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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,373 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,373
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 278
Gots: 820 | FT: 48
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.

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mdaschaf

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 02:41:17 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'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.




03-04:

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 06:03:32 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 19:12:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 23:42:41 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-27-2014 23:26:54 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 03:14:32 | More by DrJay
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 00:23:40 | More by LXIXME
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-23-2013 06:02:56 | More by Kelp
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 23:23:20 | More by tdm168
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 07:06:57 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 04:42:49 | More by glid02
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-06-2012 17:32:04 | More by Mebuzzard
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

10-23-2012 21:13:45 | More by sendbeer
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Gusler

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Release 2003 – 2004
The beer pours an atramentous color with a thick behemothic chocolate colored head that last longer than the winter’s In Maine, that’s 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 Bell’s 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 23:47:20 | More by Gusler
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beertunes

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 19:18:04 | More by beertunes
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Brad007

Vermont

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is rich and velvety with hints of dark chocolate and what reminds me of bourbon. Taste is very sweet upfront with lots of malty goodness and a nice chocolate finish at the back of the throat. The alcohol doesn't show too much and the result is a rich, dark chocolate essence in the aftertaste. This is clearly a sipping beer.

For the style, I'd put it a notch above the McNeils Imperial Stout. This one just seems so much smoother.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 02:27:27 | More by Brad007
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-24-2011 01:22:25 | More by PEIhop
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Reviewed from notes 1/10/2011

A: chocolate and malts

Ap: black with a 2 finger mocha colored head, dissipated fairly quickly, left nice lacing on the glass

B/T: mild carbonation, thick, slightly oily on the tongue, but smooth

Af: chocolate, and the typical bitterness associated with chocolate, lingers on the tongue pretty well.

O: a delicious chocolate treat

Cheers!
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 00:03:33 | More by THECPJ
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 17:04:25 | More by Derek
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-19-2013 09:25:47 | More by zestar
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dirtylou

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single

2005/2006 release, hauled 1000 miles from raleigh by blackie

appearance: pours a black/deep chocolate brown color into snifter, a light chocolatey head forms but nothing substantial, not a whole lot in the way of lacing

smell: rich and roasty, sweet and creamy dark chocolate, mocha/espresso, faint alcohol, touch of dark fruit

taste: deep and rich, loads of roasted malts, sweet and creamy chocolate, espresso, alcohol is a little too noticable i think, figs, plum, cherrys soaked in alcohol, some very good things going on here but its tough for me to put it in the bells/founders/alesmith category...i'll hold on to my other bottle for a while probably

mouthfeel: a little on the thin side, but still silky and creamy

drinkability: quite drinkable, but the alcohol could be hidden better

been wanting to try this for a while...had a 6 pack in my hand in rehoboth beach last summer but i think i had already bought about 1000 dollars worth of beer on that trip so i put it back

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 02:22:04 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into Stone Ruination glass (kind of mini-pint glass). Dark black color with brown (chocolate milk colored) foamy head.

Smells fruity and malty. The first taste is sweet, with a nice bitter after-taste. The chocolate comes through in the after-taste mostly. You can taste some roasted malts too. But not too burnt, which would be gross. There's a lot of carbonation which adds to this beer's drinkability. That's a problem I have with many stouts, they're too flat. Not this one!

Recommended. This is very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 23:59:30 | More by TurdFurgison
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-04-2012 03:48:26 | More by dmorgan310
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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, 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:03:47 | More by chinchill
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billab914

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 00:19:40 | More by billab914
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