Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured a dead black hue with a 2 finger pillowy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell was a strong upfront coffee and chocolate aroma. Good toasted grain element as well.
The taste consisted of a sweet chocolate and caramell ballanced by a solid coffee and burnt grain. Not overly sweet. ABV was hid well.
The mouthfeel was heavy and chewy.
Overall a very drinkable imperial. ABV is hidden well.
10-16-2006 14:37:02 | More by plaid75
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a dark black beneath a nice big brown head that slowly settles into a pretty decent lacing.
Dark roasted malts dominated by a almost sweet molasses aroma, with it it seems a very light pitted cherry presents.
Heavy mocha mixed with molasses and roasted malts taste, a dark dark chocolate taste is present but not dominate.
A dry mocha rich aftertaste lingers on the full bodied effort.
05-22-2012 00:23:40 | More by LXIXME
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
Limited bottling winter of 05-06.
A: Pours a viscous dark black cherry color with a thin cherry tan head.
S: Huge roasted malt and coffee dominate the nose. Underneath lies a beautiful complexity of sherry, dark licorice, and rum raisin.
T: Flavor is big dry roasted coffee, some alcohol, roasted malt and sherry wine hints. Some dry bittering hops in the finish. Big roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, dark licorice and sherry all combine in a beautiful example and complexity of flavors in this well rounded, balanced and full bodied beer.
M: Mouthful is creamy and full bodied, warm chocolate and some alcohol leaving a thick roasted malt coating on the tongue and a big alcohol bite that lingers.
D: Very rich, dark and comparable to the best of imperial russian stouts (rasputin). A rich treat in every sip.
02-17-2008 18:36:07 | More by beerthulhu
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a pretty opaque black, some red on the edges, thick tan head, good retention and some nice lace. Smell is fucking powerful, cherries, coffee, chocolate, some alcohol, insane roast. Taste is some sour cherries up front, which disappears by the end of the glass, roasted coffee and chocolate, some alcohol, and a roasty chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was medium to thick bodied, with medium carbonation, lots of alcohol warming. The alcohol is a little hot but otherwise really nice. Thanks DrJay!
01-12-2006 20:46:45 | More by Viggo
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured a 2009 bottle
A: Dark black with a chunky brown/tan head, dissipated quickly leaving a ring of bubbles on the top of the beer.
S: Hit immediately with the roasted malts and then some bittersweet chocolate. As it warms get more coffee and chocolate coming through.
T: Lots of roasted malt and some dark chocolate. The chocolate flavor intensifies as it warms. Also some vanilla. Very nice.
M/D: Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. Very easy to drink and leaves a nice aftertaste. A really nice beer that I look forward to drinking again. Also looking forward to drinking this one with some more age on it as well to see what happens.
10-06-2010 02:41:17 | More by mdaschaf
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
The bottle is from "Winter 10-11". Consumed on 10/20/11.
Pours a very dark black with a reddish hue and 1/4" of brown head that fades after a little while. The smell has notes of dark fruit, anise, licorice, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol esters and faint chocolate. The taste is anise and licorice up front then a blast of roasted malts and coffee followed by faint chocolate, dark fruit, and some alcohol warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and full bodied.
This is a well blended, very rich, delicious beer. The alcohol is noticeable but only adds to the overall enjoyability of the beer. All the flavors mesh well. I'll definitely have another one of these as the days get colder.
10-20-2011 23:23:20 | More by tdm168
3.75/5 rDev -9.6%
'01-'02: Pours black with a big and dense dark brown head. This baby's got some retention too. Laces nice rings all the way to the bottom of the glass. Roast and chocolate malt on the nose. Fairly light in body for an Imperial. Not a light body, but not full bodied by any means. I would say it is medium bodied. Nice roastiness in the taste. Slight coffee-like bitterness. And a little alcohol. This does not have the deep complexities or the body that an Imperial should have.
Pitch Black. Small brown head with great retention. Lacing is excellent as well. Nice aroma of chocolate, burnt malts and cocoa. The taste is nice and chocolatey. Bittersweet. And a little fruity as well. Currants and dark cherries. Rum soaked raisins. Body is about meium. Highly drinkable. This beer is good, but doesn't have the guts of some of the Big Boys. Good brew though.
My ratings reflect the 03-04 version.
03-30-2004 06:03:32 | More by Bighuge
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
This was a bottle of 07-08 my bro whipped out for xmas week tasting.
Black appearance, not much head to it. Aroma was minimally chocolate.
Taste, a chocolate one trick pony, but seems to be more about the chocolate malt than any candy type of chocolate to it. Kind of a dry ending to it. It was definitely a good beer, but really nothing about it sets it apart, or allows for its inclusion in a top 10 (maybe even 20) imperial stout discussion.
01-13-2011 19:12:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
'05-'06: Black beer with a mocha head composed of fine bubbles. Extended, spotty lacing and good retention. Roasty, dark chocolate aroma, a bit of nuttiness and significant alcohol. Bitter chocolate flavour throughout, with plenty of malt sweetness and roast. Plenty of bitterness, which lingers into the finish along with the chocolate character and a mild cherry flavour. Silky texture with a roasted dryness and fine carbonation. It had a fair bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Quite tasty overall and it would go great with dessert.
01-05-2006 03:14:32 | More by DrJay
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
08-17-2010 00:19:40 | More by billab914
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
12 oz received as a plethora of cool extras from PEBKAC more than 6 months ago now... decided to crack one tonight as my ongoing cellar clearing project... enjoyed from my Kasteel tulip.
Jet black brew of course... head looks creamy like foam atop an espresso.. but lasts alot long and leaves picture perfect spotty lace.
Aroma is impressive mix of chocolate and yeasty fruitiness.. cocoa and subtle coffee notes.. a little bit of mild sweet cherry.
Flavor is dark chocolate and coffee... fairly dry throughout... lingering finish is reminiscent of chocolate covered dried cherries.. a little nuttiness is also present... body is less than expected for a brew of this ABV, but it is still fairly viscous with just the right amount of carbonation.
A pretty class brew from a class act trader... Adam we must do it again.
08-07-2008 07:06:57 | More by JohnGalt1
3.89/5 rDev -6.3%
Undated 12 oz bottle, believed 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.
11-02-2013 01:03:47 | More by chinchill
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Bottle from a four-pack purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours one shade from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.
Smells of strong roasted malts with good amounts of unsweetened and dark chocolate. As it warms the chocolate aromas sweeten a bit.
Tastes very similar to how it smells. Roasted malts with very light hints of coffee and much stronger hints of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the roasted malt flavors fade a bit leaving room for the chocolate flavors to take over and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and won't have a problem polishing off the rest of the four-pack.
Overall this didn't taste quite as complex as it remember it tasting on-tap however it's still a very solid beer. Well worth a shot.
12-22-2009 04:42:49 | More by glid02
4.75/5 rDev +14.5%
I love this beer and was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it. Thanks to OKComputer for popping open a bottle to rectify that situation. Poured into snifter and served alongside a homemade Old Rasputin brownie.
Poured black, with just a thin cap of brown head that had good retention and light lacing. The aroma is a wonderful blend of chocolate and malt. Only the slightly overpowering alcohol scent detracted from the olfactory joy.
On the tongue, the story was the same. Big, solid base malts supporting just enough chocolate to satisfy this choco-holic. The body is appropriately full and smooth, but again the alcohol presence took a bit of the happy away. Drinkability is dangerously excellent. I have drank 2 22oz bottles in a sitting before (and I rarely have more than a pint of any 1 brew at a time) and will happily drink this beer most any time. Overall, a true classic of a beer. A must try if you haven't.
11-29-2011 19:18:04 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
3.55/5 rDev -14.5%
A: Dark black with a tan head. Not much retention (not enough for a stout), but it leaves a great lace!
S: Alcohol is really up front, with some underlying chocolate and fruity esters.
T: Dark, bitter chocolate and dark roasted espresso. The alcohol is quite assertive as well.
M: Moderate body is a little chalky. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate.
D: This one's a sipper.
04-15-2006 17:04:25 | More by Derek
4.63/5 rDev +11.6%
Release 2003 2004
The beer pours an atramentous color with a thick behemothic chocolate colored head that last longer than the winters In Maine, thats for your benefit bennybrew tee hee. The aroma of fresh coffee, sweet chocolate, malt, citrus crisp and fresh, start is delightfully sweet, rich in malt, the top full and rich in its feel to the palate. Finish is dynamically hopped, measured in its acidity, the aftertaste bittersweet chocolate dry and quite long lasting, a beer I wait for each year and always hate to see it go, I thank UncleJimbo for this bottle.
Release 2002 - 2003
As much as the Bells Expedition stout was devoid of head, this beer has a monumental head, creamy like whipped chocolate which is its color and as it evanesces, leaves behind a thick sheet of lace to smother the glass. The aroma of hot chocolate, sweet malt, hints of coffee and the toasted grains make this a quite sniffable brew, what a treat to this old honker. Sweet as chocolate fudge on the start, top thick and full to the palate, finish has a delightful amount of carbonation, the hops pertinent but not overpowering, bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste that lingers on the palate for hours. Delightful stout, and a must if your into the dark side.
01-14-2004 23:47:20 | More by Gusler
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
From a bottle picked up at the LCBO, seasonal release. Into an oversized wine glass. Winter 2010-2011 vintage.
Pitch black in the pour, with a finger and change of dark tan head with a reddish tinge to it. Falls to a fat collar around the edges and leaves some magnificent lace. Awesome. Aroma is some coffee grain, dark bitter chocolate and some roasty malt. Everything is well balanced and integrated here. Can't smell the booze, but I knew it was coming. Roasty chocolate notes and booze hit the tongue and throat first, with some molasses-like sweetness following. A drying coffee finish tops it off. Body is thick full and creamy, and the booze is here, but not overpowering. Would definitely smooth out given some time, glad I've got a 4-pack of this stuff. A sipper at 10%, but that's expected. 5/45/45/4/4
Edit: Revisiting this one after a year in the cellar, still 2010-2011 vintage. Still gorgeous as fuck. Loads of molasses, brown sugar, bitter coffee and espresso. Great sweetness and balance. Almost liqueur-like flavours. No alcohol and a lovely, creamy feel. Downright brilliant; amazing what time does to this. Sadly my last bottle of this vintage. 5/45/45/45/5
10-28-2010 14:42:00 | More by liamt07
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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