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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,197 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5197
Reviews: 2621
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%


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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delta490

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a rich deep black with a creamy dark tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing

S- a little sickly. Just a bit of alcohol sweetness and maybe a hint of chocolate

T- earthy hops dominates and somewhat drowns out the robust malt initially. However the flavors meld better as the beer warms.

M- full and slightly slick

O- a very good, but not quite great stout. I would have wanted more roast malt to balance off the hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 22:19:58 | More by delta490
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dar482

New York

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with a creamy light tan head. It dissipates from a fluffy one to a one finger head. Creaminess sticks to the glass and leaves some some lacing.

The aroma has a milk chocolate and oatmeal stout aroma and a creaminess. Black coffee, almost like deep espresso, roasted chocolate malt. There’s a slight booziness in there too. Almost like Nesquick with the milkiness. There's also some Belgian quad deep rich fruits too.

The flavor has this semi-sweet chocolate flavor with a good roasted malt backbone. There’s a The middle has this uplifting bitterness of dark chocolate and a slight booze. The finish has roasted bitterness that climbs up from the middle. There’s definitely some alcohol and licorice in there. There’s a big lingering roasted smokiness that lingers. It really has a huge Russian Imperial stout flavor.

The mouthfeel falls a bit too quickly, but it does leave a great big strong finish on your tongue.

The beer is almost like an oatmeal stout, but huge and with bitter chocolate. It really is quite well rounded. I wouldn’t recommend this as a “chocolate” beer because it really isn’t. It instead is a roasty Russian Imperial.

(This is an update)
With a year, the beer still shows some booze on both the nose and flavor. Lots of coffee, some fudgey chocolate, dark raisins. The beer is quite robust and very heavy on the roast. Almost a grainy quality there too.

I French pressed a tablespoon of Intelligentsia Bourbon County 2013 coffee into it.

The aroma is just of fresh roasted coffee, like at a roaster or store. Obscenely coffee fresh.
The flavor follows with a bit of the base beer of dark chocolate and roasted malt, but then it's dominated by a beautiful woody, vanilla, dark cherry black coffee. The booze still comes through.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:46:49 | More by dar482
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GorgonSed

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black and opaque. No light gets through at all. Head disappears quickly. Head is thin and light.

S -Chocolate, cherry, smoke and a bit of alcohol bite. Disappointing but I suppose it is a stout.

T - Chocolate cherry flavor hits hard and then mellows into smoke. Not much alcoholic bite to it at first, but it prickles the tongue after it sits. I was surprised to see it's 10% ABV.

M - About as thick as expected. Flavor lingers long after sipping.

O - I'm pleasantly surprised by this one. Haven't had great experience with Brooklyn Brewery but they've won me over here. Extremely surprised this is 10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 02:16:10 | More by GorgonSed
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage a bit disappointed from what I remember fresh. Current pour is ok with head that quickly fades. Nose is alcohol forward, bit if spent coffee grinds, chocolate largely gone as far as sweet smell. Taste and feel are good but again taste is lacking from fresh version with a boozy sweetness that isn't bad but just lacking depth. Feel is thick

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 00:27:45 | More by alaimoa
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DrinkNewport

Rhode Island

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We had this one about a year back, so it's interesting to see the palate-shift.

As the name suggests, it's a BLACK pour. No surprise there. There wasn't much head, which I'm beginning to learn isn't much of an indicator of anything when it comes to serious stouts.

The mild aroma lets the roasted malts come through.

This beer tastes less like chocolate and more like Marmite, with a hint of chocolate, which works.

Overall? A good beer that seems to be becoming more available. Try it, you'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 08:37:50 | More by DrinkNewport
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schepelz

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A - Almost jet black. Aggressive pour that led to one finger tannish head

S - Sweet roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, and some dark fruit/fig notes

T - Very sweet. Roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits. Lots of chocolate flavor the further I get into the glass. Getting a lot of the dark fruit flavors in this one. Figs, plums, raisins, etc. Very sweet but with a dry bitter finish

M - Medium body, much higher carbonation than I expected.

O - Overall a decent RIS.Will definitely enjoy as the months grow colder outside

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:45:09 | More by schepelz
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BryanCarey

Texas

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout is a very dark stout with a brown- colored head of foam and a nose of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. Generous amounts of lacing are left as you drink and the physical appearance alone makes this beer stand out in a crowd.

But beauty of appearance is only the beginning. Take a sip and you will experience the delectable flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, caramel, smoke, even hints of vanilla and dark fruit. The body of the beer is thick and creamy, and the beer is bitter overall.

Dark, decadent, and delightful, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is still one of my old- time favorites and an excellent example of the Russian Imperial Stout style. Hundreds of craft breweries have created imperial stouts of their own over the past few years, but this is still one of my favorites from the older, more established craft breweries. I like the roasted malt and chocolate character and the bitterness, while obvious, isn’t offensive in any way and knows how to keep itself behaved.

I love chocolate and I love stout so Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is an easy winner in my book. I still love indulging in a few bottles from time to time and I still rank it among my favorites. Grab some for yourself and tantalize your senses.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 04:41:40 | More by BryanCarey
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours brilliant black that allows no light to pass, not even from the 100 watt bulb over my head. The head is a thick and resilient tan that is extremely slow to settle.

The lacing appear to be extreme and more of a resilient clinging head that is coating the glass.

The nose is sweet, caramel, dark chocolate, cardamon and some alcohol with a subtle hint of hops.

The favor is far more dry and hoppy than I expected with the nose. I was expecting much more malt. That said, it is a pleasant surprise. The taste is subdued malt with strong stout overtones of the chocolate, coffee, caramel and toast that has a strong hopped flavor throughout the entire tasting. The bitter is strong but not overwhelming and is very pleasant with a nice IPA like finish.

The mouthfell is a bit watery considering the thick head, lacing and the fact it is a stout. But overall is more than acceptable.

Overall I really like it. It is finally cold enough outside that stouts are perfect. A nice dark beer that warms you up with alcohol that is not over strong and a great mix of flavors. This is good. I will definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:51:45 | More by AtrumAnimus
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wiscokid920

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A- Jet black oil. Nice two finger head that lingered and faded to lacy patches.

S- Fantastic dark chocolate, roasted malty sweetness, and smokey notes.

T- Superb dark chocolate/coffee bitterness that fades into a nice chocolate sweetness. The 10% ABV is present but masked phenomenally. As the beer warms, more and more of the chocolate and alcohol pokes through.

M- Full bodied, creamy and thick. Excellent.

O- One of my new favorite Russian Imperial Stouts. Nice dark chocolate bitterness then blends into milk chocolate and roasty malt sweetness. Definitely some heat at the back end but for a 10%'er it's well hidden esp for a fresh bottle. One of my new winter favorites

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 04:03:50 | More by wiscokid920
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up the new 13-14 batch from of all places, Whole Foods in Union Square. At $8.99 for a four pack of a 10% ABV beer in NYC, I was pleased.

This poured a deep brown that bordered on muddy. Opaque just like an Imperial Stout should be. The head was subdued, a creamy beige color.

The smell produced dark chocolate, smoke, and roasted malts. It reminded me more of a roasted coffee smell than of anything overly sweet.

The taste had more malts and black coffee. But as the beer warmed the rich chocolate sweetness started to show.

Mouthfeel was creamy and thick. I almost felt like I got a hit of fruit at the finish. The high alcohol content was pretty well concealed too.

Even though the name is Black Chocolate Stout, I picked up a bunch of malts and coffee is the smell and flavor. But this beer truly shines , and the chocolate comes out, after it beer sits for a few minutes. I have the 12-13 batch from last year that I am waiting to open to compare the two. Well done, Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 13:06:41 | More by WheelsPSU
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

When a beer says chocolate I expect chocolate. This one has no chocolate taste whatsoever. Is it dark like chocolate? Yes. Does it smell like chocolate ? Very slightly. Does it taste like chocolate ? Not at all. No sweetness at all. Now if Brooklyn is trying to market this beer as "chocolate" based solely on the fact that this beer is dark like chocolate that is fine. But I was disappointed that there was not much chocolate taste at all especially compared to Young's or Smith's. Not sure why it's rated so highly.

The 10% ABV however is fantastic. You can taste the strength of the alcohol and is the redeeming quality of this beer for me.

Drank my second bottle a few weeks after my initial review. The chocolate is more prevalent now and so is the dark coffee flavor. A bit sweeter than I remembered. I'm liking this beer now! Still not as good as Samuel Smith's but really holds it's own in its own special way.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:46:35 | More by Richardbeerlover
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Dayman766

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Black and totally opaque, as you'd expect. Head disappeared as soon as it appeared.
S- Chocolate and dark fruits
T- Definite chocolate and coffee flavors with low, appropriate levels of bitterness. Certainly some of the 10% ABV showing towards the end, but I rather like how it develops - not jarring or distasteful.
M- One of the first things that struck me about this beer was its incredibly smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Seems to glide across your tongue.
O - This is a solid and accessible imperial stout and I look forward to the next one.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:03:40 | More by Dayman766
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BrewMaven

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally black with a passing thin tan head. hints of lace.

Dark chocolate nose with a bit of licorice?

Taste is mostly dark bitter chocolate with slightly under ripe plum through the middle. sweeter dark fruit finish with slight bitterness..Really nice!

Medium bodied with faint carbonation..Excellent! I really should indulge in this way more often than I have. Maybe cellar some too.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 21:42:29 | More by BrewMaven
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SFNC

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one poured midnight black into a cut cafe glass. A finger size head of an intense mocha color formed and remained a ring on the edge of the glass for the entire 45 minute drinking period. The smell was of dark roast coffee, deep roasted malt and dark chocolate. The taste intensified those characteristics, plus added more chcolate depth with a subtle alcohol burn considering he 10% rating. Mouthfeel was smooth and viscous with slight carbonation, once again the alchohol was well hidden. This is the best offering that I've had from Brooklyn Brewery, a strong contender for my favorite Stout. World Class.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 01:08:12 | More by SFNC
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

Appearance: Black as death, pours with virtually no head aside from a small, tan collar.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, graham cracker, faint dark fruit.

Taste: Dark chocolate up front gives way to a roasted malt punch that subsides gently. You're left with chocolate, malt and that slight graham cracker/cookie I got in the nose. It all fades out nicely into a dry finish. Even with a year on it, there's still some booze at the end, but aside from that it drinks smooth as silk.

Mouthfeel: Heavy mouthfeel. Not quite Hunah or BCBS, but close. Silky, velvety smooth. There is ample carbonation to keep things interesting.

Overall: Not many points I could take away from this bad boy, aside from the booze at the end. Would love to taste a barrel aged version. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 05:52:26 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up less than a finger's worth of head but has pretty good retention. The head is a dark beige/mocha while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Hints of sheeting extend from the surface of the beer. Lacing is okay.

Nose- There is chocolate there but it's very subtle. Slight hints of roasted malts. More milk chocolate than dark chocolate. Hope the flavor profile is more engaging than the aroma. If not, this is going to be one boring beer. Some milkiness and cream. Reminds me more of a dry or milk stout at the moment. Swirling shows the creaminess of the aroma even more.

Taste- Large roasted notes with some chocolate but huge coffee. The coffee and roasted malts are so prominent they give off very woody bitterness. This leads into a sour sweet note that reminds me of tart raisins (even a little bit of lemon?) If any of that sounds unappetizing, it's because it really isn't. Not to say that this is a bad beer; it just doesn't jive with my palate. Some heat but the coffee really overwhelms. Maybe the sour fruity ester of the finish is more like a red berry or pomegranate. Whatever it is, I don't like it. Reminds me a little bit of the Disorder Stout (Barley Brown's) I had yesterday. However, that didn't have this sour sweetness which tends toward being acrid because of its extended linger. Maybe it's too fresh but there is no way I'm splurging on this again. Does have some positive qualities but is pretty much average.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied. Slightly over carbonated. Somewhat gritty. Tiny slickness.

Drinkability- Definitely not sessionable. Probably a drain pour for many but I prefer to suck it up. I think I paid 7 bucks online and that is way too much.

Overall- I am curious whether this is too fresh or if this is infected. Very average beer that has enough redeeming qualities not to be considered poor. Would try it again if I found it on the cheap.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:20:19 | More by artoolemomo
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 - Dark brown almost black with a nice thick tan head on it, that leaves a nice lacing.

S - 3.75 - The smell is definitely dark chocolate and vanilla. There's a lot of sweet chocolately smells. Kind of leaves me wanting more though - missing the coffee/espresso/caramel/dark fruits that I usually look for in these imperial stouts.

T - 4.25 - Boom. What's missing in the smell comes out in the taste. I love the dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Roasty malts. Espresso. Vanilla. Little bit of booziness.

M - 4.25 - Medium-Heavy mouthfeel. Nice thick chocolate milkshake in a beer feel. Alcohol mostly covered, but a little bit is there, as it should be in this kind of a beer. aftertaste is roasty coffee and chocolate. It definitely lives up to its name.

O - 4.25 - I like this beer. This is the 2nd out of the 4 pack. The 1st one didn't seem as good as this one. But god damn is it good :).

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 04:41:06 | More by ISmith87
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TheAlamoWrocker

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed November 2, 2013. Limited bottling (Winter 11-12). Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very thin, less than a 1/4 finger, cocoa tan head. This head dissipates down to essentially nothing in less than a few seconds.

S: Exploding alcoholic dark chocolate aromas. Sticky burnt brown sugars finish off the nose.

T: The initial taste are of booming dark roasted malts with a thorough alcoholic taste.

M: This is no doubt a thick sticky brew. Carbonation is extremely thin if at all present.

O: With an alcohol content of 10% by volume I was hoping this would've aged nicely a bit, but it did not. You would think that I would've learned this lesson by now due to the fact that I have aged other chocolate based stouts. If your stout has chocolate in its name then do not age it. I still have another few bottle from the same vintage so the rest will stay aging.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 18:51:01 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12 oz bottle, beleived to be 2012 vintage, served in a snifter.

A rather vigorous pour raised a decent head but htis soon reduced to a thin partial top coat. The body looks thick and black.

Aroma: a nice blend of dark malts and alcohol esters.

Flavor: rich, dark malts without more than a hint of burnt grain. High ABV rather obvious yet mixes nicely with the other flavor components; still it is more tha a little boozy. Marginally a 4.

Feel: full bodied, and then some. Slight alcohol burn makes me think this would be a great candidate for barrel aging.

O: an imperial stout indeed, aromatic and flavorful. Improves with warming, and 15 minutes out of the refrigerator was not enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:03:47 | More by chinchill
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tabhill

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured down the center of the glass but only produced a half inch of beige head that only lasted a few minutes. No carbonation bubbles or lacing.

S- dark chocolate with some faint fruity/sweet notes.

T- big chocolate/espresso/alcohol flavor up front followed by a sweetness that gets more pronounced as the beer warms up

M- refreshingly smooth mouthfeel, not overly "chewy"" or heavy and doesn't leave much of a residual film on the tongue. Just enough bitterness to cancel out any syrupy feel. Very little carbonation was present but it didn't feel flat.

O- excellent beer, the sweetness wasn't overpowering and added to the taste. more carbonation would be appreciated

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 01:24:21 | More by tabhill
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poored into a Kenzinger standard pint at the Bottle Shop in South Philly from a 12oz... Directly after work.

A: pitch black with little to no tan head. 3

S: not strong. Dark malts and a dark chocolate aroma. 3.5

T: Dark chocolate and booze. Not too bad, but also fairly one dimensional. 3.75

M: heavy. Thick. Just enough carbonation. Great. 4.25

It does what it does very well, but it surprisingly did not do much more. This was a 13-14, served cold. 3.75

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 22:57:01 | More by ColdWaffles
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Brewery - Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours dark brown black almost but not quite motor oil with a good sized mocha head. Chunky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is chocolate and gently roasted malts.

Taste - Fairly creamy chocolate with roasted malt finish. Some bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Dark chocolate malt boozy warm on the feel. Light-heavy body with low carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall - Good brew. Something holds it back from being stellar but it's quite good nonetheless and I had no problem finishing all of them.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 19:29:55 | More by JMScowcroft
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. Bottled on 9/10. Consumed on 10/23.

A - Black, somewhat viscous. Low carbonation. Moderate pour yielded less than a finger of a beige head which quickly dissipate. No heady lacing; small disparate splotchy foam left on sides of glass.

S - Mildly fragrant. Amaretto, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and something tart. Not boozy.

T - Most dominate aspect was the tartness of flavor; not unpleasant, but not common for this style. Dark chocolate not as dominant as expected considering the name. Also some roasted coffee. Completely hides ABV which is notable considering 10% ABV. Tart chocolate lasting flavor.

M - Crisp and tingles tongue. Lightly bodied for a stout... probably too light.

O - It's good, but considering other high quality choices available, it's average amongst the ranks of high quality craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 16:44:37 | More by Duane_Opfer
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.19 single bottle poured into a shaker pint (the good glasses were dirty!)

Appearance: As to be expected for the style, pitch black. A pretty dark brown head sits on top, and is about a finger in height. Dies down fairly quickly. Some really nice lacing for the first half of the glass or so, which I wasn't really expecting. A pretty great looking beer. Carbonation is surprisingly high on this beer, and you can see quite a few bubbles streaming through.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roast, coffee... some of the usual suspects from such a beer. Surprisingly sweet aroma. This also has a tinge of alcohol in the aroma. Dark fruits come through a little bit as it warms, but not much.

Taste/feel: First thing I noticed was the carbonation -- it's actually pretty high, and I wasn't expecting that at all. There's a pretty full body, but it's not as thick as some other RIS's I've had. There's a bit of booze flavor, and a slight warmth. Alcohol isn't entirely well hidden, but I don't expect that in an Imperial Stout. The thing I like most about this beer is, well... a lot of things. First of all, like I said, I appreciate that it isn't syrupy thick/sweet. I get that in some of the critically acclaimed RIS's, and I don't like that too much. Additionally, although the smell isn't something you probably haven't smelled from another quality RIS, this is just that, a quality RIS. A lot of chocolate, coffee, and roast in this, and it makes me want to dive in. As much as I like this beer, I was expecting a bit of a chocolate bomb given the name. There's definitely a chocolate presence (especially in the aftertaste), but not as big as I figured there would be.

An excellent RIS that could easily be year round... the price is also damn hard to beat. One of the cheapest RIS's I've purchased, and nearly the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 02:32:41 | More by Alextricity
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hoody711

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fall is here in Chicago and it's cold this week. I was challenged by a friend to report on a beer hiding in the back of my fridge. This little guy has been hiding since last December.

A - from a 12 oz bottle into a Darkness tulip. 10% booze - yeehaw. The bottle is nice, looks classy. The beer pours a very dark brown and produces a lovely dark bronze-ish head, 2-3 fingers worth. The head settles to a thin ring.

S - so, there's dark chocolate. Duh. There's a little roastiness as well. There's some breadiness and wort as well. Just kidding, I don't smell any of that bullshit. It smells like a chocolate RIS. Chocolate, roasted malts, and booze. Nicely blended. Not as good as Stone's offering, but it smells good.

T - follows along as above. Chocolate and roasty malts, then there's some sweetness, then the chocolate again, with some sharpness, then a nice booziness to warm the ol cockles.

M - thinner than I expected to be honest. It coats the tongue nicely, a tad oily, and bitter on the way down.

O - who know's if this beer has changed a lot during its hibernation, but it's real good now. Comes real close to being perfect in a lot of ways. Definitely a great beer for the coming winter months.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:37:37 | More by hoody711
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,197 ratings.