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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,740 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,740
Reviews: 2,650
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 932 | FT: 47
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

carlmoberg, Friday at 11:45 PM
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4.59/5  rDev +10.6%

SDRMSTRONG1, Nov 21, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

tappangordo, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of Roguer
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark brew, topped with a 1 finger dark tan head. Retention is so-so.

Surprising aroma, most strongly hinting at overripe dark fruit and roasted barley. Dark cacao and cream as it warms.

Flavor is pretty traditional RIS territory: dark, overripe fruit; red grapes; dark cacao; and waves of super roasty, slightly metallic-tinged barley, finishing with a bit of char. Definitely a nice chocolate component to this brew on the tongue, much more so than in the aroma.

Flavor improves dramatically as it warms, losing quite a bit of the fruit, and gaining a much smoother and more consistent chocolate profile. However, as a counterbalance, the high ABV comes out a bit more, as well.

Fairly long finish, strong with the very bitter roast, and tinged with slight chocolate sweetness. A little heat in the chest, but not in the mouth. Pretty thick and sticky brew. Lively with a little sting, but very little foaming.

This is a good stout, but I get way too much tartness and fruit for a chocolate stout. With this name, I'm thinking dessert stout, but it comes across more as a traditional, bitter, strong RIS.

Roguer, Nov 20, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%

gwin, Nov 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Trashcat, Nov 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Ciocanelu, Nov 20, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

JMills52, Nov 20, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at Champagne's as a 4pk for $7.99. Served at 12deg C in a tulip

A- Just as good as Fidy. Enough said

S- Better than Fidy. Enough said.

T- Better than Fidy. Enough said

M- Better than Fidy. Enough said

O- Better than Fidy. This is the first review I ever wrote this way for a reason. This beer is better than Fidy. Enough said

Food Pairing

This FANTASTIC stout went well with....... Lamb leg rubbed with rosemary, cinnamon and salt.

Enjoy!

DaveBar, Nov 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

GlennBags, Nov 20, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

stomioka, Nov 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

leitmotif, Nov 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

a77cj7, Nov 19, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

So lately I’ve begun seeking out Russian Imperial Stouts, I yearn for their bold chocolate/coffee notes, and Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout is next on my hit list. Originally brewed in 1994 this Stout has taken home many beer show awards and I’m looking forward to a brew as great as that tasty old Russian monk: Old Rasputin (North Coast Brewing).

Poured from a 355ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Looks exactly as it should with a jet black body and a light (but dense) mocha dusting for a head. So perfect I want to take a picture, get it framed, then take a picture of the picture next to another glass of this and admire its beauty again. 10/10.

S: Whiff of solvent alcohol upfront isn’t doing Brooklyn any favours - follow this with deep dark chocolate, notes of coffee, vanilla & molasses, and you’ll be bang on the RIS nose money. Bit of a mark down for that solvent hit though. 7/10.

T: Bold and delicious, now entering flavour country, population: Me (i.e. you when you drink this). Upfront dark bitter chocolate, hints again of coffee and molasses with brown sugar thrown in. There is a smoky mid palate and slightly bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavour profile, which is a surprise given the aroma. Like a big dark chocolate brownie - sweet, bitter and moreish. 9/10.

M: Heavy bodied with a light but dense carbonation, exactly how I like my Russian Imperial Stouts! 10/10.

D: From that sniff of solvent alcohol to one of the best tasting Stouts out there, Brooklyn have managed a few surprises with this “drink of the Czars”. That said it comes close but falls short of the mark set by Founders Breakfast and Old Rasputin, and is more pricy than both of those fine brews... and more difficult to obtain here in Australialand. However if, like me, you have become slightly obsessed with Russian Imperial Stouts and have added: “Dying due to drinking too many Stouts” to your bucket list you should definitely give this one a go. 7/10.

Food match: Borderline dessert sweet - so it’s heavy roasted meats with dark gravies, after dinner cigars or dark chocolate brownies for this brew.

doktorhops, Nov 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Karibourgeois, Nov 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

eskilgh, Nov 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

lillitnn92, Nov 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

olradetbalder, Nov 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

bahamut6565, Nov 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

newbrewer_zb, Nov 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. Winter 14-15 vintage.
A: Pours black as a moonless night with 1/4 inch dark mocha head with good retention. Beautiful. (4.5)
S: Caramel malt, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, grainy hops, and a hint of vanilla and wood. (4.5)
T: Sweet dark chocolate, dark roast coffee with cream, charred wood, dark caramel malt, and a hint of grainy hops in the background. With warming, a note of cinnamon emerges. (4.25)
M: Sweet, dark, creamy feel. Medium body (drinks lighter than the ABV). Mild boozy bite (again, not as much as would be expected from the ABV). Surprisingly light and sweet given the style and ABV. (4.25)
D: An extremely drinkable RIS...probably the most drinkable I have ever had. The ABV will catch up with you eventually, but until then... (5)

mwilbur, Nov 18, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

bbsaur, Nov 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,740 ratings.