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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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93
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6,130 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,130
Reviews: 2,729
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,163 | FT: 59
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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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Ratings: 6,130 | Reviews: 2,729
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3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, resembling a dark dark BROWN borderline black, 1.5 finger head of light brown chestnut quality bubbles. Manages to leave a consistent ring throughout drinking.

Nose and bouquet has a faint malt/yeast but also a good anisette front on it, faint cocoa on the back but not much, very balanced nose.

Taste and mouthfeel is wet, very light bodied giving way to cigarettes and ashes. Alcohol is still present and not hidden giving way to some heat on the finish. If you put chocolate on the label, I should be able to taste/smell it first... so where is it? Also some carbonation in the palate.

Drinkability... Depending on your palate your going to find things you may enjoy, its easy drinking even at this ABV.

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Drunkmonk for this!
Poured very thick, dark black with a brown creamy head that impressed me. Nose and taste of rich roasted malt with hints of cocoa and coffee. It had a great malt ptofile and the strong ABV was well hidden. Excellent brew.

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Limited Bottling - Winter 07-08", 10.6%abv., served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: a force pour results in a 5cm thick creamy brown head sitting on top of a jet black body and semi-lively streams of fine bubbles.
S: sweeter than your (or my) usual RIS, the aroma is packed with sweet treacle, chocolates, with a touch of vanilla; equally pronounced is the input of American flowery hops that lifts up the body skilfully. As the froth retreats and given a good swirl, there're hints of sweet nuts and black prune jam, but not quite assertive to be able to challenge the thick malty and lively hoppy theme.
T: oily smooth, almost lubricating comes the foretaste, full of bitter-sweet chocolaty+treacle-ish malts to start off with, yet it's quickly surrounded by milk-cocoa-like sweet nuttiness that lingers pleasantly in the long but un-imposing aftertaste, while dry-ish roastiness, delicate black-prune jammy fruits and a faintly burned nutty edge are closely behind. The medium level of hop bitterness catches up in good time, along with the tarred malts, render an aromatic yet also slightly spicy/peppery finish.
M&D: more smooth and elegant than the 08-09 vintage tasted six months ago, this slightly more mature bottle shows a very good depth and marvellous drinkability. The lingering bitterness keeps my tongue really "busy" way after each sip is done - the depth of bitterness and aroma truly is remarkable. Not a very bold example for an American RIS, but a somewhat balanced and likable one.

* Tasting Date: 18/02/09
"Limited Bottling - Winter 08-09", at 10%abv., served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.
4 A: nearly black with a little brown hues when seen against light, coming with rather light carbonation and a well-lasting thin layer of tan froth.
4 S: thickly malty with lots of oily dark malts (with the roasted nutty edge), melted black sugar, a rich chocolate aroma, a light hint of winey sourness, and also plentiful hoppy scent of American flowery hops, while a layer of alc. seems to hover in the air... If the alc. edge could be milder, the aroma would've been more enticing and complex.
4.5 T: the initial sip shows rather fine and oily texture with very restrained level of carbonation, featuring semi-sweet jammy dark-fruits, bitter dark chocolates, and assertive malt syrup that show up pretty quiet and elegant on the palate, but then in no time a wave of deepening bitter hoppiness, burned walnuts, Chinese smoked black prunes with a faint touch of licorice-flavoured bitter chocolates expands freely, rendering a harmonious aftertaste where one can sense the balance reached b/w nuttiness, dried Chinese root herbs, bitterness from hops and roast malts, a dry-ish palate and a kick from sour grapey-fruits. Of course, the bitter elements would outlast the others, but only just...
4 M&4.5 D: medium-bodied, oily on the texture, richly flavoured but never too alcoholic to jeopardise the harmonious palate. All in all, I find this vintage more interesting and complex than my previous encounter, but this bottle is served less cool and also consumed well after the ale was poured (40 minutes) - maybe "decanting" actually helps to bring out the best?! Marvellous beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Zorro
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled through the efforts of Newbie BIF.

Release 2004 – 2005 making this about 1 year old.

Pours an impenetrable black stout with a thick reddish brown head.

Smells of kahlua, smoke, coffee, chocolate and coffee. Chocolate and fruitiness ride the alcohol scent that makes my brain and nose say coffee liqueur.

Taste is a big hit of chocolate and coffee in the very first sip. Nice chest warming sensation from the alcohol level. Brown sugar makes an appearance as does fruit and toffee. Long lasting bitter after taste from the hops and dark malts but I am unable to identify exactly what this is very smoothly mixed. After 4 mouthfuls this smooths out and becomes just pure ambrosia to drink.

Milkshake thick and creamy probably the best mouthfeel I have experienced to date.

Drinkability is pure peace of heaven here. The only fault here is that the smell could be a bit more complex but it is debatable that it is not possible in a brew this strong. I have found a new favorite beer after drinking this. Now I just have to figure out how to get some more in California!

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a black dense opaque body with a dark chocolate creamy thin head. It last for a good bit but then fades to a ring around the edge.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt has some chocolate and dark coffee notes. The finish is a nice black roasted grain aroma with some soft earthy qualities.

T-This beer has a rich dark malt flavor with some nice dry bitter notes and a creamy dark chocolate flavor aswell. The finish has a nice smooth hop bitterness that goes well in supporting the malt. There are some very faint notes of dark fruit like prunes or dates but without the sugary sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some creamy texture and a bit of fizz in the finish. No alcohol warmth noticed.

D- This beer is a nice stout with good complexity. It had nice depth in the malt and it was nice to taste some bitter hops to support the malt. Some imperial stouts tend to get thin or watery but this is big and hefty.

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

A 12 oz bottle, from the Winter 06-07 version, clocking in at five years of age. In a mini Duvel tulip.

A: Bold and black with an off-white head. Opaque the body, wispy the head.

S: Plenty of rich chocolate in the nose, roasted malts have lost a little.

T: Chocolate is still here, but it has taken a bit of a beating. The roasted malts have done even worse, dropping off substantially. The warmer the ale gets, the more chocolate and booziness come through. They end up being a strong force with enough vinousness still remaining. What's left of the roasted malts turns acrid late in each sip. Good but not what it once was. I'm thinking 3-4 years may have been perfect.

M: Syrupy chocolate and boozy complexity, the stout still beats many on the market.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured black in color with a half inch, dense, tan head covering the top of the beer. The head settled down to a thin covering where it left some great lacing on the glass.

The aroma shows some very good chocolate flavors to it. It has both a roasty bitterness and a milk chocolaty flavor to it at the same time. Smooth and balanced aroma to it overall.

The taste has a lot of good dark, bitter-sweet chocolate flavor coming through. Some roasted, slightly burnt flavors come through more towards the finish. It has a sweetness to it though that really helps balance it out some. The chocolate is very nicely done, the bitterness and sweetness of it really comes together nicely.

The mouthfeel is on on the thicker side, but probably middle of the pack for imperial stouts. Carbonation is also moderate for the style. Drinkability is very good, it has some great flavors to it and was a very tasty beer for an after dinner drink tonight.

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07-08 Vintage - sampled 14/03/09

Raven black with negligible (where any) highlighting; there are no concessions when it comes to opaqueness, which really, is only appropriate given the persuasive suggestions in its name. Equally personifying to its title, a surprisingly ample level of cocoa butter is lathered atop. It appears creamy and fully capable of enduring the entire tasting.

I know it isn't, but this smells bourbon-barrel aged to me. Then again, for a product that must contain literally hundreds of aromas I don't think I could be considered wrong for imagining any of the flavours that are found swirling around my consciousness. On that note, I'll also add espresso, Zambuca, nuts, dark berries, and again, a whole bunch of aromatic wood essences normally traced back to the inside cavities of a well-worn barrel.

Attention flavour technicians: study this beer. It offers such a myriad of flavours that it can be difficult to identify exactly what the taste is foremost, especially when not every flavour comes to fore with every sip. I would place the most prominent feature - chocolate - as being a cross between a dark, bitter, heavy concentrate of cocoa and a sweetened milk chocolate with the balance, perhaps, just in slight favour of the former.

Due to the prominence of very biscuity, almost cookie-dough like malts the beer embodies an English confection, something to be had alongside afternoon tea. With its rich, unyielding bitter persona, however, I'm reminded more of an Italian digestif espresso and tiramisu dessert. It's also as rich as a French or Belgian truffle. The more North American staple of a bittersweet milk chocolate is also tasted. Altogether, it's hard to determine the inspiration for this Black Chocolate Stout, but as far as the 'chocolate' is concerned, it's covered its bases.

Instantly, I can see the appeal of cellaring. Not only can I sense the beer has all the might and character capable of enduring years of aging, I feel it might stand to use a couple more. This batch, brewed last winter, still has enough warming to carry one through a cold winter's night. Fortunately, it's strength is more than equaled by complexity and this remains decadently rich with long-lasting notes of bourbon, truffles, and vanilla.

Chocolate has been drank since its discovery, some 2000 years ago (it was not until 1849 that the first solid chocolate went on sale). To the ancient Mayans, chocolate was used as an aphrodisiac, it was given to warriors prior to battle, it was a unit of currency and was an important part of religious rituals. It is a product that has long been associated with powerful psychoactive, erotic, and commercial properties. So on that note, I'll leave you with the words of international confectionery historian Tim Richardson...

"... and when we have gobbled the chocolate we become calm and sated, almost as if we are a different person, although the craving can return again quite quickly. Perhaps this repeated sensual cycle, from extreme enjoyable stimulation to employable satiation to relaxed serenity, is one reason why sex and chocolate are so readily linked. As with sex, the desire for chocolate ca be sudden and overwhelming."

... and so too can the desire for Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blitz134 for the brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice small tan creamy head which quickly leaves, but leaves a few islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is sligthly licoricey, sweet roasted malts, some hops hovering around, and lots of chocolate/toffee. The taste is awesome of sweet roasted malts, and chocolate, the finish is clean. Nice warming effect in the throat. Medium body, well rounded brew. This is a very nice RIS from Brooklyn, very very tasty. Highly recommended.

Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Bottled 8/30/2011.

Appearance - Black with a nice buildup of a mocha head. Not much room for it in this glass, but it's there. Settles quickly with some decent lacing for 10%.

Smell - Chocolate through and through. Molasses rounds it out. Overload of both aromas, really. I like it, though. Just a touch of hop in the aroma as well.

Taste - Initial smack of chocolate and molasses, but it's immediately followed by a hefty dose of hop bitterness. Not really a well-defined hop bite. Just bitter throughout, especially in the finish. Drowns out a lot of the flavors. The finish is a touch grassy with an intense roast malt finish. Almost burnt.

Mouthfeel - Not pleasant. The bitterness is intense and the beer thins out at the very end, leaving a strong carbonation and hop feel instead of a nice creamy stout feel. What gives?

Overall - First half of the beer is good, the second half is lacking. Overly hopped? Not really, as the hop flavor doesn't come through clearly. It's that burnt flavor at the end that's the most off-putting. Luckily a lot of the other flavors salvage this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received in trade with kmpitz2, thanks for the opportunity. 04-05 bottling.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed an partial skim of bubbles over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Bubbles seem to just swirl around, not really any growth or diminishing of head, with light lacing that falls very slowly. Aroma is tanninish creamy black malts, with some hops character as well. Taste is a duel of dark sweetness and bitterness, with the bitterness losing until the hops come on and even up the score. Vinous fruitiness pops up throughout, and alcohol warming quickly takes effect. Mouthfeel is so easy it seems almost thin, and drinkability is very high once you get a little bit of the warmth going on. A little age doesn't hurt this one.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,130 ratings.