Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 5,888
Reviews: 2,675
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 1,011 | FT: 53
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout '11
Aged ~1yr (30 Sep 12)

A- Not much to look at. No head or lacing at all. Looks a lot like black coffee.

S- chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol sweetness.

T- bitter chocolate on the cold side, tons of dark fruit after it warms up. A lot of flavors hitting the palate, helped my the small bubbles, most are a sweet dark fruit flavor. Not much alcohol taste.

M- Surprisingly thin mouthfeel with moderate amount of carbonation.

O- tastes nothing like I remember. The dark chocolate flavors have faded and given way to a Complex dark fruit flavor. Given the thin mouth feel and the more fruity flavors that have developed, this could easily be mistaken for an Old Ale. Pretty good.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GMB
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout is as awkward as its name. "Dark chocolate" is the idiom; what is "Black Chocolate?" Or is it "Black Stout?" Aren't they all? Perhaps the brewers are trying to suggest that this beer is beyond dark. That is, it is so dark it's black. Perhaps. But, like its name, something about this beer seems slightly off.

Its pour suggests as much. Even held up right against a strong light source, the body of this black beer doesn't allow any light to shine through. Its mocha head rises and falls quickly. Nice.

The nose presents the first conundrum. The deep, roasted aromas of chocolate and coffee are there, but right in the middle sits the strong smell of alcohol. At 10.0% ABV, this is to be expected, but the smell doesn't seem well-integrated.

The taste is similar. The chocolate malts are delicious. Hints of prunes and raisins tease the palate, but are overpowered by the taste of alcohol. The flavors are not in balance here. I like a beer with a high ABV, but the alcohol must play a palpable role. In this case, the malt flavors and bittering hops are nicely balanced, but the alcohol is clumsy.

The mouthfeel is what one expects from a beer with a full body and no substantial head: Rich and chewy, but not entirely satisfying.

Black Chocolate Stout is not a beer I'd buy again. I tried pairing it with foods that generally do well with Russian Imperial Stouts. Dark mint chocolate was the only one that could stand up to it.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of planet_rob
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has become my favorite for now. Delicious from the bottle or in a glass. Goes excellent by itself or with a meal (it's almost a meal in and of itself).

My rating speaks for each of the categories. This is a great beer, just like I like them: Dark, thick, strong and tasty.

For an even better experience, pour this into a snifter, or heck, even just a glass, and don't be gentle with the pour as it releases a creamy smoothness that makes this beer even better than it is straight from the bottle.

This beer is now my favorite, not just for now, but probably for good.

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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a superior Imperial stout.

When I poured it it formed a thin, mocha head that faded quickly but left no lacing. This stout is black as black can be even against light.

It has a strong chocolate, coffee smell that is a rich as the taste

Speaking of taste, intense chocolate with a hint of vanilla and caramel. The alcohol is strong but it never overwhelms the taste. Just leaves a lingering booziness.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout but it doesn't detract, at least not for me. Light carbonating keeps it from getting heavy towards the end.

Overall I loved this stout. I let it sit to warm up and it brought out every taste it had. A complex yet very drinkable beer. Be careful though, at 10 percent this beer sneaks up on you fast.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Got a four year vintage of this, been sitting in the basement for quite a while, poured in my trusty dusty pint. Here it goes:

A: straight up opaque, totally blocks out the light of the light of the lamp, 1/4 inch caramel head that stays pretty much until you finish it.

S: very chocolatey, can pick up the alcohol too

T: Blast of chocolatey flavor, vanilla, caramel, smoke, can feel the warmth of the booze, taste it too

M: Surprisingly light, some carbonation, can feel the warmth of the alcohol.

O: Overall its very good, especially for being vintaged, very complex and smokey, very chocolatey, very good. Worth a shot.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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1/5  rDev -75.9%

Photo of Dennoman
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle BBF September 2014, poured into a snifter. One of the easier to get imperial stouts in Europe. Extremely popular in the US it seems as the go-to off the shelf impy.

A: Pitch black, mocha-colored dark head that disappates very quickly for a 10%, perhaps a little quicker than I'd like.

S: Booze, roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight coffee and bitter hops.

T: Nice roasty bitterness with a little sweetness from the booze.

M: Due to medium (high) carbonation this stout is a little thinner than I perhaps would like. Still very lush though.

O: Perfectly lives up to its reputation, and then some. At only a few bucks per bottle, this is excellent to keep in the fridge awaiting the big seasonal stout releases.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of thebigredone
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this one.

Appearance is nice, dark black/brown with a thin white/cream head.

Smell is decent, but not overly roasty or chocolatey.

Taste follows suit, some roasts, some dark chocolate, but for a beer called Black Chocolate Stout neither the chocolate nor the black roast stands out.

The mouthfeel is where this really fails. Not creamy or thick by any stretch. Very thin and watery.

Overall, I am dissapointed with this beer. The thin mouthfeel and weak flavors did not live up to my admittedly lofty expectations.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and thick looking opaque black with a dark tan to light brown colour head about a thumb width tall to begin with before slowly settling to a thin lacing around the sides of the glass after about two minutes.

Strong, rich chocolate aroma with some roasted coffee and rich malts backing this up. There is some noticeable alcohol on the nose as well but nothing overpowering and too strong. Some sweetness, sugar, raisins and dates.

Creamy chocolate and rich, dark malts to begin along with some medium strength coffee and a hint of alcohol. There is some cocoa and a touch of malty caramel that backs up the hints of sweetness throughout. An excellent beer.

Dry and medium on the palate with a full body and a touch of grain. There is some alcohol noticeable throughout but nothing unexpected from an Imperial stout really.

A very good beer and one with a lot going on, definitely one of the best Imperial stouts I have ever tried and one I hope to try again at some point in the future. The only slight downside was in fact the dryness in that it was slightly too dry for my liking but certainly not enough to put you off the beer. At 10% it's not an everyday beer but it is one everybody should try at least once.

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4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black with a medium sized brown head. The beer is opaque and looks great.

S bitter chocolate, coffee and malts with a light hint of fresh grain

T big bold chocolate, coffee and dried malts throughout the flavor profile. The aftertaste is slightly boozi but has a distinct dark chocolate flavor.

O another hit from Brooklyn. It is delicious and I have been saving some for each year to try. This one was a fresh 2011 - 2012 bottle. I would recommend this to everyone and I drink it frequently.

12oz bottle served in a riedel snifter

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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