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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,419 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 5,419
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 279
Gots: 828 | FT: 49
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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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anth0ny

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brooklyn Black Chocolate pours deep black with a pinky finger of a brilliant cinnamon colored head. When the head is out it leaves a nice, thin landscape on top and a small frothy ring around the glass that hangs out til the end. Looks pretty dang good.

S - For me, I'm getting pretty much all chocolate/cocoa and some bourbon in the nose. Loving the aroma.

T - The taste is interesting. By interesting I mean an initial shock to the palette on every drink. Black chocolate is dominant, a little raisin, a bit of hops. Finishes bitter with a lot of booze. It's definitely a sipper and a warmer. You get the stout flavor in the aftertaste, with lingering coffee and malt.

M - Nice, heavy mouth with sufficient, balanced carbonation. Ice cold is the way to go, more chocolate and less booze. The warmer it gets you get more of a chocolate cough syrup.

O - This stout is power with flavor and punch. I'd say the alcohol is a bit too much, but without it, it wouldn't be the same. Also, it's a specific occasion type of drink. I had it now just chillin at home, not really the right scene for it. But I also had this on a more relaxed NYE in a hot tub and it was fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 06:36:37 | More by anth0ny
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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

On-tap at the Sharp Edge.

Near black with a cream-colored head that rings firm.

Bitter chocolate, booze, candied sugar, smoke, hint of caramel.

Prickly spice hops with a very bitter alkaline cocoa punch. Licorice is strong; big roastiness, semi-sweet, alcohol present, long tingly finish. Earthy/spicy hop comes in pretty hard in a fresh offering. Commanding presence in a beer.

Silky mouthfeel. Hot, because it's pretty fresh. A little syrupy, carbonation is a bit low.

I drink this on draft here every winter. One of my favorite seasonals. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 05:22:09 | More by thecheapies
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-29-2012 04:14:15 | More by ygtbsm94
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alexsergio

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-29-2012 02:48:57 | More by alexsergio
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hogrider

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have heard a lot of good things about this stout and I made a special effort to get a bottle; first impressions are very important, as I poured this stout into my 12 oz. mug I knew that I had a winner in my hands. I immediately tested the nose, it registered a strong bitter brew, scent of chocolate, roasted barley and chocolate malt came to the forefront and it was confirmed by the palate. Head retention is minimal with light lacing in the mug…I like this stout a lot, it goes down warm and is thick to the palate; next time I have it I will drink it in a sniffer glass and sip it slow just like brandy. I highly recommend it….and remember folks support your local brewery DRINK BEER. HOG.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 19:49:43 | More by hogrider
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a deep black color with a thin dark beige almost brown head. Minimum retention and very few lacings left

S: Smell is rich. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, candy, vanilla. Ended by grassy hops and alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate, coffee, yeasts, grassy hops. In overall a deliciously bitter beer. Very very tasty

M: Full creamy body. Low carbonation. Dry bitter mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite evident. Aftertaste is grassy and earthy

O: Brooklyn beers are usually good. This one is even better ;)

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 17:56:41 | More by eduardolinhalis
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ADZA

Australia

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

Pours jet black just like used oil with no light piercing at all which leaves a cappicino laced two finger head that stays and leaves lacing here and there,the smell is roasted dark malts,chocolate fudge,oak and a touch of dark coffee,the mouthfeel is full and creamy with tastes of dark belgian chocolate,arabica coffee beans,a touch of woodiness,herbal hops and finished with a distinct cappicino bittersweetness and overall what a brew this is it is the perfect nightcap with the chocolate taste of a nice mocha and only the slight warmness from the alcohol definately one to recommend and will buy more of cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 14:53:25 | More by ADZA
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-28-2012 05:06:39 | More by lilnicky068
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited bottling 10-11.

In the bottle there is a nice light dry roasty aroma with some richness and raisin. Poured it forms virtually no head. Jet black colour and obvious high booze shimmery hue this is surprisingly light bodied for the style. A bit hollow on the taste front as it lacks definition and fullness on the palate.
But just when you've virtually given up all hope more intense roasty complex meaty aromas creep up on you with a medicinal gauze quality which just makes it really quite delicious. Still, by the time this almost perfect nose comes to the forefront its almost too late to push this into the realm of excellent. Still, I could whiff this little baby all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 20:38:07 | More by Zimbo
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guerocabral

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-27-2012 18:38:08 | More by guerocabral
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

01-27-2012 16:32:03 | More by Doppelbockulus
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-27-2012 15:40:14 | More by Mantooth
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nataku00

California

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

Bottle ('09-'10 release so around two years old) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours pitch black with about a finger of khaki light brown creamy head. Head retention was pretty good for a little bit before it receded to an even layer around the surface, leaving a sheet of lacing on the edge of the glass.

Nose is pretty true its name, rich semi sweet dark chocolate that is slightly fruity with notes of red berries. A little bit of espresso in there as well.

Taking a sip, there is a mild hop bitterness, before the smooth semi sweet dark chocolate flavors come through. Some roasted malt and espresso astringency near the finish.

Full body with some prickly carbonation, though it's silky smooth on the tongue after the initial carbonation attack. Alcohol is completely hidden after two years of age. Pretty good RIS, though it's a bit of a one note in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:09:15 | More by nataku00
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tvazteca

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-27-2012 03:39:14 | More by tvazteca
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markmiller

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler for $10. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Dark. Really dark. Lusciously dark. Poured aggressively resulting in a three finger caramel tan head that sticks around for just a bit. I love the look of this beer.

S: The first thing that hits is the roasted malt and coffee. Then a good whiff of alcohol takes hold that mellows into dark cocoa powder. Maybe just the slightest dark chocolate covered cherry.

T: Roasted malt and just a hint of bitter chocolate. Stronger alcohol taste in the finish. As it warmed, tastes of the dark chocolate covered cherries come back on the finish. Very smooth, though. Enjoyable.

M: Mid-to-full bodied. Great coating of the tongue and mouth. Warmer it was a little syurpy, still really good.

O: I really enjoy this brew. The look and aftertaste do it for me. Each sip leaves such a wonderful taste that lingers forever, and the higher ABV allows this beer to have a nice warming taste and effect.

Serving type: growler

01-26-2012 23:11:30 | More by markmiller
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with hazelnut highlights around the edges, with a thin, foamy, sparsely covered biege head. Aromas are rich, with dark chocolate and booze in the forefront. Good roasted, coffee, and slightly meaty characteristics in the nose, as well. Flavors are bold, with a dark roasting feel overall, and a rich, chocolatey backbone throughout. Alcohol characteristics sharpen the palate a bit, with rich, dark molasses and slight licorice flavors. The aftertaste is mostly roasted and chocolatey, with a steady bitterness that curbs the booze content in the mouthfeel. The beer is rich and smooth, with a slight lacing left along the glass. The beer has a drying finish that ends short, leaving a slight slick feeling in the periphery of the palate. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 22:56:48 | More by GarthDanielson
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StJamesGate

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous black with only the slightest tinge of magenta with a creamy sepia head that leaves trailers. Prune, port and muscavado sugar on the nose with hints of blueberry, ash and wood.
Espresso grounds, liqourice root, raisin and tar lead into roasty dark sugars and a branch and understated dried orange rind hop end.
Burnt caramel finish and dry, slightly acidic roasty linger.
Full, sticky, chewy, smooth, not much burn.

Winter 11-12 version.

Big and bold, with all the RIS flavors in all the right places. Lean as opposed to some of the more sweet Imperial Stouts out there. Chocolate doesn't turn up much, in spite of the name. I somehow can't help but feel that there are so many monster examples of the style that this, being merely solid and an older recipe, suffers by comparison to what's come after.

My 800th review.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 22:37:34 | More by StJamesGate
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fortheunheard

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-26-2012 22:15:00 | More by fortheunheard
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fastpass17

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-26-2012 22:14:57 | More by fastpass17
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-26-2012 19:00:01 | More by Sachsenfreude
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-26-2012 15:38:33 | More by twowheelssoar
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AMiz602

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Talk about a stout. This is truly one to throw you over the hill. High alcohol content, high roasted coffee undertones, and about as black as the night.

Smell wise, it smells as if you were baking a coffee infused chocolate cake. It is very roasty and smells quite sweet, which when you taste it, is quite different. It is a drier taste, with a very strong cacao-coffee taste. On the back end of it you can definitely taste the alcohol, and lets you know what you are dealing with. It is a heavy drink, but not very syrupy by any means. The head has a real nice brownish hue to it, and makes for a great sit-back-and-relax beer. It is exactly as advertised, heavy, chocolatey, and a spicy stout that is definitely worth your time devoted to it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 02:30:04 | More by AMiz602
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BeerNut78

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +20.5%

01-25-2012 23:54:20 | More by BeerNut78
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blacklabel67k

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Really thick dark and syrupy... zero light coming through the glass

S-Smells like alcohol with a little bit of chocolate and coffee and roasted malts.

T- Bitter chocolate, overwhelming alcohol taste that ruins the beer imo.

M-Smooth and drinkable.

O- I felt this beer was average at best for the style. The alcohol takes over the taste of the beer once it starts to warm up imo, so I think its best to drink this cold. (unless you like the alcohol taste).

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 22:34:43 | More by blacklabel67k
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RandyKemka

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

01-25-2012 22:28:55 | More by RandyKemka
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