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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,721 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,721
Reviews: 2,648
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 329
Gots: 923 | 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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Photo of HoppySeb
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into KBS snifter, bottled in 2013. Bottle stored in cellar then briefly refrigerated prior to opening. Pours a beautiful jet black and forms a two inch foamy head that's beige in color. The head ultimately settles into a thin ring around the glass.

The nose is French roast coffee and milk chocolate, quite inviting. There's also a strong roasted malt aroma, followed by a spicy presence that hints of nutmeg. The taste is quite similar to its nose, bitter mocha, sweet molasses and roasted malt, fudge and spicy (chile ancho and nutmeg).

The mouthfeel of this beer is quite pleasant, almost no carbonation present which in my opinion helps savour the beer even better.

Overall - very excited to discover this beer, its quite enjoyable and hides the 10% ABV extremely well. Its sweet yet no overwhelmingly so and all of its flavors are well balanced.

HoppySeb, Jun 29, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.59/5  rDev +10.6%

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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, Thursday at 10:09 PM
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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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Photo of DaveBar
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, Thursday at 02:18 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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Photo of doktorhops
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, Wednesday at 07:35 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

eskilgh, Wednesday at 05:46 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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