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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,135
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,165 | 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: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - pours 2 fingers of medium brown foam, body is a nearly opaque black with dark mahogany edges, settles to a firm cap with nice lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, slight licorice and whiff of coffee grounds.

Taste - Much like the nose, begins roasted malts, under-ripe dark fruits, plumskins, slight black licorice, black coffee, finishes with roasted coffee grounds, sour dark fruit skins and roasted rye bread crusts, and semi-sweet dark chocolate. Good complexity and balance, slight alcohol presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel - ALmost medium, seems light for a 10% RIS, medium carb, pretty smooth but not quite mouthcoating - flavors are substantial enough to linger long into the finish. Finishes with slight astringency and a touch dry. Good complexity and balance

Overall - This is a pretty good RIS, but I've had much better. HOWEVER, the price point on this actually makes this beer a great value - I would give it a 5 for value. Definitely give this one a try, but is a bit lighter than what I prefer in this style, and imho chocolate plays a very minor role, I would call this one Black Imperial Stout ;o)

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

A: Pours a super dark brown with a nice fluffy dark tan head. Very clean body. No bubbles. Some complexity in the colors of the head. And, pretty good preliminary lacing.

S: Nice roasty, toasty chocolatetyness --also some hops coming through. More than I smell in most stouts. Nothing too special, but nice -- test will be in the taste.

T: Some crazy roasted malts / toasted grain flavor in the finish. Slighty bitter too. Definitely taste like tobacco. Hoppy. I'm not getting as much chocolate as I had hoped. Not bad or anything, but I don't think it is what it says. I really gotta look hard for the chocolate.

M: Nice carbonation. I'd say a medium body. Creamy and smooth -- more creamy. Little bit of chewiness. Good, but nothing that screams great.

O: I highly doubt this is an infected bottle, but this is called a Black Chocolate Stout and it should be called Black Tobacco Stout. Honestly, this needs more chocolate. I thought I detected it in the smell, but I knew the taste will tell the whole story, and the end wasn't great. I'll have to try it again next year.

**Note -- could be dark chocolate and not tobacco flavor, but definitely putting me off.

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355 mL bottle from the LCBO purchased as a single (2012-13 edition); best before Oct. 2015. I wasn't really expecting to find something like this on the shelves around here, but once I discovered it, I quickly grabbed a few bottles - mainly because I've heard nothing but good things about this, but also because the price was right. Served only slightly chilled.

Pours deep black - totally opaque, not even any highlights under the light. At the surface rests somewhat less than a finger's worth of loose, frothy, brown-coloured head that recedes relatively rapidly over the next few minutes, leaving a soapy film at the surface, a modest collar, and some spotty smears of lacing. I get a lot of molasses and raisins in the aroma, alongside dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a whiff of ethanol. Appealing enough, with the aromas intensifying as it warms to room temperature.

Really tasty stuff, with molasses/caramel sweetness and vanilla to start off the sip, followed by some dark cherries and raisins (normally I'd just use the ethereal 'dark fruit' to describe it but I actually do get these specific two notes). The dark chocolate and roasted malts come through in force toward the end of the sip, with some herbal, roasty, vaguely smoky dryness rounding out the finish. There is a solid burn from the alcohol, but in the context of all the other flavours it works nearly as well as could be hoped. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation that gently prickles the palate. Creamy and satisfying, with good warmth from the ethanol - helping to make this stout a perfect winter sipper.

Final Grade: 4.25, an excellent A-. There can be no doubt - Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout is one of the best imperial stouts I've ever had. At 10%, it's about as hot as you'd expect, so one bottle would probably be enough for me on any given night, as the alcohol and sweetness combine to make something that is clearly better suited to sipping than sessioning. Still, it's a bargain at its LCBO price ($2.65/bottle), so I would suggest stocking up before they run out. Canadian winters are pretty long, after all.

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