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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,993 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,993
Reviews: 2,702
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 337
Gots: 1,073 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this Russian Imperial Stout from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This stout poured a dark black color, produced a light brown head, featured excellent retention and left a very nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee beans, and some grape/wine like fruitiness. Full bodied, this stout was extremely smooth and creamy. Very nice mouthfeel. Foundation of roasted malt, espresso beans, dark chocolate, alcohol, and grape/prune fruitiness. I would classify this brew as a winter warmer- something to keep handy on the first blustery cold night in December. Excellent example of the style, its a big beer but not so big that you have to force your self to finish the session. Overall...outstanding.

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Brief write-up for a 2012 vintage. Though I was disappointed this beer poured practically no head, it made up by being a lot more chocolaty than I remember from the aroma. I still enjoy how it transitions from sweetish dark fruits to a roasty finish, all while staying in balance. Surprisingly complex, especially in comparison to its "readily available imperial stout" brethren, such as Yeti and Old Rasputin. No frills, but very well crafted - the only real flaw is that the alcohol isn't hidden spectacularly.


One of the beers I picked up to commemorate my parents' anniversary. Poured into a Williamsburg Winery red wine glass.

A: Has a pitch-black body with a beautiful, dark mocha-colored head. The light has no chance against the body of this beer. The head has excellent retention for 10% (seriously, it's confusing) and fantastic lacing that just won't go away.

S: Really nice smell of roasted malts and dark chocolate. A bit of booze adds to the character of the beer.

T: Oh my. This is stunning. The dark chocolate and chocolate malt notes are amazingly executed, and a bit of roasted maltiness keeps it in check, as well. Great complexity and balance makes this an incredible slow-sipper. Maybe the booziness is a tad strong, but it's otherwise hard to tell it's 10%.

M: Borderline silky smooth with good thickness and a slightly dry finish. A bit warm from the alcohol, but it adds to the character wonderfully.

O: This was $8.50 for a 4-pack? For the quality, this is a fantastic value! It's one of the finest slow-sipping stouts I've had. If I had to nitpick, I'd say it could be a touch less alcoholic, but who cares?! If you're a stout fan (or a beer fan, for that matter), get this immediately.


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A-Poured black with tan 2 finger head. Looked delicious.

S- smelled lightly of chocolate. Alcohol smell was overbearing.

T- first sip was pretty bad imho. The alcohol taste reminded me of a cheap "ice" beer.
I dis notice as it got warmer that the alcohol didn't stand out as much and I was delighted as the chocolate, toasty' and liquorice taste came through.

M- mouthfeel was good. Pretty heavy, which I like.

O- wasn't very impressed but at the same time i'm new to this and it may be that the alcohol taste should stand out as it did. Loved the look of this stout but smell and taste was had a bit more alcohol presence than I like.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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