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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,611
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 316
Gots: 890 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Stumpy29er, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

SourAddict, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

plinythederek, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of MJR
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An Imperial stout for lunch in June? Why not...

Winter '02-'03 Bottling...

Appearance: Pours a deep black that has a hint of brown when held up to a strong light. A reverse cascading effect gives way to a thick, brown head that slowly shrinks to a thin cap. A quick swirl brings it up again. Great lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Small hints of alcohol and diacetyl hide undeneath a massive blanket of roasted malts and chocolate. The aroma is extremely rich with the usual dose of dark fruits, but they take a backseat to the chocolate malts. Hops are practically nonexistent in the nose of this beer.

Taste: The flavor is extremely rich and creamy with hefty doses of chocolate and roasted malts. The alcohol is present from the first sip to the last swallow, but it doesn't really take the attention away from the grains. It merely provides a warming undercurrent and base for this brew to work it's magic. There's the usual assortment of burnt dark fruits: plum, raison, and black currant. There's a slight hop bitterness, but little-to-no aroma or flavor. Finishes with a burst of warming alcohol, which makes it seem like it's more than 8.5%abv.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich on the tongue, but a touch thinner than some of the other Imperials it's compared to. Still, there's a nice chewy quality that makes me delay each swallow as long as I can. Finishes with a blast of mouth-drying alcohol.

Drinkability: This is quite the drinkability Imperial stout. I would say that the slight thinness of body makes it more drinkable than some others, but the alcoholic flavor and mouthfeel give the impression of a stronger brew, so they sorta cancel each other out. It's a shame this brew isn't available in the Midwest, 'cause it's a damn good brew...

A big 'thank you' goes out to pbrian for sending me a few of these.

MJR, Jun 06, 2003
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

dan027, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

irish01980, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jbdpsu82, Aug 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ThisMoonlife, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

VinsanityDiesel, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of auroracrisis
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled into a snifter, Winter 09-10 bottling.

Pours infinitely black. I can't even see through the edges of the glass. One finger head that dissipates into a collar of foam.

The smell is licorice and toffee up front. A touch of cocoa beans and booze as well. Stale pumpernickel and a little caramel too. Seems to be a bit boozey for it's age though, the alcohol tingles your nose.

On the tongue we have muddled licorice, bakers chocolate, weak coffee, and booze. Caramel and a touch of peat or smoke as the beer warms. Alcohol too. Again, it seems a bit boozey for a beer that is almost 2 years old.

Thin for a stout. I'd say a light medium body, with moderate carbonation for the style. A little sticky, and some tingle from the alcohol.

Overall, this isn't the best Russian Imperial Stout. In fact, it's more of an American Double in my opinion. But, you get what you pay for. Okay chocolate and licorice flavor, and a nice amount of alcohol. It's not bad per say, but for my money I'd rather spend a dollar more and get a four pack of Founders Imperial Stout.

auroracrisis, Aug 04, 2011
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4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, nearly black color with a dull mocha/khaki head that has a hydrogen-infused appearance. The aroma is very nice. A lot of coconut and sorghum up front. After the beer settles a bit, a lot of sweet, milk chocoate emerges. Mouthfeel is not as viscous as it looks. Very creamy with some sting around the edges of the tongue from a carbonation/hop hot/alcohol combination. A lot of chocolate flavor, contrasted by the smokiness. The smokiness dissipates as the beer sits. There's a bit of ripe cherry in there as well. I like it very much.

DocJitsu, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Zimbo
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited bottling 10-11.

In the bottle there is a nice light dry roasty aroma with some richness and raisin. Poured it forms virtually no head. Jet black colour and obvious high booze shimmery hue this is surprisingly light bodied for the style. A bit hollow on the taste front as it lacks definition and fullness on the palate.
But just when you've virtually given up all hope more intense roasty complex meaty aromas creep up on you with a medicinal gauze quality which just makes it really quite delicious. Still, by the time this almost perfect nose comes to the forefront its almost too late to push this into the realm of excellent. Still, I could whiff this little baby all night.

Zimbo, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mattyrubes, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jeanphony, Oct 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Cook82, Jun 26, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000-2001 Limited Edition bottle courtesy of Malto (Thanks!).

This bottle poured a dark black with only a small, tan head. The aging seems to have taken away some of the carbonation. The nose was very nice and highlighted by obviosuly chocolate hints, although subtle. The taste is where this beer makes its mark: A puff of semi-sweet chocolate off the top that turns only slightly bitter towards the end of the sip. A decadent chalky cocoa follows and the combination lingers long and pleasantly. Coffee bean undertones & roasted malts. Mouthfeel was exceptional. Although the pour revealed little carbonation, the body was lively enough to offer up some fresh mouthfeel and mix in a creaminess off the back end. I don't have a newer bottle of this beer to compare it to but this aged bottle is simply outstanding. Superb in every aspect.

Popsinc, Jan 02, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6'er...

Limited 03/04 edition

This beer pours the blackest stout I have ever seen, with a medium-large dark brown head, exceptional retention and a few marks of lacing at the end. The aroma gives away some nice stout characteristics... starting with it's core of chocolate, and seconary characteristics of roasted malts and a dark-roasted coffee, one of the darkest!

The taste is very impressive, not only does it continue with the above aroma characteristics, it also has a hint of creme and vanilla embeded in the taste, very powerful and unique! The mouthfeel is also in its own class, the creamy taste characteristc seems to flow this beer straight through your mouth, leaving a smooth delivery. As this beer settles it's a very drinakble beer, I might have another since this beer attributes a lot, also the 8.5%abv is nowhere to be found, even right after the pour as some beers give off.

Final Thought: As you let this beer settle you notice a remarkable taste change... it's up there for stouts, period!

mobyfann, Feb 27, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Bordeaux glass.
Bottled in Winter '10/'11

Aroma: Deep, dark chocolate, molasses from dark roasted malt, and sweet dark dried fig. A hint of bourbon-like booze appears from the middle through the finish.

Appearance: Pitch black espresso, dark tan two-fingered head settles to a thin, spotty layer of foam. Very light lacing.

Flavor: Rich molasses sweetness up front. Hershey's Special Dark-like chocolate flavor and bitterness. Fruitiness is reminiscent of fortified wine, and is followed by a light smoky finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thinner body than I'd desired, but not bad. Spicy heat from the alcohol warm the inside of the mouth and throat. Alcohol is prominent, but definitely not overwhelming.

Overall: A very solid showing by Brooklyn. I have to admit, I didn't read the small label on the neck of the bottle, and was hoping for the use of actual chocolate in this beer. The chocolate flavor, as the label says, however, comes strictly from the malt. At the end of the day, this beer is an artfully brewed, complex imperial stout, and I'm probably going to try to get my hands on another bottle and cellar it for a couple of years.

mdvatab, May 20, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is absolute black with a moderate tan/brown head. Lacing is moderate, spotty.

Nose is of roasted caramel malts, chocolate, coffee. Taste is primarily of chocolate with some coffee, and layered with dark caramel malts. Sweet, not particularly bitter. Alcohol taste is noticeable, but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly creamy with a good amount of carbonation. This brew is very approachable and the alcohol is not nearly as overpowering as in many other imperial stouts. It's filling, as to be expected, so that tempers the drinkability.

All in all, a very enjoyable brew and one of my favorites of the style to date. Plan to drink again.

Mavajo, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a claret.

Appearance-Dark black body, no light shines through. Head is a tan 1 to 2 finger head. Nice lacing.

Smell-Very nice bitter dark chocolate. Some sweetness and some roastiness, a touch of smoke I get as well.

Taste-As good as I remembered it, it's been a while since I had one. Tons of dark chocolate, but some milk chocolate sweetness does come through. No dark fruits and very little coffee, just a lot of chocolate malts. For being pretty fresh, the alcohol is pretty much not there.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, pretty thick and a little chew to it. Carbonation is perfect, it really lets the flavors shine.

Overall-The best part about this beer is and always will be it's price point. 7 bucks a 4 pack! Really glad I got a case as well, only 38 bucks. Thats 1.60, pretty amazing. Anyway, besdies the price, it's a fantastic beer for a nice cold night, really warms you up without being too much.

SWMeyer4141, Oct 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

LouDogg114, Dec 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

pep, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is possibly the best "bottled" beer from Brooklyn - I think we all know that the non-contract draft beer coming out of the brewery is much better! This beer pours a very dark brown/black with ruby highlights. There's a nice, light tan/brown head around the rim of the glass, although no Belgian-lace is produced. The aroma is of a bittersweet chocolate and candyish malt, but without hops, which is OK for the style.

The flavor starts with alot of chocolate and roastiness followed by a clear alcohol, a bit of hop flavor, and eventually mellowing into very nice coffee notes. The finish stays on the pallet a bit and is somewhat sharp. The carbonation level is appropriate and the body is nice. There are no off-notes to speak of. Overall, a nice example of the style.

ExtraStout, May 24, 2011
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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