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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,373
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 277
Gots: 821 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

02-04-2012 17:47:16 | More by jmtpi
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel chalice

A - Pours a Black / Ebony colour (no light) with a nice coffee coloured head that retains well and laces.

S - Mainly hops and malt on the nose.

T - Up front some nice sweetness followed by some decent hop flavours. The chocolate is subtle but very complimentry. The finish is a long balanced afair with no sign of the 10% alcohol.

M - Full body and low carbonation.

O - A truly great beer. The chocolate is not overpowering but complimentry. I will buy more.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 17:25:53 | More by eric5bellies
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-04-2012 15:38:47 | More by 1Adam12
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-04-2012 03:48:26 | More by dmorgan310
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

02-04-2012 02:11:15 | More by Fitzmke
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-03-2012 19:51:37 | More by muskiesman
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-03-2012 19:01:06 | More by chrispoint
Photo of rsant


3/5  rDev -27.7%

02-02-2012 19:01:00 | More by rsant
Photo of dgeebs07

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-02-2012 15:20:57 | More by dgeebs07
Photo of BMoldy

New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It doesn't take too heavy a pour to yield a large, thick brown head on top of this jet-black brew. Retention is above average for the style, while the lacing is not inconsiderable.

S: The chocolate rings out strong here in the form of cocoa powder and milk and baking chocolates. There is also an overlying sweetness and an underlying aroma of booze in the background.

T/M: Taste follows the nose, though it's not as rich and one-dimensional as Choklat, which I find to be a good thing. The sweetness is well tamed by some subtle hops, while the alcohol mostly stays out of the way. Roasted flavors are faint compared to the chocolate, but help –along with a mild alcohol warmth– to round things out a bit. A good, medium-heavy body benefits from a perfect carbonation that's soft enough to add creaminess but active enough to keep things alive.

O: I've wanted to try this for a while, and I have to say I'm not disappointed. Having tried Choklat last night, I believe that my perfect chocolate stout lies somewhere in between the two. Though this brew lacks the robustness of Choklat, it's less offensively heavy and more varied in flavor, making it much more drinkable. I definitely see a side-by-side tasting in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:11:51 | More by BMoldy
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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip.

Appearance- Black as night with a real thin tan head. Head goes away right away, and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Amazing! Best smelling beer I've ever had. Chocoalte and coffee are both present. Just a hint of hops.

Taste- Not unlike the nose, but with the addition of a pleasant alcohol burn. Salted caramel in the end.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy just like a stout should be. Lingers in your mouth forever...and leaves a citrus after taste.

Overall- An amazing beer. This is now easiliy in my top 20. An absolute must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 23:00:28 | More by frenchblood21
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-01-2012 19:56:16 | More by danielp215
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-01-2012 14:16:30 | More by jhimstedt
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best label in the business. simple, elegant, sexy, i call this "big sexy". this beer is black, big creamy mocha head, retension, lace.
big whiff of chocolate, tastes follows with a nice, slightly fruity finish. drinkable, should max at two though, im the knucklehead who drinks 3. well, this beer definitely has "hammerability". recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 13:43:18 | More by B33R501
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-01-2012 06:33:24 | More by nightwing002
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2011-2012

12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter

A: Pours jet black with a thin head that quickly dissipates to a nice ring around the glass. No light is getting through.

S: Hops. Not in the IPA way, but the delicious stout way. Tobacco, licorice and a moderate dose of dark fruit (mostly plums). I’m certain the roasted malts are there, but they are so well done that they are not putting off a strong char aroma.

T: Here comes the roasted malt. It’s very nicely balanced and is the focus of the brew. While it wasn’t the star of the nose, it’s the lynchpin of the flavor of the beer. If Brooklyn was off on the chocolate malted grains then this brew would be compromised. Hops are the secondary player and they are nicely placed. The hop bitterness at the finish sets a nice pace for the respect this beer deserves.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Although it is drinkable, from experience, this is a beer that should be respected.

O: My nemesis. I love this beer, but it has historically kicked my butt. It’s deceptively strong. I’ve always liked it, but never really broken it down, which this review has allowed me to do. This beer also makes be realize that I suck at pretending that roasted malt smells like chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 06:15:39 | More by mjtiernan
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-01-2012 05:00:08 | More by xxcarpxx
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- a jet black pour with a two finger head tinted a beautiful brown.

S- very sweet alcohol esthers, plum and raisin, a little bit of coffee, vanilla, bitter bakers chocolate.

T- a very dark, roasted bitter chocolate, then some sweetness from the alcohol and some dark fruit, but really this is a chocolate malt forward beer, very bitter and roasty.

O- This beer is unbelievable considering its price, such a great value and perfect example of an RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 03:19:19 | More by Tschnab
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New York

3/5  rDev -27.7%

01-31-2012 01:50:34 | More by GrindFatherBob
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-30-2012 17:29:40 | More by pwsoldier
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4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A-- viscous black, opaque. Slight head dissipates quickly
S-- a strong sweet chocolate aroma, roasted malt as well
T-- subtler and smoother than I expected, slight bite in the aftertaste, but nothing unpleasant. Very drinkable for a high ABV
M-- heavyish and thick. Almost chewy.

O-- really very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 14:08:23 | More by OysterMonkey
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-30-2012 02:54:42 | More by bezakjon
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass...

Aggressively poured, appeared a jet black color with a mocha colored head. Head was about 2 fingers to start, yet dissipated rather quickly, leaving a syrupy resin on the glass.

Smelled of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses - with a slight boozy warmth in the nose. Smell makes me want to take a big gulp.

A solid roasted taste - though I find the chocolate to be much more prevalent in the nose, and less on the palate. Still extremely tasty and well balanced. Nice bitter finish.

Moderate mouthfeel, on the lighter end for a stout but compliments this particular brew quite well.

This is one of my go-to stouts. Always a solid stout no matter the vintage. I find that more chocolate/vanilla notes come through with a little age on it. Looking forward to saving the rest of the 4 pack I purchased for a few years down the line.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:48:32 | More by TWStandley
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-30-2012 00:24:30 | More by Goldfishman
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

01-29-2012 23:06:15 | More by corzocl
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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