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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,133
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,165 | FT: 59
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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06-07 Edition.

Pour stout black, no head at all though, only a light trace. Only the lightest lacing. I have to knock its score here, because I expect either head or heavy lacing in my Imperial stouts and this one was not impressive in either department. Smell is roasted malts, Belgian like notes as well...plums...interesting.

Flavour, softly roasted malts give way to major dark fruit effects, sweet dark fruit effects at that...figs...sugar, and, of course, chocolate. This is a really unique flavour for a stout, quite depthy. Alcohol is most noticeable on the finish, a light warming, some flavour of it peeking out.

Mouth on this, it's ok. This isn't a big, imperial thickness, and its hop action is nothing special either. It is relatively full though. Drinkability, really good for a beer of this size. This is as easy to drink as a standard oatmeal stout with 1/3 of the alcohol...easily one of the best in its style at this.

Overall: I like this beer quite a bit, I was prepared to be disappointed after pouring it because of the lacklustre appearance, but everything else about this beer was either decent or quite good. I find the combination of Belgian dark fruit flavours and traditional stout are quite unique...

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerMasterD for this brew!

A- Pours a solid jet black with a nice 1 finger light brown head that's insanely fluffy and leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

S- Sweet roasted nose with a great chocolate background that combines with an almost wood, vanilla notes and slight alcohol.

T- Dark roasted malts and barley with a great almost chalky bittersweet dark chocolate flavor in the background. Little alcohol sting in the finish that creates a decent fullness in the body.

M- Full bodied with lower carbonation and a decent bitter dryness in the finish.

Love this beer, it's so delicious and so well balanced. Brooklyn really knew what they were doing with this one.


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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra in a BIF from do-gooder mikereaser. Thanks! Then a week later, a mini-vert in a trade from do-nothing Egledhill. With three bottles in my possession, I can safely drink one. Or two. Or three. Review is of an '07-08.

Pours pitch black with a dark mocha head of moderate retention. Ok.

Smell of blended malt flavors. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate chocolate.

Thick as the L.A. smog cover. Taste leans toward the dark side of chocolate. Other stuff in their too but I just wanna drink it. Can't taste the alcohol but you can sense it with the force. Actually I'm sensing it without using the force. Warming brings about some cocoa flavor and maybe, just maybe, a hint of black licorice.

Just a bit on the rought side; dryness. Not a deterrent for sure, but an imperfection.

Overall: glad I have more

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A- Black body with a small tan head

S- Dark chocolate and coffee, some fruit in there too

T- Dark and roasty chocolate malts and some coffee bitterness. Very full-flavored. Some alcohol warming

M- Smooth and creamy, full-bodied

D- A very drinkable full-bodied 10% abv and an awesome mouthfeel

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12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Winter 11-12 version.

A - Pours a midnight black with about an inch of light brown head. The head retains nicely and it leaves a great lacing down the glass.

S - Mostly dark fruits; plum, cherry, raisin. Some dark chocolate, but it lacks the roasty, complex aroma I am looking for in an RIS.

T - The fruits are prominent, but there is a big baker's chocolate bite/bitterness as well. It is quite balanced as it starts with a tart black cherry sweetness and transitions to a chocolate and woody bitter finish. There is a slight alcohol burn at the end that reminds me this is a double digit ABV'er. Very good flavor.

M - I have had this on tap a few times and found it to be too thin and undercarbonated. The bottled version, however, has a full body and the carbonation suits the style. Enjoyable.

O - I saw this one on sale as they were trying to clear stock to make room for spring seasonals. I enjoyed it all winter long and was not let down on this mild spring evening. The flavors are complex and balanced. It is one of the lowest priced 10%+ ABV beers out there and a very satisfactory RIS.

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'02-'03: I've waited months for this to come out. Finally, it's here. Available from October through March, this is a real treat if it's available in your area. This beer poured ink black with a nearly cardboard-brown head. It smelled of chocolate, burnt grains, malt, and strangely enough, strawberries. As for flavors, it had a charcoal (probably from black patent malt), chocolate, malt, and alcohol. It had a burnt toast / charcoal aftertaste. The bitterness from the hops combined well with the bitter and slightly sour taste from the blackened grains. Excellent! Once again, this beer will top my list for the coming months.

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2010/2011 bottle, drank from a snifter. The beer poured a deep brown to black, with a head that filled all available space in the glass (about 3 fingers). The head receded fairly quickly and left a light streaky film.

The smell was sweet and chocolatey, with a subtle hint of rubbing alcohol. There was a mellow roasted malt aroma as well. Just barely a hint of coffee.

The taste was pretty choco-centric. Behind the chocolate again was the roasted malts, followed a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was thin and well carbonated with a dry finish. It was a good, but not really outstanding RIS.

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Aroma: Roastiness, chocolate, and hints of alcohol. Starts out with a slight tang amongst the roasted flavors, which quickly subsides to leave a big, roasted malt and chocolate taste with a decent (not huge) body to it. The alcohol becomes more pronounced as it goes down, but doesn't ever come close to overpowering the roasted coffee/chocolate/burnt toast(?) flavors. A very nice brew that, with the addition of a bit more body, could be incredible - albeit less "I'll have another, thanks!" drinkable.

Me being me, I had the bartender give me a 5 oz. glass and mixed this half-and-half with Middle Ages Druid Fluid barleywine. THAT rounded the flavor out.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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