall, a nice above average chocolate stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 01:17:01 | More by Louski
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WorldOfBeerCraft

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-01-2012 07:25:50 | More by WorldOfBeerCraft
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.5%

03-01-2012 05:55:22 | More by BugTownPub
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Okonokos

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-29-2012 21:10:08 | More by Okonokos
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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

Poured from tap at Sunset in Boston.
Pours a dark oil looking color with thick tan head.
Smell is of chocolate for sure with hints of coffee and roasted malts.
Really great roasted malt and chocolate flavor. There are so many other flavors going on here; roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa...
It almost taste like a Manhattan Special (NY Italian Soda); which in this case I think it really works.
Its delicious, well crafted, and worth every penny. Makes a perfect after dinner or desert brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 14:01:39 | More by DrinkSlurm
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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz bottle labeled, Winter 11-12, purchased 12/2012 and well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter.

Pours a thick ½ “ head, which slowly reduces to a thin cap and finally a film.
Black as pitch color, opaque, with a medium dark tan head, excellent lace coats the glass.
A classic look for the style.

The aroma is rich and malty, with distinct smells of dark unsweetened chocolate. Coffee Latté. Black bread yeast and pumpernickel, you can really smell it. Quite complex and extremely enjoyable.

Full crisp entry on the palate of rich, deeply roasted bitter chocolate, followed by a slight sweetness, then some bready yeast kicks in. Nice bitterness continues in the middle, is it hops, or the black roasted malt? Whatever it’s delicious! Very full body and fine carbonation balance out this wonderfully enjoyable ale.

Exceptionally long finish of deep roasted chocolate malt, coats your mouth like paint and just won’t let go.

This is quite massive, aggressively flavored ale, but at the same time every component seems in balance. The 10% ABV is only faintly noticeable and in a very positive way at that.
Extremely drinkable despite the weight and intensity of this brew. I definitely can drink 2 or 3 of these back to back (at home of course).

Very highly recommended!

These notes are from bottles that I have stored personally, but I have had the pleasure to have had this on tap several times and oh what a pleasure that is!

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 02:38:36 | More by JTSbeerislife
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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