Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery
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District of Columbia
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
This flagship brooklyn brewery masterpiece is one of my favorite winter beers. Served from a bottle, it has a black, viscous color with great substance to the brew.
The beer smells and tastes of bitter chocolate and dark-roasted espresso bean, with the harshness of a heavy IPA and the smoothness of a wannabe irish dry, which happens to be a great combination.
Unlike its cousin, the smooth and welcoming Brooklyn Brown, this beer is just no holds barred, balls-out front with a classiness that is ahead of its time. There aren't too many stouts that would risk combining the bitterness of espresso bean and dark chocolate with the burnt dryness of a russian imperial and throw in some light cherry overtones and a wrenching 11% ABV.
A great winter brew for those looking for a substance-driven stout.
11-25-2008 01:44:56 | More by TLove
4.8/5 rDev +15.7%
'01-'02: Wow, this beer knocked me out! For a while, all I could taste and smell was alcohol. But after it warmed, the rich texture of the chocolate and malt became evident. This beer really warms the inside of your belly and is perfect for this time of year.
'00-'01: What a brew! I saved a bottle from last year and it evolved into an even more spectacular beer. It's like velvet, but sweet and with a kick. You can't go wrong.
11-14-2001 21:43:15 | More by AaronRed
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours dark as a moonless night with a khaki coloured one finger head on top. Smell is of good espresso, bitter chocolate and maybe a touch of molasses. The flavour is nice and deep with coffee and dark chocolate notes taking over. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is silky smooth going down and eventually finishing dry, but not too dry. Drinkability is good after a few you will start to see things in a new light. Recommended- buy them and horde them as the supply is always short.
03-12-2004 17:23:02 | More by TinusTime
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured into a snifter.
Smoothly pours out like a typical stout and releases a thin tan head that lingers for a few seconds. A total dark and opaque color in the glass with small amounts of rising and bubbling streams around. Nice spotty lacing throughout also. Aroma is beautifully roasted and full of sweet chocolate, malts, a bit of alcohol and surprisingly coated with cinnamon. Cinnabon in a glass essentially - really appealing on the nose to the point of intoxication. Such a beautiful fragrance resonating from the glass.
Taste is moderately roasted - not as potent as other RIS's I've had in the past. Begins with a nice malty presence then enters a cocoa and chocolate element and finally finishes on a slight bittersweet chocolate astringency and warmth from the 10% ABV, which was masked incredibly well. Not a whole lot of big appeal on the flavor component, but it's textbook RIS in terms of the actual flavors.
The mouthfeel is smooth, yet light-bodied with mild carbonation. A bit lacking in the overall feel for an RIS, but other than that it's easy drinking. Drinkability is fair - not as tasty and flavorful as I was hoping. Not really worthy to drink all four in a night's session, but probably best to set some off to add some age. Not bad, but not incredible.
10-30-2009 03:28:28 | More by infi
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
A- Starting with the 'executive' looking black label ('09-'10)spangled with stars, I anticipated a badass beer. I poured this baby into a Sam Adams glass(what was available) and daaamn, that beer is fine. Nice black opaque body with an excellent thick head.
S- Sweet. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma. After you smell it, the beer pulls you in face first.
T- Awesome!!! Tastes like it smells. I tasted it in correctly the first time I tried it. When sipping I get a very metallic taste, but when you gulp it, your mouth is filled with sheer awesomeness.
M- A thicker feeling liquid with regular, not-too-prickly carbonation. Alcoholic dryness on the way down.
D- I drank the beer in less than 3 minutes. I'd consider that drinkable. I just wish I had another.
05-19-2010 13:54:14 | More by wcintula
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
I love stouts!
A: Deep black body topped with a 1+ fingered frothy head with solid retention. Good lacing to boot!
S: Dark chocolate, toffee, molasses with a surprisingly noticeable hop profile.
T: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, hops poke through and resonate in the aftertaste. Slightly too bitter for my personal taste.
M: Medium bodied, slightly dry.
O: Solid stout, and I'm very glad that I have three more to drink!
10-18-2011 22:14:28 | More by tjkinate
3.53/5 rDev -14.9%
Bottle from IP trade with SF Fan Jake
A: Pours a black with a brown khaki one finger head.
S: This is the downside, the aroma is terrible. Similar problem that I have with aged Green Flash Double Stout. Wet cardboard, and off aromas. Just bad.
T: Thankfully the taste isn't effected too much by the terrible aroma. Tons of Roasty notes, chocolate and slight hop finish similar to Old Raspy.
M: Full bodied, plenty of carbonation for you belgian fans, and a slight bitter dry finish that isn't there in most stouts. Chocolate sweetness lingers as well.
O: Decent beer that I would love to try fresh. Think aging isn't kind to the aroma on this one.
03-02-2013 05:14:17 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
Oh, if this was on tap at any local pub, I'd never leave the place.
Pours pitch black, dark brown head, little lace. Faint aroma of sweet belgian sugars, maybe some plum, plenty of roasty aroma as well. Taste heavy of roasted malts and a porto like mouthfell. Dry finish, makes you want more.
I'd kill for the recipe. Good Stuff.
07-15-2007 01:50:02 | More by bloberglawp
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottled 09-10 winter. Good stuff, very impressed.
Pours a dark brownish black, with a finger of mocha white head that fades quickly leaving almost no lacing.
Smell is very light, alcohol and chocolate. Expected of this style.
Taste is where this thing is awesome. Chocolate and caramel sweetness. Alcohol burn is there, but absolutely necessary. Roastiness is kept in check by the malty sweetness. Very balanced between bitter chocolate and caramel sweetness.
Mouthfeel is oily and heavy. Light carbonation as per the style.
Drinkability is very high. At 10% it'd be tough but a 4 pack is not unthinkable in this situation.
A great beer overall.
07-18-2010 02:16:11 | More by bs870621345
3.73/5 rDev -10.1%
Poured into a room temperature imperial pint glass.
-Appearance 3.5: Very little head at all, and I really cranked the pour. What head appeared was an attractive tan. Jet black otherwise, just like an Imperial Stout should be.
-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Toasted oats and dark chocolate notes and an unmistakable "sweet" smell. Promising.
-Taste 4.0: Front is sweet and there is a detectable taste of smoked grains. Middle is thick barley with a medium sweetness and a nice layer of cocoa and smokiness. Finish is more cocoa and nice bite of alkaline hops along with a slight sourness. Aftertaste is long and hoppy/chocolate. Very nice.
-Mouthfeel 2.5: This beer is woefully undercarbonated. It is nearly flat and this detracted from the overall enjoyment of the beer.
-Overall 3.5: Very good Imperial Stout. Has a high ABV (10%), but this is unnoticeable in the taste. The mouthfeel of this beer really turned me off, but the taste was quite good. Don't know if I will purchase this again, as there are other, better Imperials within easy reach.
03-28-2012 04:15:51 | More by BeerDocT
4.4/5 rDev +6%
This bible black brew cascaded into my glass with a presence that foretold of the taste extravaganza to come.
It's tan brown head remined me of bread dough rising with a sculpturing that was a delight to behold at every ensuing sip.
The flavor was everything this beer's moniker heralded-- hops with a bitter start, toasted malt with other flavor spangles here and there-sweet maltiness comingled with a tad of coffee perhaps. The 10% ABV makes it self known both in the nose and flavor. (I haven't opened my 2nd bottle yet). The finish is a long lasting copy of the start and a neverending flavor that leaves me wondering when it is going to fade.. At last the finish fades a clean diffusion leaving my tastebuds tantalized for the next sip.
The mouthfeel was so cordial as if my palate claims "this is where I belong" -- the feeling of a heavy bodied all encompasing substance that fit so perfectly it makes me sorry to see the bottle and glass empty.
Drinkability is exceptional even with a 10% ABV-- maybe because of the flavor and mouthfeel, I didn't tend to noitce the alcohol's affect on my constitution.
12-24-2006 01:44:10 | More by gueuzeonhigh
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle identifying it as '09 -'10 winter release, into a stemless wine glass. Poured black as nite almost like old used motor oil with very little carbonation. Pretty thick head that is disappears rather quickly. Scent of roasted chocolate, and malts, slightly burnt smell. The tasty mix of dark and sweet chocolates, roasted coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy. It is very drinkable, alcohol is warming.
12-05-2009 17:43:15 | More by mtnbikerpa
4.76/5 rDev +14.7%
WOW.... Thats one word to describe this stout. It is dark, it has a great aroma. Hints of chocolate and coffee with a touch of cinnamon.
Then the pour.... Dark dark dark through and through. Then slowly the white creamy head rises to the top. Not a lot, just enough to separate the dark from the cream.
The first sip. Its smooth, its delicious, you can taste the coffee more than the chocolate and it is smooothh The beer in your mouth is very full and the after taste lingers for a long time.
For a beer that is 10$ ABV, you would never realize it because it is so easy to drink
I gotta run out and buy several more 4packs.
Second major tasting of this stout.. Same as before, loads of chocolate in the noise and in the taste. This years brew seems to be fuller and rounder than the 2011, which to me was even that much more enjoyable. The only negative, and its a very small negative, is that in this batch (2012), I seem to taste/feel more alcohol. Even at 10%, past years brews seem to have less of an alcoholic taste.
But then again, this could be just more beer tasting techniques and skills have been advancing.
Even so, a great STOUT!
Another Tasting: This one is getting better and better every time I taste it.. Its getting close to a 5 for me now
One more time. This time, I could feel the chocolate as well as smell and taste it I was anxious like a little boy in a candy stand waiting to unwrap the chocolate candy bar and bit into it. Well tonight, I was that little boy and boy did I enjoy this even more
Another tasting. Even more than before this stout has everything, I mean everything I ever wanted in a stout. The pour was beautiful. Deep rich black chocolate stout down into the glass, then topped with a 1 1/2 frothy amber cream head that stayed and stayed. Once my nose was inside the glass, I felt like a kid in a chocolate factory. The taste was superb, you would think at 10% ABV, there would be some burn here, but its smooth and smoother As I had more from my glass, I could detect the alcohol in the nose but still was not in the taste. The chocolate got richer and the beer kept on getting better.
09-24-2013 01:13:49 | More by rdilauro
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Ba Review #243
Served On: 12/12/2012
Glassware: DFH Chalice
Labeled ABV: 10.0%
Date/ Code: Winter 2012-2013
This was a 4-pack I was lucky enough to find at Giant in York, PA.
Look: This beer was black as night and very viscous. A nice creamy brown head formed to my surprise. Lacing was everywhere.
Smell: Smooth chocolate and coffee notes. Toasty character with some toffee notes that came through.
Taste: First was creamy mocha with an earthy roasted malt kicking in around the middle. Than things were switched up with a short lived bitterness that lead into a smokey finish. The coffee returned in the aftertaste. Mouth feel was very full and smooth. No alcohol warmth to be found.
I found this to be a wonderful RIS. I’ve heard a few different people say this is actually contract brewed by Saranac. Regardless, it’s a nice winter treat.
12-12-2012 16:17:35 | More by CraftBeerTastic
4.34/5 rDev +4.6%
This one pours brilliant black that allows no light to pass, not even from the 100 watt bulb over my head. The head is a thick and resilient tan that is extremely slow to settle.
The lacing appear to be extreme and more of a resilient clinging head that is coating the glass.
The nose is sweet, caramel, dark chocolate, cardamon and some alcohol with a subtle hint of hops.
The favor is far more dry and hoppy than I expected with the nose. I was expecting much more malt. That said, it is a pleasant surprise. The taste is subdued malt with strong stout overtones of the chocolate, coffee, caramel and toast that has a strong hopped flavor throughout the entire tasting. The bitter is strong but not overwhelming and is very pleasant with a nice IPA like finish.
The mouthfell is a bit watery considering the thick head, lacing and the fact it is a stout. But overall is more than acceptable.
Overall I really like it. It is finally cold enough outside that stouts are perfect. A nice dark beer that warms you up with alcohol that is not over strong and a great mix of flavors. This is good. I will definitely drink it again.
11-15-2013 00:51:45 | More by AtrumAnimus
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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