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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,609 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,609
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 315
Gots: 887 | FT: 50
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

PGVG, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

truuby536, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

philmen, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Swuntly
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 10-11 bottle.

A - Pours motor oil black, with absolutely no light penetration at all. A small mocha head forms, but dies out quickly. No lacing.

S - Dark, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of oak, licorice, a touch of alcohol.

T - Some roasted malt up front, with a slight hop bitterness. The huge chocolate shows up mid-palate and just lingers and lingers and lingers... Lots of dark chocolate with just a hint of marshmallow creme. A very delicious tasting beer.

M - Possibly a tad over carbed, but the chocolate makes it so it doesn't even matter.

O - A well done beer, which does exactly what it sets out to do.

Swuntly, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of nuggetlover
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

nuggetlover, Apr 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

gregory12, Apr 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Glenn, Apr 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Mikeymcglynnigan, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

atone315, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of mikehblack
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 11-12 bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Not much head on this one at all. Small brown head reduces quickly to a ring. Very dark, maybe some slight light peeking through on the edges. I can see some carbonation streaming up the glass.

S- Roasted malt, chocolate, nutty, sweet caramel.

T- Big roasty flavor, dark cocoa, detecting slight soy saltiness. Bitter chocolate. Vanilla.

M- Really digging the mouthfeel on this one. Smooth, silky, medium carbonation. Hardly any alcohol noticeable.

O- Very nice, clean, almost textbook imperial stout. Good stuff.

mikehblack, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Firkin-Bunghole
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 fluid ounce bottle into glass, winter 11/12 bottling

Appearance-Black with nice 2 finger dark brown foam that only slowly recedes

Smell-Dark chocolate aroma, roasted malts

Taste-A great RIS. The flavors of dark chocolate & roastiness meld together really well. For being 10% ABV surprised that the alcohol is pretty well masked.

Mouthfeel-Full-bodied, good amount of carbonation.

Overall-For quality/price this beer is a win-win. If I would ever purchase a case of beer this would be it. Saving my last 2 bottles from 11-12 to age and compare to next years release. Thanks to Brooklyn Brewery for making an awesome brew.

Firkin-Bunghole, Apr 11, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black cola color with a one finger khaki colored head which recedes quickly but leaves a nice ring around the glass. There is also a nice sticky lace. The aroma is of dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a roastiness. The taste follows suit for the most part with a dark chocolate taste up front and a hint of milk chocolate before a roastiness and slight coffee flavor finish off the beer. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth. Overall this is a very good beer.

goblue3509, Apr 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

TonyTalon, Apr 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

moskal, Apr 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

hlaus, Apr 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

wighty, Apr 08, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Viscous black with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice ring

S: Lots of roasted malts and baking chocolate. A little bit of alcohol detectable as well

T: I got the baking chocolate immediately, followed my tons of roasted and woody notes. At the end I also got a hint of molasses and a little alcohol

M: Very heavy and thick with very good carbonation. I was surprised at not picking up an alcohol bite after the smell and taste.

Overall I quite liked this one. I would get it more often if it was available in my area

Bobheed, Apr 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Zaso, Apr 07, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Pours pitch black, no head to speak of, no internal carbonation, cannot comment on its translucency but really irrelevant

S: Cocoa powder, pure chocolate, also some coffee/espresso notes, fair traces of alcohol

T: Very similar to the nose, cocoa, espresso, alcohol to finish, but not too heavy, mild pepper notes as well

M: Very smooth and drinkable, just the right viscosity, not too heavy on the palate (even at 10% abv), not too lingering, mild espresso aftertaste

O: A great imperial stout, nice balance between espresso and cocoa elements, I'm still more of a People's Pint fan, but definitely a close second

MatthewWilde, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

sabitu, Apr 07, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown/black with about a finger of head that fades to a small cap

S-some roast coffee, chocolate and dark fruits but nothing that really stands out

T-more of the same as the smell but stronger presence here with some dark chocolate bitterness

M-thick creamy body with good light carbonation

O-good balanced beer, I wish it had a stronger smell to lead you to some more flavors but I will try again next time I get the chance to purchase some more

tvv375ia, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Callmecoon, Apr 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

kevgod, Apr 06, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pour is dark, opaque black with maybe just a hint of purple. A tan colored head of two and a half fingers decays to a foamy cap leaving moderate spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is deep and malty. Dark roasted malt and chocolate. In the background I get faint notes of dark fruits, figs.

T: The first thing I taste is a semi-bitter chocolate. With this is a wide range of other dark malt flavors; black and roasted. There is mild coffee flavor, but chocolate is the theme. This beer actually has a fruity, sweet side to it. Plum, fig, and raisins round out the bitterness from the dark malts. The finish is fairly bitter, with a lingering pine/chocolate flavor.

M: Thick like oil. Coats the mouth and is a little sticky. Carbonation is mild but small and effervescent. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O: A well balanced but chocolate forward imperial stout. The girlfriend doesn't find it as chocolatey as I do. Given that this beer doesn't seem to have any actual chocolate added to it, the chocolate flavor comes entirely from the malts and is well done.

WankelEngine, Apr 05, 2012
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,609 ratings.