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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,012 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,012
Reviews: 2,705
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 340
Gots: 1,081 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours jet black with dark, ruby brown edging where light can penetrate. The head is a deep tan, 2 fingers thick and with great retention. Fair lacing, though a more or less spotty.

Smell - Notes of sweet chocolate, hints of smoke, earth and a faint hint of sweet berry.

Taste - Follows the nose for much of the way. Starts with sweet chocolate and subtle hints of berry. Earth and anise flavor creep in mid-way, before it finishes with light bitter bakers chocolate and some heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, though the carbonation comes across with a light, creamy fluffiness.

Overall - Not overly impressed with this beer. It's a good, solid brew, but there's not much complexity, and the flavors don't quite hit the mark the way other chocolatey Imperials do. It certainly didn't live up to expectations, and maybe that's part of the problem. If it made it out to the West Coast, I'd probably buy it again, but it's definitely not a beer I'm going out of my way to get again.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep opaque black with a razor-thin head. No lacing. Smells of dark chocolate. Tastes very boozy. Smokey with some chocolate notes. Mouthfeel dominated by searing alcohol. Overall the flavor just gets completely overwhelmed by alcohol. Not terrible by any means but I wouldn't get this again.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I may be crazy but I swear they have changed the recipe on this beer since I first tried it several years ago. I find this beer relatively hard to find, strangely most New Yorkers that I know (even some beer lovers) have never ever even heard of it.

Anyway, I know this has always been an RIS but I feel like it had more chocolate in it in years gone past. I honestly wish I had one from last year to compare. That being said, still a great beer, lovely on the tongue, a crisp stout finish and really not much to complain about (unless you hate stouts). All in this is one of my favorite high gravity stouts.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled winter 2011-2012

A: Black opaque in color as to be expected of the style. Great head for such a high-octane beast! Head is tan in color. Minimal lacing, as expected. This maybe which may be the only visual detriment; at least for me it’s a small minus.

S: Sweet and here comes the Chocolate. There is a tad roasted malts, and toffee flavor. On a deep inhale there is just a hit, infinitesimal heat, perhaps the only hint of the alcoholic.

T: As the smell would indicate. However, there is no boozy taste whatsoever.

M: Is surprisingly creamy, almost milk stout like, but that could just be me.

O: This is a very solid, in fact one of the best RIS I’ve had. It is remarkably balanced, complex and extremely drinkable.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,012 ratings.