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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,562 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,562
Reviews: 2,642
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 306
Gots: 875 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ryanflc, Aug 06, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a snifter, winter 2013-2014 vintage. This one is indeed dark, pitch opaque black with nary a ray of light passing through, with a halo of dark brown foam rimming the glass but otherwise no real head to speak of. Aroma is equal parts roasted, sweet, and floral/fruity, which is unexpected and quite pleasing. Some wood char and dark roast coffee jump out initially, with the latter carrying over onto the palate, burnt toffee, chocolate-covered raisins, and bright floral hops at the end of a sniff, really appreciating this latter element. The taste is well-rounded and mellow despite the bevy of dark malts and roasted grains advertized on the label, the alcohol is almost perfectly concealed (particularly considering this is an imperial stout!) and the flavors are aforementioned dark but smooth instant coffee, toffee, pancake batter, raisin, and baker's cacao mixed with milk. Just the barest tinge of ash at first, although this effect does emerge over time. Finishes quite sweet and here's where one does get a slight hint of alcohol. This is quite thick on the palate but the beer somehow goes down as lighter than it is. Careful or the high ABV will sneak up on you. This beer has won numerous awards and I can see (taste) why. Nothing to criticize here although some may want an Imperial stout to translate as hotter and more aggressive. Truthfully, there is something to be said for such an artful and skilled approach as this.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

tgates, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

JamieDuncan, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

CasanovaCummins, Aug 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

kerry4porters, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Taycro, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

gl1800rider, Aug 02, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is what you're looking for if you are looking for a beer of this type. Greatly appreciated but only lasted for so long. Getting at least two cases at my local Specs. Great price, case price is around $7/ 4pk. Can't tell it is 10% ABV, hardly in the taste. Smell isn't strong like a coffee so it isn't noticeable from a distance. Drank two of the my first time and forgot it was like for other beers! Same thing goes with the much less-drinkable Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes. Highly recommended since I just discovered it in early January 2014, now it is indeed my favorite beer to date. Sucks it is only seasonal.

BSDA, Aug 02, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$ 2.49/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottled winter 13-14 at cellar temp into snifter
Aroma of chocolate and alcohol
Head small (1.5 cm), medium brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – occasional small island and atoll of small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of bitter chocolate which ends with a whiff of alcohol; no malt, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, carbonation soft

A very good chocolate stout which hides the 10% ABV well. This is one which definitely could sneak up on you. The rapidly disappearing head and scanty lacing detract from the appearance.

Ozzylizard, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Ncpogs, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Zekenyce, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Anatole, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

paulys55, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

bejaranobio, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

brother_kenneth, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

BookBen, Jul 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

rmeller, Jul 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Matthew1788, Jul 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Thefrap, Jul 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

AlvinLin, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

rodkin, Jul 27, 2014
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,562 ratings.