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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,555 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,555
Reviews: 2,642
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 306
Gots: 874 | FT: 50
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Harkrank, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of patpbr
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Pours very dark with a nice small tan head.
S - Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted.
T - Builds on the smell with semi-sweet chocolate, some smoke and dark fruit. dark roast coffee.
M - Full body and moderate carbonation, dessert like
O - Nice Stout fitting for after dinner.

patpbr, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%

This was the last bottle that I bought from this past years release.

It looks nice really. Perfectly black with a nice brown head that sits on top. The head kind of fades to just a few rings and swirls of bubbles. There's a tiny bit of lacing and bubbles cascade down as you drink. The smell is decent, you get a hint of alcohol with some chocolate and roasted malts. The taste was kind of harsh, even a few months after I first purchased it. I remember thinking it was nice and sweet at first with a nice taste of chocolate, and its still there, but after finding lots of other imperial stouts, I realize that this one doesn't quite make it to the top. There's an intense bitterness and burn from the alcohol and the dark roasted malts. It's kind of smooth, but I get this feeling that's like eating a slimy fruit or something. I can't actually tell whether this beer is thick or thin. It actually drinks rather quickly, and I enjoy it, but it could be better. Try it some time.

taylorhamrick, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Stocean1
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Three finger hot chocolate head, creamy, thick sticky lacing, big retention - scent is choclate, floral hops, some dark fruit, taste follows the nose with some fresh dark bread, hint of coffee - full bodied, smoooth, some bitterness, sweet but not cloyingly so, plenty boozy heat - top notch chocolate RIS

Stocean1, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Steimie
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Steimie, May 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

OleDixie, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mcrawford, May 01, 2014
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Pitch black in color with a beautiful three finger light brown rocky head. As it slowly dissipates it leaves a dense blanket of fine bubbles on the walls of my glass.

Roasted malts and cocoa on the nose. Slight suggestion of licorice with an undertone of brandy like alcohol.

Up front flavors of dark dried fruits, figs and raisins. Followed by roasted cocoa and burnt espresso with a hint of toffee. Boozy alcohol in the finish with a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with an oily slickness left on the lips and tongue. Very quaffable, rich in flavor and a joy sip and savor. Great beer.

Ieatlambfries, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%

appearance: black... yummy black, with a chocolate brown head. this beer is absolutely gorgeous, i only wish the head remained a while longer.

smell: the aroma consists strongly of bakers chocolate, but i picked up on a hint of alcohol that was a tad disconcerting.

taste: this beer changed drastically (in a good way) as it warmed. the bakers chocolate was evident through out, as was a taste of alcohol... the two cancelled each other out in my rating. the roasted malts hit harder as it warmed, and harder than i wished when combined with the taste of alcohol, but still was ok. it at least showed some complexity.

mouthfeel: thick and bitter, it makes the roof of my mouth tingle, and i don't think i like that, but i'll keep thinking about it.

drinkability: the alcohol taste and funny mouth tingling really impact this one, and although i will try it again, if i have the same/similar experience as i did this time, i don't think i'll want more than a sip after that. this too gets better as it warms though.

dbalsock, Feb 08, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a solid black with a big, tan head that laces.

Smells of sweet, caramel malt with a small roast character and chocolate and coffee notes...big biscuity smell.

Up front sweet, roast character with a creamy chocolate character with a sweet, bitter character that has some awesome coffee and alcohol and ends on a roasted note. Complex and damned tasty.

Full bodied with a lower carbonation...not heavy or cloying though.

A big, complex stout that I look forward to every year.

*Update: I tried this next to a one-year old bottle and the aged bottle had a huge coffee note in the finish that lasted forever. It also had a creamy taste and a much more muted hop character. It tasted less "bright" and more subtle. I liked both versions for their respective tastes.

TenHornsProud, Oct 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

crownrl28, Jan 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

bshiban, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of diamondc
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

11-12 vintage.

A: A typical RIS pour ... black motor oil, light mocha colored head. Not much head retention though. Some light lacing.

S: Cherries, moderate roast, slight smoke, coffee and chocolate (duh..). Very vinous.

T: Dark fruit flavors initially, figs & cherries. Followed by an intense dry roastedness. Hot nuts and dark chocolate. Some moderate light pine hop bitterness at the end. Superb.

M: Another RIS sipper. Booze is apparent, but not distracting.

O: Some nice complexity. Still have one from last year being 'cellared'. Always look forward to this beer.

diamondc, Oct 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sachsenfreude, Jan 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

SickNukes, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

williahd, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Svendozen, Sep 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

xbrettfavrex, Nov 21, 2013
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4.72/5  rDev +13.7%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with the wrapped neck label that reads ?Limited Bottling ? Winter 03-04?. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Brooklyn Black is a misnomer. Brooklyn "Void of Light" or "Black Hole" Chocolate Stout would be more appropriate. Light simply vanishes in the creamy void. The only light comes from the cocoa colored, cream head. Good lacing and great retention.

Smell: Simple, but effective. Overly roasted, almost burnt, not quite toasted malt with dark, unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Mythical, stuff borne of legends. This elixir enters the mouth as an invading horde of burnt malt and dark chocolate, quickly supressing all with its rich, thick, chewy body and flavors. As if a heat source in itself, it warms the mouth and body with alcohol and tastes as if someone had roasted the malt and melted the dark chocolate in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Thick, dominating and yet smooth and creamy. Solid and liquid all at the same time. Wonderous.

Drinkability: As long as your not driving it is suppurb. Fill this the body, mind, and soul with a warmness and bliss rarely found in a brew.

Loki, Dec 18, 2003
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

This poured black with a 1 inch dark chocolate head that had some staying power.. and laced the glass quite well for most of the beer.

smell was more subdued that i expected, but had tones of caramel and roasted malt with a slight floral nose.

taste was of roasted, but not too burnt, malt, maybe some licorice, brown sugar, and molasses. very well balanced IMO. There was very little hop flavor... this one was mostly thick and malty, just as i prefer.

the mouthfeel was creamy, thick, oily, and mouth coating, just as a RIS should be.

The 10.6 ABV was well disguised but it did warm you as you drank it.. goes down so well this one could get you in trouble.

I need to figure out how much of this i need to get ahold of to last me until next year.. man i wish this was local to me!

tayner, Nov 01, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Vlaminck, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

rolandboy, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

TheLevi4000, Apr 06, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +6%

This review is for the fall 2006 release. Pours an inky black color with a lacy tan head. Smell of roasted malt with chocolate overtones.

Taste is heavenly with hints of roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate, no cloying sweetness. Alcohol is hidden very well. Creamy lush mouthfeel with a lingering taste. Love it, this is the best BBCS I've had yet, absolutely delicious.

LarryV, Oct 16, 2006
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,555 ratings.