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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,139
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,170 | FT: 59
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fresh Bottle and one for cellering for next year.

Appearance - Wow its quite thick and black as night. A great brown head that is retained. The opaqueness is impressive and ready to suit the style.

Smell - Yes this is delightful. The mocha body and licorice is really impressive. There is not a whiff of the solvent abv which is detected in many of the other RIS.

Taste - The flavor is rounded out and full of chocolate malt and really smooth. Its pretty straight forward but well executed.

Mouthfeel- Mmm light carbonation with a touch of its round body. Its buttery and velvety.

Overall this a great seasonal and an awesome RIS modification.

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

355ml bottle poured into a Stella Artois goblet. ABV 10%.

A - Poured a nearly black opaque dark brown with a 2cm milk chocolate head. Head slowly reduces and there's good lacing.

S - Lots of dark chocolate, some toasted bread, some dark fruit, and some alcohol.

T - Brown sugar, dark chocolate, some toast, hint of fruit, bitter hops and some booze.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, creamy, syrupy, some heat in the finish.

O - A bit boozy but it's pretty well balanced. Easy to drink for sure.

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

My second out of 4-pack of 2011 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

One year on it. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my large snifter.

Very thick, dark brown colored pour. Pitch black inside the glass. Dark and opaque. A shining brown colored fluffy one finger thick head that slowly dissipates into a thin shining ring. Awesome lacing. Bubbles not to be seen.

Aroma: Toned down alcohol, i would assume. Well mixed with dark roasted malts and chocolate aroma. Very slight caramel. Some hop-alcohol mixed nose that is typical of Russian Imperial Stouts.

Taste: Roasted malts and dark chocolate taste. Some slight bitterness, that i would assume is subdued due to age on this one. Sweet-bitter dry finish. Alcohol is not felt as much as it contains. Less of burnt up malt flavor.

Mouth feel: Full bodied yet very drinkable thinness feel. Moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol derived astringency.

One more brew that makes Russian Imperial Stouts so reputable and likable.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a 4-pack purchased at Wegmans for $9.50. Pours like motor oil into a chalice, opaque black with a 2 finger slightly billowy milk chocolate head that sticks around for a few minutes before receding to a ring around the glass that leaves some pretty nice, albeit spotty, lacing.

Obviously big chocolate notes in the nose, along with the typical dark fruit notes of a RIS, some sweetness, a little alcohol.

Milk chocolate sweetness and brown sugar hit the tongue first, segueing nicely into rum soaked figs and raisins, molasses, and an earthy, floral hope note. Finishes with some bitter bakers chocolate and a small hop bite and slight heat, but for the abv, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Rich and chewy, low carbonation. Spot on for the style.

I picked up a 4-pack of this for the first time in a couple years, and I'm picking all types of things I wouldn't have noticed 2 years ago. Just goes to show how ever changing our palettes are when it comes to this thing of ours. A super solid RIS, very rich and creamy, great flavors all around. Next time I won't wait 2 years to buy this again.

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

Ba Review #243
Served On: 12/12/2012
Glassware: DFH Chalice
Labeled ABV: 10.0%
Date/ Code: Winter 2012-2013

This was a 4-pack I was lucky enough to find at Giant in York, PA.

Look: This beer was black as night and very viscous. A nice creamy brown head formed to my surprise. Lacing was everywhere.

Smell: Smooth chocolate and coffee notes. Toasty character with some toffee notes that came through.

Taste: First was creamy mocha with an earthy roasted malt kicking in around the middle. Than things were switched up with a short lived bitterness that lead into a smokey finish. The coffee returned in the aftertaste. Mouth feel was very full and smooth. No alcohol warmth to be found.

I found this to be a wonderful RIS. I’ve heard a few different people say this is actually contract brewed by Saranac. Regardless, it’s a nice winter treat.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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